...a country (Hungary) whose population, even today, is barely over ten million has produced so many musicians and so much outstanding music. I am grateful for having been born and trained there.

Sir Georg Solti

Erasmus Policy Statement

Our international relations have expanded significantly in the last seven years. It was partly a result of inner structural changes carried out in our Academy: Department of International Affairs and Development has been established.

Furthemore, we gained new partner institutions from countries that recently joined the EU.

The largest scale of the mobility (70%) is still directed towards Western European countries (Germany, Austria), but there is a movement towards ex-communist countries as well. With the enlargement of the EU, a new possibility opened for us to host Hungarians living abroad. The number of these Hungarian students have significantly increased in the last couple of years.

The main appeal for both staff and student mobility is our Academy’s effort to involve staff with high artistic quality, whether it’s a main subject teacher or a visiting professor giving a master class. Due to some administrative problems, we were not able to fully exploit the advantages of the wide ranges of possibilities offered by the EU (Intensive Program, Erasmus Mundus, Expert study-trip).

We intend to change this in the near future by applying Intensive programs, establishing the criteria to launch joint degrees.

The realization of our goal is most likely to happen in the third cycle, because this kind of training allows the most flexibility both in the course syllabus and content.

We have been in negotiations in order to gain experience with other institutions that already launched joint doctoral diplomas. We also examine the possible harmonization of the D.M.A training with our DLA degree in the doctoral program.

As a result of the structural changes of the Academy (1,2, 3 cycles) it had a positive affect on both staff and student mobility. In 2013, our institution has received 50 applications, and 20 of our students have applied to foreign institutions.

There is an intensive linguistic program for outgoing students that is financed by the Erasmus grant, which is offered to the students for free. The early deadline (1st of February) allows us a fast and flexible application procedure, which makes it possible for our students to spend a full academic year in a partner institution. We also intend to increase the number of the outgoing students by prolonging the deadline of the application. During the academic year we frequently send additional applications to Tempus Hungary.Our credit system is flexible, the music courses can be easily followed.

At the Liszt Academy the Erasmus scholarship is granted to those staff members and students that have been invited by partner institutions to join their projects. In 2011 we had the possibility to attend a professional music program organized on the occasion of Liszt Ferenc's 200th anniversary. We support the realization of common European programs with the Erasmus grant. The EU sponsored reconstruction of our main building will be finished by 2013. It gives us the possibility to organize the AEC annual congress in 2014. We will invite all the AEC members, approximately 130 institutions. We hope to build and strengthen more international cooperation in the field of staff and student mobility.The inner structural changes - establish a new department ,"Department of International Affairs and Development"- will provide adequate facilities to realize our modernisation and internationalisation strategy. (joint degree, bilateral agreements with non- EU contries, more IP).

The Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music intends to achieve the most possible improvements and effectiveness for 2014-2020 inall the five highlighted strategic objectives among the tasks of the Higher Education Modernization Agenda (Erasmus Program).

1. In order to gain a higher attainment level it is crucial to promote talented students from lower socio-economic background as well as to provide further quality trainings for the teaching staff in the frame of lifelong learning. These language programs, Erasmus Intensive Programs are carried out through the teaching and administrative staff and student mobility grants.

2. In order to improve the quality level of the trainings, the Liszt Academy of Music strongly supports professional researches, the doctoral program in the aim of a better future possibilities for these students in the labour market. In the planning of the teachers development program it is an elementary goal to strengthen the motivations of the teachers and researchers by developing new training structures (distance learning) and in the third cycle to include the doctoral study abroad period into the Curriculum.

3. We intend to further widen the students mobility, by integrating the study abroad period into the Curriculum, and the harmonization of the ECTS credits according to the European systems. Our aim is to encourage the vertical mobility.

Besides our cooperation with European partner institutions we tend to sign new bilateral agreements with Non-European institutions in order to find hidden talents.

4. In the frame of “Knowledge triangle agenda” we strongly focus on building new regional cooperation between higher education and business partners. It is essential to involve different European and Hungarian concert centres, orchestras into the Academy’s institutional life, because these institutions as the partners of the Academy, they also participate in higher music education as the employers of the musicians. The agreements with the private sector allows more flexibility in the labour market and more effective collaboration between the private and state sector.

5. In the higher education the state support should be slowly decreased by increasing the private and entrepreneurial capital.

a) We establish a concert centre „Knowledge Centre”, which aims to represent the highest possible music level and also sets out the ground of new cooperation activities for institutions.

b) With the enlargement of the institutional autonomy we plan to exploit the alternative non-governmental funds (private sector, private capital, private fund)