The Master of Business Administration of Maastricht School of Management (MSM) was assessed by Certiked vbi. Certiked vbi convened an assessment panel which studied the self-evaluation report and undertook a site visit December 4th and 5th 2018 in Maastricht, the Netherlands.
Standard 1 – Intended internationalization
The panel considers the internationalization goal of the programme to be clear and convincing. It reflects the unique profile of MSM and are shared by important shareholders. The internationalization goal has been translated well into a reasonable set of verifiable objectives. These are monitored. The goal and especially its derived objectives relate to teaching and learning. The panel deems all the underlying criteria of this standard to be systematically surpassed. The panel therefore assesses Standard 1. Intended internationalisation as good.
Standard 2 – International and intercultural learning
The panel found the intended learning outcomes to be very clear manifestations of the internationalization goals, with the international and intercultural competences as an integral part of it. The assessment methods in the programme are directed towards the valid and reliable assessments of the intended learning outcomes. The graduates’ achievements in the course assessments and the final project testifies very clearly to them having attained the learning outcomes, including the international and intercultural elements. The panel deems the criteria regarding the intended learning outcomes and the student assessment to be surpassed, while the graduate achievement is satisfactorily demonstrated. The panel therefore assesses Standard 2. International and intercultural learning as good.
Standard 3 – Teaching and Learning
The panel has established that the curriculum, teaching methods and learning environment are very international and intercultural, allowing students to achieve the intended international and intercultural learning outcomes. The panel deems the criteria regarding the curriculum and the learning environment to be surpassed, while the suitability of the teaching methods is satisfactorily demonstrated. The panel therefore assesses Standard 3: Teaching and Learning as good.
Standard 4 – Staff
The panel considers the staff composition, staff experiences, knowledge and skills and services provided for staff members to be in line with the international and intercultural ambitions of the programme. The panel deems the criteria regarding the composition and the experience to be surpassed, while the services provided are satisfactorily assessed, as the professionalization activities can be made more systematically. The panel therefore assesses Standard 4: Staff as good.
Standard 5 – Students
The panel found the student composition, student experiences and services provided to students to correspond very strongly to the international and intercultural dimensions of the programme. The panel deems all the underlying criteria of this standard to be systematically surpassed. The composition of the student group and the careful managing of its mixed character can even be regarded as an international example. The panel therefore assesses Standard 5: Students as good.
Based on ECA’s assessment rules, the panel nominates the Master of Business Administration of Maastricht School of Management (MSM) for the Certificate for Quality in Programme Internationalisation.