ERASMUS POLICY STATEMENT
The main aim of Riga Medical College of the University of Latvia is to continue our contribution towards the key values of European Higher Education Area (EHEA) and to develop those professional and personal skills that are vital for health care professionals in a European multicultural society; to promote long-term and sustainable partnerships and thematic networks with HEIs and labour market players. The cooperation with international partners for development of these skills and competences, the education and research process, innovations and good practises is important in the current planning period. Under the Erasmus, Riga Medical College of the University of Latvia currently has 30 Erasmus partners in 16 countries, offering exchange to academic and administrative staff and students in 3 professional higher education programs – Nursing, Physician Assistant and Massage and Hydrotherapy. These partnerships are reviewed, with the aim to strengthen each relationship. During the period 2007-2013, the university college has developed its learning, working and social environment: reconstruction of teaching rooms, labs, practical training rooms, student dormitory, adapting the environment for persons with functional disabilities, updating the equipment for practical and research work, created perspective partnerships with local clinics and social centres to develop the placements for incoming students, improve the language knowledge of staff, build the capacity in international projects. The future aim is to strengthen the communication between outgoing and incoming students and staff members, establish new perspective partnerships with programme and partner countries in the field of health care, with particular focus on research, simulation learning, and new ICT tool and study course development. Riga Medical College of the University of Latvia is pro-actively engaged in EU-funded and international projects where the process of partner research is open. The contacts and support from existing partners is also important in the process of search for the new partnerships.
The strategic objectives are:
1. Improve the international profile and recognition through active involvement in mobility projects and international activities
2. Increase and balance the amount of incoming and outgoing health care students
3. Increase the number of study courses in English offering an international experience
4. Increase the capacity, language skills and to promote the competence of teaching staff through mobility and participation in international projects and research
5. Enlarge the geographical area of international partners: strengthen Western partnerships with educational institutions and clinics; develop partnerships in partner countries: Georgia, Ukraine, Belorussia, and Russia.
The objective of Riga Medical College of the University of Latvia is to improve the quality and relevance of nursing and short cycle medical education in Latvia through supplement of knowledge for graduates, competences for high-skill occupation, research activities, and increased competence and motivation of teachers. The activities during the previous planning period 2007-2013 allow the university college to identify the future needs and perspectives. The participation in European projects has built awareness about different health care systems and equipped students and teachers with the skills that are necessary to meet all the future challenges of providing care in a transcultural society. The international experience has improved student and teacher skills, thus fostering positive changes – improvement of study courses, practical training process, and development in study research process, library materials, data bases, new technologies and pedagogical methods. The university college aims to continue participation in on-going European training and teaching projects, with the accent to become a coordinator and build the competence to organise and implement the process of transcultural project management. The interest of Riga Medical College of the University of Latvia is new partnerships with ENPI countries in teaching and training mobility projects for the period of next 5 years. The main goal is to increase staff and student mobility and to facilitate employability.
The university college aims to continuously develop innovative training methods – simulation learning in practical training, e-learning, develop the student work with research data bases. Through this process Riga Medical College of the University of Latvia, as a stakeholder of the European area continuously adapts its higher education system making it more compatible and strengthening the quality assurance mechanisms.