Harmonization and Innovation in Central American Higher Education Curricula: Enhancing and Implementing the Regional Quality Framework

11 Participating countries:
Start: 15-10-2015 - End: 14-10-2018
Project Reference: 561531-EPP-1-2015-1-ES-EPPKA2-CBHE-SP
EC Grant: 865875.5 EUR

Programme: Erasmus+
Key Action: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices
Action Type: Capacity Building in higher education

Summary

HICA, driven by university associations, universities and ministries in 6 Central American (CA) countries, intends to support the reform, innovation and harmonisation of HE curricula. The project will further develop/implement a regional qualifications framework for Central American HE (‘MCESCA’) – proposed by the prior project Alfa PUENTES – that defines what a student should know, understand and be able to do after each HE cycle, in a CA context. HICA will complete the MCESCA by defining learning outcomes for pre-bachelor programmes as well as time/credits required for the different HE cycles. This will be done through national focus groups, where different stakeholders will be consulted. The MCESCA will then be tested and implemented: a pilot for curriculum re-design in the CA partner universities will be carried out, whereby each revises a study programme, defining work-based learning ourcomes that correlate to the MCESCA. European partners will share practice on curricula innovation in support of this. Then, the pilot outcomes and the MCESCA itself will be promoted widely to regional and national political bodies, employers, accreditation agencies, etc. via national promotion workshops, organised by the associations and the minsitries. These will enrich and validate the MCESCA as a tool in the region. HICA will have diverse impacts: The revised academic programmes will have a catalytic effect, bringing leadership, students and teaching staff together to implement curricula reform. In addition, CA universities will network and reinforce regional cooperation. National associations and the ministries will benefit from a regionally agreed tool that they can use for quality assurance and teaching reforms taking place in their own systems as well as recognition. The European partners will benefit from discussions on frameworks for HE reform in CA, which will provide an important mirror for similar reforms that take place in the context of the Bologna Process.

Results

Results for this project are not yet available. They might become available after the project's end date.

Coordinator

UNIVERSITAT DE BARCELONA

GRAN VIA DE LES CORTS CATALANES 585, 08007
BARCELONA
Cataluña
ES

Organisation type: Higher education institution (tertiary level)

Partners

MINISTERIO DE EDUCACION
GUATEMALA
Guatemala
Organisation type: National Public body
UNIVERSIDAD DE COSTA RICA
SAN PEDRO DE MONTES DE OCA SAN JOSE
Costa Rica
Organisation type: Higher education institution (tertiary level)
UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL
HEREDIA
Costa Rica
Organisation type: Higher education institution (tertiary level)
INSTITUTO TECNOLOGICO DE COSTA RICA
CARTAGO
Costa Rica
Organisation type: Higher education institution (tertiary level)
UNIVERSIDAD ESTATAL A DISTANCIA UNED
MERCEDES MONTES DE OCA SAN JOSE
Costa Rica
Organisation type: Higher education institution (tertiary level)
UNVERSIDAD TECNICA NACIONAL
ALJUELA
Costa Rica
Organisation type: Higher education institution (tertiary level)
CONSEJO CENTROAMERICANO DE ACREDITACION DE LA EDUCACION SUPERIOR (CCA)
SAN JOSE
Costa Rica
cca.ucr.ac.cr
Organisation type: Regional Public body
MINISTERIO DE EDUCACION PUBLICA
SAN JOSE
Costa Rica
Organisation type: National Public body
UNIVERSIDAD DE EL SALVADOR
SAN SALVADOR
El Salvador
WWW.UES.EDU.SV
Organisation type: Higher education institution (tertiary level)
UNIVERSIDAD DON BOSCO
SAN SALVADOR
El Salvador
Organisation type: Higher education institution (tertiary level)
MINISTERIO DE EDUCACIÓN
SAN SALVADOR NO
El Salvador
Organisation type: National Public body
UNIVERSIDAD PEDAGOGICA NACIONAL FRANCISCO MORAZAN
TEGUCIGALPA
Honduras
Organisation type: Higher education institution (tertiary level)
UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL AUTONOMA DE HONDURAS
TEGUCIGALPA
Honduras
Organisation type: Higher education institution (tertiary level)
ASOCIACION OBSERVATORIO DE LAS RELACIONES UNION EUROPEA AMERICA LATINA (UE/AL)
BARCELONA
Cataluña
Organisation type: Non-governmental organisation/association/social enterprise
SECRETARIA DE ESTADO EN EL DESPACHO DE EDUCACION
COMAYAGUELA ND
Honduras
Organisation type: National Public body
UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL AUTONOMA DE NICARAGUA, LEON
LEON
Nicaragua
Organisation type: Higher education institution (tertiary level)
UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL AGRARIA
MANAGUA
Nicaragua
Organisation type: Higher education institution (tertiary level)
UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL AUTONOMA DE NICARAGUA MANAGUA
MANAGUA
Nicaragua
Organisation type: Higher education institution (tertiary level)
CONSEJO NACIONAL DE UNIVERSIDADES
MANAGUA
Nicaragua
Organisation type: Associations of Higher Education Institutions
MINISTERIO DE EDUCACION - REPUBLICA DE NICARAGUA
MANAGUA
Nicaragua
Organisation type: National Public body
UNIVERSIDAD DE PANAMA
PANAMA
Panama
Organisation type: Higher education institution (tertiary level)
UNIVERSIDAD AUTONOMA DE CHIRIQUI
DAVID
Panama
Organisation type: Higher education institution (tertiary level)
UNIVERSIDAD ESPECIALIZADA DE LAS AMERICAS
PANAMA
Panama
Organisation type: Higher education institution (tertiary level)
CONSEJO DE RECTORES DE LAS UNIVERSIDADES OFICIALES Y PARTICULARES DE PANAMA
PANAMA
Panama
Organisation type: Associations of Rectors of Higher Education Institutions / Higher Education Institution' Rectors Conferences
MINISTERIO DE EDUCACION
PANAMA
Panama
Organisation type: National Public body
ASSOCIATION EUROPEENNE DE L'UNIVERSITE
BRUXELLES
Extra-Regio NUTS 2
Organisation type: Associations of Higher Education Institutions
STIFTUNG ZUR FORDERUNG DER HOCHSCHULREKTORENKONFERENZ
BONN
NORDRHEIN-WESTFALEN
TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE BRANDENBURG
BRANDENBURG
EXTRA-REGIO NUTS 1
Organisation type: Higher education institution (tertiary level)
ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - UNIVERSITA DI BOLOGNA
BOLOGNA
Extra-Regio NUTS 2
Organisation type: Higher education institution (tertiary level)
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK - NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, CORK
CORK
Extra-Regio NUTS 3
Organisation type: Higher education institution (tertiary level)
UNIVERSIDAD SAN CARLOS DE GUATEMALA
GUATEMALA
Guatemala
Organisation type: Higher education institution (tertiary level)
CONSEJO SUPERIOR UNIVERSITARIO CENTROAMERICANO
GUATEMALA
Guatemala
UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL DE AGRICULTURA
CATACAMAS
Honduras
Organisation type: Higher education institution (tertiary level)

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