Web conference: E Pluribus Unum - How to finalize the Harmonization of European Higher Education Area: Propositions for radically new departures and stacking the parcels together anew
On Thursday, 02 June between 10-12.00 a.m., a groundbreaking ASIIN/EAPSA web conference will take place, in which ASIIN Managing Director Dr. Wasser will attempt to set a new course for European quality assurance in higher education in many ways. The title of his introductory talk (followed by a discussion) is:
"E Pluribus Unum - How to finalize the Harmonization of European Higher Education Area: Propositions for radically new departures and stacking the parcels together anew".
Dr. Wasser's contribution almost sums up where we (i.e. ASIIN and its members) are coming from and where he believes we should/will be heading in the next few years with regard to quality assurance in German and European higher education institutions. His presentation incorporates the results of the most recent ASIIN strategy meetings, many exploratory talks with the European professional networks brought together in the European Alliance for Professional Accreditation (founded by ASIIN), the results of the discussions with the E4 members from agencies and politics (ENQA, EQAR and the European Commission).
Central reform proposals refer to
- a new, innovative model for the comprehensive assessment of European study programmes (especially, but not only, in the MINT sector), in which the "European Standards and Guidelines" (ESG) can be combined with the subject standards (of ASIIN) and fed into the European register in a uniform European reporting format developed by ASIIN.
- on a new model for combining agency assessments to merge the parallel processes for European authorisations, listings in EQAR, membership in ENQA, etc.
- on the establishment of a "European Academy for Good Teaching", in the framework of which certified continuing education offers of the European professional networks (or else of ASIIN members...) are jointly advertised and marketed,
and more generally:
- about the presentation of which central course settings ASIIN has set in the last 20 years for the development of a European, discipline-oriented quality assurance and management culture in the higher education sector together with our committees and members, something we can be proud of together.
- which instruments need to be combined in order to permanently strengthen the European subject networks and to come to intercontinental agreements with regard to academic and professional mobility
- which instruments can be used in the future to assess, in particular, the products of the two flagship initiatives of the European Commission (European Universities and "Joint Programmes").