On July 2nd and 3rd, Aurora secretary general Kees Kouwenaar conducted a two-day seminar in the Kyrgyzstan capital Bishkek on the “Development of scientific-research Master students”.
Master’s programmes are a fairly new part of university education in Kyrgyzstan and those responsible are looking for the best way to position such Master’s programmes within the Kyrgyz HE qualification framework. Based on the Mastermind Europe approach, he introduced a Coherent Framework of Master’s Learning Outcomes and offered instruction in the AACUE VALUE Rubrics as a tool to define SMART learning outcomes in general academic competencies and personal competencies.
The seminar helped participants to break down container concepts like “academic quality” into more specific competencies such as “ability to define the problem at hand” as component of “critical thinking competence” and to identify the benchmark performance level required at Master’s graduation. The seminar was part of the SPHERE (Support and Promotion for Higher Education Reform Experts) project funded by EU’s the ERASMUS+ programme.
The seminar is one example of how Aurora as a network of world class research universities can still live up to its ambition to be inclusive and supportive to other universities as well.