A reference guide on joint degrees
Joint degrees are high on the internationalisation agenda in the European Higher Education Area and a lot has been published over the last years about setting up and managing joint degrees. A new project coordinated by Nuffic aims to provide clarity by developing a reference guide on joint degrees.
Why another publication on joint degrees?
By now there have been so many publications and good practices, that if you want to set up a joint degree, it takes some effort to collect all the information you need.
To provide guidance in the publications and initiatives available, a group of Erasmus Mundus National Structures (EMNS, the national information points on Erasmus Mundus) will develop a joint degrees reference guide. The guide will include different aspects of setting up joint degrees such as establishing and sustaining partnerships, accreditation of the programmes and recognition of the qualifications awarded.
The guide should assist both those involved in setting up a joint degree as well as those who are already running a joint degree programme. The guide will make use of existing material: it does not aim to reinvent the wheel, but piece the wheel together from the different publications available and refer to these.
The guide will be developed by the six EMNS from Austria, Finland, Lithuania, Norway, Poland and the Netherlands. They will be assisted by two external experts from major joint degree projects with extensive experience on various aspects of joint degrees, including accreditation, and organising and sustaining partnerships. The guide will aid the EMNS in their daily work, and the network will play an important role in the dissemination of the guide.
The guide is expected to be ready by spring 2015. In the meantime, preliminary results will be distributed to relevant stakeholders and their feedback will be included in the project. The project is co-financed from the European Commissions’ Erasmus Mundus programme.
If you are interested in the project and want to receive updates, please contact Jenneke Lokhoff, Rosa Becker or Madalena Pereira at Nuffic in The Hague.