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More definitions and a new report via Europe

I was contacted by Axel Aerden, NVAO (Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands & Flanders).  He informed me that:

The European Consortium for Accreditation in Higher Education (ECA) recently published a report [The recognition of qualifications awarded by joint programmes] on the recognition of qualifications (degrees) awarded by joint programmes. That report contains an annex [pp 31-33] that explores some issues with terminology.  We also organised a survey among admission officers and credential evaluators but that report is not published yet.

He also noted this initiative (Qrossroads) which:

presents information regarding quality assured and accredited higher education in Europe. The information on Qrossroads is provided by quality assurance and accreditation agencies and specifically concerns qualifications from quality assured and accredited programmes and institutions.

Two relevant definitions from the Qrossroads Glossary are:

Joint degrees:

A degree awarded by the higher education institutions that offer a joint programme, attesting the successful completion of this joint programme.
It is a single document awarded by the higher education institutions responsible for the programme in question. The document is signed by the competent authorities (rectors, vice-chancellors, …) and replaces the individual (institutional/national) degrees.

  • Adapted from:
    ENQA, Methodological report of the Transnational European Evaluation Project II, 2006, p. 10

Joint programme:

A programme offered jointly by different higher education institutions irrespective of the degree (joint, multiple and double) awarded.

  • European Consortium for Accreditation in higher education, Principles for accreditation procedures regarding joint programmes, 2007, p. 1
  • In addition, I noted these summary points following a recent workshop in Poland:

    The following essential elements and recommendations regarding the recognition of qualifications awarded by joint programmes came up during the workshop:

    • All the higher education institutions involved in the joint programme should be appropriately recognised in the national regulatory framework;
    • The joint programme needs to be recognised (as a higher education programme and as a joint programme) in all the relevant higher education systems;
    • If a joint qualification/degree is awarded this should be done in accordance with all the national legal frameworks of the awarding institutions;
    • The joint qualification/degree should be signed by the competent authorities of the awarding institutions;
    • The Diploma Supplement should cover the totality of the joint programme.
    • The Diploma Supplement should include one single contact person (e.g. admission officer) or contact details. This contact would preferably keep the joint programme’s records and archives and can thus function as an easily reachable contact point for recognition questions.

    Cheers,

    Kris

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    Relevant resources from European universities and institutions

    Hi – here are a few resources that some colleagues have just sent me:

    Information about international joint degrees (masters and doctoral) via the EU’s Erasmus Mundus program at:

    The next report includes information on best practices and select success stories:

    Cheers,

    Kris

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    Chronicle Article on Higher Ed in Asia

    http://chronicle.com/article/5-Lessons-America-Can-Learn/64519/

    This March 7, 2010 article offers a compelling reason for collaboration:

    Excerpt:

    Meanwhile, opportunities for collaboration abound, not only in the humanities and social sciences, but also in the hard sciences—where cultural and ethnic differences are beginning to matter. For example, the National University of Singapore has become a center of medical research because of observations that some common diseases—lung cancer, obesity, and stroke, to name a few—behave differently among Caucasians than among Asians. The same can also be said about several important drugs. In helping to elucidate the causes and implications, Western medical researchers are making important advances by cooperating with researchers in leading Asian universities.

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    Texas A&M Guidelines to Create a Joint/Dual Degree or Certificate Program with a Foreign Institution

    Guidelines to Create a Joint/Dual Degree or Certificate Program with a Foreign Institution

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    Practices & Challenges of International Dual Degree Programs from the Perspective of State Universities

    Link here for the source page at North Carolina State University for the content below:

    Below are several presentations on dual-degree programs offered by institutions of higher education that were presented at the AIEA conference “Internationalizing Higher Education: Essential to our Future” held February 14-17, 2010. The following were presented during the break-out session “Practices & Challenges of International Dual Degree Programs from the Perspective of State Universities”

    Practices and Challenges of International Dual Degrees –the Perspective of State Universities
    presented by Bailian Li, NC State University
    download here

    Dual and Joint Degrees Values and Questions
    presented by Dieter Wanner, The Ohio State University
    download here

    International Dual and Joint Degrees: A State University Perspective
    presented by Steven W. McLaughlin, Georgia Institute of Technology
    download here

    Cheers,  Kris

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    First ever dual degree programme launched between UK and Pakistani universities

    First ever dual degree programme launched between UK and Pakistani universities

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