International relations, both for staff, students and alumni is integral to the history of Fjellhaug International University College (FIUC). Furthermore, as an institution with campuses in two countries, there is an acute awareness of the challenges and benefits inherent to international cooperation. Internationalisation is a natural continuation of this and will be shaped in order to improve the quality of and strengthen the ability to provide research and education relevant to students, staff and future employers.
The purpose of FIUC is to be a strong academic community within the areas of theology, mission, and intercultural studies in order to equip people for Christian teaching, preaching, and mission, and prepare students for intercultural and interreligious meetings, value based leadership and social engagement both nationally and internationally.
One of the main tools to fulfil this purpose and one of five strategic focus areas is internationalisation. International partnerships with other higher education institutions will be the core of this. These partnerships must result in mutual benefits and the best way to achieve this is through the exchange of students and staff, as well as through cooperation. The objectives are:
- Be a strong theological institution of higher education, educating students from diverse geographies. This includes building strength in the existing international structure, as well as strength through intra- institutional relations and cooperation, both on student and staff level.
- Be a leading institution in our field, in terms of quality. This includes cooperating closely with other institutions, staff and students, in order to learn from each other, including developing high-quality teaching and research.
The Erasmus programme is key to achieve this, as it both ensures and documents quality and provides incentives and structures. Erasmus plus will be used as a tool to achieve a focussed and strategic approach to internationalisation.
FIUC will focus on mobility of students and staff for studies and teaching, and on mobility for cooperation projects.