The Rector, and President of the Institute for Quality Assurance and Enhancement of Education (IQAEE) at UNIC, Prof. Philippos Pouyioutas, participated in a European Association of Institutions in Higher Education (EURASHE) Working Group session on “Quality in Higher Education”. During the session, held last month in Brussels, the participants discussed and examined various issues related to quality assurance in Higher Education in the European Area, with particular emphasis on cross-border education.
Prof. Pouyioutas stressed the need for harmonisation of the laws and practices that national agencies implement, vis-à-vis the European guidelines for quality assurance in cross-border, inter-university curricula. Outlining the best practices UNIC follows in this domain, the Rector referred to the University’s inter-university programmes of study with the Hellenic Open University, the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, and the University of Patras, as well as the UNIC Medical School’s cooperation with St George's, University of London.
In closing, Prof. Pouyioutas noted that such inter-university collaborations with top global universities are central to UNIC’s internationalisation strategy, which aims at continuous improvement in the quality of education it offers, in line with the University’s enduring commitment to excellence.
The Rector also participated in a two-day seminar on “Managing your Institution's Quality with the Latest Practices and Policies", organised by EURASHE in early February 2017. Various issues were discussed at the seminar, including quality assurance regarding distance learning education, as well as the evaluation and accreditation of individual programmes of study by external quality assurance agencies. In a vote that followed, the vast majority of participants indicated preference for an institutional assessment and accreditation process by external bodies. The quality of individual programmes would be safeguarded through strict internal mechanisms, themselves a natural outcome of the academic maturity and culture of excellence each (accredited) university pursues.