The Faculty of Economic and Legal Sciences, being a part of the University of Natural Sciences and Humanities in Siedlce, accepts the objectives and the mission of the whole University, whose ultimate elements are: the education of students – the future social and economic élite of the country; educating students in a way that permits them take responsibility for the Polish state, promote democracy and respect human rights; scientific research; the education and promotion of academic staff; the dissemination and enrichment of scientific achievements and national culture; contact with graduates; working for the local community and the region.

 

The Faculty will realize the mission through its appropriate scientific fields and the programmes it runs. It is also ready to fulfill the mission entering public debate in the adequate areas.

 

The main purpose of the Faculty is to use its potential fully, to gain an important position in the structure of the University and in the Polish and international market of educational services.

 

The Faculty also remembers about heritage, tradition and university customs, expecting from its staff and students mutual trust, hard work and adhering to ethical principles. It strives to become a genuine community of students and academics through high expectations and at the same time providing students with good conditions of studying, introducing modern forms of education, and opening the Faculty to the world.

 

To fulfill the above mentioned mission the Faculty has crated three main strategic purposes:

  1. The development of scientific research and raising the scientific position of the Faculty,
  2. High quality of education,
  3. Internationalization as the main element of collaboration with the environment.

 

Nowadays, internationalization is the necessary condition of the development of any institution of higher education. The efforts to open the Faculty to international students and lecturers were taken from the very beginning, as the Socrates/Erasmus programme started in 2001/2002, the following year the Faculty was created. Since then the number of foreign partners, the number of incoming students and lecturers and the number of outgoing students and lecturers has steadily increased. During this period the Faculty introduced many courses in English, and also innovative projects for Erasmus lecturers: International Week (started in 2003) and Meetings with Business (started in 2009), both of which are held yearly.

 

Plans for the period 2014 – 2020 include:

  1. Preparing a specialization - International Business for undergraduate students. This specialization will be available for students in the academic year 2013/2014 (work completed).
  2. Opening MA programme in management, fully in English (work has started, implementation in two years time).
  3. Creating and implementing the project of double-diplomas (talks with potential partners have started, implementation not later than within the next four years).
  4. Creating and implementing MBA programme.
  5. Improving the activities promoting the Faculty, and actively searching for new partners and students, also from non European countries, especially China, India and Brazil.
  6. Actively using the existing agreements and extending the collaboration beyond their scope, especially towards common scientific research, creating networks to apply for European grants, and contributing in each other’s international scientific journals.

 

The Faculty of Economic and Legal Sciences has had international experience for over ten years, and now wants to accelerate and deepen the process of gaining new partners and collaborating with them. Providing good quality courses in English and being competitive in price, the Faculty can become an educational centre for less wealthy students from European and non European countries. On the other hand, cooperation with foreign universities and having access to their scientific experience has been so far, and will be in the future a big stimuli to the improvement of the quality of education and research, which are the basic strategic goals of the Faculty, impossible to be acquired without the third one, that is internationalization.

 

The Faculty of Economic and Legal Sciences has already adhered to the five basic principles of Erasmus Programme:

  1. Increasing attainment levels to provide the graduates and researchers Europe needs; So far the Faculty has had mainly short term Erasmus student and teacher mobility. However, from the very beginning one of the main goals of the international policy was to add some extra value to the basic programme, and both visiting students and lecturers were encouraged to participate in the Faculty research and publishing activities, which resulted in:
    • a number of previous Erasmus students entering scientific careers,
    • a number of Erasmus lecturers publishing in the Faculty’s scientific journal, and systematically writing contributions for books published in English,
    • a number of Erasmus lecturers being a part of the board of editors of the journal,
    • a number of Erasmus lecturers becoming visiting professors and staying in the Faculty for a longer period of time,
    • a number of Erasmus lecturers systematically participating in International Week and Meeting with Business.

  2. Improving the quality and relevance of higher education; The Faculty has been systematically increasing the number of courses in English, and introduced a specialization International Business. Plans for the next four years involve a full postgraduate management programme in English and double diploma studies.

  3. Strengthening quality through mobility and cross-border cooperation; The Faculty carefully chooses its partners, trying to link LLP/Erasmus activities with scientific and research activities going beyond the programme. Actually, the Faculty has applied for an European grant with one of its Erasmus partners (Ergowork project). In the future two main objectives concerning cross-border cooperation are:
    • gaining more European partners, especially those which are ready to collaborate with the Faculty beyond the basic mobility area,
    • attracting non European partners, especially from Brazil and China.

  4. Linking higher education, research and business for excellence and regional development; Three years ago the Faculty signed an agreement with the Eastern Chamber of Commerce concerning collaboration and common support. The agreement was the result of existing earlier cooperation, however, it strengthened and channeled the activities which range from discussing study programmes, to students practice and common projects (Meetings with Business is one of them).

  5. Improving governance and funding. The Faculty uses European funding for teacher and student mobility, trying to use it as efficiently as possible choosing the best applicants and carefully investigating mobility effects. Holding annual conferences and workshops, the Faculty also can rely on sponsors, especially from the Eastern Chamber of Commerce.

 

In the next years the Faculty intends to take further steps in the modernization of education and internationalization, intensifying and extending all its activities.