The second phase of the Study has been jointly coordinated by the coordinator of the EU team, Prof. Robert Wagenaar, director of the International Tuning Academy, and Mrs. Dr. WANG Xiaoyan, Director of the Division of Comparative Research and International Cooperation at NCEDR and Mr. MA Kai, Deputy Director at NCEDR. Wagenaar and WANG Xiaoyan / MA Kai were supported in their coordinating activities by respectively Mrs. Ingrid van der Meer (International Tuning Academy Groningen) and Mrs. Yan LIANG (NCEDR). The Study was commissioned by Unit C3 of the Directorate General for Education and Culture (EAC) of the European Commission and the Chinese Ministry of Education. In practice, the counterpart in China of the International Tuning Academy for implementing the Study has been the National Center for Educational Development Research, which is an integral part of the Ministry of Education of China.
The first phase of the Study (2013-2014) was jointly coordinated by the two main coordinators, Robert Wagenaar (International Tuning Academy Groningen) responsible for the EU team and DOU Xianjin Dou, Director of Lifelong Learning at NCEDR, responsible for the Chinese involvement. Intensive contacts were established between the EU project team and the Chinese coordination team at the MoE. Final decisions regarding the outline of the study were made in consultation with Unit C4 at DG EAC. The two coordinators were supported by the EU project Manager, Ingrid van der Meer (Groningen branch of the International Tuning Academy) and Ms. LU Hai Hong, Deputy Director of Lifelong Learning at NCEDR. The EU team consisted of 10 members in total, 6 disciplinary experts, and 4 Tuning experts including the coordinator and project manager.
In practice the EU team prepared the agenda’s and most content of the seminars and offered the necessary background information to facilitate a smooth implementation of the study. NCEDR staff initiated and prepared the programme of the International Conference on Tuning Higher Education Quality and Credit System. This was done in close cooperation with the coordinator of the EU team of experts.
NCEDR of the Chinese Ministry of Education was responsible for the contacts with the Chinese leading universities and their academic leaders. Direct contact was also established between the EU team and the academic leaders in the course of the study, both for the first and second phase of the Study. The contacts with the other Chinese participating universities and their representatives were organised by the Chinese team leaders.
In the framework of the Study both as part of the first phase and as part of the second phase a site visit was made to three European universities. Participants in those meetings were NCEDR staff and the academic leaders of the subject areas involved in the Studies. They were joined by the EU project leader and the project manager.
The first phase site visit took place to the Universities of Ghent, Belgium, Deusto, Bilbao, Spain and Groningen, The Netherlands. In the setting of the second phase a site visit was made to the University of Wuppertal (Information and Computing Sciences), the Technical University of Ingolstadt (Transport and Logistics) and the University of Tampere (Nursing). This second tour was finished with a visit to DG EAC of the European Commission.