The university based in a central European city.
The Wroclaw University of Economics is not only one of the top economic schools of higher education in Poland but also an important centre of science and research. The university is located in Lower Silesia, in south-western Poland, close to German and Czech border.
There are more than 17 thousands students, including over 300 foreign students each academic year, more than 73 thousands graduates and over 780 academic teachers. The university has more than 120 bilateral agreements in a frame of the Erasmus Program. The Wroclaw University of Economics is divided into four faculties: of Economic Sciences, of Management, Information Systems and Finance, of Engineering and Economics and of Economy, Management and Tourism. The students have a wide variety of 100 specializations within the range of courses offered by these faculties.
The Wroclaw University of Economics is also a long-established centre of research in logistics and mathematics and on economic sciences, social sciences, management, as well as technical, biological, chemical, and agricultural sciences. Moreover, the university strongly cooperates with the business environment.
Apart from academic and educational spheres, the university is also active in other areas. The professional staff and students are involved in numerous, local initiatives, for instance the Lower Silesian Festival of Science or European Club of Labour and Business of the Wroclaw Agglomeration.
The priority of the university is the internationalisation of scientific research and didactic programs. Among many international partnership relations are educational establishments from Portugal, such as the University of Porto.
Text written in June 2019.
My name is Magda. I come from Poland and I am a volunteer in the Students’ Union of the University of Madeira.
Erasmus+ is a programme of the European Commission embracing the fields of education, training, youth and sports during the period 2014-2020. One of the major aspects is the cooperation between the different fields where the programme acts, hence contributing for a diverse and rich Europe.
Amongst the several goals of the programme, the following are prioritised: the objectives of the Europe 2020 Strategy, including the headline education target; the aims of the strategic framework for European cooperation in education and training (ET 2020), including the corresponding benchmarks; the sustainable development of Partner Countries in the field of higher education; the overall goals of the renewed framework for European cooperation in the youth field (2010-2018); the objective of developing the European dimension in sport, in particular grassroots sport, in line with the EU work plan for sport and the promotion of European values in accordance with Article 2 of the Treaty on the European Union.
In order to achieve these goals, the Erasmus+ has several action policies. The Key Action 1 (KA1) is directed towards the mobility of people; Key Action 2 (KA2) for the cooperation for innovation and the interchange of good experiences; and Key Action 3 (KA3) which is for the support of reformation policies.
Since 1991 the University of Madeira Students’ Union has developed a wide incentive policy for voluntary work. In 2013 the Students’ Union started the process to receive, send and coordinate Erasmus+ projects of the European Voluntary Service, in order to have a larger influence in the volunteering field. The Union received its first volunteer withing the ambit of a KA1 project in 2014. Many efforts have been done to allow young people from Madeira to take part in several initiatives in Europe, as well as propose several projects allowing young people from several countries to work in the projects of the Students’ Union of the University of Madeira. The main goal of the voluntary work is the contribution of the volunteers to the communities and places they will be staying, being their work not rewarded with payment.
We believe that the European Voluntary Service is a mechanism full of experiences, allowing the approved candidates to have the privilege of taking part in these projects and benefit the places and communities where these volunteers will be staying.
Since 2013, the University of Madeira Students’ Union has received volunteers that have collaborated in several activities and initiatives. Besides being able to enjoy a wonderful experience which will contribute to their personal and professional growth, they are able to contribute in a unique way to the community in which they are inserted and to join dozens of volunteers from the University of Madeira.