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1 EPL Ecole polytechnique de Louvain Advisory Board du 10 janvier UCL Bologna Conference on Student Mobility Bologna and the internationalization of higher education: risks and opportunities for the Louvain School of Engineering Marc Lobelle

2 EPL Ecole polytechnique de Louvain Advisory Board du 10 janvier UCL Contents Traditional student mobility in the Louvain School of Engineering « Bologna » induced changes in student mobility practices Un projet en cours: Dual masters Le problème des langues: nouvelles initiatives D'autres pistes possibles Discussion

3 EPL Ecole polytechnique de Louvain Advisory Board du 10 janvier UCL Traditional student mobility in Louvain School of Engineering ERASMUS/SOCRATES mobility 1 year in 4 th 1 term in 5 th (courses or final work) TIME Double Degrees 6 year study program, including 2 years in another TIME institution 2 different engineering degrees from 2 universities (or French Grandes Ecoles). Most attractive destinations for our students: Ecole Centrale Paris: Supaéro: 4+2

4 EPL Ecole polytechnique de Louvain Advisory Board du 10 janvier UCL Traditional student mobility in Louvain School of engineering(2)

5 EPL Ecole polytechnique de Louvain Advisory Board du 10 janvier UCL Traditional student mobility in EPL (3) Going to ( )

6 EPL Ecole polytechnique de Louvain Advisory Board du 10 janvier UCL Traditional student mobility in Louvain School of Engineering (4) Coming from ( )

7 EPL Ecole polytechnique de Louvain Advisory Board du 10 janvier UCL Changes induced by the « Bologna » scheme The Bologna scheme: no more 5 year integrated stydy program in engineering bachelor (3 years) master (2 years) Traditional mobility : horizontal mobility The student goes and comes back New possible mobility: vertical mobility The student goes away for his master and does not come back

8 EPL Ecole polytechnique de Louvain Advisory Board du 10 janvier UCL Changes induced by the « Bologna » scheme (2) Principle of vertical mobility: good students do their master degree in the best institutions for the (sub) orientation they have selectedl Opportunity and risk: Opportunity: attract good students from other institutions after the bachelor degree targets: best students in « weaker » universities students interested in our fields of excellence (even in « strong » universities) Risk: our good students might leave us after getting their bachelor degree when our fileds of excellence do not match what they are looking for or if they find even better somewhere else target: our own best students

9 EPL Ecole polytechnique de Louvain Advisory Board du 10 janvier UCL Changes induced by the « Bologna » scheme (3 ) The challenge: exploit opportunities and reduce risks develop our attractivity Two ways to improve our attractiveness Dual masters Accessibility for non French speaking people (without frightening the French speaking people) +, of course, communicate

10 EPL Ecole polytechnique de Louvain Advisory Board du 10 janvier UCL Dual masters dual Principle of the « dual master »: two (good) institutions set up a common program Strenghten the strong points (broader choice of advanced courses) Provide more subdomains of excellence Give an international dimension to the program (or inter-regional) Typically one year in each institution Students get 2 degrees from the two institutions The degrees are clearly linked: single pre-established program double Differences with TIME double degree Same field of study in both institutions vs different fields (complementary) (computing/computing) vs (computing/aeronautics) Integrated program vs concatenated programs No lengthening of studies vs 1 more year

11 EPL Ecole polytechnique de Louvain Advisory Board du 10 janvier UCL Dual masters (2) Practical issues One year here and one year at the partner (usually in any order) Registration and fees in the home university Open for students coming from third institutions (they register wher they spend the 1 st year) Like in ERASMUS/SOCRATES, exchanges must be balanced

12 EPL Ecole polytechnique de Louvain Advisory Board du 10 janvier UCL Dual masters (3) Differences with traditional ERASMUS scheme (e.g. one year exchange in 4 th study year) Fulfill the requirements of the 2 instrtutions and not only of the home institution structured program, cset-up jointly by the partner institutions TWO DEGREES (but clearly linked to each other)

13 EPL Ecole polytechnique de Louvain Advisory Board du 10 janvier UCL Dual masters (4) With whom ? Other CLUSTER institutions KULeuven Clemson,..., Developping countries ?

14 EPL Ecole polytechnique de Louvain Advisory Board du 10 janvier UCL Dual masters (5) Programs starting in 2008 Cluster: Barcelona (UPC): Computing, Telecom Lisbon (IST): Telecom Stockholm (KTH): Nuclear KULeuven: probably most engineering fields (computing was first ready) Clemson: mecanical engineering Projets 2009: KTH, TKK, INPG, IST,... What language ? KULeuven: each institution in her own language CLUSTER, Clemson,...: English

15 EPL Ecole polytechnique de Louvain Advisory Board du 10 janvier UCL Dual masters (6)

16 EPL Ecole polytechnique de Louvain Advisory Board du 10 janvier UCL Dual masters (7)

17 EPL Ecole polytechnique de Louvain Advisory Board du 10 janvier UCL The teaching language issue What language for the masters ? French ? (traditional situation) Our attractivity is decreasing (less ERASMUS IN) English is the universal second language The status of the French language is decreasing from ''the diplomatic language to a local language such as Dutcg or Letton The higher education offering in English is increasing. (Northern countries, the Nethernands, Prague, Barcelonee,... This attracts studentsn even in out universities. English ? Like everybody else, no choice after all ? Risk of loosing one's own student (perhaps not the best, but...)who could leave us for another Belgian higer education studies.

18 EPL Ecole polytechnique de Louvain Advisory Board du 10 janvier UCL The language issue (2) New initiatives related to teaching in English Physics, computing (since September 2007) Fall term in anglais Spring term in French (final work: free choice) Others have specific tracks in english (e.g. courses included in ERASMUS MUNDUS programs)

19 EPL Ecole polytechnique de Louvain Advisory Board du 10 janvier UCL Discussion


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