Quality assurance of joint programmes presented in conference report

For those unable to attend last year’s international conference on “Single accreditation of joint programmes – turning the Bologna guideline into reality” (30-31 May 2017, Vilnius, Lithuania), the conference report is now available. The report details the accreditation practices of joint programmes in various European countries, including Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, and Spain and shares European-level perspectives on the topic, such as those from the European Consortium for Accreditation (ECA) and the European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education (EQAR).

The report also details four fields to foster the application of the European Approach for Joint Programmes:

  • promotion, to share the European Approach with the most relevant actors working with joint programmes (ie. those in higher education institutions);
  • education, to inform the relevant actors, e.g. ministries and QA agencies, of the core principle that the European Approach calls for direct application without adaptation to national regulations or traditions;
  • analysis, to collect information on where the European Approach is in use and to analyse how its application has been allowed; and
  • exchange, to allow relevant actors to exchange their experiences using the European Approach.

The implementation of the European Approach is also the subject of the EU-funded “Facilitating implementation of the European Approach for Quality Assurance of Joint Programmes (ImpEA)” project, in which ENQA is a partner.

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