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FIR focuses on defending international accreditation EPAS for Master programmes International Trade and International Business

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EPASThe Faculty of International Relations has been currently focusing on preparations for an assessment of quality of study programmes that were awarded a prestigious accreditation EPAS in year 2012. A visit of an international expert team takes place from November 18th to November 20th, 2014 and will focus on qualitative aspects of programmes, especially with respect to ways of reflecting changing demands of employers, rigorous verification of study outcomes, pedagogic methods, international and practical experience of graduates and their competences. In case of a successful defense of the accreditation, graduates majoring in International Trade and International Business will continue to receive diplomas with a logo of EPAS as an unmistakable signal for employers that they have obtained a graduate equipped with internationally recognized education with internationally comparable level of its characteristics.

The FIR was the first and remains the only university in the Czech Republic that has received the international accreditation EPAS, and that for two study programmes: Master programme International Trade (Mezinárodní obchod) at the Faculty of International Relations taught in Czech and Master programme International Business – Central European Business Realities, delivered entirely in English.

The accreditation is awarded by the European Foundation for Management Development based on strict conditions. The main goal of the accreditation is to establish an international standard of quality for management study programmes. The accreditation procedure is highly demanding and only those universities that fulfil entry requirements and achieve sustainable outcomes can apply for the accreditation. The international aspect is crucial, covering primarily study programs and internships abroad, number of international students and guest lecturers and a proportion of instruction in English. The accreditations have been awarded since 2005 and that usually for 3 years; the best rated study programmes can receive the accreditation for 5 years. Currently, there are 85 study programmes organized at 64 universities in 28 countries in the world that hold the accreditation EPAS.

The EPAS Accreditation process is initiated with a detailed Self-Assessment Report that follows an exactly specified structure. In 5 chapters, the university is asked to evaluate its positioning in the national education system, to explain its institutional framework, to state basic information (qualification structure of lecturers, number of applicants, admission method and number of accepted students, etc.), programme objectives, curriculum content and its methodology, possibilities to study abroad, connection with experts, profile of its graduates, etc. Afterwards, the Self-Evaluation Report is followed by a so-called Peer Review during which an international team of four experts visits the university in person. During the Peer Review, the evaluated university submits all materials related to the programmes, including educational materials, textbooks, examples of tests, students’ presentations, solved case studies and diploma theses. Consequently, the Board talks to the Rector of the University, the Dean and the Management of the Faculty, with Programme Supervisors, supervisors and lecturers of courses, students, and graduates and might also choose any employee and any student of the Faculty to verify the information provided. Based on the review, the team of experts executes their written reasoned recommendation for or against awarding the accreditation that is submitted to the Accreditation Board. The Board can, however, is not obliged to, follow the proposal of the expert team.

Study programmes International Trade (Mezinárodní obchod) and International Business were, following a three-years procedure, awarded the accreditation in 2012. That is, besides being a success, foremost an obligation to pursue further improvements in managerial procedures of the Faculty and the programmes.