Global University: Dual/Joint Degree Working Group

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University of Wisconsin – Madison

Joint programs and degrees – the IAU view

Eva Egron-Polak (Secretary General, International Association of Universities) informs me that:

[I]n the IAU 3rd Global Survey on Internationalization we asked respondents questions about double and joint degrees.  We decided to keep it as simple as possible and used the following definitions:

  • Joint Degree Programme – A joint degree programme is developed collaboratively by two or more partner HEIs, and graduates are awarded one joint qualification
  • Dual/double degree programme – A dual/double degree programme is developed collaboratively by two or more partner HEIs, and graduates are awarded two qualifications at equivalent level

We translated the questionnaire and definitions into 5 languages so it needed to be simple and clearly understood by all.

The latter point, about the importance of clarity and mutual understanding, is obviously a key one to take into account.

Also see a 2009 presentation by Eva on this topic.  Cheers,  Kris

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