Joint Degree

All Partners agree that maximum “jointness” will benefits the quality of the Programme. It is therefore that ReD Global aims to go up for Joint Degree accreditation by 2026.

Diagnosis

In preparation of this submission the following diagnosis has been made with the support of information from the European Consortium for Accreditation (ECA):

  • Joint Degrees (JD) are legally possible in all three Full Partner countries (ES, NL, PT), and accreditation bodies have set different requirements, referred to as “national components,” that need to be met in addition to general criteria (“shared components”).
  • The current design of ReD Global addresses all of the shared component, and continued compliance is ensured via the implementation of the Quality Assurance & Sustainability Strategy.
  • In Spain, the award of EMJM status automatically implies that a Joint Degree may be awarded by UCO. There is a follow-up procedure with different indicators (graduate/efficiency/dropout/performance rates) to maintain the accreditation status.
  • In the Netherlands, accreditation is based on the achievement of Learning Outcomes, via the evaluation of the performance of at least two cohorts of graduates.
  • In Portugal, there are only three assessment criteria of which one is currently problematic in ReD Global: “The curriculum should include an original dissertation or project, worth at least 35% of the total number of credit units,” i.e. 42 credits in ReD Global.

It is the specific assignment of the PMQC, with the involvement of legal experts identified for the LMQC, to address the topic of Joint Degree accreditation and ensure that maximum efforts will be made to achieve this goal. The representative of the Tuning Academy and PAC member prof. dr. Robert Wagenaar will be actively involved in the further definition and implementation of strategies.