Seminar “Modernizing degree programs in global context”

Date and time
March 19-20,2015 10:00a.m.-4:00p.m.
Hitotsubashi Hall
Modernizing degree programs in global context.
  How to make higher education attractive to an (inter)national audience?
Robert Wagenaar :

 Prof. Robert Wagenaar is Director of the International Tuning Academy of the University of Groningen, The Netherlands. Until recently he was director of Undergraduate and Graduate Studies at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Groningen, being responsible for 15 bachelor and some 35 master programmes. He is also coordinator and director of the Erasmus Mundus Master Course of Excellence Euroculture: Europe in the Wider World. Furthermore, he is a member of the Dutch group of experts for the development of the European Higher Education Area.

 Since 2000 he has coordinated –together with Julia Gonzalez and Pablo Beneitone (University of Deusto, Bilbao, Spain) – Tuning Educational Structures, which started as a project to develop international reference points or benchmarks for subject areas as well as an innovative methodology for (re)designing, delivery and enhancing (trans)national student centred degree programmes in the framework of the European Higher Education Area, which has developed into a global process during the last decade.

Pablo Javier Beneitone :

 Pablo Javier Beneitone. Doctor in Social Sciences, FLACSO (Argentina). Also has Master in International Cooperation, Universidad del Salvador (Argentina). Currently he is working as a director at Deusto International Tuning Academy. University of Deusto (Spain). But since 1990s been actively involved in Tuning related projects and programs in Argentina, Spain and widely in Europe. Most recently he was worked as a coordinator in India’s Tuning Feasibility Study.

 Mori Arinori Center for Higher Education and Global Mobility hosted a first “Tuning Academy in Japan” seminar for two days from Mar. 19 to 20, 2015. The seminar was attended by over twenty participants from eight universities, including Open University of Japan, Kansai University, Osaka University, Tokyo University of Technology, The University of Tokyo, University of Tsukuba, Yokohama National University and Hitotsubashi University. The participants consisted of both teaching and administrative staff members.
 This seminar gave an opportunity for participants to learn and discuss Tuning intensively. Despite of their busy schedules, the two directors of the Tuning Academy, Director Robert Wagenaar from University of Groningen, The Netherlands, and Director Pablo Javier Beneitone from University of Deusto, Spain, had came and give informative and inspirational presentations about Tuning.

【Day 1】Designing a high quality degree program
 In the morning session the participants were introduced to the Tuning Academy and the Tuning methodology. The presentations were titled: Through these presentations the of Tuning and Tuning Academy’s function were clarified.
After this session, participants had an open dialogue on the relevance of Tuning to the challenges of Japanese higher education in global context and of the usefulness of the Tuning methodology for Japanese higher education. Thereafter the directors gave more detailed presentations of Tuning in practice. The presentations given were titled:
【Day 2】Implementing a high quality degree program
 The second day’s seminar focused on issues of common concern relating to learning and teaching, with a particular emphasis on competencies, learning outcomes and credits in programs and/or course syllabuses. There were three sessions on this topic with the following contents: Each presentation then was followed by a discussion. The questions and comments by participants included:
 – implications and appliance of a competence survey;
 – steps needed to be taken in order to implement Tuning;
 – experience in other countries on how to strengthen collaborations among faculty members;
 – possible ways to design education programs based on the results of the competence survey;
 – challenges facing Tuning what can be done to further promote Tuning in Japan.
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