Projects Budget: 384 668 €
Duration of the project: 01.09.2018 – 31.08.2021 (36 months)
The project aims to support changes in the area of public administration education in conformity with Bologna objectives, mainly:
• Promotion of European co-operation in quality assurance with a view to developing comparable criteria and methodologies.
• Promotion of the necessary European dimensions in higher education, particularly with regards to curricular development, inter-institutional co-operation, mobility schemes and integrated programs of study, training and research, which havan’t been fully applied in the area of the public administration high education in Slovakia and the new EU states yet.
High education public administration programs vary a lot especially in the Central and Eastern European member countries of the EU - in the new EU member states (NMS). From this perspective it is highly relevant to facilitate quality assurance mechanism which would ensure not only comparable quality of education processes but also comparable outcomes of the education (e.g. quality of graduates, their knowledge, skills and experience) in these countries, which are core in these regards within the NISPAcee region (see D1). EAPAA (European Association of Public Administration Accreditation) accreditation and certification criteria will be reviewed and applied for these purposes.
In addition, the project aims at tackling skills gaps and mismatches in the area of public administration high education through designing and developing curricula that meet the learning needs of students that are relevant to the labor market and societal needs, including through better use of open and on-line, work based, multi - disciplinary learning and new quality assessment criteria. Simultaneously, with a view of this priority, promoting and rewarding excellence in teaching and skills development, training of academics in new and innovative pedagogical approaches, new curriculum design approaches and sharing of good practices through collaborative platforms will be in the center of the project.
In order to achieve these priorities, EAPAA criteria focused on faculty qualifications and skills will have to be promoted and implied, mainly in the New Member States where this seems to be the major weakness of many PA programs.
Leading organization is NISPAcee, Slovakia.
The other partners in the project are:
European Association for Public Administration Accreditation, Netherlands
Masarykova univerzita, Czech Republic
UNIVERSITATEA BABES BOLYAI, Romania
UNIVERZA V LJUBLJANI, Slovenia
BUDAPESTI CORVINUS EGYETEM, Hungary
UNIVERZITA MATEJA BELA V BANSKEJ BYSTRICI, Slovakia
EKONOMICKA UNIVERZITA V BRATISLAVE, Slovakia
UNIVERZITA PAVLA JOZEFA SAFARIKA V KOSICIACH, Slovakia
More information could be found on: www.nispa.org/paquality
On 15.01.2019 in Ljubljana, Slovenia was held the second partnership meeting under the "Improving the quality of education in public administration - PAQUALITY" Project under the Erasmus+ Program, KA2 "Strategic Partnerships". Representatives of all partner organizations attended the meeting.
During the meeting, the implementation of the activities in the first year of the project was discussed, as well as the submitted and positively evaluated first interim partner report. The completed intellectual results (O1 and O2) were reviewed. The upcoming O3 closure was also considered, presenting and discussing 11 program evaluations, which should be finalized after the conclusion of the meeting based on discussions and clarification of questions by evaluators. In terms of intellectual output O4 it was reviewed the list of possible programs interested in external evaluation. The responsibilities of the partners in the evaluation and consultation of evaluation programs were shared.
A report from the Project Quality Assessment Committee was presented.
With regard to intellectual outputs O5 and O6, a review of the methodological framework for the development of competencies related to the practice was carried out, as well as the preparation of the seminar to be held in Varna in the second half of June 2020.
Dissemination events are planned for the second half of 2020 in Romania and Slovenia.
The possibilities of including more activities for disseminating project results were discussed.