About Mastermind EUROPE

Mastermind Europe is, on paper, just another three-year EU-funded project (under Erasmus+ Strategic Partnerships in the Netherlands). In practice tough, it is much more than that. It is daring and innovative initiative led by a dynamic team of European universities, associations and companies that aims to revolutionise admissions at Master’s level in Europe. The project consists of building the foundations for a paradigm shift in Master’s level admissions in Europe, from admissions preponderantly focused on diploma recognition to a system increasingly based on the assessment of competencies.

Up to now, the majority of efforts to improve admissions to Master’s programmes in Europe for students with a Bachelor’s from another university than the one offering the Master’s have focused on two main issues – the increasing standardisation of defined outcomes of the Bachelor’s degrees and on the improvement of the mechanisms for recognition of prior diplomas and degrees. However, given the growing diversity within and around these master’s programmes, an alternative approach to Master’s admissions is needed.

The project comes to answer this need and aims to generate a pool of resources – research reports, focus groups, guiding tools, pool of admission experts – that will be useful to academic directors of Master’s programmes who want to base their admission decisions less on recognition of diplomas and more on assessment of the applicants’ competencies and that can concretely support them in this transformational process.

This website is a gateway to the various resources developed in the project and to the project team. We would like to get you involved, not only by sharing with you our project outcomes, but also by encouraging you to shape our progress as we go along. Check our timeline to find out when we plan to deliver tools and other materials, read them and send us your feedback, and come join us for one of our upcoming focus groups! And don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. We’d be more than happy to explore the answers with you.

Project Timeline

Project Timeline

The project plans at least one draft and one final version of the 6 Guiding Tools and 4 reports. During consortium meetings, focus group meetings and through feedback from the Quality Council the quality and relevance of the project work will be discussed. Several events are planned to share the project outcomes with a wider audience.

Upcoming Events

Have a look at the upcoming and past events around the Mastermind Europe project

Graduate admission in Europe and North America

Friday, April 15, 2016. At the annual conference of NAGAP, the Association for Graduate Enrollment Management, Kees Kouwenaar presented the progress in Mastermind Europe to the gathering of graduate admission & enrolment professionals in North America. Learning from both similarities Read more »

Training Day Mastermind Approach & Guiding Tools

This Training Day was intended in the first place for staff members from Consortium Members of Mastermind Europe. It was designed to equip participants with the knowledge and skills to explain the concepts and tools for competency-assessment based admission to Read more »

Focus Group Meeting Barcelona

The 2nd (and last) round of regional Focus Group meetings started this Spring with a Focus Group Meeting in Barcelona: Thursday, April 21 (evening) and Friday, April 20 (day).

Mastermind in the Utrecht Network

April 28-29, Belfast. Sabine Pendl, director International Office at the Karl-Franzens Universität Graz (member of the Mastermind Europe Consortium) has invited Mastermind Europe to present the project at the annual meeting and conduct an interactive work session with interested members Read more »

Diversity in transition from Bachelor’s to Master’s

As part of the event “Diversity in transition from Bachelor’s to Master’s” in Siegen, Germany Kees Kouwenaar held a introductory presentation about the need for different admission practises to achieve a diverse, international classroom. Download presentation (ppt, 2MB)

Competence 2016 Wageningen

From October 19-21, 2016, a major conference on international conference on competency in education will be held in Wageningen, the Netherlands. The conference will consist of plenary and parallel sessions, with the latter in the format of mini seminars of Read more »

Contact Us

Vrije Universiteit Boelelaan 1105 1081 HV
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Project Leader Kees Kouwenaar

+31 6 5111 9635

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