Summary of the UT quality agreements

The UT’s plan on Quality Agreements consists of five programmes.  The programmes and the main elements per programme are presented in the figure below.

Each programme has a long-term ambition in order to consolidate and focus the efforts that the UT will take in order to improve education and to foster innovation. These programmes match with University’s educational profile, which is characterized by a small-scale and interactive learning environment, an entrepreneurial mindset of students and staff, and the drive to transcend borders between scientific disciplines, cultures, and the University and society. These programmes encompass the ideas and suggestions from students and staff to improve quality of education. The faculty-specific plans are structured according to the five Quality Agreement programmes. Faculties have the freedom to develop their educational quality within one or more of these programmes in the years to come (2019 – 2024).

The five Quality Agreement programmes are shorty explained below:

  • Community building

    The Community building programme reflects for many faculties the importance of having a home base. S&T intends to realise this together with students very soon, when Degree programmes will be relocated internally. ET is focusing on an integrated plan for facilities, the composition of staff and the overall activities that will contribute to the ET community. BMS is concentrating on rooms and activities that will promote social cohesion between students.

  • Learning facilities

    The Learning facilities programme aims to improve the quality of physical and digital learning facilities while increasing their availability and use. ET intends to devise a plan regarding the ideal learning environment for the ‘Engineer of the Future’ and explore how this will impact the Master's profile. EEMCS needs more room for small project groups and an upgrade of the work areas for students in the labs. S&T requires an upgrade of lab facilities and S&T will invest in student work areas and project rooms. BMS aims to develop the BMS lab for study purposes. ITC needs learning environments that can accommodate different forms of learning. There will be efforts across the board to improve the availability of learning environments. Hence, the booking system will be improved. Research is being conducted on the possibility of using room availability sensor technology. Changes to the timetabling methodology are being explored with a view to increasing flexibility in terms of room availability.

    This programme also aims to provide improved support to the students’ learning process through the use of digital facilities. This specifically concerns the use of various types of digital testing. In the years ahead, further efforts will be made to facilitate and encourage teaching staff to apply digital tools for flipping the classroom, use blended learning, and increase classroom interaction. The potential of learning analytics in assisting the learning process will also be explored.

  • Teaching professionalisation

    Policy was recently introduced within the UT aimed at rewarding teaching achievement more explicitly and emphasizing academic career opportunities for scientists that show excellent impact on education, teaching and learning. The teaching professionalization programme aims to further strengthen knowledge about educational improvement while valuing and rewarding initiatives that result in improved quality. The UT explicitly facilitates and supports initiatives that contribute to the development of a teaching community. In that context, EEMCS intends to introduce the UTeachers’ Academy@EEMCS.

    In addition, efforts will be made to ensure that 70% of teaching staff have a suitable teaching qualification by 2021 (preferably a University Teaching Qualification (UTQ) or Senior Teaching Qualification (SUTQ). In S&T, a pilot will be launched involving the use of learning assistants who will be given tailored training, with a view to enabling students also to participate actively in teaching.

  • Student talent development

    The Student talent development programme aims to enable all UT students to create their own learning experiences and recognise and develop their own talents. This will involve considering the options for deploying coaching and mentoring in relation to talent development of students and exploring the potential added value of a UTalent Hub, aimed at facilitating and supporting talent development. The Faculties have differing plans with regard to the possibilities for talent development. These include launching a specific course on entrepreneurship within ITC, a new Master’s project in ET for developing academic and professional skills, or flexible pre-Master's programmes within BMS.

  • Global citizens

    The UT prepares students for an international career after graduation. The University is developing a range of initiatives to achieve this. The focus in the Global citizens programme is on developing an international curriculum, facilitating exchanges and international experience for students, as well as entering into international partnerships. Both EEMCS and ITC intend to transform various educational programmes into an international curriculum, by using the insights of the Certificate for Quality in Internationalization (CeQuInt) methodology. ET plans to increase the number of students with an international experience. Furthermore ET, BMS and ITC aim to develop and strengthen existing international partnerships.