Portal:Joint degrees from A to Z
The aim of this guide is to provide a comprehensive, practical reference guide on all aspects that need to be taken into account when developing and managing joint programmes. The focus is on programmes leading to a joint or multiple degree and offered by institutions in different countries.
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This guide is a result of the Joint Degrees from A to Z (JDAZ) project. Partially funded by the European Commission, the project ran from October 2012 to April 2015. The JDAZ consortium consists of six Erasmus Mundus National Structures (EMNSs). The two core partners in the consortium are the EMNS of the Netherlands (located at EP-Nuffic), acting as project coordinator, and the EMNS of Finland (located at CIMO). The four advisory group partners in the consortium consist of the EMNSs of Austria (located at OeAD), Norway (located at SIU), Lithuania (located at the Education Exchanges Support Foundation) and Poland (located at the Foundation of the Development of the Education System). The JDAZ consortium benefited from the input and expertise of external experts in the field, representing the JOIMAN consortium, the European quality assurance network (ECA), the wider EMNS network and joint programme practitioners. Their input and debate have strengthened this guide in the expectation that it will contribute to the sustainable development of joint programmes.
This chapter gives an overview of the most relevant definitions that are used in this guide. It includes definitions of a joint programme, a joint degree, a joint diploma, accreditation and recognition.
This chapter describes the European and national legal contexts and the initiated transparency processes. After taking a short look at the European Union, national legislative power is considered in more detail, followed by the inter-governmental Bologna cooperation and agreements.
This chapter deals with important issues that have to be taken into account at an early stage of the development phase. First, it presents the reasons for entering into joint programmes, the importance of institutional strategic support and tools for authorising the programmes. Second, it addresses partnership, joint curriculum development, defining common learning outcomes and designing a relevant mobility track. Third, it mentions issues to include in a cooperation agreement.
This chapter focuses on the quality assurance issues that need to be taken into account when developing and managing joint programmes. It discusses the European Standards and Guidelines, the Erasmus Mundus Quality Assurance tool, and internal and external quality assurance aspects, including the use of alumni.
This chapter deals with aspects that need to be taken into account when developing and managing joint doctoral programmes. The joint doctoral programmes are presented in a separate chapter to highlight the differences with joint bachelor and master programmes. These main differences lie in the often more unstructured format of the doctorate, the complex nature of research, development and supervision.