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Subject International Comparative Analysis of HRD Masters programmes
Proposal for a round table meeting on quality improvement
Event Fifth International Conference on HRD Research and Practice across Europe 2004, University of Limerick, May 27 28, 2004
Abstract Objective:
The round table meeting focuses on the comparison of key features of the various HRD Masters programmes across Europe. The intention is to learn form the approaches, cross cultural aspects and activities that promote quality improvement. 

The HRD profession is developing rapidly. This development is reflected in the rise of HRD masters programmes at various universities across Europe.
The Bologna Agreement of European Ministers of Education adopted the Anglo-Saxon model of Bachelors and Masters provision, and this will be in place in Europe in the coming years. This means that the continental European university systems will transform in a radical way. According to the Bologna agreement Masters programmes will have to be officially accredited by national accreditation organisations, which is compulsory for the recognition of degrees and for obtaining state funding. This implies that HRD Master programmes need to be evaluated and assessed. International benchmark of professional and academic standards will be part of the accreditation procedures. UFHRD and Euresform are in a position to become an evaluation body for European HRD Masters programmes.

The Round Table meeting offers brief presentations on the characteristics of the various European HRD Masters programmes. The results of a first inventory of European HRD programmes will be presented. The presentations and results will be discussed by the various presenters and participants. The various presenters will offer information for the discussion on:

  • Benchmarking with international academic and professional HRD standards
  • Intake of the students who enter the programme 
  • Breadth of the programme in terms of fundamental and advance subject matter expertise, professional standards, and continuous learning in a multi-disciplinary work environment.
  • Teaching concepts an learning strategies
  • Assessments of student work 
  • Faculty/staff an their content-related knowledge, teaching skills, curriculum management, and research involvement
  • Facilities, services, and study support
  • Internal quality assurance system
  • Outcomes, results and qualifications acquired by the students
  • Special Qualitative Features 
The round table will offer a valuable contribution to highlighting the developments in this domain in Europe, by discussing perspectives on professional development in HRD, competency profiles, collaboration with local companies, firms and government agencies, links with related disciplines at universities, and issues that relate to quality improvement.  The round table, with brief presentations and discussions could provide valuable information for setting up a system of annual benchmarking, a body of expertise, and play an important role in the further development of  HRD education. 
Team Joseph Kessels (chair)
University of Twente; Behavioural Sciences - Human Resource Development
Sabine Manning
Research Forum Education and Society, Berlin (WIFO)
Monica Lee
Executive Secretary, UFHRD; Lancaster University; Department of Organisation, Work and Technology
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Editor: Sabine Manning  © WIFO