Created on 31 October 2017

The third practical workshop within the Project "Strengthening of Internationalisation in B&H Higher Education" (STINT project) was held from 17 to 21 October 2017. This time the host was the Buckinghamshire New University. This training was only for BiH project partners and related to internationalization completely. Different aspects of internationalization were presented.

STINT Project Uxbridge 17.-21.10.2017Representatives of the Buckinghamshire New University (hereinafter University) presented their experiences concerning quality and standards in UK higher education, research and etics, international projects, internationalization and finance management. The University has outstanding partnerships with both public and private sector employers, and innovative courses. Related to the quality assurance, UK higher education is self-governing and not owned or run by government. Higher education providers have institutional autonomy as well as intellectual and academic freedom for providers and individuals to create programmes and content. All universities and some alternative providers have ‘degree awarding powers’. Others must have their degrees validated by another body. At the level of the UK there is the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) which safeguards and assures academic quality and standards. The QAA publishes and maintains the UK Quality Code for Higher Education, reviews higher education providers, investigates concerns and complaints about academic standards and quality raised by students, staff and other stakeholders. The BiH partners were also informed about carrying out doctoral study programs at the University. The university is also very active internationally and has cooperation with more than 120 regional companies and local authorities for technical assistance, research, training; Erasmus bilateral agreements with 16+ countries (56 universities and 12 institutions for practical placement) and Framework agreements with 30+ foreign institutions. They have a long and proud history serving students and producing highly qualified individuals for 125 years, and nowadays 92 % of their graduates are in work or further education within six months.

As the main conclusion of this visit, very well organisation of the University is notable, although the state support is not so high the University survives based on chaning of curricula, attrackting domestic and foreign students, very well internal organization, international cooperation etc. This all is very demanding for BiH public universities but University's directions can be a very good example where higher education in BiH should go.

The next meeting will be held in Zenica from 28 November to 1 December 2017.