Education, Public policy

Photo by Mátyás Szabó, Senior Manager, CEU Yehuda Elkana Center

Co-funded by the Open Society University Network (OSUN) and organized in cooperation with the Yehuda Elkana Center for Higher Education, Central European University.


Course date

28 June - 2 July, 2021
The extended deadline has expired. Late applications will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
Course Director(s): 

Pusa Nastase

Yehuda Elkana Center for Higher Education, Central European University, Vienna, Austria

Matyas Szabo

Yehuda Elkana Center for Higher Education, Central European University, Vienna, Austria
Course Faculty: 

Tamo Chattopadhay

Social Sciences Division/Institute of Education, American University of Central Asia, Kyrgyz Republic

Erica Kaufman

Institute for Writing and Thinking, Bard College, Annadale, USA

Jacques Lanares

University of Lausanne, Switzerland

Anguelina Popova

Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology, American University of Central Asia, Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic

Oliver Vettori

Accreditations & Quality Management /Program Management & Teaching and Learning Affairs, Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria
In the context of diversification of higher education systems and their sustainability, and the development of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA), quality assurance, quality enhancement and the evaluation of university teaching and learning has been on the higher education policy agendas in Europe for the past twenty or so years. European transnational organizations, including the European Association of Institutions in Higher Education (EURASHE), the European University Association (EUA), the European Association for International Education (EAIE) and others have put quality high in their agendas and produced several handbooks, guidelines and policy papers, such as OECDs Enhancing Higher Education System Performance Benchmarking higher education system performance: Conceptual framework and data, or the publications of EUA in cooperation with ENQA European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education, ESU (the European Students’ Union) and EURASHE.
With the aim to promote institutional quality cultures, the policy actors encourage higher education institutions to participate in international, European and national-level policy discussions on internal and external quality assurance systems, and support universities to develop internal quality assurance and enhancement mechanisms.Quality of university education is also considered to be one of the most important indicators of the development of any given national higher education system.
The proposed Summer University course intends to help universities of the OSUN network and beyond develop their own internal quality assurance and enhancement processes–including institutional self-studies, preparations for accreditations, program-reviews, faculty and course evaluations, evaluation of teaching and learning, quality of management and student services-and coordinate their efforts to ensure that the outcomes and processes of university teaching (including face-to-face, online and blended teaching) meet local and international standards simultaneously.
The course will discuss the challenges of and best practices in fulfilling the many purposes of quality assurance at university level, such as accountability, efficiency, control, evaluation, accreditation, measurement and quality improvement.

Online course format

Total of 24 academic hours (15 hours synchronous interaction, 9 hours asynchronous teaching and learning). 
The course will take place over five weekdays and will be structured daily along two parts. The first part will consist of direct engagement with instructors and participants, through presentations and group discussions spread over three hours (with two small breaks). The second part of each day will consist of individual and group work (approx. 2 hours). 
The Course Directors will do their best to align the timing of the direct, synchronous engagement part of the course to the time zones where participants connect from. The schedule will be finalized once the participants and the time zones of their locations will be confirmed, approx. 2 weeks after the application deadline.