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Strengthening the quality of education at UiA

Relevant educations and personal growth are distinct keywords when UiA this spring starts using a new quality system for all study programmes and courses.

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Astrid Birgitte Eggen
BETTER STUDY PROGRAMMES: “The new system for quality in education is an important tool for being able to offer the best possible study programmes,” says Vice Rector for Education at UiA Astrid Birgitte Eggen (Photo: Jan Arve Olsen).

“The primary goal is to give the students the best possible learning outcome that will prepare them for a constantly changing work situation and society,” says Vice Rector Astrid Birgitte Eggen.

Together with students and employees and in cooperation with representatives from the industry, organisations and society, the vice rector for education has for several years worked on overhauling the system for quality in education at the university. New guidelines have now been made, which will be implemented during the next six months.

“Best in Norway”

There are clear expectations to the new system being operational on all levels at semester start in autumn, from bachelor to PhD level.

“Of course, that is not to say that the level of quality in these areas have not been great, but now we will have a better system for routines, roles, responsibilities and tasks than before. We believe this will improve the quality of education and study programmes even further. Our goal is to be the best in Norway in this area,” says Astrid Birgitte Eggen.

Personal level and up

The new quality system, which was adopted by the Board in November last year, clarifies even further who is responsible for what in the continuously ongoing work done on study programmes and courses at UiA. It defines tasks and areas of responsibility for all boards and committees, such as the Academic Affairs Committee, the Research Committee, the Learning Environment Committee and others. Furthermore, it indicates what roles different positions – such as rector, vice rectors, deans, heads of departments, heads of studies and course coordinators – have and how these relate to each other. The UiA Board adopted a mandate for programme coordinators at their meeting in March. A training programme for this group will be made this year. This means that study programme management will continue to be an area that is largely focused on at the institution.

An annual cycle for work on the study programme portfolio has also been made. Work on one year of a course structure will start 11 months prior to next year’s semester start. This work will start already in September this year.

Joint conference with UiS

The comprehensive work on quality in education, which is a part of the university’s strategic effort in the area of learning and education for the future, will affect virtually everyone working with education at the university, especially education management, academic as well as administrative employees.

Therefore, Astrid Birgitte Eggen and the university’s Division of Student and Academic Affairs invite both academic and administrative employees at UiA to an internal conference 24 April about how the new system for quality will be implemented on 24 April. The conference is a joint conference with the University of Stavanger and joint elements will be broadcasted on large screens.

“This is the first time in Norway that two universities are holding a joint conference about quality in education. So I very much look forward to it,” says Astrid Birgitte Eggen.