European project supports internationalisation in higher education
The University of Copenhagen has taken part in a three-year Erasmus+ project with six other European universities. The Educational Quality at Universities for inclusive international Programmes (EQUiiP) project has built modules for the use of educational developers and teacher trainers working with university teaching staff in internationalised programmes. The project kicked off with a meeting at Glasgow Caledonian University in October 2016 and ended in September 2019.
Internationalisation of higher education
The internationalisation of higher education has resulted in a greater diversity of learners and teaching staff in universities. This places new demands on the university teaching staff and programme directors who need to master an additional set of skills and competences in addition to their disciplinary expertise. It also places additional demands on educational developers and teacher trainers. “We are pleased to have this opportunity to cooperatively develop pedagogic training material for what is an increasing need not only here at UCPH, but at all institutions of higher education,” says Professor Anne Holmen, director of the Centre for Internationalisation and Parallel Language Use (CIP). These modules will be provided through an open source platform so that they can be incorporated into the existing support for university teaching staff across Europe.
The EQUiiP partnership
The EQUiiP project is a partnership of seven European universities that have a proven track record in delivering Continuing Professional Development to university teachers and lecturers in the context of internationalised programmes in higher education. EQUiiP builds on the work of the IntlUni Erasmus Academic Network project (see www.intluni.eu).
The project partners are Aarhus University, Denmark; the University of Bordeaux, France; Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain; the University of Copenhagen, Denmark; the University of Freiburg, Germany; Glasgow Caledonian University, United Kingdom; and the University of Groningen, The Netherlands.
Free access to the teaching modules
You can get free access to the teaching modules developed through the EQUiiP project at the EQUiiP website. This is for both educational developers and teachers wanting to get inspiration for their teaching in the international and intercultural classroom.
If you would like more information about the EQUiiP project, please contact Joyce Kling, Department of English, Germanic and Romance Studies email@example.com or Annette Pedersen, TEACH firstname.lastname@example.org
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.
References of EQUiiP
The EQUiiP and the TAEC projects are described in a publication by the British Council. Both projects have created guiding principles and materials for supporting lecturers using English medium instruction. You can read the publication here.
Moreover, EQUiiP is one of the inspirations behind the forthcoming publication in the Routledge Internationalization in Higher Education series: "Enhancing International Programmes in Higher Education: An Educational Development Perspective".
The EQUiiP project was evaluated by external assessors through the Dutch Agency Nuffic and received a very positive evaluation of the project with 85/100 points. It is considered to be 'a best practice in the field of higher education development'.