EMQA is a participatory approach to quality assurance that has been built since 2008 for the European Commission DG Education and Culture Erasmus Mundus Master and Doctoral Joint Programmes. EMQA is not a standard QA process of judging or ranking courses against a fixed set of ‘standards’. The underlying principle is that international programmes are innovating constantly and that this innovation needs to be communicated directly back to the HE sector. EMQA is a strongly participatory approach to excellence. The resources on this Web site can be used by any international programme – Master, Doctoral, Professional, or Commercial – to help you to review your own quality against a structured set of quality components drawn from Higher Education across the European Union. On this site you can:

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Handbook of Excellence
Erasmus Mundus Employability, Degree Recognition, Sustainability, regional and Thematic Clusters

Clusters within the Erasmus Mundus Programme

  1. Understand the 'landscape' of quality challenges that international programmes encounter;
  2. Self-assess your own courses or programmes against a series of structured questions;
  3. See in detail examples of excellent practice from programmes studied in depth since 2008;
  4. Read online, and download, a Handbook of Excellence that guides you through the issues you need to consider when creating Master and Doctoral Programmes;
  5. Contribute your own excellent practice and add to the body of evidence that will continue to develop the 'components of excellence'.

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