Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 16-17 February 2009
While the problems of realising student mobility and exchanges are now widely addressed, less attention has been paid to the subsequent benefits mobility may bring: improving the quality of education and research, and strengthening the capacity of institutions to internationalise their programmes and services. At a first glance, the beneficial relationship between student mobility, academic improvements, and institutional strengthening seems obvious. But, is this really true or is it an assumption? Are these benefits implicit or must the institution work to realise them? And further, what kind of mobility is the most beneficial for academic institutes? Participation in exchange programmes, structural agreements with institutions on course level can be effective avenues for mobility, yet the emergence of joint or double degree-programmes perhaps provide a more sophisticated and structured level of institutional collaboration.
This workshop explored the opportunities for improving academic quality through international collaboration in curriculum development and student mobility. It focused on the advantages and disadvantages of linking mobility to joint and double degrees as compared to other forms of academic cooperation and mobility. When focusing on joint degree programmes, what are the opportunities at institutional level (with regard to reputation and wider institutional quality improvement), at student level (mobility is well organised and recognition of study period abroad is guaranteed) and at staff level (staff-mobility might be more easy to organise)? More specifically it looked at these opportunities in programmes and projects in which European and Asian institutes collaborate.
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