The essential document for the University of Defence concept is its “Long-term plan of learning, scholar, research, development and other creative activities held by the University of Defence in 2011 till 2015”. It has risen from a wide discussion in which all school academic staff participated and was debated and approved by the University of Defence Academic Senate as the school’s supreme authority. This document outlines school’s general strategy concerning goals and its priority orientation towards its participation in the Erasmus programme. Accent is placed on the processes that would allow a deeper collaboration with the military forces and military learning and scientific and/or research institutions in NATO member countries, Visegrad Four countries, countries adjacent to the Czech Republic and other EU countries. The highest priority is given to students and academic staff mobility system implementation and application through opening the University of Defence to international university environment on the reciprocity basis as stipulated in bi- or multi-lateral agreements with primarily NATO-countries military learning counterpart institutions.
The University’s of Defence experience based on the lessons learnt during the activities performed toward meeting the lone-term plan goals make us believe the tertiary education institutions’ open attitude is and long will be an attribute of the basic ones typical for education institutions involved in tertiary education and therefore the phenomenon shall receive notable accentuation in the next period of time. Therefore, the UD will implement the Bologna process so that the UD be a full-fledged member of the European Higher Education Area improving thus its competitiveness in the international environment. To meet the goal, it shall:
- focus the effort over the entire scale to proper implementation and maximum exploitation of ECTS on the basis of learning outputs;
- create conditions to increase the number of sent students to scholarship/training periods abroad (e.g. supporting student’s mobility through scholarships by its own sources, student comprehensive evaluation system, etc.);
- precise the conditions of academic and other staff career promotion towards their long-time mobility (acquiring experience at similar institutions abroad should be a standard during career);
- create conditions for rigorously kept records in the student register of all leaving/coming students;
- strictly and correctly acknowledge courses taken abroad, as these issues shall be incorporated into the internal regulations of the University of Defence and its component parts;
- develop mobility within career education through ECVET as an important short cycle courses representative at the UD;
- increase the number of international students in both accredited and non-accredited forms through a wider range of courses offered in other than Czech languages, its promotion (information on web pages, presentation during education exhibitions abroad, cooperation with embassies), international cooperation strategy and creating conditions suitable for international students (learning aids in foreign languages, lecture rooms a laboratories equipment, staff language skills, accommodation, leisure time facilities, etc.) and contribution by international experts to particular departments;
- pay effort to enter scientific and technologic parks, technology auto transfer and/or incubators;
- systematically develop young talent search and support system at the level of each component part;
- consider the long-term research, development and innovation perspectives for each component to determine research priorities for systematic development;
- use the established contacts and search for potential partners for double/multiple/joint degrees, which are in school’s long-term horizon intent however not utilised currently.