The University of Suffolk's mission is to be a distinctive, sustainable, connected university striving for the highest standards in teaching and research and working flexibly with a network of partners to fulfil mutual objectives at a national and international level. In line with these objectives, and as part of our engagement with the Bologna and Lisbon agendas and the Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP), the University decided in 2012 to encourage the expansion of Erasmus staff and student mobility to subject areas outside the existing long-running Erasmus programme to establish new links and promote the wider internationalisation of its programmes. It will continue to promote the benefits of these links within all schools and will support academic staff in setting up new exchanges in Europe and elsewhere beyond the current 15 countries of our existing partnerships. We intend to expand the number of countries, the choice of partners within those countries and the number of academic subject areas.
In our choice of new partners we will not limit ourselves to well-established prestigious and higher ranking universities but choose those offering strong synergies flexibility, innovation and dynamism as well as compatabilities in course content and sufficient support and organisation for the programme.
The emphasis will continue to be on first cycle students as fits our course offering profile, but with increasing numbers of second cycle courses being validated we can move to promote mobility among staff and students operating at this level.
The University's Strategic Plan makes clear our commitment to be open and accessible to all who can benefit from higher education and the intention to pursue an equality and diversity agenda. Our strategic objectives include the recruitment of increasing numbers of students of ever-higher calibre and to produce confident, employable, enterprising students.
Erasmus+ student mobility has directly benefited participants in the programme and brought alternative perspectives and knowledge to the benefit of their peers. We recognise that staff and students gain valuable cultural capital through cross-cultural contact and interaction.
The University places students at the centre of our activities and aims to be open and accessible to all, so incoming Erasmus students are treated equally to home students and as such gain all the benefits of our equal-access, non-discriminatory practices as part of our equality and diversity agenda.We provide all students with a Diploma supplement that clearly indicates the use of ECTS for transference of credits.