International joint programmes

Centralised Support to the Network of Higher Education Reform Experts (HERE)

Technical Assistance Missions (TAM)

Name of Expert

Dr Rosa Becker

Date of Visit

2-5 September 2015


International joint programmes

Objectives of the visit

To give a training to higher education staff in Georgia, in order to make them aware of all relevant issues that need to be taken into account in the development of international joint and double degree programmes, and to discuss joint programme opportunities in the Georgian national context.

Format of the activity (seminar, training, etc)


Brief description of activities conducted

The training included 11 sessions on aspects that needed to be taken into account when developing or managing international joint programmes.

Participants targeted 

Higher education professionals in Georgia, interested in developing and coordinating international joint and double degree programmes. These include lecturers, professors, researchers, administrators, heads of an international office, other international office staff, directors of education, and policy advisors.


When designing the programme, we had initially limited the number of participants to 40 in order to guarantee an interactive training. Due to a very high demand to participate in the training (soon, over 100 higher education staff members expressed their interest in participating), we raised the maximum level of participants to 50, so we had approximately 50 participants, plus staff from the Erasmus+ office in Georgia (our co-organisers).

Main ‘take-aways’ from the perspective of the expert

Main take aways for the participants:

  • The practical check lists for developing joint programmes, managing joint programmes, assuring recognition of joint programmes, quality assurance of joint programmes
  • Knowledge about the European and international context of joint programmes, strategies and legislative framework,
  • Know where to find the tools to find solutions for joint programme development and management,
  • Become aware of the European quality assurance, recognition context in relation to joint programmes,
  • Have a good idea on Georgia’s joint programme quality assurance and accreditation regulations.