Since its foundation ISAG has developed strategies to consolidate its position and expansion by contacting European educational establishments in the same areas of study. Bilateral agreements are established taking in account the Institution profile and students and staff needs, as well as cooperation opportunities coming through staff mobility or research projects. In addition, the evaluation of quality is permanently being considered by the participant statements, by the quality of teaching and placement partner institutions, thinking on the career perspectives. Taking in account the practical component associated to the market, we have as a priority in searching partners related to enterprises, aiming to improve student¿s performance.
ISAG aims to optimize the already existing partnerships, establish and diversify new bilateral agreements, especially in the countries which have most recently joined the European Union, East countries, Nordic countries and also with non-European countries, namely the Portuguese speaking countries and Latin America, when based on the same area of intervention. A special attention on that matter for ISAG¿s opportunity in being an active and relevant partner in joined courses and the variety of partners would enrich all the projects, giving numerous opportunities.
The importance of transparency commands the international process as a whole and therefore, as part as the new dynamics of the institution, the International Relations Office website is suffering a restructuration in both languages, Portuguese and English, with administrative contents and specific information concerning rules, all kind of international opportunities, statements, and relevant contacts.
Due to an interruption of the Erasmus Program at ISAG, restarted in 2009, in 2012, with the new Board of Directors a strategic and action plan for the Internationalization was defined, establishing as one of the priorities the integration in a Consortium, which is already in place. On the other hand, and considering our past of reduced number of mobility, it is our strong intention to focus on students and trainee mobility, promoting at the same time staff mobility. Therefore, more visibility will be done to masters Programs (2nd cycle of studies), which will be included from now on at ISAG¿s International Strategy regarding studies and placement mobility. Academic staff has already experienced mobility on that matter in the exchange of good practices and common projects organization along with the International Relations Office staff.
ISAG strategy for the organisation and implementation of international (Eu and non EU) cooperation projects in teaching and training in relation to projects implemented under the Programme
ISAG¿s strategy for organization and implementation of International Cooperation Projects goes necessarily through the Research Centre (named NIDISAG) work done so far, that has at the moment eight research projects on movement, four of them at an international level. So, the intention of participating actively on the Institution internationalization process will have a remarkable focus on practical intervention, whether through existing partners or the establishment of synergies with other European and non-European institutions, namely the Portuguese Speaking Countries and the Eastern European Countries, for attracting and/or offering training. The institution also intends to develop some measures that aim quality and innovation, contributing for ISAG¿s cross-borders promotion and providing opportunities for the academic community: international and national networks relating with its specific field of intervention, multilateral projects participation and/or implementation, joint courses implementation with partner universities (already in place), and development of new courses tailored to the strategic international markets. The strategic cooperation on the academic, business and research fields means the existing bilateral agreements intensification, the called "Agency Contract" implementation with the Chinese market, the establishment of partnerships with Portuguese Speaking Countries, international enterprises and organizations, the intensification of marketing measures at an international level, boost the possibilities given by the European Programs and third countries, staff mobility at international organizations for establishing/changing of good practices, boost the training offer on the international market. ISAG¿s integration in an ERASMUS Consortium for placements, named UNIDEP, gave in 2012/2013 visibility to this kind of mobility, providing a faster dissemination of the Program, a partnership intending to be extended to other non-European countries.
The expected impact of our participation in the Programme on the modernisation of the institution
(for each of the 5 priorities of the Modernisation Agenda*) in terms of the policy objectives we intend to achieve
international cooperation strategic measures in its new phase (after a less
active period in the framework of the applicability of the Erasmus Program),
along with the present restructuring of the International Relations Office,
ISAG, a Polytechnic Higher Institution with a very practical field of studies
(focused on management, tourism and hotel management), with a specific target
group, intends for the period 2014/2020 to get the solidification of the direct
connection between higher education, research and business. This triangle will
attract students, researchers and employers attention from European and
non-European countries. For achieving this, the institution will implement
measures to strength the research & development and not less important the
dissemination of the mobility in all scopes.
Therefore, intensifying the suitability of the conducted training attending to the market needs, the Institution aims to fill gaps and promote the enlargement of graduations, people qualification and employability. The further reinforcing academic and professional competences and the motivation as well are key-consequences of giving opportunity to the mobility participants.
The increase of participation at international cooperation projects and/or the respective implementation will consolidates ISAG¿s cross-borders image, will provide the institution of good practices, contributing to better curricula, research articles publication, innovation and promotion of creativity, and inevitably for a sustainable growth in what concerns competitiveness.
ISAG aims above all to contribute for creating international
opportunities with excellent quality, and therefore personal, academic,
professional and institutional benefices will be reversed to the surrounding activity
*'Supporting growth and jobs - an agenda for the modernization of Europe's higher education systems'