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This month saw the official launch of (Online Quality Assurance Tool for International Cooperation), a new tool that assists higher education institutions to evaluate the quality, strengths and weaknesses of
Although international partnerships are high on the agenda, quality assurance and management of these cooperative endeavours is lagging behind. A key question remains on how can we monitor the quality of cooperation objectively? Ghent University formulated a comprehensive response, and Flemish government granted them two-year project funding to develop an online tool, usable for all Flemish HEIs. Cooperation with a working group comprising close to all Flemish HEI, as well as foreign ones, insured the tool to fit for a wide variety of institutions. eQuATIC takes the unique approach of re-using and driving more value from the many data already available in various sources, including Erasmus+,
The eQuATIC launch and conference held in Brussels, titled – Do we dare to talk about inefficient partnerships? Towards a data-based policy for better partnership management” - was kicked off by the Ministry of Education and Training in Flanders, presenting the project’s strategic relevance and connection to the national action plan for mobility ‘brains on the move’ and the role of data in operationalizing sound policies. Engaged speakers from Uk’s Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), The Freie Universität Berlin and the Central University of Lancashire guided the audience through challenges and opportunities of the power in information technology, good practice for partnerships from a data driven perspective, and strategies for globally oriented cooperation with third countries.