International Relations

Internationalization is widely being recognized to play an important role for the higher education institutions, for their students and their future employers as well as for the economy of a country. In more than one goal of the Bologna declaration, these facts are accounted for. The signatory states are called to develop means to enhance their commitment in internationalization of their higher education institutions.

In this strategy, internationalization is understood as covering the whole extent of activities that help all stakeholders of BFH-TI to meet this commitment. A major part of it is the international relations. BFH-TI is committed to maintain, encourage and develop its international relations. Developing internationalization is also a core task based on legal documents that govern the Universities of Applied Sciences and BFH-TI, respectively.

  • On all levels of BFH-TI, a consciousness of internationalization is apparent (“transfor-mation of minds”).
  • All stakeholders of BFH-TI support internationalization.
  • Worldwide networking activities, both personal and institutional, are promoted.
  • Mobility of students, staff members and professors is generally encouraged.
  • Openness to all contacts exists; a concentration on a number of key partners in chosen regions is defined and communicated. These regions are defined in accordance to the Swiss policy on main focus countries.
  • International R&D projects exist; they are closely coordinated with the BFH-TI research committee.
  • Existing and new personal contacts are cultivated with project officers and decision makers of European research financing programs.
  • Promotion of the preferred languages German, French and English is a reality.
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