The partners in the project have been selected on the base of existing mutual interests, common values, respect, trust and a history of cooperation and liaison.
Name: Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences (WUAS)
Country: The Netherlands
WUAS is a degree awarding private higher education institution in the Netherlands that is characterized in offering English-taught degrees to students from around the world, and specialized in internationalization of higher education, from all aspects including the international curriculum, the international classroom, student and teacher mobility, and international partnerships. WUAS is well experienced in national and international accreditation systems, including the Dutch, German, Austrian and UK systems (NVAO, FIBAA, AQ, QAA) and knowledgeable about systems such as AACSB (US) and AMBA (UK). WUAS’ integrated, and positively appraised, Quality System ensures its education and student service meets the demands of multi-campuses, in the Netherlands and abroad, and that the positive appraisal of its internationalization established in Apeldoorn is maintained across all locations. Wittenborg University (P1), an expert EU-funded project manager. They have coordinated a number of international projects and have been partners in Erasmus+ projects. This is though their first experience in acting a role of a project grant holder.
Name: IU Internationale Hochschule GmbH
International University of Applied Sciences Bad Honnef is a state-recognized and accredited private university with over 550 employees and professors and around 27,000 students, IUBH has been successfully offering bachelor and master degrees at the highest level for over ten years. In particular, our range of distance learning courses makes innovative use of today's available media options to enable our students to study at their own pace, at their own place and at their own time - completely online, without the need to be present. This guarantees maximum flexibility. Exemplary for P4 innovative methods online exams, with which students can take their exams on-demand 365 days a year. P4 therefore will be responsible for the E-platform development and creation of online training programs.
Name: 456 international B.V
Country: The Netherlands
456 international B.V. (P3) has been a frontrunner in international student & teacher mobility and in the last couple of year have set up several organizations which helps students and teachers from Netherlands, Belgium and France to study, travel and conduct internships overseas. BV International 456 (NL) will act as in-the-field team supporting the EU organizations, due to its expertise and experience in international marketing and management, providing with a team of highly qualified experts to optimize the universities work and connect with professional field. In this sense, BV International 456 (NL) together with all the partners will design tools to better involve “practice, external professional field”.
Name: FUNDACION UNIVERSITARIA SAN ANTONIO – UCAM (ES)
UCAM is a private university with 20 years of history and more than 19.000 students that offers prominent European official graduations, Master programs, PhD programs and other prestigious titles. Its teaching method is based on a personalized attention with reduced students per classes and a personal tutor for each student. UCAM also offers a modern system of distance teaching. UCAM is strongly linked with the work world through study plans adapted to market exigencies, obligatory internships in institutions and enterprises in every program and research programs in collaboration with big regional, national and multinational companies. UCAM (P2) is one of the largest and highly rated universities of Spain. Its teaching method is based on a personalized attention with reduced students per classes and a personal tutor for each student. UCAM also offers a modern system of distance teaching. It's strongly linked with the work world through study plans adapted to market exigencies, obligatory internships in institutions and enterprises in every program and research programs in collaboration with big regional, national and multinational companies. It's developed IQA system, coherent strategy and policy of quality assurance makes the education widely recognized by academic and non-academic community. UCAM will lead the respective WP in IQA indicators elaboration, strategy and policy drafting.
Name: Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation/FU
The Federal State-Funded Educational Institution of Higher Education 'Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation' (Financial University) is one of the oldest Russian higher education institutions where financial experts, financial law experts, economists, IT experts, mathematicians, sociologists, and political scientists are trained. Today, the University incorporates: 16 Faculties, 14 research Departments, 11 teaching Departments, 11 collaborative provision departments formed in cooperation with the employers, 2 Colleges and a Lyceum, 2 research centers and 2 research institutes; 4 higher schools, 2 institutes and a research center. The University quality assurance policy is aimed at building a good learning environment for the applicants; developing higher education, post-secondary education, further education programs based on the research findings, professional standards and current trends in the economic and social development; updating and use of new learning technologies with a view to develop self-education skills and ensure self-realization through the support of scientific schools and fostering employees' creativity; ensuring the graduates will be in demand at the labor market; harmonizing teaching, research and industry standards in the University.
Name: Russian Academy of Education (RAE)
The Russian Academy of Education is the higher scientific organization of Russia on problems of education. All members of the Russian Academy of Education are scientists who have enriched science with works of primary scientific importance. The main objective of the Russian Academy of Education is to organize and conduct fundamental and applied scientific research aimed at obtaining new knowledge about the development of modern humanity, the patterns of development of education of children and adults and the constant updating of knowledge in the field of pedagogical, psychological and related sciences as the basis for improving education. Academy is aimed: (a) to contribute to the development of the educational sciences in the Russian Federation; (b) to strengthen ties between science and practice of education; (c) to increase the public prestige of scientific activities, the status and social protection of specialists involved in science and education. The Russian Academy of Education annually represents the President and the Government of the Russian Federation: (a) reports on the state of fundamental and applied sciences in the field of education in the Russian Federation and on the most important scientific achievements of Russian scientists in the field; (b) proposals on priority directions of development of fundamental and applied sciences in the field of education.
