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ERASMUS Policy Plan

 In its policy plan, K.U.Leuven explicitly mentions international co-operation as one of themain points of attention. European co-operation in general, and co-operation within thecontext of the Erasmus programme in particular, has always held a prominent place among itsinternational activities. From the very beginning in 1987, K.U.Leuven has been activelyinvolved in the Erasmus programme. Today, it continues to stimulate participation in Erasmuse.g. during the Study Abroad Day which is organized each year and which attracted over1.000 student visitors last year. Each faculty has appointed one or more Erasmus co-ordinators and contact persons that continue to promote mobility activities with their staff andstudents and to provide them with the necessary support and information to facilitate andincrease mobility within the various faculties and departments.K.U.Leuven has a strict policy that guarantees gender equality and non-discrimination of allstaff and students and ensures the compliance of all staff and students with this policy, e.g. viaa designated ombudsperson. The university provides a wide range of health and socialservices for the students, including student restaurants, a medical centre for students and acontact person for students and staff with special needs so they can easily obtain all necessaryinformation about the various facilities offered by the university.K.U.Leuven has a long-standing tradition of co-ordinating and participating in other Erasmusactivities, such as thematic networks and intensive programmes. Academic staff has also beeninvolved in or co-ordinated a wide variety of other projects, e.g. Minerva, Grundtvig,Comenius and Leonardo projects. Although the university favours a bottom-up approach withregard to its participation in EU project, leaving the necessary freedom of initiative toacademic staff, central support by the International Office is provided. The objective ofK.U.Leuven is to increase the level of central support even more in future, and to launch newinitiatives at the central level, promoting activities in the field of innovation and including theuse of ICT and virtual mobility. K.U.Leuven is a member of the K.U.Leuven Association. The K.U.Leuven Association iscurrently developing an international policy plan that pays special attention to the followingtopics : increasing the opportunities for students to have an international experience;developing international study programmes and courses that may lead to double or jointdegrees; attracting outstanding international students to the institutions; promoting anintercultural environment within all member institutions; promoting new initiatives in thefield of development co-operation; engendering international partnerships, both on a bilateralbasis and within international networks; and developing institutional policy plans in the fieldof internationalisation that incorporate EU policy and global development.Quality of academic mobility activitiesTo ensure a high academic quality in K.U.Leuven's student mobility activities, the ECTScredit system is being applied to all exchanges. When issuing academic documents tooutgoing or incoming students before, during, or after their exchange, the standard ECTSforms (e.g. learning agreement, transcript of records) are used. An online ECTS informationpackage and course catalogue is available to incoming students. All course descriptionsfollow ECTS guidelines and are translated into English. All outgoing students receive full
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recognition for the ECTS credits obtained abroad. As a consequence, K.U.Leuven receivedthe ECTS label from the European Commission in 2005.Both incoming and outgoing Erasmus students receive information about their studyprogramme through the academic Erasmus co-ordinators and contact persons of their faculty,during information sessions or one-on-one counselling. Twice a year, the university's VestaCommittee, bringing together staff from the International Office and the various StudentServices, organizes Orientation Days for all international students. The Committee has alsoset up a 'buddy system' linking a K.U.Leuven student to an international student. The HousingService provides students with temporary accommodation and helps them find a permanentroom (Kotnet-system, translating contracts, etc.). Free Dutch courses are offered to allincoming Erasmus students. LOKO International, the Leuven international studentorganization, is fully integrated in LOKO, the representative body for K.U.Leuven students.Each year, the 'Living in Leuven' guide, with practical information about day-to-day life inLeuven, is given to all international students.International experience and activities will be taken into account when K.U.Leuven teachingstaff is considered for promotion. The Vesta Committee also organizes short courses oninternational and multi-cultural topics for academic and administrative staff throughout theyear.Quality of student placement activitiesAs a research-intensive university and a member of LERU-network (a network of leadingEuropean research universities), K.U.Leuven has always had strong links with industry andwith the bussiness world. The university has engendered numerous spin-off companies (e.g.IMEC) and 25% of its revenue is obtained from research contracts awarded by industry andthe corporate world.Against this background and in order to maximize the employability of the thousands ofstudents that graduate from K.U.Leuven every year, special attention will be given in thecoming years to the development of high quality student placements in innovative companies. The strong link that already exists between the university and the corporate world is one ofthe factors that will ensure the quality of the placements that are offered. Furthermore, thesame high standards that have been set for the university's Erasmus student exchanges, will beset for the student placements. As a result, full academic recognition will be given to thecredits that students obtain during their placement and there will be full transparancy withregard to the evaluation procedure at the end of the placement period. Only placements thatare an indispensable part of the student's study curriculum and through which credits can beobtained, will be offered. The participating students will be supervised by a co-ordinator bothat K.U.Leuven and at the partner where the placement is implemented : in this way, anoptimal work-programme will be guaranteed

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