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International work

 

The increasing internationalisation of higher education and research means ever-increasing requirements for quality and international recognition. The European and international activities of Hcéres are organised around 3 areas: international evaluations, participation in European projects, and involvement in European and international discussions.
 

International evaluations

This activity is particularly encouraged by the Ministers for Higher Education in the 47 countries of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA). In the communiqué issued by the Bucharest ministerial conference (2012), the Ministers called for the evaluation/accreditation agencies listed on the EQAR register to be authorised to exercise their activity throughout the EHEA, in compliance with national legislation and the European Standards and Guidelines (ESG).

Where appropriate, these evaluations are carried out either in partnership with the CTI and CIEP in particular, or with agencies in the countries in which the evaluation is taking place.

There can be various types of evaluation:

  • evaluation of foreign institutions (e.g. State Engineering University of Armenia)
  • evaluation of foreign training programmes;
  • evaluation of French institutions located in other countries (e.g. French schools abroad);
  • evaluation of French training courses provided in other countries (e.g. the Sino-French Institute of Nuclear Engineering with the support of the CTI);
  • evaluation of mixed international research units.

Hcéres bases these evaluations on two specific sets of standards. One applies to the evaluation of foreign higher education and research institutions and the other to the evaluation of foreign study programmes. These standards are based on Hcéres principles and methods, in line with ESGs.

Hcéres is sometimes asked to provide accreditation for foreign study programmes or institutions, based on its own accreditation criteria. The accreditation decision issued by Hcéres confers an accreditation label certifying the quality of the programme and does not grant any rights or infer recognition of the degrees issued by the accredited institution in France or abroad.  
The accreditation standards and criteria and all reports/decisions concerning Hcéres evaluations abroad are published on the Hcéres website.

 

Participation in European projects

The themes of European and international calls for tenders can relate to:

  • establishment of foreign evaluation agencies;
  • technical support for the implementation of a higher education and/or research quality assurance process (e.g. support for the Moroccan national system for research);
  • implementation of a pilot procedure for issuing an internationalisation certificate for programmes and institutions (e.g. 2012-2015 Erasmus Mundus CeQuint project, including the evaluation of the University of Reims in 2014);
  • definition of common criteria between European agencies for the evaluation of cross-border training programmes (e.g. the 2013-2015 Erasmus Mundus QACHE project).

 

Contribution to European and international discussions

Participation in networks of international quality agency helps Hcéres play a key role in enhancing quality in the European Higher Education and Research Area.  A number of activities fall under this category:

  • organisation of or participation in lectures, forums and conferences on evaluation, quality assurance or the internationalisation of higher education.
  • participation in working groups set up by the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education ( ENQA) (“Impact of Quality Assurance”, “Quality and Excellence” and “Staff Development”);
  • contribution to the revision of the ESGs.