Linnaeus University, LNU

Linnaeus University is a modern, international university in Småland, southern Sweden with around 31,000 students in 150 degree programmes and 2,500 single-subject courses, and about 2,000 employees. The university is guided by principles of quality, social commitment, & creativity. As quality is fundamental, LNU is aimed at putting its study programmes, research, & internationalisation forward to outstanding merits of quality. The University incorporates a Quality Assurance Committee where most advanced adherents of the ENQA QA standards & guidelines are members (9 people). It also has a University Centre for Educational Development.

LNU has a strong position among universities in Sweden in what concerns quality assurance & teacher education and stands out as excellent in teacher training programmes on different levels including in-service teacher training in the last national evaluation made by the Swedish National Agency of Higher Education. The university has a long history of training teachers, not least cooperation with the surrounding community and work-based learning models. The staff is informed by research and professional knowledge. Knowledge formation, professional development, collaboration and methods for articulating and reflecting on practical tacit knowledge are at the heart of the education. Other areas of expertise are distance education and virtual teaching.




Genoa University, UNIGE 

The University of Genoa is one of the most valuable higher education institutions in Italy. With nearly 34.000 students, nearly 2.800 international students, & nearly 2.800 employees is also one of the biggest universities of the Northern part of the country. The University of Genoa, University of Liguria, is a reality spread throughout the region (there are 4 academic centres in Genoa, Savona, Imperia and La Spezia) and its educational offer is composed of 5 Schools offering 127 Bachelor and Master courses, 22 Departments, 63 PhD courses, 55 Specialisation Schools, 42 University Master study programmes, 5 libraries, 11 Research Centres, & 2 Centres of Excellence.

The University aims at equipping students with a sound cultural and scientific basis and tools to address in a strict and conscious way their future professional careers, offering concrete possibilities of integration between theory and practice, including internships at companies and training periods abroad.

Department of Education (DISFOR) has a long experience on International cooperation and participation at European project (Tempus, Erasmus Mundus, FP 7 , Erasmus+ KA2). I has 15 research groups & 5 laboratories. The Department offers an interdisciplinary study and research combining almost all areas of the Humanities.





Pädagogische Hochschule Heidelberg, PHHD

The Heidelberg University of Education is designed to train and qualify prospective teachers for a wide range of teaching careers in elementary, secondary and special needs education. The course of studies at the University of Education is completed with a final State Examination (till 2015) respectively Bachelor of Arts (from 2015/2016) and Master of Education (from 2018/2019).
The University of Education also offers training to other types of educators, including cooperative bachelor and master degree programs in pedagogy for engineers to attain a qualification for teaching in universities of applied sciences, high schools and vocational schools. Further programs include Early Childhood Education (B.A.), Health Promotion (B.A.), Educational Sciences (M.A.), E-Learning and Media Education (M.A.) as well as Engineering Education (M.Sc.).
Approximately 300 permanent instructors teach more than 4,700 students at the University of Education, where (teacher) training includes basic education and pedagogy, subject-based knowledge and subject-specific teaching skills. Instruction at the University of Education is, from the very beginning, strongly linked with practice. Various scientific and cultural projects, in-service training programs for educators, cooperation with universities abroad and with various institutions in the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan area complete the profile of the University.


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Nevşehir Hacı Bektaş Veli University 

institute of higher education established in 2007 located in Nevşehir, Turkey. Total number of students is 17,825 from Afghanistan, Germany, Azerbaijan, the Netherlands, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, the Republic of Kosovo, Libya, Moldova, Mongolia, Russia, Somalia, Syria, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, China, Uzbekistan, and Iran. The University has a faculty of Arts and Science, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Economics and Management, Faculty of Theology, Faculty of Tourism and Engineering, Faculty of Architecture.

The University demonstrates academic and social values, but also provides the scientific knowledge and technological development that Turkey needs in its quest for modernity and progress.

The University carries out educational activities on the basis of 7 faculties, 3 colleges, 7 professional schools, 3 institutes and 8 research and practical centers.


Belarusian State University, BSU

BSU is a classical public university accredited by the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Belarus and ranked as the leading university in Belarus. Total personnel employed at the BSU is 8400 (of which 7 580 are full-time specialists), including over 2 400 academic staff members (including 15 Academicians of the NAS of the Republic of Belarus, 16 Corresponding Members, 393 Doctors of Science, 1669 Candidates of Science). The total number of students enrolled at all levels of education – 34 200, including more than 2000 international students from more than 40 countries worldwide. BSU offers Higher Education Programs in 56 specialities and 256 specializations, Master Programs in 47 specialities, and PhD Programs in 114 specialities. With 16 Faculties and 4 Educational Institutes, including two major educational bodies – the BSU Lyceum and BSU Law College, – BSU is acting as an integral educational and research complex being the national leader in international cooperation in education and science.

