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FAQ on Accreditation updated (June 6th, 2011)

An updated version of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on Accreditation with EQANIE is now available for download.

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Country Reports Latvia and Italy available for download

Reports on the state of implementation of the Bologna process with regard to quality assurance and enhancement in informatics higher education in Italy and Latvia were prepared and are available for download:

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HEQEC adopts Euro-Inf Standards

At the meeting of the Euro-Inf Spread Project on March 16th, 2010, in Milan the Latvian Higher Education Quality Evaluation Center, HEQEC, announced that the Euro-Inf Standards and Criteria will serve as basis for the assessment of informatics study programmes by HEQEC in the future...

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Activities

The Euro-Inf Spread Project aims at:

  • Awarding the first Euro-Inf Quality Labels to successfully assessed higher education institutions (HEIs)
  • Transferring benefits of the Euro-Inf project results to national QA systems
  • Extending the membership and the wider network of EQANIE
  • Raising awareness and acceptance of the Euro-Inf Framework Standards and Accreditation Criteria
  • Exploring possibilities for accreditation of continuous professional development (CPD)

1. Pilot accreditations

Pilot Accreditations have been conducted for informatics degree programmes in Latvia, Italy and North Cyprus. After positive decisions of the EQANIE Accreditation Committee they were officially awarded the Euro-inf Label at the Euro-Inf Spread Conference at Lake Como, on September 22./23. 2011.

The EQANIE audit team in Milan, from left: Prof. Th. Ottmann, Prof. R. Ibbett, Mr. M. Mannori.

To the Accredited Programmes

 

2. Transfer of the Euro-Inf Framework Standards

In the context of an institutional approach, the project results shall be transferred into four national accreditation systems. The objective is to explore ways to feed the results of the Euro-Inf Project into national accreditation systems, both within and beyond the countries represented in the project consortium. Firstly, an analysis of the national standards and/or guidelines for informatics programmes in the respective countries will be conducted.

The subsequent work may also include a meeting of project representatives with national stakeholders, on the basis of which recommendations for the usage of Euro-Inf are produced. The accreditation institution then issues a statement, possibly including a commitment to the Euro-Inf Framework Standards and Criteria as reference framework for the assessment of informatics degree programmes. Successful examples of transfer of methods or project results into national contexts will be presented at the final dissemination conference. 

Status Quo

Four target countries for the transfer of the Euro-Inf Framework Standards and Accreditation Criteria have been identified.

Italy

Analysis of the state of implementation of the Bologna process with regard to quality assurance and enhancement in informatics higher education (HE) in Italy, and a comparison of the Euro-Inf Framework Standards and Guidelines to existing field-specific standards and guidelines applicable to Italian informatics degree programmes (author: Enrico Nardelli, University of Roma Tor Vergata/GRIN).

Country Report Italy

 

Latvia

Analysis of the state of implementation of the Bologna process with regard to quality assurance and enhancement in informatics HE in Latvia, and a comparison of the Euro-Inf Framework Standards and Guidelines to existing field-specific standards and guidelines applicable to Latvian informatics degree programmes (author: Juris Dzelme, HEQEC).

Country Report Latvia

 

Czech Republic 

The Czech Republic is the third target country for the transfer of the Euro-Inf Framework Standards. A meeting between EQANIE and Czech stakeholders involved in quality assurance of informatics Higher Education took place in June 2010. A report on the state of implementation of the Bologna process with regard to quality assurance and enhancement in informatics HE in the Czech Repubic was prepared (author: Hans A. Frederik).

Country Report Czech Republic

 

Spain

Spain was determined as fourth target country for the transfer of the Euro-Inf Framework Standards. The Spanish National Conference of Deans and Directors for Universities’ Schools of Informatics (CODDI) has recently become a member of EQANIE. In close cooperation with the current President of CODDI, Prof. Javier Segovia, the following Country report was developed (also refer to the Presentation that was held at the EQANIE Workshop in Prague):

Country Report Spain (Presentation at the EQANIE Workshop Prague)

 

3. Dissemination and External Events

A further objective is to disseminate the results of the Euro-Inf Project at at least four external events organised by partners or affiliates, related thematic networks or other relevant stakeholders in the field of informatics. In order to extend access to the Euro-Inf Standards and Criteria beyond those having proficiency of English language, the standards were translated into the following languages represented in the consortium: Italian, German, Spanish.

To ensure maximum impact and sustainability of the results, the partners will produce a proposal how the benefits Euro-Inf could be transferred to continuous education. The overall impact will be an increasing understanding and commitment to quality assurance in informatics education as well as an increasing transnational comparability and compatibility of qualifications.

Dissemination at External Events - Overview

 

4. Final Dissemination Conference

The results of the Euro-Inf Project as well as the output of the Euro-Inf Spread Project were presented at the final dissemination conference at the end of the project period, on September 22nd/23rd 2011. The conference venue was Lake Como, Italy. Speakers included the coordinators of those degree programmes that successfully hosted a pilot accreditation visit.

The final dissemination conference also included an award ceremony of the Euro-Inf Quality Label for those programmes that received a positive judgement by the auditing teams and EQANIE Accreditation Committee. Furthermore, representatives from national accreditation systems were invited to present and discuss field-specific standards and guidelines for the quality assessment of study programmes.

Final Dissemination Conference Proceedings

5. Continuing Professional Education

Euro-Inf Spread will also make proposals for a further development of the European Framework Standards for Informatics. It is intended to broaden the scope of EQANIE's activities by developing provisions to guarantee quality and allow accreditation of continuing education and continuous professional development programmes.

A task group was set up for elaborating the scope of the envisaged provisions. Specific recommendations as approved by the Project Board are included in the CPD Report Rationale and in the Euro-Inf Criteria for the Accreditation of CPD Educational Offerings:

CPD Report Rationale

Euro-Inf Criteria for the Accreditation of CPD Educational Offerings

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