About the project

The Mastermind Europe project responds to the need for more graduate mobility both within and towards Europe and to the need to accommodate more diverse applicants for a truly international classroom, i.e. applicants with more diverse academic knowledge and skills, from diverse national and cultural backgrounds, and with diverse levels of maturity and work experience, etc. However, coping with this new level of diversity of applicants is not easy and Master’s coordinators need the tools and expertise to match these new realities and to successfully recruit the right kind of students to their programmes. This is the stringent need that the Mastermind Europe project is addressing. The project primarily consists of developing tools and resources that can support academic directors of Master’s programmes that are interested to transition from an admission system and practice centred on diploma recognition, to one giving more room to the assessment of competencies. The project addresses an essential and urgent aspect of the Bologna Process transformation, which has hitherto received little attention in Europe. It builds on the trend towards more competence and learning outcome-oriented education and applies that concretely on the pertinent problem of diverse admissions. It operates on the crossroads of “Master’s education in the Bologna structure” and “internationalisation/globalisation”. The project gives a specifically European answer to a problem that has arisen within European higher education and will grow in importance in the coming years.

The Mastermind Europe tools are multiple:

  • Research report looking into current practice in Master’s level admissions in Europe
  • Focus Groups organised around Europe and gathering motivated Master’s directors that are ready to have a critical look at their practice and identify innovative ways forward
  • Guiding tools helping Master’s coordinators answer critical questions for their programme –Which admission criteria are relevant? Which level must students meet on that criterion? How can we assess if they do? How can we ensure transparency for applicants? How do we monitor predictive value? – and providing potential solutions
  • Experts’ pool, of trained and motivated individuals that can further support this paradigm shift in Europe.

You can read more about each of these outputs on the other website pages. While the project supports this transition to more competency-based admissions, it is not advocating a total split with past efforts. The project’s outputs are complementary to existing “recognition” instruments e.g. in the context of the Lisbon Convention, the NARIC network, the EAR, the Tuning process and the Pathfinders’ work. They offer an alternative option for Master’s programmes with a greater need for innovation, while adding value and quality to the existing recognition process.

About the consortium

The consortium consists of a balanced mix of universities, universities' associations, and specialised organisations from various regions within the European Union. The Consortium is built to be able to function at three levels: at the institutional level, at the national level, and at the European level, because the instruments need to be developed with input at programme level, but need to have an impact at both national and European level.

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