The Quality Project report

by Rebecca Bengtsson on November 4, 2014

in ComDev,Comdev News,Comdev Projects,ComDev staff

square6In the first round of evaluations by the Swedish Board of Higher Education, the master’s programme in Communication for Development (ComDev) at Malmö University was one of the few education programmes that obtained the highest mark (very high quality). In recognition of this achievement, Malmö University was in 2013 granted a special “quality award” amounting to 300.000 SEK, to be used for quality enhancement and pedagogical development.

Since many recent changes had affected the ComDev programme after the evaluation – the introduction of fees for non-EU students, an immensely increased number of students and applicants, double intake and the subsequent end to former year batches, etc. – we decided that we wanted to make another evaluation. It was mainly envisioned as a self-evaluation of the status quo, with regard to the near future. But we also needed the critical view of someone external to, but familiar with, the programme, ideally a former student. Rebecca Bengtsson, who graduated in 2013, was enrolled as the manager of what was referred to as the Quality Project. The object was defined as the interrogation of two principal, intrinsically connected themes: 1) the possible extension of the one-year master to a two-year master and, subsequently, a PhD programme; 2) the strengthening of the links to the development industry, through internships, commissioned education and research.

The project was carried out in the autumn semester of 2013, with a mid-term retreat in Berlin in November 2013, which was combined with a regular ComDev seminar, in collaboration with ECLA Bard.

The following report gives a valuable overview of the ComDev programme, its form, content and context. It outlines challenges and recommendations about how to meet these challenges, both from a pedagogical and administrative perspective, thus providing a useful stepping stone for the continuous development of the School of Arts and Communication’s (K3) ComDev programme.

Download and read the full report here: Quality Project Report 2014.

Sara Bjärstop, Head of Department, K3

Oscar Hemer, Programme Coordinator, ComDev

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