The future of the European Higher Education Area depends on the creation of joint courses by European universities. In this regard, the European Commission has been funding, through the Erasmus Mundus programme, selected joint master and joint doctorate courses. Erasmus Mundus courses can be considered possible models for the future development of joint courses in Europe. The implementation of Quality Management in such courses poses new challenges to the universities involved. This paper describes the Quality System put forward in the Erasmus Mundus Master in Quality in Analytical Laboratories (EMQAL) by the consortium of five European universities from four countries: Portugal, Spain, Poland and Norway. Its successes and difficulties during the first year of implementation are discussed.
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