1.1 European cooperation in higher education quality assurance and Institutional accreditation and evaluation systems


Andrejs Rauhvargers: European cooperation in higher education quality assurance

Trust among the higher education quality assurance (QA) is crucial for successful cooperation in HE in Europe.  The first step was the adoption of the European Standards and Guidelines for HE quality assurance (ESG) followed by the establishing of the European Register national QA agencies (EQAR) whose members are only those national QA agencies which  follow the ESG in their work.  Having used ESG for several years it was agreed that the ESG should be amend with a view to include the results of the recent developments and also to strengthen the role of the internal quality assurance in universities. The first drafts of the changes in ESG are already proposed and currently it is the right time to discuss them.

Tatjana Volkova: Institutional accreditation and evaluation systems

What is the difference between accreditation and evaluation?

What kind of methodology behind Institutional evaluation?

What are benefits of Institutional evaluation?

Facilitator: Inga Lapina (LV)

Speakers: Andrejs Rauhvargers (LV), Tatjana Volkova (LV)


1.2. How to increase outgoing student mobility

Content:  In 8 years, Newcastle Business School has increased annual outgoing student mobility from 6 students to almost 200. Come along to hear about what the real barriers are and how we overcame them, some creative ideas for marketing the opportunities and the fundamental change of attitude which underpinned this success. Hear about the failures along the way and what we learned. Then challenge the presenter to suggest ways in which the issues in your institution could be tackled! A lively and positive discussion is guaranteed.

Facilitator:  Eddie Scully (IE)

Input: Alison Pearce (UK)


2.1. Grade Transfer and EGRACONS

Content: The conversion of grades after academic periods abroad continues to be a non-resolved issue and a source of many different problems and deceptions at student and coordination levels. This Session will deepen into the most common problems at this level and will inform about the EGRACONS project, a LLP project intending to give a response to the ECTS grading tables approach.

Facilitator: Thomas Hoffmann

Input: Rafael de Paz (ES), Ines Hammermüller-Sweeney (DE)


2.2. Experiences of a Joint EU-South Korean Mobility Project

Content: It is 5 years now since the first EU-South Korea multi-partner consortium was established with funding from the European Union and the South Korean government to promote exchange on all levels. Two projects have been successfully established, resulting in hugely increased student mobility and Korea becoming the most popular student destination country for the UK partner. Hear about the secret of our success and learnings emerging from the work, such as the role of alumni, marketing the opportunities through social media and the use of intercultural competence portfolios.

Facilitator: Lorne Hwang (KR)

Input: Lorne Hwang (KR), Alison Pearce (UK)