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Enhancement of Quality Assurance System through Professional Development of Academic Leaders
Start date: Oct 15, 2011,

The QAPD project will establish a network and working group for educational reform in Uzbekistan to help strengthen and structure academic and quality assurance processes at both local and national levels. This project will ensure the long-term integration of quality assurance practices according to the Bologna Process and international standards within the Partner Country.Running in parallel with the QA processes enhancement, the QAPD project will guide and facilitate the professional development of a cadre of academic leaders (4 from each participating Higher Education Institutions) through a two-year cycle of curriculum design, planning, delivery and evaluation, informed by European and national frameworks and standards and using curriculum development as a vehicle for quality enhancement. The cadre of academic leaders will engage in professionally-focused activities, designed to develop high-level educational design skills, supported through an integrated programme of residential workshops and events, and by distance learning provision accessed through a virtual learning environment (VLE) and dedicated online resources. LondonMet together with all partners involved will design and deliver the professional development programme, organise and run the residential events, create online resources and create and manage the VLE (in consultation with the partners and the participants). The EU partner organisations will provide the subject-based and/or pedagogical advice and support as mentors/supervisors to the participants. In collaboration with the participating institutions, LondonMet will also facilitate the work involved in the enhancement of Uzbek national Quality Assurance system. The combination of activities will be designed to establish a cadre of expertise, and also to enable that cadre to build communities of academic practice at sector, national and international levels.
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