In the context of diversification of higher education systems and their sustainability, and the development of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA), quality assurance, quality enhancement and the evaluation of university teaching and learning has been on the higher education policy agendas in Europe for the past twenty or so years. European transnational organizations, including the European Association of Institutions in Higher Education (EURASHE), the European University Association (EUA), the European Association for International Education (EAIE) and others have put quality high in their agendas and produced several handbooks, guidelines and policy papers, such as OECDs Enhancing Higher Education System Performance Benchmarking higher education system performance: Conceptual framework and data, or the publications of EUA in cooperation with ENQA European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education, ESU (the European Students’ Union) and EURASHE.
With the aim to promote institutional quality cultures, the policy actors encourage higher education institutions to participate in international, European and national-level policy discussions on internal and external quality assurance systems, and support universities to develop internal quality assurance and enhancement mechanisms.Quality of university education is also considered to be one of the most important indicators of the development of any given national higher education system.
The proposed Summer University course intends to help universities of the OSUN network and beyond develop their own internal quality assurance and enhancement processes–including institutional self-studies, preparations for accreditations, program-reviews, faculty and course evaluations, evaluation of teaching and learning, quality of management and student services-and coordinate their efforts to ensure that the outcomes and processes of university teaching (including face-to-face, online and blended teaching) meet local and international standards simultaneously.
The course will discuss the challenges of and best practices in fulfilling the many purposes of quality assurance at university level, such as accountability, efficiency, control, evaluation, accreditation, measurement and quality improvement.
Target audience: university leaders and managers, faculty, students involved in university governance and institutional evaluations or self-studies.
The language of instruction is English, thus all applicants have to demonstrate a strong command of spoken and written English to be able to participate actively in discussions at seminars and workshops. Some of the shortlisted applicants may be contacted for a telephone interview.
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