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European University alliances unite for a Joint Certification
A consortium of four European Universities alliances, among which is EUTOPIA -participated by the UPF- launched EdLab (European Degree Institutional Laboratory), a project aimed at eliminating barriers to developing joint programmes and degrees across Europe.
A consortium of four European Universities alliances, among which is EUTOPIA -participated by the UPF-, launched EdLab (European Degree Institutional Laboratory), a project aimed at eliminating barriers to developing joint programmes and degrees across Europe. EdLab seeks to offer a multi-level, multicultural approach to facilitate dialogue and cooperation between universities, national authorities, and quality assurance agencies to remove obstacles such as divergent quality assurance procedures, complex bureaucratic procedures, and conflicting national legislation. Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth announced yesterday that EdLab was among the 10 selected pilot projects awarded by the ERASMUS+ programme “European policy experimentation in higher education”.
The consortium will focus on four main countries and one region - France, Italy, Portugal, Spain and the Frandres - and will handle three significant aspects of the European Call - mapping and classifying existing joint programs, investigating how joint programs and the Label increase the EEA’s global appeal and collaborating with the European Commission to design a pilot version of the Label.
EdLab proposes to:
- Analyse the suitability of the criteria proposed by the European Commission for the award of the European Degree (ED) Label
- Map the barriers existing for their fulfilment, with particular but not exclusive reference to France, Italy, Portugal and Spain
- Understand how an ED Label and joint programmes enhance the global attractiveness of the European Higher Education System
- Recommend options for the issue of an ED Label and its format, along with potential barriers to be managed
EdLab will use qualitative and quantitative methods to address these issues, involving a significant sample of programs, participants, and stakeholders. This will include desk research, screening of programs, qualitative and quantitative analysis, group discussions with national authorities, surveys, the experimental design of the Label, and analysis of the pilot design and issuing process. EdLab will adopt a collaborative approach throughout the project involving senior management, academic coordinators, teaching staff, students, alumni, national authorities, QAAs, student associations, partner alliances, other pilot projects, European Commission, European student associations, and associate partner networks globally.
The EdLab project is poised to bring about significant positive impacts in the short, medium, and long term. In the short term, the project will increase knowledge of joint programs in European University Alliances and provide information on best practices in joint program design and implementation. Additionally, recommendations on the criteria for awarding the European Degree Label will be made, leading to possible reforms in regulations and legislation. The project will also promote cooperation among consortium partners and strengthen student engagement in policy initiatives. In the medium term, the project is expected to contribute to new regulatory contexts that will make it easier to design, accredit, and implement joint degree programs. In the long term, the quality and attractiveness of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) and the European Education Area (EEA) will be improved, leading to an improved societal impact of higher education, enhanced employability of graduates, and better preparedness to address global challenges.
Target groups of the project include students, staff, universities, quality assurance agencies, national/regional authorities, global partners, and students, particularly in France, Italy, Portugal, and Spain, where there are currently regulatory and procedural barriers to the implementation of joint degree programs.
The EDLab consortium’s full partners are universities from the four countries and one region participating, also members of the following European Universities Alliances: Arqus, ENLIGHT, EUTOPIA and SEA-EU:
- UNIVERSIDAD DE GRANADA, SPAIN
- UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PADOVA, ITALY
- UNIVERSITE LYON 1 CLAUDE BERNARD, FRANCE
- UNIVERSIDADE DO MINHO, PORTUGAL
- UNIVERSIDAD DE CADIZ, SPAIN
- UNIVERSITE DE BRETAGNE OCCIDENTALE, FRANCE
- UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI NAPOLI PARTHENOPE, ITALY
- UNIVERSIDADE DO ALGARVE, PORTUGAL
- UNIVERSITAT POMPEU FABRA-BARCELONA, SPAIN
- UNIVERSIDADE NOVA DE LISBOA, PORTUGAL
- UNIVERSITA CA' FOSCARI VENEZIA, ITALY
- CY CERGY PARIS UNIVERSITE, FRANCE
- UNIVERSITEIT GENT, BELGIUM
EdLab also benefits from 13 other universities in the mentioned alliances as Associate partners, plus 7 ministries, QAAs, European and global university networks, students and alumni associations.
The project results will provide a roadmap for a more inclusive and harmonised European university system. The ultimate goal of EdLab is to enhance the global attractiveness of European universities by facilitating seamless mobility and single European degrees and fostering trust in the European Higher Education Area.
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