ECA project selected by EU: Certificate for the Quality of Internationalisation
The executive agency of the European Commission has selected the project Certificate for the Quality of Internationalisation (CeQuInt) for co-funding.
The project is implemented by a consortium of 14 partners from 11 countries, consisting of quality assurance agencies from Austria, Belgium (Flanders), Croatia, Germany (2), Finland, France (2), the Netherlands, Poland, Slovenia and Spain (2), the Academic Cooperation Association (ACA ) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). NVAO is the coordinating agency.
The overall aim of the project is to assess, reward and enhance internationalisation.
CeQuInt will provide programmes and institutions insight into their level and quality of internationalisation and provide them, where necessary, with recommendations for improvements. The project is based on a framework agreed by the consortium, focuses on improvement and excellence, and builds on NVAO's experience with the assessment of internationalisation.
The project will develop an assessment framework (i.e. methodology) that can be used to assess the internationalisation of a programme or an institution. The framework and methodology are then tested in a series of twelve pilot procedures. Panels of experts will thereby test and evaluate the developed assessment framework.
European Internationalisation Certificate
A positive assessment by an expert panel will lead to the award of the European Certificate for Internationalisation. This certificate confirms that a programme or institution has successfully included an international and/or intercultural dimension in the purpose, function and delivery of its education.
The consortium hopes that the European Certificate for Internationalization will lead to a significant improvement in the transparency of internationalisation. Higher education institutions will be kept informed about the progress of the project through workshops, conferences and publications. Additionally, a European platform will be developed to share good practices in the field of internationalisation.
This project builds on NVAO's pilot project and approach to the assessment of internationalisation in The Netherlands and Flanders.