The Project

Work Package 1. Consultation with all stakeholders on the current situation of the QA system in HE in Tunisia and participation of key players in the co-construction of a shared vision on its strengthening.

Subject : Study of the current situation of the Tunisian HE QA system and proposal for an improvement plan recommended by key players and other stakeholders to strengthen the Tunisian HE QA system.

Duration : 20 weeks (Jan. 21 – May 21)

Coordination : IEAQA & University of Jendouba.

Methodology : 1) Documentary study and benchmarking with other systems ; 2) Carrying out of a questionnaire survey, by universities, among stakeholders ; 3) Conducting interviews and / or focus groups ; 4) Preparation of a final report, the white paper and the roadmap.  

Target audience : teachers, institutional officials, other stakeholders.

Key events : 1) State of art presentations on internal QA and external QA at KOM ; 2) Quantitative and qualitative surveys among stakeholders ; 3) Three regional workshops (implementation of focus groups) for consultation with stakeholders ; 4) Development and dissemination of a final report on the state of play of the HE QA system in Tunisia, a white paper targeting decision-makers and a roadmap for improving existing.  

Deliverables : presentations and reports, final inventory report, white paper, roadmap.

For more details, see pp. 41-44 of the detailed description of the project.

Work Package 2. Professionalization and skills development of QA actors in Tunisia.

Subject : Three high-level training courses (master class) at ANECA, at the University of Valence and at the University of Montpellier* for the benefit of QA experts who will constitute the first nucleus of trainers of QA trainers in the ES and an internal task force at the university in support of the internal QA system and a national pool for external QA and IEAQA; Design (in a pilot exercise) of engineering standards and development of training content for internal and external QA players; Establishment of e-learning devices in Tunisian universities and at the IEAQA for certifying training in QA with the attribution of the EQuAM-T label.

* Location of the master classes to be confirmed.

Duration : 128 weeks (April 21 – Nov. 23)

Coordination : UVT & ANECA.

Methodology :

1) High-level training (master classes) at ANECA, the University of Valence and the University of Montpellier (TBC) for the benefit of QA practitioners in Tunisia. The objective is that this core of experts can be accredited within the framework of the project by the IEAQA and / or ANECA;

2) Development of a pilot exercise, designing of engineering standards and development of training content for internal and external QA actors, taking into account benchmarking of international good practices in QA training in HE as well as relevant project deliverables (E-TRAIN,…). A manual of procedures will be drawn up for the deployment of training. It will be adopted by the quality committees which will offer this training by being accredited as relay centers.

3) Following a call from the UVT, design and tutoring teams will be formed. In addition to the design of engineering benchmarks, the development of training content for internal and external QA players will cover the content needs relating to the following:

  • Free course on quality in HE (MOOC aiming to disseminate the culture of quality in HE in Tunisia and to strengthen the image of Tunisian universities and the IEAQA at the international level).                                                                                                          
  • Certifying course – Initiation into QA in HE (SPOC offered in a hybrid form targeting new practitioners, members of quality committees, members of internal evaluation committees, teachers, staff of the higher education interested in better understanding internal and external QA ).                                                                                                           
  • Certifying course – Specialization in QA in HE (targeting practitioners who would like to specialize in order to become external evaluators, teachers and trainers initiated to quality, decision-makers, etc.);                                                                                                          
  • Certifying course – Accreditation in higher education.                                                                                                           
  • Accreditation process for experts in QA jointly by IEAQA and by ANECA. The beneficiaries will undertake to carry out field missions with the support of experienced expert tutors and undergo evaluations. It is part of the process of getting them accredited. Training, while being accessible to the greatest number of beneficiaries, should at least cover their costs. The deployment of the first training (MOOC “general public”) should be financed by the revenues generated by the other training (SPOC).                                                                                                          

Target audience : teachers, administrative and technical staff.

For more details, see pp. 45-52 of the detailed description of the project.

Work Package 3. Strengthening and certification of internal QA systems & operationalization of quality committees in universities.

Purpose : This WP aims to bringing internal QA systems in Tunisian universities closer to international requirements and to certify the best systems by ANECA, or if necessary jointly by IEAQA and ANECA. The AUDIT International program at ANECA is already applied to assess and certify internal QA systems in universities in Spain and in partner countries. Following an initial self-assessment of internal QA systems in universities against the requirements and standards established by IEAQA and ANECA, improvement plans will be established, based in a shared toolkit. Peer support will be offered for the benefit of quality committees in universities for the implementation of their plans (each expert or each European university supports several Tunisian universities).

The ultimate objectives are not only to make the quality committees operational but also to upgrade the internal QA system so that it approaches systems that meet international requirements. In this context, the capacities of internal committees for quality in universities and for the IEAQA will be strengthened within the framework of this WP.

