International Cooperation

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The European Union has awarded e-Campus University with an Erasmus Charter for Higher Education, a guarantee of high quality and good practices in the internationalization process.

ERASMUS CHARTER (.pdf)

eCampus encourages the exchange of academics, staff, and students through Cooperation and Bilateral Agreements. eCampus foster their participation to cooperative international and European research and training projects.

To this end eCampus set up an International Relations and Erasmus Committee (IREC), composed by:

  • prof. Roberto Castaldi (Chair)

  • dr. Matteo Bassoli (Law Faculty)

  • dr. Enrico Bocciolesi (Psychology Faculty)

  • dr. Luca Cioccolanti (Engineering Faculty)

  • prof. Daniele Ietri (Literature Faculty)

  • prof. Carlo Caserio (Economics Faculty)

  • Mrs. Gaia Bosisio (administrative head)


Each member chairs the Faculty level IREC, which include members from all Degree and Master Courses (to ensure a reference for both incoming and outbound students) and a tutor who will be in charge of incoming students.

The academics members manage the relationship with other universities, and advise incoming and outbound students. The administrative staff is in charge of the management of convention, mobility, credit recognition, and web-site update. The tutors offer continuous guidance to the incoming students. Staff and tutors communicate directly with IREC Chairs.

eCampus promotes language training for incoming and outbound students, academics and staff to encourage mobility. Please read the eCampus Language Policy.

eCampus recognizes courses attended during mobility and implements the ECTS-Credits system in order to smooth procedures and to facilitate students’ mobility.

eCampus Erasmus Policy

eCampus International Strategy

eCampus’s mission is to contribute to the improvement of society by offering quality on-line and blended education and carrying out advanced research. A strong drive towards internationalization is the hallmark of eCampus strategy, including its academic recruitment. eCampus strategic plan foresee a very significant increase of its academic staff: in 2014 and 2015 it recruited 71 new lecturers, 26 associate professors and 18 full professors. Many of them have impressive international experience and network of relations, and several have coordinated European projects.

eCampus encourages international mobility of students and staff. Several potential partnership could not be finalized in the absence of the ECHE. However eCampus is members of some Universities network, such as the Red Internacional de Universidades Lectoras, which currently gathers 53 Universities from Europe, Asia, North and South America (http://universidadeslectoras.org/miembros). And it has several bi-lateral cooperation agreement. Therefore, some academic staff did manage to spend periods abroad, both in Programme Countries and in Partner Countries, and some foreign scholars spent short periods at eCampus. With ECHE eCampus will be able to finalize new agreements and increase mobility, possibly also for longer periods, counting also on the EU support. The drive for the partnership comes from eCampus academics, and Partner Universities and Network have been selected that share interests in mobility and research cooperation with at least 1 of the 5 eCampus Faculties.

So far the main collaborations with other Universities focus on:

  • the active participation in the RIUL – International Universities Network for Reading, where more of 50 universities from more than 10 Countries promoting research and exchange relationships with many European Universities also beyond EU Programmes;

  • the provision of the first two years courses fully recognized by Universidad Rey Juan Carlos (Madrid) as part of the degree in Physiotherapy;

  • the formalization of an agreement with the inter-institutional association (Associazione Interuniversitaria Europea), based in Chiasso (Switzerland) to exploit eCampus staff and facilities. The international association is directly managing the first two years of Medicine as part of the courses provided by the Medical University of Sofia (MUS);

  • a cooperation agreement with the Department of Science and Technology of the Chinese province of Yunnan, to promote joint projects in the field of technology and science;

  • cooperation agreements for research and exchange students with The Catholic University of America (Washington), the Jaén University (Spain), the Ibaguè University (Colombia), the network LEILAC (Latin America)

  • a de facto cooperation on the adult learning, distance learning, e-learning, international and social cooperation, longlife learning programs is in place with the International collaboration of IILA – International Institute of Latin America, and the Territories of Tomorrow Foundations.

The number of foreign students is about 5% of the enrolment, and continuously grows. Considering the two last academic years with complete figures (2012/13 and 2013/14) the University recorded a 29% per cent growth among the foreign population, both from the EU (40% growth) and from third countries (24%). This is result of eCampus internationalization process, consisting in the integration of the world dimension within teaching and research activities, and expanding abroad its brand. Exploiting its expertise in long distance learning, eCampus is developing a network of foreign partners (affiliate) able to recruit foreign students as well as being providers of local facilities, tutoring and administrative support. On the other, in a more traditional fashion, eCampus is forging ties with European and non-European University to manage cross-national degree, students and staff mobility.

