Issue # 2

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.

Current project phase: stakeholders’ consultation 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.

Related activity: Stakeholders Group Meeting

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.

Additional activity: scheduling the pilot procedures

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:

  • Master of Arts International Health and Social Management, Management Center Innsbruck
  • Doctorate in Biophysics, University of Split
  • Master in Engineering, École des Ponts Paristech
  • Master of Science International Management, Fachhochschule Reutlingen
  • Bachelor of Science in Applied Economic Sciences: Business Engineering, University of Antwerp
  • Bachelor Studies in International Economics, Warsaw School of Economics
  • Master International Business, University of Ljubljana

The following schools have been selected:

  • Faculty of Education, University of Murcia
  • Faculty of Economic and Business Sciences, Universitat Pompeu Fabra

The following institutions have been selected:

  • Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne, France
  • Laurea-ammattikorkeakoulu (University of Applied Sciences), Finland

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.

Related activity: expert panels and training

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.

Anything to add? We’re listening

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.

Recent reads

Internationalisation begins with the curriculum
>Craig Whitsed and Wendy Green, University World News, 26 January 2013,http://goo.gl/jfRSn

  • What they write: “The measures of successful internationalisation utilised across many universities concentrate on input and output factors, often excluding learning outcomes and the student experience. That is, they focus on activity and not results as indicators of quality.”
  • What we say: Internationalisation should have a direct and qualitative impact on teaching and learning.

Education Today 2013: Higher Education
>OECD, The OECD Perspective, January 2013, http://goo.gl/fKYxX

  • What they write: “Foreign students are highly concentrated in a few countries as almost half go to the top five destination countries […] with another 14% accounted by the next four […]. Nevertheless, the fastest growing destination regions are Latin America and the Caribbean, Oceania and Asia, mirroring university internationalisation in a growing set of countries.”
  • What we say: Mobility is increasingly South-South and North-South.

Globalisation and its discontents
>Thomas Docherty, Times Higher Education, 17 January 2013, http://goo.gl/Xkd87

  • What he writes: “The contradiction between national supremacy/economic competitiveness on one hand and “free” cross-border movement on the other is glaring. It can be explained in a simple formulation: globalisation requires the existence of national political boundaries in order to transgress those same boundaries economically.”
  • What we say: Internationally engaged universities are indeed well placed to address globalisation’s inequalities and -what the author calls- “threats to democracy”.

How Facebook Can Ruin Study Abroad
>Robert Huesca, 14 January 2013,http://t.co/kq1QYiBm

  • What he writes: “The corrosive consequences of new communication technologies are evident when the hours spent chatting online, listening to a home-grown playlist, or watching television reruns take time away from conversing with a local friend, hearing a native song, or learning an indigenous dance or game.”
  • What we say: Just being abroad doesn’t spontaneously lead to the development of international and intercultural competences.

2013: Internationalisation more than a numbers game
>Hans de Wit, University World News, 6 January 2013, http://t.co/6AZXLh4M

  • What he writes: “The major internationalisation themes of 2012 will continue into 2013, but many would like to see a greater emphasis on the content and quality of the international experience rather than just numbers.”
  • What we say: We feel we’re on the same page.
ECA members can evaluate the newsletter on the Steering Group website.