Erasmus Charter for Higher Education

MLI Erasmus Policy Statement

Malta Leadership Institute has been awarded the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education for the
Erasmus+ programme 2021-2027. In line with the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education, this
Erasmus Policy Statement sets out our institutional strategy whereby we aim at supporting the EU
Internationalisation Agenda. The Erasmus Charter for Higher Education is integral to the realisation
of our institutional plans, strategies and aspirations.

 

We believe that higher education is a powerful tool towards maxmising every individual’s potential
(as our mission statement states) beneficial for the continuous development and successful
economic, intellectual and cultural achievement of our world.  Committed to offering high research
and evidence-based quality education, we aim at offering international opportunities to our staff and
students whereby we create an inspirational environment towards fostering an inclusive academic
culture.

 

Our core values of inclusivity, digitalisation, collaboration and excellence permeate in our
institutional strategy both at the local and the international level. We aim at being an international
hub at the centre of the Mediterranean for both local and international students creating
partnerships with European and non-European Universities to facilitate and support staff and
student mobility, student recruitment, developments in teaching and learning, collaborative
research and capacity-building.

 

We aim at having international collaborative partnerships in order to have more solid teaching,
learning and research.  Partnership agreements at different levels serve as a guidance to our
partnerships in order to encourage mobilities and collaboration agreements based on quality of
courses offered, similarities between organisations and evaluation of what best fits our strategy,
sharing the same mission and vision. We value partnerships where there is a shared commitment,
mutual benefit and staff and students can continue to develop their skills getting international
exposure as Malta is very small island. On the other hand, our partnerships are diverse, reflecting the
different needs and priorities of our partners’ and our own students and staff which take in
consideration developing specific areas that we deem strategic both for Malta and at international
level. We value also specific partnerships with specific aims such build joint-qualifications,
researching a particular aspect or areas of common interests and providing hands-on experiences in
order to broaden as much as possible our opportunities.

 

As an institute, keeping in mind the above, we aim at maintaining our geographical priorities that is
Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa, we are open to new and unexpected collaborations. Through
various ways, we are trying to open up links with various international institutions as wide as
possible to provide possibilities both to Maltese and foreign staff and students to broaden their
horizons on various levels. We encourage that these exchanges, various academic-led activities and
projects are disseminated widely to promote good practice. We actively publicise the activities
undertaken within our institute and also to our local community in order to share the outcomes,
benefits and best practices of our international activities.

In view of the above, we firmly believe that the following priorities enhance and boost any mobility
and cooperation between institutions:

1. A Network of European Universities
2. The automatic mutual recognition of diplomas
3. A European Student Card

 

Consequently, through our partnerships,
1. we ensure that we have at least two-cycle higher education system consisting of bachelor’s, and
master’s, however we are in the process of introducing also doctoral studies (third cycle)
2. we ensure the mutual recognition of qualifications and learning periods abroad completed at
other institutes and universities
3. we implement a system of quality assurance, to strengthen the quality and relevance of learning
and teaching.

The above targets enable us to send staff and students to partner institutes and universities while we
are able to receive incoming staff and students to our institutions. MLI is committed to provide
Erasmus+ Grants to as many students and staff members as possible. We believe these experiences
help in the continuous professional development of our staff, whilst engender further collaborations
both on an administrative and academic level. On the other hand, this permits us to receive students
and staff from other institutes and universities that bring with them richness of their institutions
from which we can learn and help us grow into a bigger and more qualitative organisation. These
exchanges take different formats namely in long- or short-term activities which all have their own
benefit.

 

Thus, the participation to the Erasmus Programme is expected to have considerable contribution to
Malta Leadership Institute on all five priorities of the EU Modernisation of Higher Education:
1. Increasing achievement levels to provide the graduates and researchers Europe needs
2. Improving the quality and relevance of higher education
3. Strengthening quality through mobility and cross-border cooperation
4. Linking higher education, research and business for excellences and regional development
5. Improving governance and funding

 

The exchange and mobilities of students and staff enable MLI to enter in collaborative projects with
other universities and institutes that focus on specific areas which benefit businesses and also
particular areas of development. Whilst strengthening the relevance of higher education to the
business and professional community, it contributes to businesses to become more evidence-based
in their approach to developing products and services while to the professional community can be
backed up with new research in specific areas. This enhances the quality of education of our
students and administrative and academic staff being given various opportunities to continue
enhance their growth through international exposure. Being a small institute at its infancy, we are
eager to learn from bigger institutions to enhance our educational outputs. On the other hand, these
collaborative partnerships permit us to invite professors from other universities both to train
academic staff and also students to enhance their learning. This strengthens the cross-border
collaboration and quality of mobilities. Being a small organisation, we envisage that all staff are
provided with an international experience as we are ready to welcome staff from abroad so that we
can share our experience too. Moreover, we aim at developing in the coming years Bachelor and
Master joint-programmes as we believe this gives more opportunities and added value to our
students and academic staff both for teaching, academic development and research. This active

participation provides more effective partnership relationship management, support of co-operation
projects, professional training, teaching delivery and programme development. We envisage also to
participate in various International Weeks and Study Abroad Fairs organised by our Partners in order
to promote our Institute as we believe the opportunities that Erasmus+ mobilities provide an added
value to the programmes we provide.

Finally, all international activities are regularly monitored and evaluated in order to get the greatest
benefit out of every activity being outgoing or incoming to develop new best practices, policies and
strategies in view of offering higher quality education. This ensures the best use of funding giving
opportunities to all those in touch with MLI ensuring inclusivity of those coming from a
disadvantaged background, minimising barriers of any kind (language, culture, disability, ethnicity)
and maximising the growth (being academic or personal) of every individual.

In order that the fundamental values of justice, fairness, transparency, continuous improvement and
development in the provision of such opportunities promoted by EU Modernisation and
Internationalisation Agenda for Higher Education, and the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education, any
member of staff or student can appeal any decision for refusal of an application for mobility by
writing to admin@maltaleadershipinstitute.com.

ECHE Charter Certificate