The Joys and Anguishes of Developing International Teaching Programmes Some reflections on SEE experiences in the field of European Studies Reinhard Meyers, WWU Münster Contents International teaching programs: some organisational patterns
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Some reflections on SEE experiences in the field of European Studies
Reinhard Meyers, WWU Münster
one joint international course structure + two national diplomas for a common bi-national/multi-national student body
N.B. The programs with Lille and Cluj are in the process of changing into a Bologna-type structure (3+2); however, the Dept. is experiencing severe cuts in its teaching staff establishment and may have to give up the cooperation with Cluj in the medium term
Students start their first year as a cohort in Lille after passing a binational entrance exam; they move to Münster as a cohort in their second year where they pass the Vordiplom; they then move again as a cohort to Lille in their third year where they pass the Grand Oral in front of a binational exam board; they then move back to Münster as a cohort in their fourth year where they write and defend their diploma thesis in front of a binational exam board; they then can either stay in Münster for their fifth year, or move back to Lille, or take part in the MA course run jointly with Enschede; the IEP diploma is awarded jointly with the German one at the end of the fifth year
Students follow a common set of courses in their home institution during their first two years; they then change as a cohort to the host institution for another two years, at the end of which they write a German Diplomarbeit and defend this in front of a binational exam board. They are then awarded a German diploma and after some supplementary examinations in Cluj also a Romanian Licence
c) Enschedelanguages Dutch/German & English
B.A. students pass the first two years in their respective home institution; common third year courses in English are offered for both German & Dutch students in Münster & Enschede; staff and students ideally travel a lot between these two cities. The Dutch require a B.A.thesis in English; the German side relies on continuous assessment of course work. Students acquire a German and a Dutch B.A. in Public Administration.
M.A. students pass a common series of English language courses taught both in Enschede and Münster by bi-national staff; they write and defend an English language Master thesis in front of a binational exam board; staff and students travel a lot between Münster and Enschede
2-year Master Course in European Studies…
the University of Novi Sad,
represented by the Faculty of Economics in Subotica
the University of Cluj-Napoca
the University of Timisoara
the University of Münster
the Nottingham Trent University
the Zentrum fuer Europäische Integrationsforschung at the University of Bonn
This consortium should address itself to the following tasks:
The novel idea of the enterprise would have been a border-crossing triangular cooperation between Serbian, Romanian, and Hungarian universities, supported by the Western European part of the consortium with advice, teaching materials, and exchange of staff.
The second novel idea of the enterprise would have been an opportunity for the students to spend their first year at the home institution and to chose any of the consortium partners for spending their second year.
and, not to forget
…was coming forward for the project in 2001 – 2004
a) from the Stability Pact via the German Rectors‘ Conference
b) from the Central European Initiative mainly for the summer schools
c) from the University Budgets of Novi Sad and Münster to a limited extent to cover administrative costs and the cost of preparing summer school teaching blocks
d) from my third source funds bonus in order to pay summer school student assistants.
The sources under a) and c) have meanwhile dried up…
We started on a rather grandiose scale, trying to con-struct a triangular European Studies across Borders Master course depending on a lot of staff mobility and cooperative compromises between different regional university systems…
We opened after a lot of organisational hassle in October 2005 with a two-year English language Master course in Novi Sad on a more limited regional basis: students came from Serbia, Montenegro, Moldavia; Novi Sad staff was supported by professors from Romania, Germany, and Great Britain…
We now look forward – mainly due to recent Serbian legislation – to a one-year Master in European Studies in Serbian AND PERHAPS another English-language Master course from 2007/2008 onwards…
The project is a good example for the grinding down of a great idea on the stones of
individual will and determination in the organisation of international teaching programs is not everything, but without individual will and determination everything is nothing !