ERASMUS POLICY STATEMENT

The University of Criminal Investigation and Police Studies (UCIPS) carries out academic programs at undergraduate and graduate (master and doctoral) levels in the field of social sciences (undergraduate, master and doctoral studies of criminal investigation), sciences and mathematics (undergraduate, master and doctoral studies of informatics and computer science) and technical and technological sciences (undergraduate, master and doctoral studies of forensic engineering). The UCIPS has inherited a long tradition of higher police education in the Republic of Serbia since 1921, and since 2006 it has been devoted to the Bologna process. Also, the UCIPS is dedicated to and strategically aims at development and spreading of international cooperation in the field of higher police education and scientific and research work and it invests efforts to establish and nurture cooperation with similar higher education and scientific institutions both in the EU countries and other countries such as the Russian Federation, Ukraine, Belarus, Turkey, China, and so on. The UCIPS cooperates with these institutions based on cooperation agreements which regulate cooperation in the field of educational activity, mobility and science and research. The UCIPS has a mission to develop and improve higher police education, as well as relevant scientific disciplines within the field of criminal investigation, informatics and forensic engineering, promoting democratic values and professionalism of policing, as well as scientific rationale of modern crime control. Participation in Erasmus plus program is an integral part of the strategy of the institution in the field of international cooperation development. The UCIPS coordinated one Erasmus+ project (IMPRESS). Erasmus+ programs in which the University takes part have encouraged and sped up the development in the direction of introduction and improvement of mobility of students, teaching and non-teaching staff, as well as strengthening of institutional capacities and international scientific cooperation. In the forthcoming period the University will make efforts to achieve participation in all key activities of the Erasmus+ program, including particularly the KA2 programs - Strategic Partnerships, Knowledge Alliances and Capacity Building Projects in higher police education.

Since its foundation the UCIPS is strategically devoted to empowering the connection between police education and policing, as well as scientific research in the field of criminal investigation, police and security sciences. Accordingly, the University is particularly interested in contributing both to improvement of the national higher police education and creation of added value for the European space of police education, in other words to constant spreading and improvement of cooperation and connecting with the European countries in defining educational policies in the field of police education. In that regard, the UCIPS makes efforts within the framework of Erasmus+ programs to develop strategic partnerships, the alliances of knowledge and the programmes of mobility of students and staff with similar institutions of higher police education and relevant scientific institutions, the priority being (but not exclusively) the institutions in the EU, or in the European territory.

The UCIPS expects to benefit from mobility and cooperation with the institutions of higher police education, as well as other institutions which deal with education in the field of security in the EU countries, as well as other countries, which will in turn help it to improve its education system, curricula, scientific research, as well as make it become more open and capable to provide students with knowledge and expertise needed to respond adequately to crime and other security challenges. The University is devoted to improving police education, the result of which would be better efficiency and effectiveness of policing in a diverse and quickly changing society and it keeps facing new risks and security challenges, with growing expectation at the same time for the police to improve preventive and proactive work and the relationship with the citizens, as well as protection of crime victims. With regard to this, it is important to use the existing comparative experiences and scientific knowledge in order to improve curricula of higher police education, to improve high-level digital competences, capacity for problem-solving, ‘learning to learn’ skills as well as police officers’ social skills. Developing the curricula in the field of informatics and computer science, as well as forensic engineering, the University responds to the growing needs of the labour market of many European countries for graduates in technology and engineering. The University will make the most of Erasmus programme to improve staff mobility and to strengthen cooperation with other higher police education institutions across the Europe, as well as to incorporate comparative experience in making the police education system more inclusive for students of ethnic minorities, especially Roma. Cooperation with partner institutions under Erasmus+ programme is also expected to improve doctoral curricula, enabling students to develop research skills, critical thinking and creativity, as well as abilities to apply new knowledge and skills (including cyber security skills) in crime control practices. The University intends to further develop research-based teaching and support of interdisciplinary education and research, in order to make higher education in criminal investigation, forensic engineering and informatics more effective and efficient, as well as to firmly secure development of evidence-based policing.