The Escuela Superior de Diseño de Madrid, ESDM, was awarded the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education for the Erasmus+ programme 2014-2021.
Internationalization is a key factor in our institutional strategy and the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education is in its core.
We have been working successfully with a growing number of partners in the past years, for staff and student mobility, developments in teaching and learning, knowledge transfer, collaborative research and innovation.
Our partnerships are diverse, reflecting the different needs of our four specialites and their students and staff. But we also maintain suitable partnerships for specific purposes.
Working with design schools in Europe and the rest of the world is seen as an essential strategy for growth and the interchange of experiences. We have well established links with design schools in Europe and abroad, specially with Latin America, and are always looking for new agreements and ways of collaboration.
During its first academic year ,2012/13, the ESDM was the designer and general coordinator of one of the seven Erasmus Intensive projects approved that year in Spain. We worked on a project called Design as Ethno-tourism, examining the way of life and use of public spaces in Madrid, in collaboration with seven recognised European institutions: Luca School of Art, Belgium; the Faculty of Architecture, The Technical University, Crete, Greece; Chelsea College of Art and Design, University of the Arts, London; the Faculty of Fine Arts, University Complutense, Madrid and the Faculty of Fine Arts, Oporto University, Portugal.
More than 72 students and teachers met in February 2013 to work in collaboration with many important Madrid professionals, associations and institutions.
The number of Mobilities is very high, considering the number of students and teachers in relation to other centres with similar characteristics in Madrid, and interest keeps on growing. This shows our institution’s great interest in understanding other approaches and learning from best practices.
All new calls for applications and information meetings are open to all students and staff. Dissemination of the information is given through the school website and the virtual campus, as well as the informative screen at the entrance.
Similarly, dissemination is given to projects underway and to the outcomes of finalized projects.
Thanks to our participation and experience in Erasmus + KA1, we are currently working on the application for a KA2 Knowledge Alliance.
We are aware that we are still implementing Erasmus + programme and its recent innovations but we relieve that internationalization is a core factor in education, and our institution keeps improving the Department for International Relations every year.
We have several agreements with European and non European institutions outside the Erasmus + framework.
We are aiming to be a laboratory of new ideas to contribuye to a better world. We believe in the cooperation between social actors and innovators in technology, design and business to find the best possible solutions for the new social needs and future challenges.
We have led many previous collaborative projects and we are ready to contribute to and become a part of the collective project of designing a city. We strongly believe designers have the responsibility to work for a better future.
Success of international mobility in the ESDM is one of the reasons for new students to choose our institution.
We will actively promote students and staff international mobility.
We advice and support all the participants in the different stages and dificulties of their international experience, and try to develop inclusive polices regarding all aspects of mobility.
Mobility of staff is a priority too for the ESDM at this point. It is essential for the exchange of knowledge and experiences with other institutions and to support some joint research and design projects that have been going on for several years already.
We are working to design two Knowledge Alliances and joint Master’s programmes with selected partners.
We keep regular processes of evaluation of our practice and strategy and we meet regularly with colleagues to share our practices.
We also work in partnership with the local administration and with many local companies and industries, as well as professional associations. We are now in the position of sharing this network with our partners, to improve both staff and students opportunities.
We believe that International experience will increase social, entrepreneurial and creative skills and subsequent employability of the participants in mobility programmes.