As part of a non-public conference in December 2014, the participants of the project's Round Tables discussed existing challenges and came up with respective objectives and measures for the further development of study programmes. In March 2015, nexus opened the discussion forum for a larger professional audience. The focus of the opening conference, held at the University of Konstanz, was to provide a platform to discuss the possibilities and limits of flexible study programmes. 200 participants – including heads of universities, teachers in HE and students - contributed to the forum with their experiences and thus gave an impetus for both the development and focus of the thematic priorities of the project. (see Post-conference reflections by Lewis Purser, Irish Universities Associations, in Hefte zur Bildungs- und Hochschulforschung 84, pp 83ff)
First Steps in Higher Education
The focus of the first project phase (2014-2016) was to review the existing measures for study orientation and also for the first steps in Higher Eduation. In the Round Tables these measures were discussed from the viewpoint of each discipline involved. Success factors and approaches for a steady implementation in the study programmes were identified. The results will be presented and published as a joint paper in 2016.
Recognition: Consulting & Training for Universities
The Round Table „Recognition” has developed a concept for consulting and training universities. The format is tailored to accommodate the specific needs from participating universities, and includes topics such as legal questions, the practical application of the Lisbon Recognition Convention (LRC), and accreditation.