The cooperation agreement in place or ready to be concluded if eCampus ECHE application will be successful focus on Central and Eastern Europe, Southern Europe, and the Americas. While initiatives and missions have been undertaken to create a network of affiliates in Africa, China and South East Asia.

The possibility to participate in the Erasmus Plus Program is seeked to pursue the following goals:

Enhancement of international mobility and language skills of academics, students and staff.

Participation in joint design and implementation of training and research activities, to improve our own standards further, and to foster eCampus visibility at the European and international level.

Enhancement of eCampus teaching and offer, through increased Europeanization and internationalization of curricula.

Promotion of European integration knowledge and value within eCampus and in the wider society, through participation in the Jean Monnet Action.


Organization and implementation

eCampus has a large campus near Milan able to host 260 students and staff in its dorms. Many students live in the Campus, and student and staff exploit it when they come for seminars, exams, etc. The Campus allows eCampus to combine long distance learning with the possibility of blended courses, providing also direct relationship between the students and the academic staff, and makes incoming mobility possible.

eCampus students are increasingly more balanced regarding their age, and beside working students, who have more limited mobility preferences, also 18-27 years old student make a significant part of our students. From 2011 to 2014 the average age of eCampus students decreased from 39 to 29, also increasing the demand for mobility opportunities.

In a global world to establish contacts among different cultures and foster European identity, and the sense of belonging is crucial. Erasmus+ Program offers a strong asset at the curricular level, for this reason outgoing students will be selected on merit and motivation, while incoming on place availability and country of origin (to seek a fully international environment) on the basis of the bi-lateral agreements

All students work under the supervision of a tutor or supervisor, and are required to keep in contact with them. Academic coordinators arrange pre – departure meetings for the outgoing students, who are encouraged to seek advice from the previous year’s outgoing students. The reports of outgoing students on their time abroad are monitored to see if there are problems to be identified and discussed with partner institutions.

To implement this ambitious strategy, eCampus set up IREC at both University and Faculties level. Mrs. Bosisio is the administrative contact point and one tutor for each Faculty has been selected (by virtue of their specific skills from a linguistic point of view, as well as in the experience of teaching Italian as a second language) to accompany incoming students in their permanence.


Aims and priorities

1. By enhancing mobility, the internationalization of the eCampus academic environment, the development of joint Courses and research programs eCampus will be more attractive for students willing to join an online university, while looking for professional growth in an international dimension. Thanks to the presence of incoming and outgoing students, eCampus will try to increase enrolment and the share of students attending EU programmes. Finally, the use of English and Spanish as teaching language is encouraged, to facilitate students willing to attend courses abroad.

2. Erasmus Plus program will helps eCampus joining the European public space thanks to incoming and outgoing researchers, while setting higher standards for both teaching and research. As a direct consequence, the quality and the relevance of curricula will increase. A further modernization will be the provision of classes taught in English only, this will directly impact on non-mobility students which will have a greater chance of being exposed to foreign languages. Finally the program will increase the chance for scholars to promote a European perspective in each discipline.

3. Given the budget constraints and the lack of national funding, the Erasmus program will be the main opportunity for eCampus students to access mobility support, even though minor scale experiences are present. Therefore, the cross-border cooperation will be implemented for students and staff, also by enhancing the participation in the EU-funded projects, both for teaching and research. Excellence in research and contribution to the ERA achievement will be one of the main objectives, through an adequate mobility of researchers.

4. As a private non-profit University, placed in the heart of industrialized Lombardy, eCampus constantly cooperates with enterprises. The link with the territory has always been a crucial asset for the university, but so far it lacks the possibility of providing national enterprises students with experiences in foreign countries. The participation to Erasmus+ will allow eCampus students to bridge their educational attainments with more international experience and higher level of employability. Meanwhile research mobility and joint research and teaching projects will help involved academics to improve the connection between innovation and research thanks to a wider exposure to other international experiences.

5. eCampus has already been asked to participate to joint projects, but the lack of the ECHE prevented it. However, it did apply to some EACEA actions which did not require it. The Erasmus+ program can impact on the funding schemes offered to students to facilitate international mobility. It can provide essential resources to design and test new joint programs and joint information and research activities to reach out to the European public.




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