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International Strategy

Deusto International

The University of Deusto has focused on excellence in education and achieving a significant position of international leadership for decades. In keeping with its institutional policy, the UD has centred on creating international networks and projects, which have become increasingly important and enhanced the university’s prestige. This offers a wide range of advantages, creating opportunities to share experiences and find research, teaching and management synergies. These initiatives boost exchange between students, faculty and administration and services staff, creating an ideal environment to start up and implement international projects.

What do we do?

The international relations office is in charge of operating the internationalisation policy of the University of Deusto.

Its tasks consist of:

  • Managing the mobility of students and professors; both in mobility programs (ERASMUS, ERASMUS Mundus External Cooperation Window, etc.) and through international scholarships (Marie Curie, SYLFF, ERASMUS Mundus, etc.)
  • Planning, requesting and managing international projects;
  • Strengthening and initiating spaces of cooperation between institutions of higher education through the signing of international accords and agreements;
  • Creating and fomenting the structure for the dissemination and diffusion of publications from the international projects and networks.

Erasmus Policy Statement

Institution's international (EU and non-EU) strategy

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The main aim of the University of Deusto’s Internationalisation Plan can be summarised as follows: Make all the university’s academic activities international: programmes, teaching (faculty and students) and research.

Making teaching international is one of the strategies which enables this objective to be met. This is achieved through international mobility and stays abroad for faculty, researchers, administrative and services staff and students. The members of the university community are thus offered the opportunity to have the first-hand experience of other cultures, traditions, languages and ways of life different from their own. This experience is life-changing, both personally and professionally and equips them to better perform their daily tasks in today’s increasingly international context. The University of Deusto actively promotes signing inter-university cooperation agreements with HEIs across the world to implement this key objective. The first step consists of signing a framework agreement after having studied the academic compatibility between the two or more universities. The next step is signing the mobility agreement. The University of Deusto is currently signature to 986 mobility agreements. While most of the first agreements were set up with European universities, the EMECW and Erasmus Mundus Actions 2 programmes and the broad network of the Jesuit universities (200 worldwide) our university belongs to have enabled us to sign mobility agreements with a large number of non-European universities.
The overall objective of international mobility consists of making the University of Desuto an international university. This calls for a university community (faculty, students, researchers, administrative and services staff) with a solid international backgraound and interdisciplinary profile which enable them to face the challenges of today’s increasingly global, interdependent and intercultural world.

The process at Deusto is now fully underway, with the following actions being implemented to achieve the overall objective of internationalization:

  • Academic programmes: courses and subjects in foreign languages have been introduced; joint modules have been set up through university networks, accessible from several partner universities in the network; summer courses or intensive programmes are being held; joint courses for undergraduate or Master’s degree programmes are being designed in common, as well as PhD programmes which feature co-supervised theses.
  • Research: all the PhD programmes have been given an international perspective; contacts with international research partners from different disciplines have been fostered; foreign researchers’ participation in research at the UD has been promoted, enabling foreign students to take part in research projects and providing the mans for UD researchers to spend stays abroad.
  • Students: exchanges and stays at foreign universities; students are required to access foreign sources of knowledge and are encouraged to take part in curricular and extracurricular activities at foreign universities.
  • Faculy: technical training at the international level has been profided at foreign universities as refresher courses for teaching staff; affording opportunities to improve their knowledge of foreign languages and culture, encouraging them to take part in language programmes and set up alliances with foreign universities to achieve fluency; participation of foreign teaching staff in academic programmes and research, conferences, et. Has been promoted, encouraging participation in international events and publications, with recognition as academic merits and pay.
  • Administrative and services staff: opportunities have been provided to improve their foreign language skills, fostering short stays at foreign universities to learn good practices which may promote internationalization at our university.

Deusto takes part in at least 13 joint programmes, as coordinator or associate member of the Consortium; 4 official master degrees (full joint programmes), 7 Erasmus Mundus programs and 2 postgraduate own degrees both at national, but mostly at international level. Regarding the issuing of diplomas, Deusto issues national and international joint diplomas, according to the norms by the different agreements and legislations.

Institution's strategy for the organization and implementation of international (EU and non-EU) cooperation projects in teaching and training, in relation to projects implemented under the Programme

The first strategic area of the 2014 Deusto Plan contains the commitment to academic excellence in research, teaching and knowledge transfer. In order to fulfil this aim,

  • the University of Deusto will continue to implement a competence-based, student-centered learning system while striving to encourage staff training to enable them to efficiently perform their tasks in a multilingual, international and technologically advanced context.

At an external level and as a result of the internationalisation policy:

  • large international networks of cooperation will continue to work; such as Tuning with the progress made in the “design and delivery of quality degree” in the different geographical areas where the programme is being implemented: Tuning Europe, NOHA and the Mediterranean, Latin and North America, forming an international mega cluster of HEIs for training and teaching.
  • the UD will intensify work on joint degrees such as the following EM masters: Network of Humanitarian Action (NOHA), Euroculture, Transnational Trade and Law, Regional Health, Migrations and Conflicts, Learning and Teaching of Spanish, Lifelong Learning.
  • the UD will allot considerable resources to boost and ensure the sustainability of a large number of networks developed during the implementation of 48 Erasmus Mundus Action 2 contracts all over the world as partner and coordinator, reinforcing staff mobility as a sustainability strategy to form closer ties in academic areas of mutual interest with HEIs in the EU and third countries.

Expected impact of your participation in the Programme on the modernisation of your institution (for each of the 5 priorities of the Modernisation Agenda*) in terms of the policy objectives you intend to achieve

The University of Deusto offers an integral university project of excellence providing service to society. The most relevant features of our university model are:

  • Innovative, creative and person-centred education. The academic programmes offered are top quality. The undergraduate degree programmes have proven to be especially attractive and competitive in the local area and across Spain with postgraduate studies seen as an attractive option on the international scene. The UD’s teaching methodology focuses on all-round education. The university’s mission, first and foremost, is to ensure that its academic prestige and professional faculty attract students. Deusto’s commitment to academic excellence has made it possible to develop our own set of values and educational model, the Deusto Education Model. The UD has also defined each of the professional profiles for its degree programmes in terms of competences and learning results, ensuring that graduates are competent in their future careers.
  • Another key priority at Deusto is to continue making strides in internationalisation. Although the UD has devoted years of hard work to this area and has been recognised internationally for its achievements, today’s globalised world calls for additional efforts to guarantee quality focusing on excellence. This is especially true in the world of knowledge, student and staff mobility, joint degree programmes and research projects with leading foreign universities.
  • Our high profile research, which has received international recognition from the scholarly community, focuses on contributing to the advancement of knowledge, permanently updating our faculty’s skills and teaching material to give back to society. A university where knowledge transfer forms part of the research projects themselves.
  • Deusto is committed to cooperation. One such initiative is the training and research catalogue it offers to public and private institutions, creating closer ties with professional sectors to achieve excellence and development.
  • The UD is a private non-profit institution. Its governance model stresses financial transparency and accountability as part of its commitment to serving students, their families and society as a whole. The University of Deusto has undergone extensive re-organisation in recent years to become more efficient and optimise its resources. This process has resulted in six large faculties (Economics and Business Administration, Law, Psychology and Education, Engineering, Social and Human Sciences and Theology) which teach the degree programmes and house different institutes, centres and university chairs.


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