In their binational network EMOTIS, the universities of applied sciences in Enschede, Münster and Osnabrück, amongst other goals, aim to offer joint study programmes. The CUNE project provided an Interreg IIIA grant for starting a number of them, and nearing the end of the project, external evaluators CHE Consult and CHEPS were asked to evaluate CUNE, to draw lessons for the future. Different legal, financial and organizational contexts in Germany and the Netherlands make setting up joint programmes a challenge and there were successes as well as failures in the CUNE project. Lessons will not be limited to EMOTIS partners, but will probably extend to the state and national higher education policies and even to the Bologna process as such.
Researcher involved: Don Westerheijden