Quality Objectives for Excellent Teaching at RWTH Aachen

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The quality objectives provide a University-wide basis for the quality management in teaching and learning. They have been developed by the Deans of Academic Affairs, academic staff and student representatives, the Chair of the AStA Student Union, and the Vice-Rector for Teaching. In the winter semester of 2013/14, the quality objectives were approved by the Rector's Office, the RWTH Senate, and the University's Board of Governors.

Students

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Students in Focus

Securing the Feasibility of the Courses of Study

  • Optimizing organization of studies, including the coordination of course schedules and exams

Comprehensive Information, Advising and Supervision

  • Ensuring intensive student support before and during studies

Highly-qualified and Responsible Graduates

  • Demand-oriented education and training for the job markets in science and technology, business & industry, culture & the humanities, etc.

Staff

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Backbone of the University

Continued Professionalization of Staff

  • