Accreditation of Joint Programs

Procedure Guidelines that supports the recognition at of the joint Industrial PhD path for SMEs at European level

Accreditation and quality assurance of joint programs is a challenge for both the higher education institutions and the quality assurance agencies. The main apparent difficulty is the fact that the program is organized by higher education institutions from different higher education systems and that each of these systems have their own systems of external quality assurance. This situation creates a burden for joint programs that need to meet all the expectations arising from these different (and sometimes contradictory) national contexts and legal requirements.

The European Consortium for Accreditation in Higher Education (ECA) aims to facilitate the recognition of accreditation decisions across borders. Regarding joint programs, ECA intends to substitute the different national accreditation procedures by one single accreditation procedure that can lead to several national accreditation decisions.

The single accreditation procedure intends to assess the joint program as a whole. The results of this procedure, i.e. the self-evaluation, the site visit and the assessment report, is to be used for accreditation purposes by the relevant national agencies of the higher education systems in which the joint program is offered. The developed single procedure will include all elements of the joint offering of the program.

From the study carried out it seems that the coordination point, can be a key factor in the implementation of the project can bring organizations and institutions closer.

The Coordination Point:

  • Provides advice and support to joint programs and agencies on how to carry out a single accreditation procedure of a joint program
  • Provides a methodology and
  • Organizes an exchange of good practices in this respect.

[4] Carries out trainings of experts for single accreditation procedures of joint programs

The Coordination Point cannot carry out the actual procedures itself, as these are linked to national competencies, but it links programs and agencies together and assists the process during the three phases of the procedure: