Screening, Mapping, Analyzing, Recommending, Transferring and Transforming Higher Education international programmes
SMARTT is an innovative project aiming at analysing, testing, and piloting the new European Degree label criteria, improving the quality and increasing the transferability of future developments of European Degrees across Europe and beyond.
SMARTT is formed by the CIVIS - Europe’s Civic University Alliance in cooperation with the European Universities Alliances EUTOPIA, NEUROTECHEU, and UNITA, alongside higher education institutions, national and regional stakeholders and relevant actors. Based on significant experience in designing and delivering joint and multiple degree programmes at transnational level, the higher education institutions involved in the SMARTT project propose to expand this experience and draw, based on clear methodologies and thorough analyses, recommendations and proposals both for the European Commission and the member states, to support the development of a European Approach for designing and implementing Joint European Degrees in the future. The consortium partners possess an extensive history of successful international collaboration and have consistently played a leading role in the co-development of the European Degree policy initiative since its inception.
First phase of the project
In the first part of the project, the SMARTT Experts will work on designing a SMARTT vision on the European Degree label criteria, starting from the proposed list of criteria of the European Commission and the comparative analysis with other relevant criteria and guidelines, such as the European Approach for Quality Assurance of Joint Programmes, Erasmus Mundus, and other. Based on this SMARTT vision, the experts will design indicators and measures of achievement and testing for the criteria, which are piloted on one central joint degree programme delivered by 4 CIVIS universities, namely the “South European Studies (EUROSUD)” programme, coordinated by the University of Glasgow.
Based on this first testing phase, the SMARTT team will refine the instruments and tools (survey, indicator sheets, criteria descriptors, etc.) and prepare an extended testing phase for at least 50 joint, multiple, double degree programmes and micro-credentials delivered in transnational cooperation among different higher education institutions from CIVIS and the other associated partners. The list of programmes will be selected by the SMARTT advisory bodies (Education Council and Global Education Council), based on a set of criteria for ensuring a balanced approach (fields of studies, level of studies, type of degree partnership, geographical balance, etc.).
Along the testing phases on the selected programmes, the project team will conduct a series of interviews and focus groups with different stakeholders, such as Ministries, Quality Assurance Agencies, Students representatives, and other relevant stakeholders from national and local level, discussing also on the barriers and challenges faced by higher education institutions when designing and implementing joint and multiple degree programmes, such as those included in the European Degree label piloting process.
Proposals and recommendations
Based on the testing phases and the discussions with different stakeholders, the project team will develop recommendations and proposals towards the European Commission and the member states, aiming to provide a clear evidence-base analysis on the piloting process for a European Degree label. In parallel, under the coordination of the European Commission, the SMARTT team will support the design and development of a label template for the European Degree label, aiming to issue it to the students of the EUROSUD programme, during the project implementation phase.
The main outcomes of the project consist of recommendations and proposals based on extended testing phases for the establishment of a potential European Degree label, with open-access to the collected data and the methodology in place, supporting the transferability of the acquired knowledge for future approaches in this regard. Also, the project team will organise dissemination actions and events aiming to share the results of the work conducted in the project and to extend the results in other similar areas.
Project Duration and Funding
SMARTT is a one-year project that spans from April 2023 to April 2024. It is funded by the Erasmus+ call: ERASMUS-EDU-2022-POL-EXP-HE - EU Degree "Pilot a joint European degree label" of the European Union.