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4th Meeting of second phase of Study in Chongqing (December 2019)

The fourth and last meeting of the Study was hosted by Chongqing University and took place on 6-7 December 2019. This final meeting of the Study had a rather ambitious agenda:

  1. Finalising subject areas related documents which offer the outcomes of the stakeholders’ surveys, implemented by the three new subject area groups, regarding the importance and level of achievement of both subject specific competences and generic competences. These documents are based on earlier presentations of the new subject area groups.
  2. Discussing and defining the student workload of Chinese educational degree programmes on the basis of the information collected by the questionnaire distributed. This should result in an initial credit points testing model for student mobility to and from China and Europe, This model is intended as a facilitator for (full) recognition of studies (so called ‘credit mobility’).
  3. Defining the employability field and the tasks executed and responsibilities taken on by graduates of the subject areas involved, by making use of the outcomes of the dedicated questionnaire.
  4. Preparation / finalising one-page Qualifications Reference Frameworks for the Subject Areas involved for both the first and second cycle (bachelor and master). These frameworks will be based on the outcomes of the surveys indicated above in combination with materials produced by of the European CALOHEE project (
  5. Identifying and describing examples of student-centred models for learning, teaching and assessment to allow for promoting outcome-based learning (see also CALOHEE outcomes).
  6. Editing the Guideline on EU-China Higher Education Credit Mobility: overcoming obstacles for mobility and recognition on the basis of suggestions made by the European Commission and the Chinese authorities responsible for higher education. The Guideline should serve as an instrument for mutual recognition of Chinese and EU Higher Education at degree programme level.

The meeting started with a Plenary Session which was attended by more than 100 interested academics, supporting staff and students. Among the group of students were also international students. The Plenary session allowed to explain the main aim of the Study and the work done so far.

Presentation of initial outcomes of second phase of Study at HEPCE meeting in Helsinki (September 2019) 

Initial outcomes of the 2nd phase of the Tuning EU-China Study were presented by the EU coordinator,  of the Study, Robert Wagenaar, at the 2019 EU-China Higher Education Platform for Cooperation and Exchange (HEPCE) Meeting in Helsinki on 27 September 2019.

3rd Meeting of second phase of Study in Shanghai (June 2019)

The third meeting/conference of the Study took place on 7-8 June 2019 and was hosted by Shanghai Sipo Polytechnic School of Health Science and Nursing based in Shanghai. It started with a plenary session which was also meant for a wider audience to draw attention to the aims and objectives of the Study. The plenary was for example attended by a large group of students and their supervisors from Dutch Universities of Applied Sciences who were hosted by Sapo in the framework of a study visit. More than 100 people attended the opening session. NCEDR was represented with four members of staff. An important objective of this meeting was the preparation of a Guideline on EU-China Higher Education Credit Mobility. The meeting built on the outcomes of the first and second meeting, held in October 2016 and October 2018, and activities employed between the second and third combined conference.

Presentation at the 2018 EU-China Higher Education Platform for Cooperation and Exchange (HEPCE) Meeting (October 2018)

The EU coordinator of the Study, Robert Wagenaar, contributed with an inspirational note entitled Lifelong Learning and Higher Education: The contribution of the Tuning EU-China Joint Study 2013 – 2019 to the HEPCE Conference which was hosted by Renmin University of China, based in Beijing. In his contribution he focused on the conditional concept and conditional tools for Lifelong Learning.

International Conference on Tuning Higher Education Quality and Credit System (October 2018)

On 19 October 2018 a successful international conference took place in Beijing which focussed on the application of credit systems in higher education, in particular in Europe but also in other world regions. The European group of experts contributed significantly to the conference as speakers as well as panel chairs. The conference was opened by CHEN Ziji, Director General of NCEDR. It was attended by representatives from renown universities from all over China. The conference was preceded by the  2nd Meeting of the second phase of the Study (17-18 October) which was hosted by the North China University of Technology based in Beijing.

Presentation of outcomes of first phase of Study in Beijing (September 2014)foto

On the 6th of September 2014 the results of the TUNING Feasibility Study for the Modernisation of Higher Education Programmes  were presented at the Higher Education Platform for Cooperation and Exchange” (HEPCE) in the framework of the EU-China High Level People-to-People Dialogue (HPPD) in Beijing. Both the EU and China have decided to continue this Tuning initiative. The outcomes of the project have been published in the book Tuning Teaching and Learning Process in China – Based on China-EU Tuning Joint Study Project. Beijing (Higher Education Press), 2014. The book contains a Chinese and an English part. Presently, the results of the study are being disseminated widely in China. For Europe and the wider world a shorter version of the outcomes and recommendations has been published in English in 2015.