Internationalisation is one of the priority areas of development for the Upper Secondary School of Chemistry in Pardubice, which is also reflected in the formulation of the school’s current vision as an educational organization with a nationally and internationally respected educational programme that is attractive to students in the Central European region. We understand it as an important tool for improving quality and increasing competitiveness, as a condition for the relevance of study programmes. Internationalisation is one of the ways to strengthen the international status of SPŠCH Pardubice.
The internationalisation strategy reflects aims defined in Strategic Frame ET 2020 as well. The development of international cooperation is embedded in both the short-term and the medium-term existing concept of school development as an independent component.
From the perspective of internationalisation, SPŠCH Pardubice wants to be in 2023:
- A place that creates for its students and employees an environment that fosters the development of the necessary professional and intercultural competencies – our goal is that 60% our students would have an international experience as a natural part of their studies
- An internationally respected partner in major international programmes (in particular Erasmus+), capable of offering all its students high quality studies and a diverse range of opportunities for mobility
- A friendly host who provides foreign students and foreign teachers with a closer integration for short or long term period
- An employer who deliberately supports the acquisition of the international experience of his staff (80 %)
- A strong competitor for funding that will increase the share of financial incomes for school development (EU funds and others)
- A supporter of long life learning both formal and informal one motivator in creativity and innovation including entrepreneurial skills at all levels
Main SPSCH Pardubice Internationalisation priorities are:
- Priority 1: Improving school management
- Priority 2: Increasing staff competency development
- Priority 3: Internationalisation of study programmes
- Priority 4: Modernisation and internationalisation of study environment
- Priority 5: Establishing strategic partnership nationally and internationally for school modernisation and capacity building
- Priority 6: Establishing strong brand of school interntionally
Our school actively cooperates with partner schools abroad and the institutions supported by the European Union. The students participating in the international projects enhance their professional skills, they also discover the culture of other European countries and they develop the communication skills while visiting the host countries.
School staff is motivated and eager to support internationalisation, organise activities for internationlisation at home, integration of non-formal education tools into formal education, implementation of innovative tools for youth personal and professional development.
The school is a member of several international and national networks/groups:
- The European Credit system for Vocational Education and Training (ECVET)
- European Chemistry Thematic Network Association (ECTN)
- The European Forum of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (EfVET) network
- National Qualifications Framework (NQF)
- Praxis Network
- Is part of the Sectoral Agreement in Chemistry.
Since 2012 the school has been a member of the net CREDCHEM Network and participates in implementation of European credit system in vocational education and training – ECVET for a chemistry sector.
Students and staff are active participants in Erasmus+ projects. Many students take part in practical training abroad. The school is active in international projects that involve the development of teaching and learning methodologies and has been cooperating with schools and companies in Germany, Italy, Slovakia, Norway, Finland, Estonia, North Macedonia, Cyprus, Spain, Portugal, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania and other European countries for many years.
Overall, we can see that among those who are taking part in mobilities majority are from Chemistry and Security and Law study areas (see below).
Erasmus+ VET Mobility Charter
What is the VET Mobility Charter?
The VET Mobility Charter (VMC) is a way of accrediting organisations that have a proven track record of delivering high quality mobility placements for staff and/ or learners in VET. The VMC is intended to encourage organisations to further develop their European internationalisation strategies in order to improve the quality of VET placements and to embed high quality mobility activities into their curricula. Accredited organisations will be expected to develop their international approaches, for example by networking with bodies in other countries, promoting the learning of foreign languages and looking beyond national VET approaches.
754 VET Charter Holders from around Europe that participate in Erasmus+ KA1 VET Mobility projects in 2015, 2016 and 2017.
Since 2018 SPSCH Pardubice have been awarded by Erasmus+ VET Mobility Charter.
Internationalisation at home
Internationalisation at home is also a key factor in schools development. Teachers develop their skills in CLIL methodology and implement it in their classrooms. School annually organise activities for Erasmus+ days, presentation days to showcase students and teachers experience during their participation in Erasmus+ projects.
International Cooperation Team
International Cooperation Team have been established in 2017 in order to have more constructive and strategic approach towards international activities and overall school management. It complies of staff members who are managing international projects, initiates events, supports school management not only in international acrivities, but also bringing innovative approach towards education, more possibilities of staff members professional development.
The key documents that team follows are Internationalisation Strategy of SPSCH Pardubice and Internationalisation Tools.
The school has extensive experience in international cooperation. It is constantly active in international projects from 1997 as coordinator and partner (e.g. Leonardo da Vinci, Comenius, Erasmus+ KA1, KA2). Therefore, school teachers and administrative staff has experience in different activities (mobilities, developing tools, curriculum, etc.).
Please follow the section of „International Cooperation“ to see the list of International projects.