Name: Federal State Budget Educational Institution of Higher Education «Tver State University» TvSU
Tver State University (TvSU) is a classical university boasting annual student headcount of ca. 8,500 and enrolling from Russia and internationally. The University provides a broad range of programmes in science, humanities, technology, engineering, and arts. The University’s 56 education programmes have received high acclaim from expert stakeholders at the nationwide Best Educational Programs of Innovative Russia project. TvSU has been certified by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation. The University holds the ISO 9001 Quality Management System and the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) certificates. Tver State University has accumulated substantial experience in the formation of a quality assurance system. The University provides the foundation of trusting relationships with participants in its educational programs, both at the national and international level. The university has experience in public accreditation of some educational programs. A system of independent assessment of the quality of graduate training has been created and effectively functions at Tver State University. In order to involve students in the process of improving the quality of educational services, a student council has been established at TvSU on the quality of education. The Project will help ramp-up and regulate stakeholders’ input to quality assurance.
Name: BELGOROD NATIONAL RESEARCH UNIVERSITY (BelSU)
Belgorod State National Research University is to solve research problems of the international and national scale and, harmoniously integrating the educational, research, social and cultural functions of the University, to train highly qualified professionals capable of ensuring the competitiveness of Russia and Belgorod region on the global socioeconomic arena, preserving and developing the cultural and moral legacy of the country and the region. Belgorod State National Research University today boasts more than 23 thousand students from all regions of Russia; more than 3000 foreign students from 92 countries; 21 Joint Educational Projects with top universities of Europe, Asia-Pacific Region; 3 Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs in English; over 150 agreements for international cooperation; over 1,100 Doctors and Candidates of Science; 9 Institutes, 1 Faculties, 2 Colleges, 1 branch; cooperation agreements for internship with more than 800 enterprises; 27 core departments; 334 study programs; 3 study programs have EUR-ACE® (Accreditation of European Engineering Programs) quality mark; candidate and Doctoral Dissertation Councils; 51 research envelopes: 25 Postgraduate programs; internationalization strategy of the University is reflected in the program of competitive recovery of Belgorod National Research University in the period from 2013-2017 to 2020.
Name: Azerbaijan State Pedagogical University (ASPU)
Azerbaijan State Pedagogical University was founded in 1921. Its first graduation was in 1923-24 academic year. Over 100 thousand high educated cadres were prepared by ASPU. Presently there are 8 faculties in the university, more than 10.000 students' study, approximately 734 professors and teachers. The main duty of ASPU is to train highly qualified teaching staff with innovative and critical thinking who can keep pace with the country`s development. ASPU has international cooperation with higher educational institutions in many countries of the world and works on interactive teaching-learning methods. Our main task is to develop educational cooperation by integrating into all aspects of society. For this reason, we give preference to international relations and projects. These can be achieved by delivering teaching, research and social services up to the level of universal standards. Key persons have international experiences, theoretical and practical skills, the abilities to work with and manage graduates. Taking into consideration the existing theoretical and practical experience of the university, there can be created conditions for business community and career experience of students through this project at ASPU.
Name: Nakhchivan State University
Nakhchivan State University was founded in 1967. At present on 58 specialties in 12 faculties about 6 thousand students are studying in Nakhchivan State University. Highly qualified specialists are getting their higher education in bachelor, master and doctoral levels. More than 580 foreign students from around 12 countries are studying at Nakhchivan State University. In the scientific potential of the university there are 447 teachers, including 2 academicians, five corresponding members of the Academy of National Sciences of Azerbaijan, 192 Ph. Doctors and 32 Doctors of Sciences. The lab “Developmental Problems of the Region“ functioning at Nakhchivan State University, investigates the history, culture and economy of the ancient land. “Haydar Aliyev University” functioning at Nakhchivan State University plays an important role in the formalization of the modern youth and bringing up in the spirit of patriotism and national statehood.
About Non-academic Associated Partners
Presently there are two key non-academic partners - Accreditation agency from the Netherlands and Ministry of Education from the Republic of Azerbaijan.
Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation, FIBAA which is a non-profit organisation and a nationally as well as internationally experienced agency for quality assurance. It accredits according to the standards of the German Accreditation Council. FIBAA awards its Quality Seal to higher education institutions and programmes of high quality worldwide. It is approved by the Accreditation Council and enlisted in the European register EQAR. Active membership with ENQA, EUA, CEENQA and INQAAHE, amongst others, document its international networks. Furthermore, as an official agency for quality assurance, FIBAA is officially recognised in the Netherlands, in Austria, in Switzerland, and in Kazakhstan. FIBAA holds cooperation agreements with foreign agencies of quality assurance in Australia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, the Netherlands, Poland and Russia.
FIBAA has twenty years of expertise in quality assurance and quality development in higher education FIBAA has a strong international orientation and international experience. With the highest EU quality assurance standards FIBAA will act as groundwork team supporting the EU organizations and will be a key expert in development of IQA policy and strategy. Support from FIBAA at the preparation level will not only ensure the exchange of the best practices from the EU countries but potentially align the IQA standards between different EU countries.
Additionally, FIBAA will be a key expert in development of the Quality Assurance Plan for the project which will strengthen the QA tools at international level and support the sustainability of the project. FIBAA has a vast range of offers – from programme and institutional accreditation services to specific evaluations, audits, certification procedures and individual consulting services, events and studies FIBAA has a team of competent project managers with wide experience in international quality assurance and development.
Ministry of Education Republic of Azerbaijan will provide with the groundwork support along the project life: expertise and monitoring of the intermediate and final outcomes of the project; recommendations to apply the successful project outcomes to other HEIs of the Republic of Azerbaijan; task assignment to the working group of the project to elaborate IQA tools and find solutions within the scope of the project the Ministry needs to explore; Support of the regional, national and international cooperation at ministerial level between the Republic of Azerbaijan, Russia, and EU; Support the dissemination and sustainability of the project.
Some more influential non-academic participants can be referred to society at large. They are mass media (TV companies, newspapers, social media, etc.), government.