22 November 2012 | EQAF Paper

How should internal quality processes support doctoral programmes?

Illustrated by a case study of IST

Ana Torres, Carla Patrocínio


The process of adaptation to the challenges in the European Higher Education Area, lead to the development of an Integrated Quality System at IST (SIQuIST), consolidating the quality culture developed over the last decades. One of the most advanced dimensions of SIQuIST is the education area, through the system of monitoring the quality of the IST programmes.

This system is established for 1st and 2nd cycles, which will be described and analysed in this paper, leading to some pertinent questions: how should we expand the system to the doctoral programmes? Should the instruments and sub dimensions of analysis be the same? Or does the specificity of this level of studies require a different approach?
The purpose of this paper is to present and discuss how to expand quality assurance procedures implemented to doctoral level and analyse potential impact of this on the school supervision, in an illustrated case of IST.


This paper was presented at EQAF and reflects the views of the named authors only.

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