Policy statement

The PTI wishes to set theology into the valuable service of the society, in particular church communities, within a multicultural and multiconfessional society. This mission has to be carried out in an open irenic fashion while implementing high academic standards. The PTI intends to create a strong theological dialogue with other academic settings that are faithful to the Christian message, revelation and tradition (see also Mission Statement).

In achieving this goal the University aims to establish a higher educational institute that is in line with the highest European standards. This is partly established through creating and maintaining a vast network of institutional contacts. The Erasmus+ program contributes significantly to expanding and maintaining this network of academic cooperation.

In order to implement the Erasmus program, the PTI wishes to carry out the following activities:

  • expanding the number of outgoing student mobilities,
  • drawing in a larger number of incoming students,
  • increasing the number of teaching and training mobilities for teachers and auxiliary staff.
  • For this purpose the Senate of the university has adopted a set of rules and regulations and established selection committees which govern and manage student mobilities as well as mobilities of academic and auxiliary staff through well-defined selection criteria. In choosing the beneficiaries of the grants, the responsible committees take into consideration the professional performance of the candidates as well as the extracurricular activities of the applicants, which have been carried out in the service of the institute.

    In the case of outgoing mobilities (students, teaching staff, auxiliary staff) the priorities of the university are the following: transparent selection based on non-discriminating principles, chance equality, and quality-orientation.

    In order to promote the Erasmus program with all of its possibilities through a number of different channels, the PTI has issued publicity materials, such as brochures, informative leaflets for students, on-line materials meant for the university’s website and disseminates Erasmus-related information through social media platforms. The Erasmus coordinator of the university contacts students and faculty staff personally in order to provide them with an efficient and most up-to-date batch of information with regard to the Erasmus program, as well as the application and selection procedures. The number of such activities will undoubtedly grow in the future, as more and more students realise the benefits a mobility may provide for their professional development.

    Keeping contact with outgoing students and the supervision of their activities is established through various means, including the use of landlines, mobile phones, internet, the postal service, contacting the Erasmus partners, a common electronic inbox, as well as different social media platforms.

    The concrete initial objective of the PTI was to utilise fully the number of mobilities granted to the institute. This entailed providing mobility opportunities to at least 10% of the student community. We have managed to achieve this objective successfully. Academic and auxiliary staff have shown particular interest for the possibility of participating in a mobility. The number of completed mobilities exceeded the amount of funds initially granted for this purpose. During the implementation of these mobilities there have been no significant problems reported, as the rules and regulations of the Erasmus mobility program of the university had been strictly followed.