On 21 and 22 September 2015 the first ECA training “Assessing Joint Programmes” was held at the AQAS offices in Cologne. There were fourteen participants from higher education institutions and QA agencies, as well as a student expert. The feedback received from participants was positive. ECA will therefore continue these trainings next year, taking into account some useful suggestions that were made.
The training focused especially on the European Approach for Quality Assurance of Joint Programmes as adopted by the EHEA Ministers in Yerevan in May 2015. As a case study the accreditation of the European Joint Master’s in Strategic Border Management was used. This procedure was carried out by NVAO according to the ECA framework from the JOQAR project which provided an important input for the development of the European Approach.
The participants received a certificate and are entitled to join ECA’s Experts Exchange Platform (EEEP) so that QA agencies can ask them to carry out assessments of joint programmes.