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30.10.2007

QA Coordinators and University Representatives visit the University College Cork in Ireland

Within the Project “Quality Assurance at Universities in B&H” representatives of BH Universities and WUS Austria visited the University College Cork (UCC) on October 22nd and 23rd in order to get familiar with their procedures in QA.

After an excellent experience of the QA coordinators of the University of Sarajevo, who visited the UCC in May 2007, representatives from three additional Universities in B&H (Mostar, Tuzla, Zenica) decided to visit it as well. Another reason for choosing a university in Ireland was the fact that they have received one of the best scores in the field of QA and in general at the Ministerial Conference in London this year. The decision to visit the UCC has proven to be right. More facts speaking in favor of the UCC you can find below.

Here is the list of participants from B&H:

1. Vojo Visekruna (Vice rector University of Mostar)
2. Jadranko Batista (QA Coordinator, University of Mostar)
3. Amir Tokic (Faculty dean, University of Tuzla)
4. Edin Delic (QA Coordinator, University of Tuzla)
5. Darko Petkovic (Vice rector, University of Zenica)
6. Ibrahim Plancic (QA Coordinator University of Zenica)
7. Almir Kovacevic (Executive director, WUS Austria)
8. Dino Mujkic (Regional Manager B&H, WUS Austria)

Overview of the themes discussed during the two-day visit and their presenters:

  1. Overview of Quality Review Procedures in UCC, Dr. Norma Ryan, Quality Processing Unit
  2. University structures; Student Services, Mr. Con O'Brien, Academic Secretary University structures
  3. University Statutes; Legal framework of the University, Mr. Michael Farrell, Acting Secretary
  4. UCC Student Career Services, Ms. Mary McNulty, Careers and Appointments Office
  5. Support for teaching and learning in the University including certificate and diploma courses, Dr. Bettie Higgs, Lecturer, Department of Geology & Director of Ionad Baire (UCC's Teaching and Learning Centre) & Professor Grace Neville, Head, Department of French, Lecturer on Postgraduate Teaching and Chair of the Staff Enhancement and Professional Development Committee,
  6. Institutional Research, Dr. Ronan O'Dubhghaill, Director of Planning and Institutional Research.
  7. Quality Assurance/Validation of new Programmes, Ms. Eleanor Fouhy, Head of Office for Academic Programmes & Regulations
  8. Wrap-up Q&A Session, Dr. Norma Ryan, QPU
The University College Cork (UCC) is one of four constituent universities of the federal National University of Ireland. Founded in 1845, the UCC is one of Ireland’s oldest institutes of higher learning but it is at the same time a progressive, dynamic university with over 14,500 students and 3,000 employees.
The UCC is Ireland’s leading research institute. It is the highest research income earner in the Irish state. The University offers an innovative, research-led curriculum, taught by world-class academics that consistently attract a quality student intake. The University's internal research reputation spans all of its faculties where it offers over 120 degree and professional programmes through seven schools and 27 departments. For additional information, please visit the UCC's website at www.ucc.ie
On behalf of WUS Austria and of all participants from B&H, we wish to thank the kind staff who received us at the UCC and made our stay as well valuable as pleasant!