European Master of Science in Occupational Therapy – Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

Executive summary

Standard 1: Good

The Consortium incontestably takes internationalization as one of its basic principles. This has been anchored in the Consortium’s policy document, which serves as guide for the execution of the course and its quality assurance. The internationalization objectives need to be formulated in a more verifiable way.

Standard 2: Satisfactory

The panel concludes that the learning outcomes of the programme clearly incorporate cultural issues and diversity, European and global perspectives. These are translated into the competences developed within each module.

The learning outcomes are translated into the competences to be achieved and assessed for each module. However, the marking grid for the final thesis does not incorporate statements of identified international and intercultural learning outcomes and should be revised accordingly.

Although there is some evidence from the activities of alumni of them having achieved the intended internationalization goals, it is still difficult to link this directly to the programme outcomes. The panel suggests to develop methods to identify graduate impact.

Standard 3: Excellent

Teaching principles and methods encourage the incorporation of the acknowledgement of and reflection on differing world views, together with the ability to communicate with peers in an international forum.

The learning methods are appropriate for developing the required competences and learning outcomes.

International teaching and learning is considered a strong point of the programme and, hence, its learning environment which is multinational, both regarding place and persons.

Standard 4: Good

The composition of the staff, both in quality and quantity, facilitates the achievement of the intended international and intercultural learning outcomes. The core lecturers have considerable international experience, including research collaboration. Given the high academic standards pursued, the panel would like to suggest to adopt a higher English language standard for faculty. Also, the programme may wish to consider incorporating visiting lecturers from other continents or from Southern/ Eastern Europe.

In view of staff professionalization four staff meetings are held each year. Recently, assessment design has been given priority.

Standard 5: Excellent

The student body shows a variety of national and cultural backgrounds and is fully in line with the programme’s internationalisation goals. Students consider the services provided by the consortium adequate and well-attuned to the varied group of students.

Alumni should be stimulated to participate structurally in ongoing international networking and collaboration following graduation.

Overall judgement

On the basis of ECA’s assessment rules, the panel nominates the Academic Master Occupational Therapy of the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences for the Certificate for Quality in Programme Internationalisation.