Artvin Coruh University Erasmus+ Policy Statement (2014-2020) ACU offers a higher education service that is strengthened by the internal and external quality processes in accordance with the national and international programmes in a peaceful academic atmosphere and enables to do research in order to contribute to science and produce useful knowledge and technology; It was founded on May 17th 2007. The university aims to raise people who are sensible to problems of the country and world and are equipped by knowledge and skills that are valid throughout the universe. The university has been planned as two campuses, City and Seyitler 3km away from each other. Artvin is a city in the north eastern Turkey about 30 km inland from the Black Sea. It is located on a hill overlooking the Coruh River near the Deriner Dam and it also has border with Georgia. ACU organises several cultural activities within its facilities ranging from music concerts, dance shows to art exhibition by recognized national and international artists. Among the other organizations are heli-skiing, trekking, canoeing/rafting and racecourse. Artvin Coruh University supports the EU Modernisation and Internationalisation Agenda for Higher Education, and the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education is integral to the realisation of our institutional plans, strategies and aspirations.
ACU believes that higher education is a power for good and makes a significant economic, intellectual and cultural contribution to the world. ACU is committed to international excellence through the creation of world-changing research and high quality, inspirational teaching within an inclusive academic culture. All successful partnerships are the result of shared commitment to, and mutual benefit from, the relationship. Many of our partnerships result from individual links between academic staff. Others have been introduced through existing partners or other networks. Our international partner institutions are diverse, reflecting the different needs and priorities of our partners’ and our own students and staff. As well as developing partnerships which are multi-dimensional and strategic, ACU also recognises the place of specialist, focussed partnerships for specific purposes. In regard to mobility Artvin Coruh University is committed to extend the range and nature of the opportunities ACU can offer to our students, as integral or optional credit mobility components of an ever-increasing range of degree programmes, principally, but not exclusively, at Bachelor level.
This will include both study and work placements in participating and non-participating countries. ACU will continue to explore short-term mobility in order to encourage participation by a more diverse student body and to introduce new and less familiar study destinations in non-participating countries. Mobility of academic and administrative staff is a priority for effective partnership relationship management, support of co-operation projects, professional training, teaching delivery and programme development. In this context ACU will explore opportunities for joint delivery of Master’s programmes with partners from both participating and nonparticipating countries. In all our international activities Artvin Coruh University recognise the importance of regular monitoring and evaluation, as well as benchmarking with peers, in order to inform and influence our future practice, policy and strategy.
ACU expects to focus primarily on the development of selected existing partnerships and to extend their scope so that they contribute to achieving the objectives of the EU Modernisation Agenda for Higher Education, for example, by developing relationships with other key stakeholders and/or cross-sector co-operation. In order to realise these objectives Artvin Coruh University will engage in more strategic and sustainable relationships based on deeper mutual understanding of our capabilities, capacity and priorities. ACU will seek to develop further, in co-operation with HEIs in participating countries, our contribution to capacity-building for higher education in post-conflict Partner countries.