The project will also provide support to the human capacities of internal committees through training in WP2. After the peer support, a final self-assessment of internal QA systems in universities will take place. Universities with an internal QA system ready for certification by IEAQA and / or ANECA will be identified. An external evaluation of these internal QA systems will be organized. The external evaluation will be carried out by the IEAQA and / or the ANECA according to the process and the requirements in force in these agencies for the certification of internal QA systems.

Duration : 60 weeks (Sept. 21 – Dec. 22)

Coordinati on : University of Monastir & University of Valencia.

Methodology :

  1. Initial self-assessment of internal QA systems in universities against established requirements and standards (reference of the AUDIT program for certification of internal QA systems by ANECA) and adoption of improvement plans based in a shared toolkit for the development of a QA policy in each university.                                                                                                         
  2. Support by peers for the benefit of quality committees in universities for the implementation of their improvement plan (each expert or each European university supports several Tunisian universities).                                                                                                         
  3. Equipment for internal committees for quality in universities and for the needs of online QA training: Acquisition of a complete mobile class per university to facilitate the conduct of QA training at the university and in the establishments under its supervision, relevant software, etc. ; Acquisition of a video editing station at UVT; and Acquisition of a video streaming solution for Tunisian universities which will be hosted and managed at UVT.                                                                                                          
  4. Final self-assessment of internal QA systems in universities and selection of internal QA systems ready for certification by IEAQA and / or ANECA.                                                                                                          
  5. Organization of the external evaluation of internal QA systems ready for certification by IEAQA and / or ANECA.                                                                                                         

Target audience : quality committees , university authorities, teachers, administrative and technical staff.

Key events : 1) Initial self-assessment of internal QA systems in universities; 2) Peer support for quality committees in universities; 3) Equipment for internal committees for quality in universities and for the needs of online training in QA; 4) Final self-assessment of internal QA systems in universities and selection of internal QA systems ready for certification by IEAQA and / or ANECA; 5) Organization of the external evaluation of internal QA systems ready for certification by IEAQA and / or ANECA.

Deliverables / Results :

  • Reports on the initial self-assessment of internal QA systems in each university (reference : AUDIT program) and impovement plans (based in a shared toolkit).
  • Reports on results of coaching sessions for the implementation of the improvement plans.
  • Acquisition and functioning of equipment for the internal quality committees and QA training in the Tunisian universities ; acquisition of a complete mobile class for each participating university and a video editing station at UVT; and acquisition of a video streaming solution for Tunisian universities which will be hosted and managed at UVT.     
  • Reports on the final self-assessment of internal QA systems in universities and selection of internal QA systems ready for certification by IEAQA and / or ANECA.                                                                                                          
  • Reports on the organization of the external evaluation of internal QA systems ready for certification by IEAQA and / or ANECA.                                                                                                          

For more details, see pp. 52-57 of the detailed description of the project.

Work Package 4. Strengthening of external QA and alignment of internal and external QA.

Purpose : 1) Organization of participatory workshops for Improvement / Preparation of reference documents relating to HE QA (reference framework, guidelines, code of good practice , benchmarks, etc.); 2) Carrying out joint external evaluations with the IEAQA (IEAQA experts + support by ANECA or by expert evaluators from other members of the consortium) within the framework of WP2 and WP3 of the project as well as in pilot initiatives of evaluations within the framework of this WP; 3) Organization of workshops and meetings on feedback from internal QA and external QA and the use of IEAQA and other instances’ standards and documents.

Duration : 84 weeks (April 22 – Nov. 23)

Coordination : IEAQA & ANECA.

Methodology : 1) Organization of participatory workshops; 2) Carrying out joint external evaluations between IEAQA and ANECA within the framework of WP2 and WP3 of the project as well as in pilot initiatives of evaluations within the framework of this WP; 3) Organization of workshops and meetings on feedback.

Experts trained in the project will also participate in external evaluations and will thus benefit from on-the-job support from seasoned experts. Pilot evaluation projects to be carried out under this WP will end with joint external evaluations. These pilot projects may relate, according to the choice of each university, to institutional evaluation or the evaluation of curricula/programs or the teaching evaluation system. They will be selected on the basis of a call for participation in each university.

Target audience : quality committees, teachers, university and centers authorities, administrative and technical staff.

Key events : 1) Workshops; 2) Joint external evaluations (IEAQA and ANECA) in connection with WP2 and WP3 of the project and pilot evaluation initiatives undertaken in this WP; 3) Workshops and feedback meetings for internal and external QA.

Deliverables / Results : 1) Workshop progress reports; 2) Organization reports of external evaluations; 3) Reports on lessons and lessons learned from internal and external QA experiences and the use of IEAQA and other instances’ repositories and documents.

For more details, see pp. 57-59 of the detailed description of the project .

Work Package 5. Quality assurance and control of the project.

Subject :

  1. Establishment of the committee in charge of evaluating the quality of the project (Project Quality Control Committee) and appointment of the external evaluator.     
  2. Definition of the quality procedures of each WP and the quality control plan.     
  3. Coordination of the internal assessment of the quality of the results of each WP and proposal of recommendations and corrective measures if necessary.     
  4. Recruitment of the external evaluator of the project and execution of her/his mission.     

