Joint Degree Programmes

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

Technical Assistance Missions (TAM)


Name of Expert

Achim Hopbach

Date of Visit

6 July 2015


Joint Degree Programmes: Planning, implementing, quality assurance, recognition

Objectives of the visit

Introduction to current (good) practice in offering Joint Degree Programmes in the EHEA with view to preparing for possible partnerships; Information about critical issues regarding legal frameworks and accreditation of Joint Degree Programmes

Format of the activity (seminar, training, etc)


Brief description of activities conducted

Presentation of the CHE -  “Academic Guidelines for Joint Programs between Israeli and foreign Higher Education Institutions”

Presentation and discussion of legal frameworks and accreditation of Joint Degree Programmes in the EHEA

Presentation of good practice in / practical advice on developing and implementing Joint Degree Programmes

Participants targeted 

The Israeli HEREs Forum (6), administrative and academic staff from Israeli HEIs (approx. 40) and relevant representatives from the Israeli Council for Higher Education (4)

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

The legal frameworks for Joint Degree Programmes may vary within the EHEA and need to be analysed for each country separately.

Various legal obstacles to implementing Joint Degree Programmes in the countries of the EHEA need to be take into account from the outset of the project of developing a Joint Degree programme. Therefore administrative staff (experts for quality assurance and accreditation need to be involved in the preparatory phase)

Strategies for accreditation of Joint Degree Programmes need to be discussed together with relevant accreditation bodies at an early stage.