NICE NETWORK Quality Charta

1. General goals of the NICE network

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The Higher Education Institutions co-operating within the Nice network agree on the following goals

  • to enhance internationalisation of partner institutions • to enhance internationalisation at home
  • to facilitate student, teaching and non-teaching staff exchange
  • to enhance quality of mobility
  • to develop common programmes and modules
  • to develop dual and joint degree programmes • to share experience (examples of good practice)
  • to facilitate research co-operation.

2. Underpinning values of the NICE network

The Higher Education Institutions co-operating within the Nice network agree on the following values regarding the objectives and content of their academic programmes and activities:

  • that member institutions, or specific member departments (faculties) must recognise that their activities should be professionally-oriented
  • that this professional orientation should include in-company placement periods whenever and wherever possible
  • that employability should be a main objective of network activities
  • that an interdisciplinary approach should be applied
  • that the notion of intercultural understanding should be pervasive
  • that the notion of internationalisation should be inherent
  • that the notion of European citizenship should be encouraged, but regional cultural identities should be preserved
  • that cultural diversity is seen as an opportunity to acquire the necessary skills to become employable.

3. Quality criteria of the NICE network

The Higher Education Institutions co-operating within the Nice network agree on the following, non-exhaustive, list of quality criteria:A good quality ECTS information package on the internet.

  • The possibility for sending institutions to select and refuse students according to their true language and general academic level.
  • Students should be advised on their true linguistic and cultural abilities.
  • A Learning Agreement/Placement Agreement should be used in order to insure credit transfer.
  • The period of study/placement should be an integral part of an academic programme. • There should be a tutor/mentor and support systems at the hosting place of study/placement.
  • There should be linguistic, cultural and practical preparation.
  • There should be a de-briefing session after the study/placement period in both institutions.

4 Validation of the NICE network Charta

The Nice network Charta should be signed by the President / Rector of the Higher Education Institution or by the Dean of the Faculty/Head of Department co-operating with the Nice network. It should also be signed by the representative of the Institution at the annual network conference.