ERASMUS POLICY STATEMENT 2014-2020
1) Please describe your institution's international (EU and non-EU) strategy. In your description please explain a) how you choose your partners, b) in which geographical area(s) and c) the most important objectives and target groups of your mobility activities (with regard to staff and students in first, second and third cycles, including study and training, and short cycles). If applicable, also explain how your institution participates in the development of double/multiple/joint degrees.
The Performance Contract between the Ministry of culture 2011-2014 and RMC "defines the aims for Rhythmic Music Conservatory´s activities in the period of the contract and the conditions for doing so". A main objective of the contract is that RMC programmes should be of world class quality. Against this background, RMC has developed an international strategy with six overall actions:
1) To increase the level of student and staff mobility, to strike a balance between the number of incoming and outgoing exchange students as well as to further develop systematic procedures for information, management, and evaluation in the context of mobility that lives up to international standards of good practice in the area.
2) To develop a strategically based and consistent framework for internationalisation at home activities. The aim is support the students' international competences through an increased number of international students and the increased use of international guest teachers, artist talks, clinics and international conferences.
3) To develop and implement a language policy that supports the objectives of RMC’s internationalisation efforts, including the development of modules taught in English.
4) To further develop information and guidance in English aimed at foreign students and teachers.
5) To further develop the active and - where appropriate to the objectives of the RMC – the initiating role in international networks and programmes such as Erasmus, NORDPLUS, AEC, ANMA, as well as to monitor other relevant network collaborations.
6) To maintain and develop existing partnership agreements, as well as to establish new agreements with selected institutions in the Nordic region, Europe and the United States/Canada.
RMC’s partnerships are established on the basis of a deep mutual knowledge of the partner institutions’ values, goals, curricula, organisation, etc., based on experience from actual cooperation projects, mutual institutional visits and mobility.
As an example the EUJAM programme (see below) was established on the basis of a thorough dialogue through the AEC network "Pop Jazz Platform", a professional forum including more than 100 music conservatories in Europe.
As another example, the partner institutions behind the development of Nordic Master; The Composing Musician (see below), did for many years carry out joint intensive courses, before it was decided to develop a joint programme.
For the future Erasmus programme period RMC targets its institutional, international activities against Europe and the United States/Canada. Moreover RMC wish to implement projects with partner institutions in territories with a strong rhythmic music culture, including Brazil, Argentina, Cuba and South Africa.
All students and employees are included in RMC mobility activities. Typically RMC has had more incoming than outgoing students on exchange studies. The objective is to balance this ratio by increasing the number of outgoing mobility students, with a focus on existing partner institutions in Europe and future partner institutions in the United States. It is also the objective to increase the number of students in international internships.
The aim is to increase the number of teachers and administrative staff involved in teaching and training exchanges.
The aim is to increase mobility through compulsory mobility components into existing and future joint study programmes. Furthermore RMC expects to launch a series of new master's programmes with built-in mobility components from 2014.
Presently Danish conservatories are not allowed to provide or participate in double/multiple/joint degrees. However, in cooperation with the academies of music in Amsterdam, Paris, Berlin and Trondheim, RMC has developed and implemented a joint study programme at master’s level: EUJAM http://www.ntnu.edu/eujam. And from 2014, in cooperation with academies of music in Oslo and Gothenburg, RMC will provide another joint study programme at master’s level: Nordic Master; The Composing Musician.
2) If applicable, please describe your institution's strategy for the organisation and implementation of international (EU and non-EU) cooperation projects in teaching and training in relation to projects implemented under the Programme.
RMC wishes to develop its existing cooperation agreements with the music conservatories in Europe as well as to establish new cooperation agreements with selected institutions in Europe with a view to developing new intensive courses, common joint programmes and modules.
The existing agreements describe the objectives, content and financial framework for projects covered by the agreements and how the projects are organised and evaluated.
Together with its partners RMC will work to determine the need for applying for Erasmus funding for future activities, including capacity building and competence development.
In 2013 RMC will open negotiations with music conservatories in the United States on the establishment of cooperation agreements entering in force from the academic year 2014-2015. It is the intention that these agreements, among other things, should include mobility and joint projects, involving students and teachers from the participating institutions, e.g. in the form of Summer Courses. These courses are expected to strengthen the professional level in general, and to contribute to mutual capacity building and competence development as well as to increase mutual understanding of the respective institutions and thereby strengthen international mobility and recruitment.
RMC's international internship agreements are typically organized on an individual basis between the student and internship enterprise. RMC has no current plans to participate in formal cooperation projects regarding internships.
3) Please explain the expected impact of your participation in the Programme on the modernisation of our institution (for each of the 5 priorities of the Modernisation Agenda) in terms of the policy objectives you intend to achieve.
Priority 1 - Increasing attainment levels to provide the graduates and researchers Europe needs
The attainment levels in music academies are generally very high, and RMC does not expect that participation in the programme will increase the attainment levels further.
The existing – and minimal – number of drop-outs is due to fact that some very talented, and therefore sought-after students, enter a professional full-time career even before completion of the programme.
Priority 2 — Improving the quality and relevance of higher education.
The labour market for a pop/jazz musician is increasingly global, and typically based on freelance activities. In line with the increased globalization, the markets, including audience, creative partners and business partners must be sought internationally. Professionals therefore typically depend on a labour market beyond the national territory, and international networking and intercultural competences gained through mobility during education have great importance for the professional musician's access to a lifelong artistic career at an international level.
Priority 3 - Strengthening quality through mobility and cross-border cooperation
RMC expects an increase in the number of highly qualified foreign teachers and students to raise the professional level of the conservatory.
RMC also expects a higher quality for the outgoing students and staff via the competences and qualifications they collect from mobility.
Finally, RMC expects that participation in international joint activities will help to strengthen the general professional level of employees as well as students and the conservatory’s overall capacity building.
Priority 4 - Linking higher education, research and business for excellence and regional development
Entrepreneurship is an important, and therefore compulsory, subject area in all RMC's programmes. The aim is to give the students a solid foundation for a lifelong, international career.
Entrepreneurship is also a key feature of RMC's two international joint study programmes, EUJAM and The Composing Musician, both of which are described above. Similarly, the RMC is currently developing new master's programmes starting in 2014, which will put even more focus on artistic innovation and entrepreneurship. The subject area is taught by professionals from the music industry.
RMC has in recent years developed and extended its international research activities in cooperation with the international higher education institutions.
Priority 5 - Improving governance and funding
RMC is a Higher Education Institution under the Danish Ministry of culture. The Academy's activities are funded by the Danish state with very few special projects financed from private funds etc. Participation in the programme is not expected to have a noticeable effect on the improvement of governance and funding.