Bachelor International Business and Management Studies – Hanze University of Applied Sciences

Groningen, Netherlands

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Executive summary

International Business and Management Studies (IBMS) is a broad international business programme that prepares students for a wide range of international management positions.  The programme also has a distinctive quality feature Internationalisation, which is judged as good. The argumentation on which these judgements are based is given in this summary and in the audit report.

Assessment standard 1
The study programme has developed a Vision on Internationalisation, From Diversity to Inclusion (2011) together with internal and external stakeholders. Based on this vision, relevant goals have been formulated with regard to education, students, staff, and other areas. These goals reflect the further ambition of IBS when it comes to internationalisation.
The panel finds that the existing quality evaluation system for the evaluation of the vision is appropriate with the remark that it could be made clearer who is responsible for guarding that the goals are met and how this is done. With regard to the evaluation, the panel also finds that the programme can convey the message more to others. The view of the panel is that the study programme complies with the criteria of standard 1. The panel judges standard 1 to be good.

Assessment standard 2
The panel concludes that there is a further and deepening emphasis on the development of international and intercultural competencies in the structure and execution of the IBMS curriculum in Groningen. Within IBS there is an international teaching and learning environment: the panel finds that IBS breathes internationally. IBS has defined learning goals (international and intercultural learning outcomes) based on its vision, which can be traced back explicitly to the curriculum. Through different modules and on different levels, students work on the IC. Their international and intercultural competence is assessed per module in different ways, which – in some cases – can be done more explicitly. The panel finds there is sufficient proof that the intended international and intercultural learning outcomes are achieved by the graduates. The panel judges standard 2 to be good.

Assessment standard 3
The panel finds that the structure and content of the curriculum enables students to achieve the IC. They do so in a convincing international learning environment in which appropriate working forms and teaching methods are used. The panel assesses standard 3 as good.

Assessment standard 4
The panel finds the quality of the teachers impressive. Their backgrounds reflect a wide variety of international work experience and know-how. In addition, teachers gain fresh ongoing international experience. The study programme makes sufficient facilities available to teachers who, for example, wish to gain extra experience or follow a course. The panel judges standard 4 to be good.

Assessment standard 5
The composition of the groups is in line with the vision of the study programme. Students gain broad international experience under competent supervision. Furthermore, a range of offices is committed to helping the student progress with his study. Interviews with students confirm that they are well informed of study programme activities. The panel judges Standard 5 as good.

Overall assessment
Based on its vision on internationalisation, IBMS has implemented an effective internationalisation strategy, which demonstrably contributes to the quality of the teaching and learning provided to a well mixed student group given ample opportunities for international experiences, supplemented by a good supporting services system. This results in the graduates achieving the intended international and intercultural learning outcomes. The staff supports students in this process by deploying their experiences and competences.

The panel gives a good as overall assessment for the distinctive quality feature Internationalisation.