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The Network, winner of the AUF’s 2020 call for projects

The Figure Network is the winner of the call for projects aimed at university networks that are members of the Agence universitaire pour la francophonie (AUF), with the project: “Implementation of an internal quality assurance system for short vocational training courses in higher education institutions”.


The Figure Network, winner of an AUF call for projects

The Figure Network, a full member of the AUF since 2018, received on March 3, 2020, a letter notifying that the project “Implementation of an internal quality assurance system for short vocational training courses in higher education institutions (AQI-PRO)” had been selected by the AUF Scientific Council within the framework of the 2020 call for projects of the AUF member university networks. A grant in the amount of €18,000 has been awarded for the following activities: development of a proprietary repository for evaluating the quality of training courses, implementation by field actors of the methodology for operating the repository, development of a quality management repository by the establishment and implementation of digital badges.


A project on internal quality assurance

The AQI-Pro project aims to set up an internal quality assurance system for short vocational training courses in two pilot institutions. The beneficiaries of the project are two multidisciplinary universities which are not subject to an external quality assurance system on a legal basis, but which have chosen to do so on a voluntary basis. One is public and recent (created in 2006): the multidisciplinary public university with health in Djibouti, evaluated by Hcéres in 2019, which has 10,000 students, 304 tenured teaching staff, 5 faculties and 2 institutes; the other is private and relatively old (created in 1938): the multidisciplinary private university with health Saint-Esprit in Kaslik, evaluated by EVALAG in 2012, which has 7,225 students, 230 tenured teaching staff, 12 faculties and 3 institutes. In both cases, the spectrum of short courses such as Bachelor’s, Bachelor’s or Institute Diplomas is broad and covers several scientific fields and sectors of activity.

In accordance with current international practice, the system will be based on a training quality assessment reference system, a methodology for using this reference system for the continuous improvement of training quality and a training quality management reference system by the institution itself. To allow a good appropriation of the approach, the reference frames will be co-constructed with the institution and the field actors. At the end of the project, and after including training in the product and production system sectors in the approach, the pilot establishments will have the tools, internal organisation and know-how to move independently to scale. They will be offered an organisational audit to verify the implementation of the system after a few months of operation.

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