T-PLUS EMU , Gazimagusa, Kıbrıs (Kktc), 11 - 12 Mayıs 2017, ss.1
Today as universities view standardisation as an indispensable step towards internationalisation, quality assurance (QA) systems are increasingly gaining popularity in higher education. Nevertheless QA systems are outcome-oriented in their essence with their audit-based and highly documented procedures. This yet somehow stands in opposition to the process-oriented, "life-long learning" curricular goals of todays' higher education agenda as proposed in EU strategic development plans. This presentation discusses how quality assurance impacts local bottom-up curriculum design, and in turn teacher development. To this end, the presentation will first introduce the basic concepts and principles underlying QA systems, and with reference to recent statistics, it will browse how institutions and academicians perceive quality and QA processes in general. Following that, the concerns over QA systems and their impacts on curriculum designs will be discussed with respect to EU Higher Education development strategies. The final part of the presentation will include implications and recommendations, as well as questions from the audience.