In its international activities BSU follows its strategic priorities set in 2015-2020 Academic Development & Internationalisation Strategy being an integral part of general development strategy of University. According to it, international projects have to be focused on academic development, quality assurance, internationalisation abroad and at home, and staff development.

The Academic Office is a central service that I responsible for accreditation of study programmes, keeping records of students, and holding seminars for staff for their professional development in academic matters.

Apart from above mentioned central unit the Personnel Development Department also offers some advanced training programs for both BSU and non-BSU staff and students – e.g. advanced training programs: “School of leadership”, “Interdisciplinary skills for young teachers”, “Legal aspects of university management”. BSU has necessary human resources for the establishment of CADTT, internal QA, & in-service teacher training of its own staff.



Polotsk State University, PSU

PSU is a flagship University in university management. It has expertise in upgrading the system of its management into a more democratic and transparent governance, as well as enhancement of its educational facilities, study programmes, curricula & technologies of education, to meet the growing demands of the regional & national economy and the labour market. PSU also aims at enhancing students’ learning opportunities & employability and their active participation in university management, especially in evaluation of study programmes and teaching staff’s performance and ranking. The University is at the start of development its Bologna-type academic development strategy which includes a part aimed at Quality Assurance that is still not in use at the University as a system. Although some elements of QA are exploited, they are not part of any systematic strategy and procedures. Therefore, the group in charge of the design of the Academic Development Strategy at PSU, will be developing the strategy for QA as well as elements of QA procedures. PSU has 8 faculties with 11 830 students & 1100 staff. International cooperation is one of the priorities of PSU development. PSU has sustainable partnership with EU Universities through TEMPUS, SI, SIDA, ERASMUS+, HORIZON-2020, & DAAD programmes. 132 members of the University staff have experience in EU projects. PSU is a partner of a number of leading European universities & international organisations that work in the area of higher education and research in Germany, Sweden, Italy, United Kingdom, France, Greece, Finland, Netherlands, Spain, Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, USA, Japan, China, Russia, & Ukraine.


This situation linked with academic development undertakings of the staff has been taken into focus in the Strategy of University Development adopted in November 2016 with two of the 4 main goals: to equip graduates with knowledge, competences & skills competitive on the labour market, & to make quality a culture which permeates the manifold life & in the first instance academic practices of the university. 

The University is located in a regional city with well-developed industrial infrastructure with a series of national & international enterprises & plays a vital role in the development of the region by providing open access to education to the local population.

Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno, YKSUG

Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno (YKSUG) is one of the most important educational and scientific centres in Belarus. The university consists of 15 faculties & the Association of Socio-Humanitarian Departments, 1 institute, 4 colleges, Institute for Professional Skills Upgrading and Retraining, Regional Centre for Testing and Youth Career Orientation. YKSUG provides BA, MA and PhD programmes for 15 650 students. YKSUG is a full member of the Baltic Sea Region University Network Partnership (BSRUN), European University Association (EUA), Eurasian Association of Universities (EAU), Baltic University Programme (BUP). YKSUG has been accepted to sign the Magna Charta Universitatum & will sign the document at the next Ceremony. The university has a wide experience in managing projects within Tempus, Erasmus Mundus, Erasmus+, & EU Cross-Border Cooperation programmes. YKSUG has sustainable partnerships with over 130 overseas universities and 15 research centres through the EU-funded programmes & bilateral cooperation agreements. YKSUG ensures compliance with internal, national & international quality standards in education.

YKSUG pays special attention to the issues of academic development & seeks for introduction of the Bologna (ENQA) standards & principles of QA at the university. YKSUG is also in the forefront in such issues as staff development & introduction of new modes & methods of education. In 2013 the University introduced 2 study programmes of the distant-education type.

YKSUG has already started work on enhancing professional University teachers’ training through seminars; work of the Methodical Council which arranges seminars, panel-discussions, & workshops; regular webinars, including international E-conferences, dialogical both in form & contents, where information technology is applied for participants’ efficient activity organization.


Brest State Technical University, BrSTU

At present Brest State Technical University (BrSTU) is one of the largest educational & scientific centres in the western part of Belarus. BrSTU undertakes research into important areas of construction, architecture, electronics, computer sciences, mechanical engineering, economy & ecology & offers more than 30 degree courses. There are more than 11 200 students studying at 8 faculties comprised of 33 departments: Electronics & Information Systems, Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Engineering Systems & Ecology, Economics, Innovation, Management & Humanities, Extra-Mural Studies, Preparatory & the Institute of Further Education & Retraining. The University offers 25 undergraduate study programmes, 18 programmes & 14 PhD ones.

