Developing and Implementing Joint Degrees


Karen M. Lauridsen, Karen K. Zethsen, Dieter Leonhard, Siegbert Wuttig, Adina Timofei


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  • Joint European Master Degrees: Between Reality and Wishful Thinking

    Karen M. Lauridsen, Karen K. Zethsen

    The article presents a critical assessment of the concept of joint degrees and its implementation in the European Higher Education Area. It outlines the rationale behind and the background for a project developing and piloting a European Master in Translation, exploiting the areas of excellence at the participating higher education institutions and language industry partners, and developing a programme that was not necessarily taught in full at any one institution, but which allowed students to follow course modules on site or online at different universities. However, in practice, this format encountered insurmountable technical barriers which have prevented the participating institutions from launching the programme as originally planned. The obstacles encountered are outlined and possible solutions discussed.

  • Joint Programmes and Joint Degrees

    Key Elements of the European Higher Education Area – the Experience of the Franco-German University

    Dieter Leonhard, Siegbert Wuttig

    In its first part, the article highlights the history and development of joint programmes and joint degrees in Europe from the perspective of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), which has gained experience in this field over many years in the framework of national and European initiatives. The second part of the article presents the successful work and the specific approach of the Franco-German University (FGU) in the field of bilateral study programmes with joint degrees. Special consideration is given to FGU’s quality criteria and binational quality assurance.

  • Developing and Implementing Joint Programmes in Europe: the Results of an EUA Study

    Adina Timofei

    The development of joint programmes has received a lot of attention as part of the Bologna process, in the context of promoting student and staff mobility and inter-institutional cooperation. Despite these declared ambitions, higher education institutions still face a number of unresolved problems in planning and implementing such initiatives. This article summarises the results of a recent EUA study on this subject and explores the reasons for the difficulties in the implementation of joint programmes in European universities.

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