Aprovació de la carta ECHE

Our International Strategy

The Jaume Balmes policy regarding languages and
internalisations starts in the first years of the ESO – secondary school with
the “Balmes multilingual” project consists precisely in the
introduction to the daily life of the centre the use of foreign languages and
to promote its use in areas non-linguistic. We believe that the use of
different languages to gain access to knowledge is a practice that the
individual must develop from school age in order to establish the bases that
will allow them to learn any language efficiently. Therefore, and taking into
account the objectives of Europe 2020 towards European competitiveness in the
framework for multilingualism in the education system of Catalonia, our centre,
from the 2016-17 course, is part of the network of institutes of the Group of
Experimentation for Multilingualism (GEP).
Jaume Balmes Institute offers: four languages as 1st
and 2nd foreign languages at reduced ratio, and the possibility of performing
Following these already well-established multilingual
experience, nowadays the CLIL methodology has been started in some units of the
3 VET Advanced level studies.
Our consequential target in the internalisation of the
centre is being awarded the ECHE to allow our interested students of the
Advanced level of VET studies do their traineeship abroad.
Related to this our Partner’s selection will be based
on prior developing partnerships that can support traineeship and study abroad
programmes, and staff exchange. We seek out strategic partnerships, which would
lead to strong long-term relationships: a win-win situation for both parties.
To this aim, our HEI has activated relations with some
European networks through local institutions as Foundation BCN FP, Regional
Ministry of Education and the mobility network.
We have already received from the international
companies asking internships (by e-mail), until now we only take care of the
national ones hoping soon we will be able to attend the international ones.
Through this accreditation at European level, we want
to make on-going partnerships with various entities official and enlarge the
number of partners.
Our foreign partners will be selected according to
their skills and professionalism following the same principles already
well-established for selecting local partners.The institution’s formative offer
similar or complementary to ours would be essential.
For achieving a common collaboration strategy will be
organized virtual meetings with selected institutions when in person would not
be an option.
In consonance with our internationalisation vision,
our choice will prioritize partner’s quality (good companies and schools that
offer similar courses), for this reason we do not exclude any Geographical
area. Having a good IT sector will be a plus.
To accomplish the goals of the internationalisation
process, we are performing some actions and starting new ones, including
curriculum; teaching and learning development; future student, faculty and
staff mobility; language education and training; research in the academic and
professional community.
About the objectives and target groups:
Mobility activities are keystone in our
internationalisation process of our VET studies. Growing the students’ mobility
offers to our students the possibility to improve their qualification and
skills level. Taking part in international mobility, our students will improve
their professional, social, inter-cultural and linguistic skills. Our school
staff could improve both on professional and personal level. The employability
will also increase.
Erasmus+ will be well-received by students and
teaching staff, and it will be an essential element in this new strategy, and
through this structure quality partnerships will be established and developed.
Future part of our internationalisation is the
acceptance of incoming international students. Their contributions are valued
and recognized, they enrich the institutional life and the educational
experience of all students, creating opportunities for long-lasting
professional partnerships and relationships.
The Centre is especially respectful of the equal
opportunities community policy and it aims for the highest quality of learning
experiences as a core element of education of our institution.
In relation to the target groups, our first step are
the students of Short Cycle (Higher Vocational Education) who have expressed
their intention to participate in the program and meet the academic
requirements, maturity and responsibility required to perform the traineeship
in companies.
After achieving this milestone, we will carry out
incoming students for traineeship and staff mobility, being the last one
outbound and incoming students for studies.
This process would be monitor and an evaluation of
effectiveness will apply yearly, corrective actions will be enforced if

