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​​Review of Transnational Education in Greece and Cyprus

During 2015, QAA undertook a review of UK TNE in Greece and Cyprus. The purposes of the review were to safeguard the reputation of UK higher education in these countries and elsewhere by demonstrating a robust, independent approach to its quality assurance, and, by doing so, to support the further growth of high quality UK provision internationally.

Following an initial scoping exercise, we selected seven institutions for review whose provision represented the range of UK TNE on offer in Greece and Cyprus. The findings are published as quality assurance reports on seven individual partnerships, two case ​studies documents, and an overview report.​ You can access all of this information on the QAA website.

QAA Characteristics Statement: Qualifications involving more than one degree-awarding body

The Characteristics Statement document is about the characteristics of the qualifications involving more than one degree-awarding body. It describes the distinctive features of these types of awards. Qualification Characteristics Statements are a component of the UK Quality Code (the Quality Code) for Higher Education, Part A: Setting and Maintaining Academic Standards and are closely linked to The Frameworks for Higher Education Qualifications of UK Degree-Awarding Bodies – also included in Expectation A1 of the Quality Code. They complement and contextualise the information provided within the Qualifications Frameworks, providing more detail about the distinctive features of qualifications at any level, which are awarded in a particular way.

Qualifications involving more than one degree-awarding body are distinctive because they involve a UK degree-awarding body working with at least one other body empowered to award higher education qualifications in a way that involves some pooling of those awarding powers. The qualification awarded in this way may be at any level of the Qualifications Frameworks, and the characteristics of the graduates of such awards are described in the relevant qualification descriptors and other Characteristics Statements. This Characteristics Statement describes the principal types of these kind of arrangements, focusing on the consequences of pooling awarding powers for the way in which academic standards are set and maintained.