The Faculty of EEMCS, of which Electrical Engineering is a part, places great stake in the quality of the education it provides. Good education demands commitment on the part of tutors and students alike. Moreover, it calls for good communication. The QA cycle consists of the following internal QA instruments.
The Electrical Engineering Student Committee (Scintilla's Taskforce for University Developments and Improvements - STUDI) has been established to assure the quality of the education provided by the Electrical Engineering programme. This committee consists of a number of students whose task it is to assess the quality of the education provided and evaluate the Electrical Engineering programme in general. They perform quarterly evaluations of the Bachelor’s programme and they are the main point of contact for students with complaints or comments about the education provided by the programme.
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The Programme Board includes both students and teaching staff. It is an advisory body to the Programme Director and must be consulted on all educational matters, such as education programmes, study workload, timetables, complaints handling and module evaluations.
The Examination Board is made up of staff members and has independent authority with regard to all matters concerning examinations. The Examination Board draws up regulations pertaining to examinations, pass and fail criteria, dispensation, etc. The Examination Board has final say over which students pass for which examinations and when. They also assess success rates and investigate cases of plagiarism..
The task of the Educational Quality Committee is to:
- inform the Dean and the Programme Board on the progress within the educational process;
- submit reports to the Examination Board on the tutor’s contribution to and role in the educational process by means of inter-collegial testing performed by a member of academic staff who has a seat on the Educational Quality Committee;
- submit evaluations to the Examination Board, the Programme Board and the applicable tutors of elective modules that form part of the non-compulsory curriculum;
- submit an Education Quality Committee report on examinations to the Dean, the Programme Board and the applicable tutor within 6 weeks of the examination;
- submit an annual report of its activities and an annual plan for the coming year to the Examination Board and the Programme Board.
University education is regulated by the Higher Education and Research Act (WHW). This Act describes the general regulations for achieving the objectives of university education and the administrative structures of the Universities. The Act defines the length of the initial degree programmes, the manners in which students can be registered and the admission rules for the various examinations.
The Act accords a pivotal role to the faculty Dean where it concerns the facilities provided by the faculty for the pursuit of education and science. The Dean has the authority to approve the Teaching and Examination Regulations (OER) as well as the Faculty Regulations, in which the administration and facilities of the faculty are described in detail. The OER regulates a large number of important items related to education and the exams and examinations, including:
- programme content;
- the study workload of the programme components (modules, practicals, projects, internships, assignments);
- the examinations offered;
- the number of opportunities per academic year for sitting exams and examinations;
- the period of validity of assessments.
The OER is available on www.utwente.nl/ewi/en/education/oer.
The Higher Education and Research Act stipulates that there must be a Students’ Charter. The Students’ Charter has an institution-specific section that is applicable to the entire University (describing, for example, the University’s financial support facilities) and a programme-specific section which must provide information on aspects such as programme structure and support services. Further information can be found in the general appendix.
In the Netherlands, a degree programme must be accredited in order to be eligible for government funding. Accreditation is ‘the provision of a hallmark indicating that certain standards have been met.’ The approval of grants to students also depends on the institution being accredited. The Electrical Engineering programme was last accredited in 2010 by the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders.