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BMC Med Educ. 2013 Mar 27;13:43. doi: 10.1186/1472-6920-13-43.

Quality assurance in transnational higher education: a case study of the tropEd network.

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Royal Tropical Institute, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. P.Zwanikken@hetnet.nl

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

Transnational or cross-border higher education has rapidly expanded since the 1980s. Together with that expansion issues on quality assurance came to the forefront. This article aims to identify key issues regarding quality assurance of transnational higher education and discusses the quality assurance of the tropEd Network for International Health in Higher Education in relation to these key issues.

METHODS:

Literature review and review of documents.

RESULTS:

From the literature the following key issues regarding transnational quality assurance were identified and explored: comparability of quality assurance frameworks, true collaboration versus erosion of national education sovereignty, accreditation agencies and transparency. The tropEd network developed a transnational quality assurance framework for the network. The network accredits modules through a rigorous process which has been accepted by major stakeholders. This process was a participatory learning process and at the same time the process worked positive for the relations between the institutions.

DISCUSSION:

The development of the quality assurance framework and the process provides a potential example for others.

PMID:
23537108
PMCID:
PMC3614883
DOI:
10.1186/1472-6920-13-43
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