Developing a „Cantus Firmus‟ in European QA by building bridges between national contexts and subject-specific European-level initiatives. Observations and experiences from the field of music

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Year2010
Author(s)Martin Prchal, Linda Messas, Laura Beccari, Jeremy Cox, Hubert Eiholzer
Abstract
This article describes the collaboration set up between the European Association of Conservatoires (AEC) and various national quality assurance agencies with the aim of adding a European-level subject-specific dimension to national quality assurance and accreditation procedures in higher music education. The collaboration activities that have taken place during 2009-2010 are presented and reflected upon from various points of view (external experts, institutions, agencies), with a particular focus on the collaboration with the Swiss agency OAQ as a case study. Experiences show that, by enhancing the subject-specific and European dimension in national procedures through such collaborations, many positive effects can be gained despite some challenges that still need to be addressed. The article suggests, in line with the theme of the 5th European Quality Assurance Forum, how to make sense of quality assurance in a European context by building bridges between national contexts and subject-specific European-level initiatives.
CategoriesQuality of HE » 2010 5th EQAF