CEU Cardenal Herrera University

Valencia, Spain

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CEU Cardenal Herrera University

Executive Summary

The University CEU Cardenal Herrera was assessed by the Agency for Quality of the Basque University System (Unibasq). Unibasq convened an assessment panel which studied the self- evaluation report and undertook a site visit in Alfara (Valencia, Spain), 28-29 October 2021.

The internationalisation goals for the CEU Cardenal Herrera University are well documented. The goals are shared and supported by stakeholders mainly within the institution. The objectives on internationalisation have been formulated and are verifiable. They allowmonitoring the achievement of the institution’s internationalisation goals. The internationalisation goals fully relate to teaching and learning. The measures included contributed to the quality of these two processes. Regarding Standard 1. Intendedinternationalisation the panel found that the institution’s policy regarding intended internationalisation aims at creating the most suitable environment to enable the development of a fully internationalised university. Particularly, the documents presented with regard to the internationalisation strategy can be considered exemplary. The panel, therefore, assesses Standard 1. Intended internationalisation as good.

The institution’s internationalisation plans warrant the achievement of its internationalisation goals appropriately including most of the relevant dimensions. At the same time, the institution’s internationalisation plans are complemented by specific institution-wide instruments and adequate resources. Regarding Standard 2. Action plans the panel deems that all the underlying criteria of this standard have been met. In particular, the environment created for students’ support and follow-up can be regarded as an international example. The panel is convinced that this aspect can be regarded as an exemplary practice. The panel assesses Standard 2. Action plans as excellent.

The institution has a functional management information system used to collect and process relevant information regarding internationalisation. The institution uses processed information for the effective management of its internationalisation activities. The institution has documented outcomes and results, which can demonstrate that the institution’s internationalisation plans are accomplished. Regarding Standard 3. Implementation the panel deems that all the underlying criteria of this standard have been met. The panel, therefore, assesses Standard 3: Implementation as excellent.

The institution has an internal quality assurance system, which covers most internationalisation dimensions and activities. Internationalisation approaches are used by the institution in its regular quality assurance and enhancement activities.The institution involves its internal and external stakeholders in its quality assurance and enhancement activities regarding internationalisation. Nevertheless, the participation of some of these stakeholders could be more systematic (current students) and actively encouraged (alumni). Regarding Standard 4: Enhancement the panel deems all the underlying criteria of this standard to be met. The panel, therefore, assesses Standard 4: Enhancement as good.

The responsibilities regarding the institution’s internationalisation activities are clearly defined and allocated. The institution’s organisational structure, decision-making processes and leadership support the realisation of the internationalisation goals and action plans. The institution can demonstrate that it readily reacts to input from within and outside the institution regarding internationalisation activities. The governance of the institution is particularly well suited and committed to implementing its internationalisation strategy. Regarding Standard 5. Governance Enhancement the panel deems all the underlying criteria of this standard to be met.The panel, therefore, assesses Standard 5: Governance as excellent.

Based on its internationalisation goals, the institution has successfully implemented effective internationalisation activities which demonstrably contribute to the quality of teaching and learning.

For this reason, the evaluation panel recommends that the University CEU Cardenal Herrena should obtain the Certificate of Quality in Internationalisation.