Mardin Artuklu University aims to achieve and sustain excellence in every area of its teaching and research. One of the objectives of its Corporate Plan is to encourage changes in course structure that would allow increased student mobility. It also aims to enable departments to build teaching collaborations, both nationally and internationally. In line with this objective, the University intends to focus its Erasmus activities on staff and student mobility. It will participate in appropriate thematic networks and explore the introduction of Erasmus work placements.
The University has a number of well-established Erasmus student mobility programmes. These have brought benefit to participating students and to their peers who have gained from the different perspectives brought to their subject by incoming scholars. In order to encourage the development of new links and the internationalisation of its programmes, the University intends to support the extension of Erasmus exchanges to new subject areas. It will continue to promote the benefits within its colleges and departments and will support academic staff setting up exchange programmes in Europe and elsewhere.
The University will guarantee the highest quality in the organisation of student mobility, whilst ensuring equal academic treatment and services to home and Erasmus students; to this end, each incoming Erasmus student will continue to be matriculated and become a fully integrated member of a university.
The opportunity to take part in teacher exchanges is important for the personal development of the staff at Mardin Artuklu University. The University also welcomes visiting academic staff and the contribution they make to its teaching programmes and curriculum development.
The Erasmus programme is promoted at the Freshers’ Fair, and throughout the University. In addition, the academic co-ordinators in each subject area publicise their exchanges within their departments, including organising events involving returning Erasmus students. The International Office also promotes the programme on the University website.
All students selected to take part in exchange programmes will be chosen on the basis of merit and their potential to benefit from the experience; the University selects students without regard to sex, race, ethnic origin, religion or social background; applications from students with disabilities are viewed on exactly the same academic grounds as those of other candidates. The University is also committed to making arrangements to enable students with disabilities to participate as fully as possible in student life.
The University is committed to ensuring the quality of programmes offered to students in Mardin Artuklu University and during study periods abroad. It is working towards identification of its courses according to the proposed national credit framework for the Turkey and the ECTS; whilst there are currently no plans to introduce formal ECTS arrangements for its courses, it will allow students to see the normal credit attached to its courses under the two schemes. Periods of study undertaken by its students under the Erasmus framework receive full academic recognition and do not lead to an increase in the overall length of course of study. Academic departments will continue to work with partner institutions to ensure that incoming students receive reports, which enable them to receive appropriate credit from their home university.
All students work under the supervision of a tutor or supervisor, and are required to keep in contact with them while on exchange. All academic coordinators arrange pre-departure meetings for the outgoing students, who are encouraged to seek advice from the previous year’s outgoing students. The reports of outgoing students on their time abroad are monitored to enable any problems to be identified and discussed with partner institutions. Each incoming student is allocated a tutor or supervisor who is responsible for overseeing his or her studies whilst at MAU; pastoral support is to be provided by the student’s institution. The majority of incoming exchange students will be housed in their institution’s dorms; however, where this is not possible, incoming students will be given assistance in finding accommodation.
For any work placement that may be introduced, each student will be provided with a Learning Agreement concerning the programme placement period; the University and the host organisation will endorse this agreement. A clear agreement between those representing the University and the placement provider on the purposes of the placement, and the responsibilities of the parties involved is recognised as being an important means of demonstrating that there is a shared understanding both of what is to be provided and what the student can legitimately expect, and also that the University – which is ultimately responsible for the provision – is in a position to monitor and evaluate all aspects of the student’s placement.
The student’s tutor or supervisor will be in regular contact with the student, and will be able to monitor the student’s progress during the placement. On the student’s return, they will have to certify that they have completed the agreed programme of work. This system is designed to help ensure the highest quality in the organisation of student placements. The host higher education institution for the period spent abroad gives full recognition.