Educational quality assurance
Maastricht University’s study programmes are of good to very good quality. The success rate of the programmes is high, the average study duration is short and the students are highly satisfied.
Despite these good results, the university strives to make further improvements. Innovation plays an important role to this end, but so too does systematic quality assurance. This system is embedded in our educational practice and leads to concrete steps for improvement.
How does it work?The aim of our quality assurance system is to assess our educational vision against its daily implementation. This helps us to see how research feeds into the education on offer. We also evaluate the strength of our links with society and whether we indeed offer a genuinely international educational environment. We look whether our alumni stand out on the labour market, and to what extent this can be traced back to our educational model. And finally, we naturally measure the quality of our staff, students and facilities.
The highest learning outcomesThe goal is to ensure that our students attain the highest learning outcomes possible. For example, we collect data to determine how to maximise the added value of our international student population in our educational model. We also investigate the added value of new communication techniques, and the most effective assessment methods to promote the learning process.
The results of these quality assurance assessments reveal the benefits of involving students in research early, and of addressing the real-life problems of companies and institutions in our courses. We are continuing to work on these areas. Our goal is for 85% of our students to be satisfied to very satisfied with their programmes by 2015.
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