In the context of diversification of higher education systems and their sustainability, and the development of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA), quality assurance, quality enhancement and the evaluation of university teaching and learning has been on the higher education policy agendas in Europe for the past twenty or so years. European transnational organizations, including the European Association of Institutions in Higher Education (EURASHE), the European University Association (EUA), the European Association for International Education (EAIE) and others have put quality high in their agendas and produced several handbooks, guidelines and policy papers, such as OECDs Enhancing Higher Education System Performance Benchmarking higher education system performance: Conceptual framework and data, or the publications of EUA in cooperation with ENQA European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education, ESU (the European Students’ Union) and EURASHE.
With the aim to promote institutional quality cultures, the policy actors encourage higher education institutions to participate in international, European and national-level policy discussions on internal and external quality assurance systems, and support universities to develop internal quality assurance and enhancement mechanisms.Quality of university education is also considered to be one of the most important indicators of the development of any given national higher education system.
The proposed Summer University course intends to help universities of the OSUN network and beyond develop their own internal quality assurance and enhancement processes–including institutional self-studies, preparations for accreditations, program-reviews, faculty and course evaluations, evaluation of teaching and learning, quality of management and student services-and coordinate their efforts to ensure that the outcomes and processes of university teaching (including face-to-face, online and blended teaching) meet local and international standards simultaneously.
The course will discuss the challenges of and best practices in fulfilling the many purposes of quality assurance at university level, such as accountability, efficiency, control, evaluation, accreditation, measurement and quality improvement.
Online course format
Total of 24 academic hours (15 hours synchronous interaction, 9 hours asynchronous teaching and learning).
The course will take place over five weekdays and will be structured daily along two parts. Afternoon sessions, held between 2 pm - 5 pm each day (CET, Budapest time) will consist of direct engagement with instructors and participants, through presentations and group discussions spread over three hours (with two small breaks). During morning hours participants will work in small groups on course assignments and/or have individual consultations with course instructors.
Target audience: university leaders and managers, faculty, students involved in university governance and institutional evaluations or self-studies.
Please read the following directions carefully.
Below is the list of the documents you need to prepare or arrange for submission:
- Completed online SUN Application Form (see notes below).
- Full curriculum vitae or resume, including a list of publications, if any. Please upload your Curriculum Vitae or resume, including a list of publications, if any.
- Statement of purpose (max. 1 page). In the Statement of Purpose, please describe how the course is relevant to your teaching, research, or professional work, and in what way you expect to benefit from it. Please list relevant courses in the field you have taken previously during your studies.
Applicants representing universities, ministries, quality assurance agencies, students’ organizations, NGOs or other institutions and organizations need to submit a letter of institutional support. The letter should describe the applicant’s activities at the institution, relevant to the topic of the summer course (teaching, participation in quality assurance, governance and management, etc.).
You can upload further optional documents on the Qualifications page such as academic documents that you think may be relevant to support your application in the 'Other Supporting Documents' section. All documents should be merged into a single PDF file not exceeding the size 2 MB. No passwords and encryption are allowed.
Completed CEU Summer University Application Form
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- You may apply to a maximum of two summer courses. In case of being admitted, you can only attend both if the two courses do not overlap in time. Financial aid, if available, is only granted to attend one course.
- If you applied to CEU before, please use your existing login and password to start a new application. If you do not remember your password from last year click on Forgotten Password. With technical problems, bugs, or errors related to the online application forms please contact the CEU IT Help Desk.
- Right after login, please select ”Summer University” radiobutton from the "Type of course" list, and leave all other fields empty.
- All application materials must be submitted with the online application form(s). Materials sent by postal mail, electronic mail, or fax are not considered.
- The maximum allowable file size for upload is 2MB per file and the acceptable file formats are PDF, JPG, and JPEG. Ensure all security features (e.g. passwords and encryption) are removed from the documents before uploading them.
- Applications cannot be edited after submission. Please submit your application only when it is 100% final and complete.
- Further user instructions for the online application are included in the form itself. Should you have questions regarding the application form, check the relevant Frequently Asked Questions.
- Applications submitted after the deadline will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
If you need help or more information during the application process, please feel free to contact the SUN staff via email.
The SUN Office will notify applicants about the selection results in April. Please check the 'Dates and deadlines' section on the relevant course websites for notification deadlines planned earlier or later. The final decision is not open to appeal.