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Quality Assurance in Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees

Quality Assurance is a key term in the realisation of Joint Master Degree programmes. The recognition and accreditation of Joint Master Degree programmes is still an on-going-process that involves many players from academics and students to experts and national accreditation authorities. Quality Assurance can fill the gaps in order to better support greater access to Joint Master Degrees.
It can also improve the employability of students graduating from Joint Master Degree Programmes and ensure that their academic content meets professional needs.
Quality Assurance should become a support to creating an internal quality culture and it needs to engage with the institutions and activities involved, in order to keep up with change in how successful Joint Master Degree programmes are designed and delivered.

The proposed instruments for joint programme development include tools that aim at facilitating employability, recognition of credits and qualifications and sustainability by focusing on the quality assurance dimension. All of these have been funded under the Erasmus Mundus Programme.

Document library

Policy document

Report on progress in Quality Assurance in Higher Education: COM (2014) 29 final
The Commission's report on quality assurance in higher education is part of the follow-up to its Agenda for the Modernisation of Higher Education, as well as to a 2006 European Parliament and Council Recommendation. It builds on a previous report published in 2009.
It sets out how quality assurance is helping to establish quality goals and addresses challenges such as the expanding student population in Europe, which has grown by more than 25% to 20 million since 2000.



Erasmus Mundus Quality Assessment (EMQA)
The Erasmus Mundus Quality Assessment (EMQA) project built and refined what has become known as the ‘Landscape of Excellence’ for Erasmus Mundus Joint Programmes (EMJP) in the area of taught Master programmes (EMMC) and Doctoral programmes (EMJD) The core objectives of the activities were to understand how EMMCs and EMJDs ‘performed’ excellence.
The EMQA documents are meant to provide you with a structured journey through the key stages from identifying possible Joint Programmes through designing and delivering it, to the issues relating to alumni.


Good practice examples

Promotion Projects Action 3 of Erasmus Mundus
The outcomes and tools of the listed Promotion Projects of Action 3 of the Erasmus Mundus Programme aim at facilitating employability, recognition of credits and qualifications and sustainability by focusing on the quality assurance dimension. If you wish to have further details please contact the project coordinator of the relevant project, via the indicated website.

JDAZ (2012-2015)
Joint Degrees from A to Z
JDAZ focus on producing a comprehensive, practical reference guide on Joint Degrees/Joint Degree programmes based on all relevant major work done in this field. In doing so JDAZ aims to support the further development of the European Higher Education Area and provide an exhaustive source of information for all stakeholders working with the theme of joint degree programmes.
Outcomes are a publication of a guide that provides information on all relevant issues relating to establishing and sustaining high quality international joint degree programmes.

ARCHI MUNDUS (2011-2014)
Building up quality in Architectural Education
Thus the main generic output is to develop collectively a quality culture in architectural education among the partners involved; Digital books, present the experiences and good practice examples related to curricula structures and teaching/learning practices developed to assure to the graduates competences that are corresponding to high quality architectural profiles.

JOQAR (2010-2013)
Joint Programmes: Quality Assurance and Recognition of degrees awarded
Its overall purpose is to ensure that Erasmus Mundus programmes are facilitated in the areas of accreditation and recognition. Single accreditation procedures are promoted through the activities of this project. More specifically, to develop a multilateral recognition agreement regarding QA and accreditation results and to establish a European coordination point for external QA and accreditation of joint programmes. Further outcomes are; a pilot evaluation form regarding joint programmes; "knowledge base", a website electronic database; guidelines regarding the award of degrees and diploma supplements for HEIs; report on recognition of degrees .

LINKING-MED-GULF (2012-2014)
Synergies and Innovation Linking Europe, the MENA region and the Gulf in Higher Education & Research
Linking-MED-Gulf that aims at improving the level of awareness of the Bologna Process in the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) and Gulf Countries; strengthening relations between Quality Assurance (QA) and Higher Education and Research; Outcomes are a comparison studies on QA issues, research papers, focus groups with students, employers and university leaders and a dynamic website portal.

JISER-MED (2010-2012)
Joint Innovation & Synergies in Education and Research – Mediterranean region
JISER-MED wishes to act as a bridge between Europe and its neighbours in the Mediterranean region in the Higher Education and Research Area. One of its objectives is to increase the international dimension of quality assurance for Higher Education from a Mediterranean perspective.
The project's main outcomes are a survey to students from the Mediterranean region who studied in the EU; a comparison study on Quality Assurance issues; research papers on strengthening the relations between Higher Education & Research; a dynamic website portal to foster active participation among stakeholders.

Europe-Africa Quality Connect (2010-2012)
Building Institutional Capacity through Partnership
The project intends to share the approach of the Institutional Evaluation Programme with the Association of African Universities (AAU) and five of their university members.
Amongst the project outcomes are a mapping study of current QA initiatives, evaluations and recommendations.

Best Recognition Instruments for the Dialogue between Global Experts: Crossing the bridge between EM National Structures and NARIC centres  
This project aims to facilitate the dialogue between the Network of Erasmus Mundus National Structures and the National Academic Recognition Information Centres – NARIC.
The main outcome is a handbook on good practices in recognition procedures.

Further achievements of Promotion Projects on specific themes or on particular regions of the world can be consulted on the following webpage


Clusters studies (2009-2013)

The different Cluster studies disseminate the results of the Erasmus Mundus Programme by bringing together its beneficiaries, coordinators, students, alumni and other relevant stakeholders and disseminate good practices with a focus on issues relevant for joint programmes.

Sustainability (2012)
On Sustainability strategies with a view to ensure the continuation of Erasmus Mundus activities beyond the period of EU funding. A sustainability plan is essential within the Joint Programmes as the number of available scholarships offered is progressively reduced over the lifetime of the project.
The outcomes are a survey report and practical guidelines.

Recognition of Degrees and Joint Degrees (2012)
Recognition of joint degrees is a challenge for the responsible authorities as the degrees have to be recognized under different higher education systems. Prior to the recognition of a degree, an accreditation process assessing the academic quality of the programme usually takes place.
The outcomes are a survey report and practical guidelines.

Regional Cluster on Asia (2012)
The regional Cluster on Asia focuses on the main characteristics and challenges in cooperation between European Higher Education Institutions and Asian partners with a special regard to sustainability, recognition and university-business cooperation.
The outcomes are a survey report and practical guidelines.

Employablity (2011)
The Employability cluster addresses the career opportunities offered by the Erasmus Mundus Joint Programmes to Erasmus Mundus graduate students worldwide.
The outcomes are a survey report and practical guidelines.

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