Last week, on Friday 9th of October, The University of Ghent in Belgium hosted a one day seminar and workshop organized by the European Commission titled: “STUDENTS & ALUMNI in Quality Assurance of Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees”
The event brought together members of Erasmus Mundus Students and Alumni Association (EMA), members of the Directorate Generals of Education and Culture (DG EAC) from the European Commission (EC), as well as Program coordinators of Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters (EMJM) Programmes.
The activities that spanned the day included round table discussions and presentations.
In one session, the results of Course Quality Student Services (CQSS) survey were presented. This survey was designed by EMA course assessment board C-QAB and took place last June.
Many points were raised by the program representatives, some of them were explained and clarified by the program coordinators, while others were noted to be handled and addressed in Erasmus Mundus programs in the future and European commission representatives promised to keep track of the progress.
Other round table session discussed how to involve students and alumni more in Erasmus Mundus Courses.
Suggestions included, providing better feedback mechanisms to current students and improving the relationship between the alumni of EMJM and the current students. In this regard, Program Representatives and Program Coordinators have shared best practices from their experiences on how to achieve these goals.
Written by Abdo Ashraf