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NVAO-ECA Winter Seminar 2016

On 15 and 16 December 2016 the NVAO-ECA Winter Seminar 2016: "Quality Assurance of Cross-Border Higher Education" was held.

On 15 December the seminar took place in the Kurhaus in The Hague. The day started with a smaller seminar for the recipients of the ECA Certificate for Quality in Internationalisation (CeQuInt) and representatives of the European Consortium for Accreditation in higher education (ECA). Dr Laura Rumbley from Boston College, Center for International Higher Education gave an overview of recent developments related to the quality of internationalisation. Hendrik Jan Hobbes from EP-Nuffic presented the plan for  linking the MINT tool to the CeQuInt framework. Finally, a discussion in small groups was held to elaborate on experiences, challenges and knowledge exchange with regard to CeQuInt. The presentations can be viewed here.

In the afternoon the NVAO-ECA seminar on Quality Assurance of Cross-Border Higher Education took place with nearly 100 registered participants. Ann Verreth, Vice-Chair of NVAO, chaired the event. The keynote on new developments in cross-border higher education was delivered by Carolyn Campbell from the Observatory on Borderless Higher Education. Three higher education institutions presented their perspectives on the QA of their international branch campuses: Ghent University (Kristiaan Versluys), ESSEC (Christian Koenig), and Stenden University of Applied Sciences (Dymphi van der Hoeven and Maureen van der Meché). 

The first results of a survey on QA of CBHE among ECA member agencies were presented by Solange Pisarz (HCERES) and Maciej Markowski (PKA). Fabrizio Trifiro from QAA explained the different approaches to quality assurance of TNE taken around the world.

Axel Aerden (NVAO) moderated a panel discussion among stakeholders (Kristiaan Versluys, Blazhe Todorovski/ESU, Colin Tück/EQAR, Melissa Keizer/Dutch Ministry of Education, Jenneke Lokhoff/EP-Nuffic). The afternoon ended with conclusions by Ann Verreth and Jürgen Petersen (ZEvA), the Chair of ECA.

Photos, video and presentations

On 16 December, and partially on 14 December, there were meetings of ECA members, the Board, working groups and the Certification Group. These meetings took place at the NVAO offices in The Hague.