This issue introduces the developed methodology, the period of consultation the project is going through and presents the pilot procedures.
Although the CeQuInt project just started, it has already received widespread publicity. Some more supportive than others. Most observers look forward to hear more about what we are doing, which is great. And in the current project phase, everyone is explicitly invited to take part in our project by giving feedback on the draft methodology.
Since the start of the project, the project partners have dedicated most of their work to establishing the CeQuInt assessment methodology. The partners have now produced a draft methodology to assess the quality of internationalisation. This methodology consists of three distinct documents: the assessment frameworks, the guidelines for applicants and the appeals procedure.
The document Frameworks for the Assessment of Quality in Internationalisation includes two separate frameworks and these should allow the assessment of the quality of internationalisation at the level of programmes and institutions. (When filling in the consultation e-form, you can choose to limit your responses to either level.)
The document Guidelines for applicants and their self-evaluation reports aims to facilitate the presentation of the outcomes of the programme’s or institution’s self-evaluation procedure. This document also includes important guidance for the interpretation of the standards included in the Frameworks for Assessment.
The document Appeals Procedure includes details on how programmes, schools and institutions can lodge an appeal. An appeal is a process for requesting a formal change to an official decision.
All stakeholders and interested partners are asked to provide feedback through the consultation e-form available on the CeQuInt website.
The Stakeholder Group will meet to discuss the draft methodology on 15 March 2013. This group consists of fifteen institutions from all over Europe and stakeholder organisations, such as the European Students Union, BusinessEurope, Nuffic, CHE Consult, DUO and DAAD.
The Stakeholders Group is chaired by ACA’s Bernd Wächter.
The project consortium will test the developed methodology in pilot procedures. Each quality assurance agency in the consortium will therefore undertake one procedure.
Since the last newsletter was sent out, programmes and institutions have been able to present themselves for one of these pilot procedures through the pilot-candidate-forms on our website.
Although initially not planned, the project partners have decided to also include procedures at school-level. This can refer to a school, department or faculty with a limited number of programmes.
The following programmes have been selected:
The following schools have been selected:
The following institutions have been selected:
All these programmes, schools and institutions are now in the process of scheduling their procedure with one of the CeQuInt partners. In addition, these programmes, schools and institutions will be involved in the CeQuInt project in other ways too. They can take part in a good practices workshop, contribute to the newsletter, help finalise the methodology and participate in the CeQuInt conference.
The experts in the assessment panel play a crucial role in the evaluation of the quality of internationalisation. In addition to the regular expertise and experience, all panels will include experts that have an unquestionably international profile. Over the last months quality assurance agencies have proposed these experts and from that list, the CeQuInt partners are now composing a core group of twelve experts. These twelve experts will take part in several of the pilot procedures and help to improve consistency across all procedures. On 3 May 2013, all of them will be trained in audit techniques and intercultural competencies by AQ Austria.
Since the programmes and schools have now been selected, we are additionally looking for discipline-specific experts to complete the panels. Discipline here of course refers to the disciplines of the programmes and schools which take part in the pilot procedures. You can propose discipline-specific experts through our suggest-an-expert-form.
Invitations for contributions and presentations on CeQuInt have been arriving in our inbox regularly and we welcome these like long lost friends.
In addition, we’re always open to suggestions and feedback? Don’t hesitate to contact us.
Internationalisation begins with the curriculum
>Craig Whitsed and Wendy Green, University World News, 26 January 2013,http://goo.gl/jfRSn
Education Today 2013: Higher Education
>OECD, The OECD Perspective, January 2013, http://goo.gl/fKYxX
Globalisation and its discontents
>Thomas Docherty, Times Higher Education, 17 January 2013, http://goo.gl/Xkd87
How Facebook Can Ruin Study Abroad
>Robert Huesca, 14 January 2013,http://t.co/kq1QYiBm
2013: Internationalisation more than a numbers game
>Hans de Wit, University World News, 6 January 2013, http://t.co/6AZXLh4M