On 23-27 May Northern (Arctic) Federal University (NArFU) delegation comprised of Natalia Chicherina, Rector’s Adviser on Education, Svetlana Strelkova, Director, Institute of Philology and Cross-Cultural Communication, Elena Ivanova, Head of Education Modernization Office and Olga Nizhevich, Director, International Academic Mobility Centre, participated in quality assurance training in Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dun Dún Laoghaire, Ireland. The initiative came into effect due to the joint Erasmus+ staff mobility project aiming at facilitation of academic development through trainings, exchange of experience and best practices, and as a follow-up of Tempus ALIGN project (Achieving and Checking the Alignment Between Academic Programmes and Qualification Frameworks) which seeks to enhance the intelligibility, consistency and transferability of qualifications through development and implementation of mechanisms for HEIs to achieve alignment with qualification frameworks.
Institute of Art Design and Technology, Dún Laoghaire, is Ireland’s only Institute of Art, Design and Technology with a specific aim to lead and inform the creative, cultural and technological industries through learning, teaching, research and innovation, as stated in the IADT Strategic Plan 2014-2018. The institute offers study programmes with a unique interdisciplinary approach on 6-9 level according the National Qualification Framework of Ireland which corresponds to level 5-7 of European Qualifications Framework. The institute successfully implements a system of recognition of prior learning contributing to free movement of people and free movement of knowledge. One of the institute’s priorities is to progress engagement with community and enterprise in order to further develop opportunities and benefits for its stakeholders. The Irish partner institute has first-hand experience in implementing external and internal quality assurance (QA) policies and procedures in accordance with IADT Quality Framework 1.0 at every stage of the study programme lifecycle and in the higher education institution management.
NArFU staff participation in the training allowed to acquire knowledge and specific know-how, to exchange experience on quality assurance, educational standards and international accreditation and to ensure a synergetic effect with the current Tempus ALIGN project, as well as to build up new contacts and expand the professional network. The partners benefited from a broader understanding of its own QA and academic infrastructure through the process of sharing it with the counterparts, which should lead to better and more effective educational practices. The knowledge and experience gained will be used for preparing NArFU educational programmes for international accreditation to be held in June 2016. The partners agreed upon the further action plan, discussed prospects of collaborative projects in academic mobility and capacity building. The next training is scheduled for September 2016 at NArFU which is to be attended by an IADT expert.