Centers of Excellence in Finnish University Education 2010-2012

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					                Centers of Excellence in Finnish
                University Education 2010-2012:
                      Evaluation Method

                            Professor Karl-Erik Michelsen
                            Member of the planning group
                         Finnish Chair of the evaluation team

Korkeakoulujen arviointineuvosto — Rådet för utvärdering av högskolorna — The Finnish Higher Education Evaluation Council (FINHEEC)
         Why this competition?

 To enhance the quality and respect of higher
  education in the era of big science and
  transnational research collaboration.
 To encourage faculties and departments to
  develope innovative, inspiring and high quality
  education to students who seek their academic
 To reward faculties and units who are
  committed to high quality academic education.
 To gain national and international visibility to
  the academic teaching in Finland.

    Individual price or collective

 It is a FINHEEC tradition to reward faculties,
  departments and units instead of individuals.
 Academic teaching is a collective effort which
  integrates teaching staff, students and outside
 A centre of excellence must show consistency
  and long term commitment to high quality
  academic teaching.
 A centre of excellence must have a strong
  identity and clear vision for the future.

                       Planning group
Chair: Professor Riitta Pyykkö, University of Turku, Board
  member of FINHEEC (later Chair of FINHEEC)


 Director Asko Karjalainen, PhD, Teaching Development Unit,
  University of Oulu

 Researcher Jan Lundell, PhD, Academy of Finland Research
  Fellow, University of Helsinki

 Professor Karl-Erik Michelsen, PhD, Lappeenranta University
  of Technology

 Student Veera Virta, Helsinki School of Economics

Secretary: Senior Adviser Helka Kekäläinen, PhD, FINHEEC.

 1) mission of the unit, 2) programme and course
  design, 3) delivery of education, 4) outputs,
  5) continual development.

 The criteria was intended to be used flexibly and to
  ensure the objectivity of the evaluation. It was not an
  absolute "gauge”, but rather a tool to help the evaluation
  team to form an overall picture of each unit's application
  and to compare the applicants.
 The aim was to find the genuine quality in the application,
  free from presentation variations.
 International interaction, cooperation across disciplinary,
  institutional and unit boundaries and networking were to
  be regarded as favourable factors in all the content areas.

                 Evaluation team
The international experts:
 Vice Rector Birute Klaas, University of Tartu, Estonia
 Professor Arild Raaheim, University of Bergen, Norway
 Deputy School Secretary Helen Uglow, London Business
 Head of Unit Stefan Bienefeld, German Rectors'

The Finnish experts:
 Student Suvi Eriksson, University of Oulu
 Student Jonas Heikkilä, Åbo Akademi University
 Professor Emeritus Juhani Jussila
 Regional Development Director Vesa Taatila, Laurea

Chair: Professor Karl-Erik Michelsen
  FINHEEC: Secretary General Helka Kekäläinen and Project
  Managers Kirsi Hiltunen and Kenneth Lundin                6
            Evaluation timeline
Stage I: Publication of a call for proposals and
  evaluation criteria
Time: 7.3.2008

Stage II: Universities prepared their applications
Time: 7.3.-30.6.2008

Stage III: Evaluation of applications
Time: July - August 2008
  The international evaluation team appraised the
  applications and gave concise feedback on each
  application on a FINHEEC form. The team
  convened to select 18 units for the second round
  at its workshop on 22 August 2008.
Stage IV: Organisation of site visits
Time: September – October 2008
  The evaluation team, augmented by four Finnish
  experts, decided on its division of work, and the
  dates of the visits were set with the units. Each
  unit planned the programme of the visit
  together with FINHEEC, based on the wishes of
  the evaluation team.

Stage V: Site visits
Time: 29.9.-24.10.2008
  The evaluators and secretaries visited the units.

Stage VI: Workshop for formulating a proposal to
Time: 27.-28.10.2008
  The evaluation team and secretaries met at a
  workshop led by the Finnish chair to discuss the
  findings and to decide on the units to be
  recommended to FINHEEC. The team formulated
  a recommendation to FINHEEC as to the Centres
  of Excellence to be rewarded.

Stage VII: FINHEEC's decision
Time: 13.11.2008
  FINHEEC discussed the evaluation team's
  proposal at its meeting and decided accordingly
  to designate ten Centres of Excellence in
  university education for 2010-2012.
Stage VIII: International seminar
Time: 24.-25.2.2009
  The evaluation process ends in an international
  seminar where the evaluation method is
  presented and the designated Centres of
  Excellence present themselves.

Centres of Excellence in university
      education 2010-2012
 Helsinki University of Technology, Department of
    Computer Science and Engineering
   Lappeenranta University of Technology, Department of
    Industrial Management
   University of Art and Design Helsinki, School of Motion
    Picture, Television and Production Design
   University of Helsinki, Faculty of Pharmacy
   University of Helsinki, Department of Computer Science
   University of Jyväskylä, Department of Physics
   University of Lapland, Department of Social Work
   University of Oulu, Department of Educational Sciences
    and Teacher Education
   University of Oulu, Department of Process and
    Environmental Engineering
   University of Turku, Faculty of Medicine

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