Organization and Implementation of International cooperation Projects

Our HEI has begun the procedures to achieve the certification of quality
carrying out a procedure which guarantees the continuous improvement of the
learning-teaching process and all of the activities proposed in the
institution. To achieve a successful strategy for the management and
implementation of international cooperation projects our HEI will develop
cooperation with program partners or with other partner countries.
At the beginning, most of our participations will be through
collaborations with partners that supply the Regional Ministry of Education.
We will promote and support students and staff mobility, guaranteeing no
discrimination and including under-represented groups. We will ensure a clear
policy for developing integrated, transnational teaching activities.
We will bear in mind the results of internal monitoring of European and
international mobility and cooperation and we will take care of improving its
international performance if it is needed. Our institution will recognize the
importance of, and provide visibility to, the positive results achieved by our
staff and students engaged in mobility programs or in cooperation projects with
strategic partners.
Our institution will work on participating in one or several Erasmus+
Programs (Key Action 1,2).
We will make any necessary effort to achieve successful, cost-efficient
and sustainable results by defining detailed activities before, during and
after mobility within our institutional mobility strategy.
The Mobility Coordinator will play a central role; it will promote/advise
and offer possible projects to the teaching staff. It will provide staff with
any assistance that they may need during the application process.
We are fully willing to work in order to help the students who need and
want a training so as to be competitive in the European scene, we must promote
the international relations between the HEI and those companies of the IT
sector which are related to the training activities which are taught in this
We are faced with the challenge of linking the positive aspects of the
experience abroad with the different activities of the HEI itself as well as
the different subjects proposed in the different IT Vet courses.
Our institution mobility coordinator mostly tasks will be plan and
implement procedures, quality assurance, anticipate solutions to future
problems, and progress monitoring. Supervise and check the activities will help
to achieve feasible outcomes.
Other tasks of organisation and administrative activities will be shared
with the administrative staff of the HEI. Our local Traineeship Coordinators
would give advice on possible international companies and in collaboration with
the Mobility Coordinator will prepare agreements.
The Mobility coordinator will monitor, control and evaluate the student
while their traineeship period.
In the future for incoming students we will provide the transcript
record with number of credits ECTS and their Europass mobility.
The qBID is a web application from the Catalan Ministry of Education
that manages the agreements of the training in work centres. The Regional
Ministry of Education, through the qBID, must validate the agreement and assign
it a registration number, which is included in the traineeship booklet.
The Mobility coordinator should ensure that the partner’s HEI track
students’ traineeships, asses the learning and the program actually develop and
the partner HEI issues the Diploma Supplement or equivalent indicating the
number of credits earned. We will provide with the same documents to the
incoming students.
We would like to achieve the following goals with our participation in
the Erasmus+ program, crucial in our school modernisation:
1-Increasing attainment levels to provide the graduates and researchers
Europe needs
There is a large consensus in Catalonia that our productive model should
be transform and turn it into one more added-value oriented, more competitive
in the international area. To evolve towards this new model, qualified human
resources are needed. Increasing the qualifications that our students have
entails a higher active human capital value in the country. This will
contribute to the competitiveness of enterprises and the employability of our
Taking part in international mobility, our students will improve their
professional, social, inter-cultural and linguistic skills. Barcelona is the
5th European region in terms of startups.It has become a clear benchmark in
Europe in the creation of new companies, especially those with a technological
Then, Barcelona has lately been attracting promising startups and
sharp-minded entrepreneurs and workers from across the globe, our IT students
should be well-prepared to face challenging job interviews and assignments. Be
able to access to an International mobility 
experience is an essential element of equipping our students for their
futures in a changing world, to move fluently between different cultural,
social and political contexts and value the ability to communicate in more than
one language. Elements that they may be facing working in international
environments with colleagues from all over the world in the Barcelona tech hub.
2-Improving the quality and relevance of higher education
The internationalisation process will allow Jaume Balmes to improve
their teaching quality. With a better teaching and learning process the student
body will be able to acquire the competences needed to live and work in an
international city and world.
Be in touch with foreign ways of educate and work allows our school to
pinpoint differences and similarities and establish best habits to improve the
quality of our education.
The competences young students need to collect are in constant expansion
in the global world we live with continuous adjustments.
The chance to increase the possibilities of mobility and exchanges with
foreign institutions or realizing a traineeship in international companies
helps the whole of our HEI community – teachers, staff, and students – to earn
capabilities suitable to the demand of the labour market at international
3-Strengthening quality through mobility and cross-border cooperation
The participation in mobility and cooperation programmes is elemental in
order to raise the distribution of students and teachers build intercultural
and cross-cultural competences, experience new cultures, languages and to aid
the exchange of new knowledge, investigation and innovation. Daily competences
needed that help with employability. Our students will develop a disposition to
international mobility at work; international new knowledge will be shared and
our staff will benefit. New networks will be built internationally.
4-Linking higher education, research and business for excellence and
regional development
Having an experience abroad will open our students’ minds to solve
problems and create ideas in a more creative approach, lateral thinking. Better
opportunities of employability and their job roles will be enhanced. Stronger
connections will be created between education, knowledge and entrepreneurial
and innovative skills for the benefit of our students’ employability and our
staff skills.
5-Improving governance and funding
Experiences abroad will not only benefit staff and students, it will
allow knowing other international realities and other solutions for governance
and funding, leadership and management to develop in the future. Erasmus+ could
support some governance and financial innovations, already experienced in other
good practices on European level. The internationalisation favours a higher



linguistic competences will be described in the Learning Agreement, and all
parts (students and sending HEIs) will be informed on the requirements. Sending
HEIs are in charge of arranging adequate linguistic support before leaving.
Nevertheless, incoming mobility participants will receive appropriate
linguistic support by our institution. Primarily, foreign students will be
involved in the course taught in English, so they should not encounter
linguistic problems.
Also the
institution will oversee an intensive Catalan and Spanish language course for
incoming students. Students will be encouraged to follow a Spanish or Catalan one
as well as an English course for a semester or a year, depending on how long
they stay. We will also contact with the ESN (European student network) local
sections in Barcelona (4 of them) to know about more languages courses they
organized that our incoming students could join.
The intensive
courses will be done during the orientation weeks of the school; this is at the
beginning of their Erasmus period.