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Learning and Teaching: Participating in the European Institutional Evaluation of the University of Costa Rica

Derin Ural, professor in practice in the College of Engineering’s Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering and associate dean for student affairs, visited the University of Costa Rica as part of the European University Association (EUA) Institutional Evaluation Program (IEP) to complete an evaluation of the University.

The international evaluation is part of the University of Costa Rica’s self-assessment strategy, in which they seek to view their institution in a global perspective and place themselves into a sustainable process of self-reflection and self-criticism to continue being one of the best universities in Costa Rica and Central America.

The evaluation team – composed of professionals from Spain, United States, England, Latvia and Romania – made their first visit to the University of Costa Rica in August during which they met with authorities, teachers, select students and external partners. This time around, the international team met with members of  the University Council, vice-presidents, deans and persons in charge of various institutional services such as finance, human resources, planning, academic evaluation, libraries, orientation, welfare, health and communication.

“This evaluation is part of the University of Costa Rica’s objective to seek expert advice in continuing their development of leadership strategies, improving their capacity to manage change, and bettering the quality of the institutional culture,” explains Ural. “This process is designed to guide higher education institutions around the world interested in engaging in a comprehensive self-evaluation process.”

This is the first time that the University of Costa Rica is exposed to an external comprehensive evaluation process. It is also the first university in Costa Rica to undergo such a process with the Association of European Universities.

On the last day of the visit, the evaluation team presented an oral report of the main findings to the University and will officially submit a final report in two months’ time, which will be freely accessible on the EUA website.

The European University Association (EUA) represents more than 800 universities and national rectors’ conferences in 48 European countries. EUA plays a crucial role in the Bologna Process and in influencing EU policies on higher education, research and innovation. Through continuous interaction with a range of other European and international organizations, EUA ensures that the independent voice of European universities is heard.

To learn more about the EUA and its work, please click here.

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