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University should emphasise teaching: external audit



The audit's recommendations included the establishment of a quality assurance system laying the groundwork for institutional accreditation. Photo: Romain Gamba 

The audit's recommendations included the establishment of a quality assurance system laying the groundwork for institutional accreditation. Photo: Romain Gamba 

Higher education and research minister Claude Meisch on Thursday presented the latest external evaluation of the University of Luxembourg as well as major projects on the agenda for the upcoming months.

The institution is subject to an external evaluation every four years. The fourth edition of this assessment involved more than 35 international experts and students. It examined for the first time the institutional and organisational aspects of the university such as governance and quality control.

"The evaluations show that the development of the university justifies the annual allocations of about €200m which constitute a real investment in the future," said Meisch (DP).

The review also included several recommendation, including placing more emphasis on teaching in the university’s strategic documents such as the multi-year plans and multi-year agreements. The university describes itself as a “multilingual, international research university”.

Setting up a quality assurance system was also among the recommendations. This would ensure the quality of education and lay the groundwork for institutional accreditation.

Meisch also presented the education minsitry’s projects related to efforts to ensure the quality of higher education in Luxembourg. Those include the development of a national strategy for higher education. The law on higher education will be revised and the need for higher education training, including lifelong learning, will be discussed at a national level.

The revision of the law on the organisation of higher education will be a major legislative project. The envisaged modifications will concern the accreditation of private higher education institutions and their training programmes, Meisch said.

In order to meet the needs of Luxembourg’s economy, upskilling and reskilling training will be developed. The University of Luxembourg’s Competence Centre (ULCC)--the university’s management centre for lifelong and professional education—will play a crucial role in this context.

Relevant data for all these projects will be provided from the National Skills Strategy, a study conducted by the OECD and launched in early June.