Duration : 140 weeks (March 21 – Nov. 23)

Coordination : University of Sousse & University of Barcelona.

Methodology : This WP is designed to monitor the implementation of the project and activities and to identify the first impacts, successes and areas for improvement. The WP co-leaders will be in charge of the success of this WP and the involvement of all partners. They will prepare regular reports, a mid-term report and a final report on evaluation activities. A quality committee will be formed for this purpose during the KOM. It will be co-chaired by the two co-leaders of the WP with 2 members of the EU consortium and 4 Tunisian universities. Two quality managers (each from a co-leader of the WP) will design an appropriate evaluation process for the project and will propose the terms of reference for the selection of an external evaluator.

Deliverables / Results :

  • Identification of the members of the Project Quality Control Committee.
  • Design and implementation report of the Project quality control plan.
  • Mid-term and final reports on the project quality evaluation.
  • Appointment of the external evaluator.

 For more details, see pp. 60-63 of the detailed description of the project.

Work Package 6. Dissemination and exploitation of results & Networking.

Subject :

  1. Preparation of the plan for dissemination and exploitation of results and relevant strategies for this WP (communication strategy, networking strategy, sustainability strategy, etc.).     
  2. Project and partner websites and project intranet.     
  3. Design/Choice of space and collaborative tools and networking activities.     
  4. Organization of dedicated internal / local and international dissemination events (stands and information sessions open to interest groups during project activities, etc.).     
  5. Participation in international conferences and links with an international network.     
  6. Ongoing and sustained exchanges between stakeholders within and outside the planned activities of the project with the support and commitment of IEAQA and UVT.     
  7. Publications and dissemination of communication media (logo, brochures, PowerPoint presentation templates , promotional videos, posters…) and promotion of project results and QA culture in HE.     

Duration : 124 weeks (Jan. 21 – Nov. 23)

Coordination : International E- Omed Association & University of Valencia.

Deliverables / Results :

  • Project website with project deliverables, documents, reports and information about the project objectivs and its development.
  • Dissemination plan for the project (and its WP results).
  • Report on events and initiatives designing for activities of project results dissemination.
  • Report on project events and results dissemination actitivities.

For more details, see pp. 64-71 of the detailed description of the project.

Work Package 7. Project management.

Subject :

The UV will be the Project Coordinator (PC) and Project Manager (PM). The UV will be the overall project coordinator and manager, responsible for the overall proper functioning of the project, its financial and administrative management -including budget preparation and reports- in addition to being accountable to the EC for consortium activities. The Project Coordinator will keep all communications with EACEA representatives regarding the project development. The Project Coordinator will appoint a Project Management Official (PMO), who will assist the Project Coordination in all the management activities of the project, and in close connection with the Local Coordinator and the Project Management Team.

Due to the size of the consortium and in particular the number of Tunisian partners and activities to be organized in Tunisia, the UVT will act as Local Coordinator (LC) and will be co-responsible -together witht hge PM- for the local management of the project. The LC will to the best of his habilities foster the durability of the results of the project and the perpetuation of the impact of its activities, sot hey are integrated into the internationalisation  strategy of the Tunisian university system. In the spirit of strengthening Tunisian universities staff’s capacities, a project management unit (PMU – Project Management Unit) will be trained in Tunisia at UVT and will be assisted by UVT staff. It will support WP leaders in the organization of activities and will monitor the progress at the local level of all project activities in coordination with the PM. The UV and UVT will, through this WP, ensure the harmonious execution of the strategic management of the project through the implementation of a concerted action framework.

Project management will be structured as a collective task but with an emphasis on individual responsibilities. A Project Management Team (PMT) made up of UV, UB, UVT, ANECA and IEAQA (ie 3 universities and 2 agencies) will be set up. The PMT will be assisted in Valencia by the project manager officer and in Tunisia by the project management unit.

The UV will be responsible for ensuring all coordination, contractualization and financial management actions, for the preparation and production of progress reports, in compliance with the procedures and deadlines set by the program. The UV will facilitate the regulation on project management procedures to project partners and will be responsible for interfacing with the EC and monitoring budget execution. The UV, as coordinator of the project, will participate in the management meetings in Brussels planned by the project during its 3 years of life.

Whenever possible, the UV will invite the UVT to EACEA meetings and events, so that it can participate and contribute to these meetings.

Duration : 144 weeks (Jan. 21 – Dec. 23)

Coordination : University of Valence (Project coordinator) & Virtual University of Tunis (Local coordinator in Tunisia)

Deliverable / Results :

  • Regular management of the project in accordance with the detailed project application, Grant Agreement and EACEA rules and regulations.
  • Identification of the members of the Project Management Team.
  • Availabitily of project documents and EACEA regulation to all partners.
  • Mid-term and final reports, both in substanbtial and financial terms.

For more details, see pp. 71-77 of the detailed description of the project.