Quality Assurance Academy

au 11/02/2025


Descriptif Evènement
The Quality Assurance Academy (QAA) is a comprehensive training offer for business schools’ quality assurance professionals. It focuses on developing leadership competencies and managerial skills to meet the diverse professional challenges encountered daily in quality assurance/quality management (QA/QM) work in business schools. The QAA cuts across all major quality assurance frameworks to develop and refine the participants’ understanding of the underlying methodologies and their purpose. Therefore, it is seen as a general qualification opportunity rather than training to support a specific accreditation project. The QAA is offered to the EFMD membership and the wider business school community in partnership with Academ by RimaOne. TARGET GROUP The QAA is offered to any quality assurance professional, either currently employed or in-between jobs. The design has been built around the needs of business schools, but professionals filling similar roles on the university level or in other faculties are most welcome to apply as well. No restrictions have been set regarding seniority and experience, but the typical applicant will have up to three years of QA-specific experience. STRUCTURE OF THE PROGRAMME The QAA consists of three block weeks, and each block week includes two modules of four hours each (five hours including breaks). It emphasises leadership training with insights into strategy and change management techniques (Modules 1 and 6) as well as core quality management skills with a focus on analysing the writing process and communication with a look at Rankings (Modules 2 and 5). The programme is complemented by training sessions in project management (Module 3) and data/information management (Module 4). Each block week will require approx. a half-day of preparatory work. Participants will need to invest the same amount of time in completing the intermediate assessments after block weeks 1 and 2. The capstone assessment after block week 3 will involve approx. two days of work and will be customised around a current professional challenge the participant is facing. LEARNING GOALS The QAA represents a unique opportunity to develop the competencies necessary to lead and manage a quality assurance agenda of a business school with international ambitions while being cognizant of national/cultural constraints. The offer is built around key skills a quality assurance professional should have, in addition to deep insights into the mechanics of delivering management education. Specifically, participants will improve and enhance their capacity:
  • to analyse quality gaps between the institutional status quo and external quality reference frameworks,
  • to assemble evidence, synthesize and compile a QA-focused narrative that represents the school’s quality improvement trajectory,
  • to manage projects so that to fulfil project objectives on time and with budgetary limits,
  • to lead teams with authority and to lead sideways and upwards with limited authority,
  • to communicate on the institutional quality agenda verbally and in writing.
PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE After successfully completing the programme, participants will receive the “Certified Quality Assurance Professional” certificate from EFMD Global. It will serve as a professional distinction signalling the bearer’s qualification to conduct quality assurance work in tertiary education. Graduation is based on two intermediate assessments and the capstone assessment and the overall point score received. The workshop will be delivered online (using Zoom). To ensure the best Zoom experience, we recommend that you install the latest version of the Zoom Client for Meetings, if you are not familiar with Zoom, you can test the tool via this weblink.

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