Joint programmes and joint degrees are increasingly seen as a strategic means to internationalise higher education institutions, as they offer not only unique mobility opportunities to students, but also to teaching and administrative staff, contribute to improving and internationalising curricula, and also consolidating strategic partnerships and enhancing the institutions’ international connectivity and visibility. Though they can take many formats, they usually require considerable resources in their conception and management, and are subject to a number of challenges and risks – starting from conflicts with institutional and national regulations, to issues of quality assurance and financial sustainability.
The topic of joint degrees in particular has been prioritized by the Higher Education Reform Experts in the 2015 needs-assessment, and has also been quite prominent in the technical assistance missions (TAM) in six different HERE countries in 2015. More will follow in 2016.
HEREs have expressed interest in the planning and design of joint programmes, from lighter joint programme delivery to multiple and joint degrees, as well as their respective management, promotion and sustainability.
The present seminar tries to address all these issues. It will reference and promote existing guidelines and good practice that have been developed in European projects and initiatives, and provide strategic advice. It will also address the regulatory conditions and frameworks required at national level, to ensure that joint programmes can be undertaken and the resulting degrees are recognized.