Flexible QA Fostering Transnational Interinstitutional Cooperation

EURASHE QA Community of Practice at Algebra University’s International Week

18 – 19

March 2024


Zagreb, Croatia

Existing European University alliances have experimented with creating a better link between recognition and quality assurance, and some possible solutions may emerge from such experiments that can be inspirational for others. Since the EURASHE communities of practise are tasked, among other things, to facilitate the exchange of experience, to encourage peer-to-peer dialogue and stimulate new practical solutions to existing obstacles to transnational cooperation, we would like to discuss challenges and possible solutions in relation to flexible quality assurance fostering transnational interinstitutional cooperation.

Flexibility seems to be another European buzzword with a wide range of meanings, especially when it comes to practical application in different areas. Therefore, at the upcoming meeting of a wider QA Community of Practice we would like to question the concept of flexibility in the context of transnational recognition of study periods abroad and cross-border quality assurance supporting large scale mobilities.


This event is part of the Algebra University’s International Week held on 18-22 March in Zagreb, Croatia. Visit the Algreba University website to discover the complete agenda and to register to the rest of activities. 

Preliminary Agenda


18 March | Core Group Meeting – Open only to Core Group Members
09:00 – 09:30 Registration and Welcome Coffee
09:30 – 11:00 Introduction by the co-chairs and dicussion
11:00 – 11:30 Break
11:30 – 13:00 Student engagement in QA processes
13:00 End of the Meeting
19:00 – TBD Dinner of the Core Group


19 March | Wider Community Meeting
09:30 – 10:00 Registration and Welcome Coffee
10:00 – 10:15

Introduction to the QA Wider Community of Practice

Ana Tecilazić, Algebra University, Croatia
Eltjo Bazen, Utrecht University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands
Jakub Grodecki, EURASHE

10:15 – 11:15

European Quality Assurance and Recognition System

Julie Anderson, European Commission, DG EAC (online presentation)
Colin Tück, quality assurance expert

11:15 – 11:45 Coffee Break
11:45 – 12:00

Quality assurance in transnational cooperation: Experiences of the European University Alliance YUFE

Aleksandar Šušnjar, University of Rijeka, Croatia

12:00 – 13:00

Group discussions

Participants will discuss in groups topics related to recognition and quality assurance in transnational inter-institutional cooperation, including the exploration of possibilities for joint European programme degrees.

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 14:30

How much flexibility is enough? An example of a national experiment on inter-institutional flexible learning design

Saar Wismans, QA expert Windesheim UAS, The Netherlands
Anne de Jong, education expert, Windesheim UAS, The Netherlands

14:30 – 15:00

Automatic recognition pathways: finding a path to automatic system level recognition and achieving large-scale mobility

Ljubica Petrović Baronica, Agency for Mobility and EU Programmes, Croatia

15:00 – 15:45

Students’ perspective on individual learning pathways: How individual can my individual learning be?

Panel discussion between students, moderated by Ivana Verveger, Algebra University, member of the Erasmus Students Network

Pegi Pavletić, University of Rijeka, Croatia
Sara Brkanić, Algebra University, Croatia
Jacob Jess Kolfschoten, Windesheim UAS, The Netherlands
George Emil Palade University of Medicine, Pharmacy, Science, and Technology, Romania, tbc

15:45 – 17:00

Report from the group discussions and next steps

Ana Tecilazić

17:00 End of the Conference