Blog for the third mission

There are several commonly accepted ranking systems for the First and Second Missions, which provide indicators to measure excellence in Higher Education Institutions around the world. Rankings improve quality assurance by allowing the institutions to understand their own performance, develop best practices, and provide effective and efficient value to society. They also provide quality indicators to governments, society and industry. However, there are no commonly agreed indicators or methodologies to assess quality in Third Mission activities.

This project will develop such indicators, promoting excellence in Third Mission activities, and encouraging Higher Education Institutions to share best practices across Europe.

Monday, 19 April 2010

MODERMODERN Conference Announcement “Assuring the quality of internationalisation” Amsterdam, 7 May 2010

The MODERN conference “Assuring the quality of internationalisation” is the third in a series of five
conferences organised by the MODERN European platform in higher education modernisation.
MODERN is a three-year EU-funded structural network project in the EU Lifelong Learning Programme,
developed under the leadership of ESMU, in a consortium with 9 core partners, 28 associate partner
European associations and academic providers of higher education management (HEM) training
For further information on the MODERN platform and the online registration for the conference,
please consult the MODERN website:

As internationalisation grows in importance in higher education and takes on a more mainstream role,
there is a growing expectation for universities to be able to define the added value of the
international dimension and measure the impact of internationalisation on the institutional mission.
Quality remains a controversial concept with a range of definitions and purposes – whether it is
equated with excellence, fitness for purpose, value for money or the ability to transform.

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