The Wheel has Come Half Circle

The Wheel has Come Half Circle

Peter Purg / Tue, 12/11/2012 - 11:31

From Brussels, indeed things seem very different --  problems we think are unbearably big get shared in "therapeutic groups" (called workshops) realizing that, well, we are not alone. It is nice to know that there are many others with doubts on how to ensure financial sustainability of projects, and especially jointly run programmes, assure concrete exploitation, manage motley and manifold consortia... There are 200 of us here (c.f. pic below), each representing a project-in-life, half of us due for the infamous interim (half-way) report in 2 months. Indeed, life is tough -- and beautiful! But then again, there's several new perspectives one gets to know when sharing 199 other experiences -- and not all are positive...

At the working breakfast of this "Erasmus Coordinators meeting" I joined a group on "How to develop a joint degree" discovering that none of us have given themselves an easy challenge. Mostly the legals systems, and also the trends depending on the current manifold crisis, seem to keep us away from "joining" forces, energies, ideas -- and formally, degrees. Yet for now, we can still agree to have resorted to the right path in ADRIART -- the one of "informal marriage", where we really mean it with our partnership and the jointness of the programme, however do not risk to formally go for a joint degree in the narrow(est) sense. It is (not only linguistically) interesting how many different phrases are used when trying to describe a the joint-degree-related pratices that do not correspond to the narrowest (often legalistic) definitions of "joint" or "double": common degree, dual degree, common programme, double programme... It seems in the end it all boils down to one thing: in order to flourish in the long run, the programme must be attractive to students and convincing to external stakeholders, it needs to be truly adopted (if not identified with) by the teachers, it has to carry an image, and real-life relevant competencies.

In the best spirit of a(nother) Renaissance -- when borders were coming down not least through art and science -- I am looking forward to ADRIART's wheel coming full circle (W.S.), no matter how vicious it might seem at present...