Quality assurance

Consortium Board

In MSc European Forestry, the Consortium Board is in charge of student selection processes and has responsibility for joint programme activities and for the Curriculum and quality assurance in general.  Each Consortium university has a representative in the Consortium Board (CB), and depending on the agenda points addressed in the CB meeting, ad-hoc representatives may be invited to the meeting by any of the above representatives, upon agreement of the CB and without voting rights (eg. alumnus and/or student representative from current first and second year students elected by his/her fellow students, local coordinators of the Associated Partners etc.). The members of the CB are to meet at least once a year: in spring semester and/or in autumn semester. Additional meetings may also be held by video-conference. CB members will also interact through an internet platform, telephone, e-mail and video-conference depending on the urgency of the matter.

Internal evaluation processes

Related to the quality assurance the Consortium Board has agreed to evaluate received students' feedback annually. A major part of the annual Consortium Board meeting is reserved for this feedback analysis and the discussion of its consequences. Questionnaires are also sent to graduated students to get suggestions on how to make the study programme better fitted to the professional requirements.

External evaluation processes

The external Quality Review Board (QRB) is the authority responsible of external quality assurance of the programme. The external Quality Review Board is chaired by the coordinator Timo Tokola (UEF) and includes a representation of Industrial Associated Partners (Dr. Kalle Kärhä from Stora Enso and Dr. Tuomo Kauranne from Arbonaut Oy Ltd.) and Scientific Associated Partners (Dr. Marc Palahí, European Forest Institute). QRB meeting takes place once a year. Depending on the points addressed in the agenda of the QRB meetings, representatives of local quality assurance boards and other possible stakeholders may be invited to join them. External quality report is provided for annual internal evaluation process.

Quality management and the promotion of sustainable development constitute integral parts of the implementation of the each Consortium university's strategy and national external evaluations are periodically implemented as part of general university audits in each Consortium university. For example at UEF the Finnish Education Evaluation Centre, FINEEC, evaluated the Quality Management System of the University of Eastern Finland on 13–15 December 2016. University's previous external audit was carried out in December 2010. On 21 April 2017 FINEEC awarded UEF a quality label that is valid for six years. The quality label indicates that the management system of the University of Eastern Finland fulfils the national criteria set for the quality management of higher education institutions and corresponds to the European quality assurance principles and recommendations for higher education institutions. Similar audits have been conducted also in other Consortium universities.