Erasmus Mundus Design Measures
Kick-Off Meeting – 17 & 18 November – Brest

It was at the start of November that things officially started for TURQUOOOISE: the SEA-EU Master pilot project and to properly launch, the Academic and Admin teams met in Brest for the official Kick-Off Meeting on the 17th and 18th of November 2022.

Indeed, after getting the fabulous news in August 2022 that the application for Erasmus Mundus Design Measures (EMDM) funding was successful, getting an incredible score of 97/100, the Kick-off Meeting was planned. The event, co-led by Malta and Brest, was intense with two full days of meetings with a meaty agenda.

The inspiration for the micro-credential structure
– the “croquembouche”
Team event – crêpe making

The team were delighted to have representatives from all universities represented in the proposal, but even more pleased to be joined by Nord University and Kiel University, with a view to perhaps joining Team TURQUOOOISE.

The discussions were fruitful and wide-ranging, with much talk of deliverables and strategies, but also broader talk, speaking to academic content & stakeholder meetings, the structure of the future degree, as well as accreditation mechanisms, were also on the table.

The degree aims to base the concept of the TURQUOOOISE manager on competencies co-defined with stakeholders during the first period of this 15-Month Project. Collaboration with stakeholders will ensure that the skills of TURQUOOOISE graduates are applicable to real-world situations, whilst remaining innovative and agile in finding solutions for organisations and for the planet.

The Academic and Admin team working on the project also had some time to build their team spirit during the crêpe-making workshop on Thursday 17th November in the Evening, as well as over lunches, even enjoying a “croquembouche”, the dessert inspiration behind the innovative micro-credential structure of the degree.

Team TURQUOOOISE have a lot to accomplish over the next 15 months to get the Master degree into the real world, but the Kick-Off Meeting was a confident start allowing us to embark on the rest of the journey with vim and vigour! Vive Team TURQUOOOISE!

The TURQUOOOISE team meets alongside SEA-EU colleagues to discuss accreditation routes for their first and new joint Master programme

On January 19th, academics and technical staff from the universities of Western Brittany (France), Kiel (Germany), Gdansk (Poland), Split (Croatia), Malta (Malta) and Nord (Norway) met virtually to debate and discuss the accreditation process options for the new joint master’s study programme they are currently designing.

The meeting was a crucial step to better understand the legal frameworks around accreditation in each of the participating countries as well as identify the best route forward for the accreditation of the future master programme.

As the TURQUOOOISE Master has been chosen as a pilot for all future joint programmes to be designed by the SEA-EU alliance, the partners all agreed on the necessity to go through the European Approach in line with the European Commission recommendations for European Universities.

TURQUOOOISE Team Zoom – to find accreditation solutions!