Proposal for a EU quality label for aerospace education

Franco Bernelli-Zazzera*, Maria Angeles Martin-Prats, Francesco Marulo, Daniel Hanus, Joris Melkert, Giorgio Guglieri, Pascal Bauer, Irene Pantelaki, Iring Wasser, Herman Deconinck, Ruxandra Bosilca, Hanna Kaisa Saari

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The paper presents a possible roadmap for the definition of a European quality label for aerospace related higher education degrees. The proposal is the result of a two-years long Horizon 2020 project that has involved a great portion of the European stakeholders in aerospace: Universities, research centres, industries (both small and large) networks, associations and accreditation agencies. The core concept established is that it is possible to establish a sector-specific, content based, quality system, that can complement the existing national or European accreditation systems, providing added value to the internal and/or external quality assurance processes that are in place in most EU countries. The tools and processes proposed are sufficiently simple to be manageable by Universities in addition to their national accreditation processes or as stand-alone assessment. The main goal of the proposed process is the evaluation of the quality of the aerospace curricula in the European context, whereas the accreditation of the programme can be seen as an optional extension of the process, subject to further national regulations. The process is proposed in view of the awarding of a sector-specific, content based, quality label, to be issued by an appropriate legally recognized and qualified institution. 8 field tests with volunteering universities throughout Europe have been performed. They experienced the method as very practical and to the point.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-16
Number of pages12
JournalINCAS Bulletin
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018


  • Aerospace higher education
  • Learning outcomes
  • Quality in education


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