The scientific potential of the University includes 37 professors, 24 doctors of science, 225 associate professors, and 152 candidates (Ph.D.) and experienced academic teachers. The total number of academic staff is 681.

BrSTU participated as an active partner in the Baltic Sea Region Programme 2007-2013, Erasmus Mundus

& Erasmus+ programmes, the Robert Bosch Foundation Programme of the European Union.

According to the “Developmental Strategy of the University”, BrSTU is committed to developing its reputation as a provider of high quality teaching. As it is a predominantly technical university with teaching staff who have low level pedagogical competences it aims to promote their professional development in pedagogy & methods of teaching & learning. It aims to fulfil its responsibility for the educational needs of Brest Region, and to maintain and develop cooperation with other institutions both within Belarus and beyond. Thus, participation of the BrSTU in the project will enable the university to enhance its level of internationalisation & to facilitate upgrades in teaching & learning process aimed at improving the situation with students’ employment upon graduation.

Within its management structure the University has a strong Personnel Department which acts to run the strategy of human resource development at BrSTU, and the Academic Affairs Office that is responsible for governing the curriculum development at all the study programmes at the BrSTU and for innovations in education, for example introduction of modern technologies in education and trainings, creating international study programmes and making its own specialities interdisciplinary.


Sukhoi State Technical University of Gomel (GSTU)

The Sukhoi State Technical University of Gomel, established in 1968, is a large technical higher educational establishment graduating engineers of mechanical engineering, technological & power engineering profiles, programmer engineers, IT specialists & also specialists for the field of economics & marketing.

At present the University is one of the largest universities in Belarus and it provides multiprofile training & retraining of engineering personnel and specialists of high qualification. Over 9600 full & part-time students are studying at the university in 2017-2018 academic year. They are trained or serviced by 409 staff members.

There are 7 faculties, including Mechanical Engineering Faculty, Power Engineering Faculty, Technological Faculty, Economics & Humanities Faculty, Automation & Information Systems Faculty, Correspondence Faculty, Pre-University Faculty, and the Upgrading and Retraining Institute.

At 23 Departments the university provides instruction in 21 study programmes at the First Level of higher education, 7 study programmes of the Second Level of higher education (Master’s Degree), 9 study & research programmes of postgraduate level.

Since 2009 the University has been involved in implementation of Tempus & Erasmus+ projects.

The University has an Academic Affairs Department that is responsible for the policy of harmonisation of the study programmes to the needs of the regional enterprises and facilitation of organisational work of teachers in curriculum development. Inside the GSTU there is Educational and Methodical Department at the Economics & Humanities Faculty that trains only master (118 students) and PhD (47) students whose major is other than education. The 12 members of its staff are involved in interdisciplinary research & in teaching on the interdisciplinary master and doctorate programmes.

GSTU has an Academic Affairs Department strong at national accreditation of the study programmes and liaising with the Ministry of Education, as well as participation in defining developmental strategies of the University. Together with Upgrading and Retraining Institute established the Department provides trainings for University staff – in university governance (managers) and education & methodology (academic staff).

GSTU has necessary human resources to perform its responsibilities in the project aimed at enlarging the scope of work of the Academic Affairs Department, enhancement of quality, and university teacher training.  

The Belarusian state agricultural academy is one of the oldest institutions of HE and the first agricultural educational establishment of the country founded in 1840. The academy today is a multidisciplinary HE institution of European standard; it’s an educational, scientific and cultural center with its own century-old traditions. The academy offers a wide variety of courses in biological, engineering and economic profiles. In fact, there are 23 specialities and specialisations at 14 faculties of full-time and part-time education. The number of students totals 11.5 thousand. The academy possesses highly qualified staff: 56 departments employ 576 teaching staff, most of who hold PhD. The academy provides courses of undergraduate, master and post graduate level (including continuing education).
The academy has been making efforts to provide teachers’ pedagogic training since 2000 to design curricula for training teachers in agricultural fields for vocational schools across the country. For this purpose in 2000 the department of pedagogy was set up which was the beginning of pedagogic education in the academy. The academy offers part-time retraining courses for pedagogic staff for specialised secondary educational institutions. Also the Institute of upgrading and retraining was set up considering the role of adult education in modern society.
A number of factors have brought quality teaching to the forefront of higher education policies. Support for quality teaching can be manifested through a wide range of activities that are likely to improve the quality of the teaching process, of the programme content, as well as the learning conditions of students. The academy needs to set up a QA unit to fortify quality in education, train academy teachers in pedagogy to come to student centered education. Students’ involvement in the internal QA at the academy can substantially increase their role in the academy and in future help to be active members of a democratic society.
The establishment of the Centre for Academic Development and Teacher Training will also have a quality assurance and improvement function, and will improve the system through sharing the responsibilities of both university staff and students for quality assurance in teaching and learning.