Arqus Joint Programme Staff Training

27 February - 1 March2024

Format: Workshop

Open to: Academics & researchers, Admin. Staff

One of the goals of the Arqus European University Alliance is to develop Joint Programmes at all levels based on the results of the previous project period and on bottom-up proposals from partner universities.

Joint Programmes are offered jointly by two or more participating higher education institutions located in different countries. These jointly planned and developed study programmes lead to single national, double, multiple, or joint diplomas.

To support interested academic and administrative staff in this endeavor, the team of Arqus Learning Pathways has designed a series of training courses at basic and advanced levels and on various topics relevant to the design and implementation of joint programmes.

The first three training sessions are designed as modules that can be attended separately or consecutively and are open to academic and administrative staff on departmental and central levels who are interested in the design and the development of joint programmes but have no extensive experience in implementing them.

The training courses are held by experienced professionals from the field of joint programme implementation at Arqus partner universities. The sessions take place virtually on Zoom, access links and further information will be sent to all registered participants.

If we have piqued your interest, please register here by 19th February, 2024 at the latest:

Module 1: Joint Programmes: A very initial introduction to the why and how


  • Tuesday, 27 February 2024
  • 10:00 – 11:30 CET

Participants will be introduced to the concept of joint programmes focusing on their rationale and motivation to set them up. Terminology like joint, double or multiple degrees will be investigated to enable participants to distinguish between several traditions and common (mis)understandings of joint programmes. First steps such as identifying partner institutions and main elements of joint programmes will be presented to lay the ground for participation in module 2.

Learning Outcomes

After completing this module participants will:

  • Understand why jp are of benefit to institutions and individuals in the context of internationalizing of the curricula
  • Be able to distinguish different terminology approaches towards jp
  • Know key aspects of how to choose partner institutions
  • Have an idea of key programme features rendering it a jp.

Target group

Academic and administrative staff on departmental and central level that are interested in joint programmes but have no extensive experience in implementing them.

Structure and Input

60 min. presentation:

Introduction to reasons of setting up a jp (benefits for institutions and individuals)

Terminology overview (key terms and differences in common approaches) and Arqus glossary

Tools for partner search (own partnership portfolio, Arqus as a network source, external matchmaking platforms/events)

Overview on key elements (i.e. mobility, joint administrative procedures, co-teaching/co-supervising, degree issuance)

30 min. discussion:

Q/A session focusing on Arqus partner institutions and their experience/background

Module 2: Joint Programmes: Preparing the grounds for a successful programme implementation


  • Wednesday, 28 February 2024
  • 10:00 – 11:30 CET

Participants will be familiarized with the first stages of developing an Arqus joint programme. A roadmap will outline how to get to know one’s partners on a level that allows successful collaboration. Internal and external stakeholders and their involvement will be discussed as well as how to effectively communicate and reflect functions in a governance structure.

Learning Outcomes

After completing this module participants will:

  • Understand the main steps toward the development of a Joint programme with Arqus partners
  • Be able to identify internal and external stakeholders, know their role within the consortium and how to get them onboard
  • Know how to establish efficient communication and governance structures on programme level.

Target group

Academic and administrative staff on departmental and central level that are interested in joint programmes but have no extensive experience in implementing them. Having participated in module 1 is of benefit.

Structure and Input

60 min. presentation:

  • Roadmap of jp development (phases from programme initiation via implementation to evaluation and adaptation)
  • Comparison table identifying partner’s complementarity and challenges (joi.con project)
  • Communication and management structure incl. example for composition of consortium (organisational chart)

30 min. discussion:

Q/A session focusing on Arqus partner institutions and their experience/background

Module 3: Preparing relevant documents


  • Friday, 1 March 2024
  • 10:00 – 11:30 CET

Participants will gain an oversight on document types needed to implement joint programmes. They will be introduced into the general content and procedures of these documents. A brief summary on options of accreditation will be offered. All the information provided will be tailored to Arqus partner institutions and their regulations.

Learning outcomes

After completing this module participants will:

  • Be familiar with the documents required at the Arqus partner institutions to implement joint programmes (i.e., letter of intent, cooperation agreement; curriculum table; accreditation documentation)
  • Be able to distinguish between internal and external accreditation approaches in line with local approval procedures at Arqus partner universities;
  • Be aware of some main challenges and solutions connected to these documents and the processes behind them.

Target group

Academic and administrative staff on departmental and central level that are interested in joint programmes but have no extensive experience in implementing them. Having participated in module 1 and 2 is of benefit.

Structure and Input

60 min. presentation:

  • Letter of intent: function demonstrated via an example
  • Cooperation agreement: table of contents, procedures to reach agreements and sign
  • Curriculum table
  • Accreditation documents
  • European Approach
  • Challenges and solutions taken from Arqus partner institutions

30 min. discussion:

Q/A session focusing on Arqus partner institutions and their experience/background

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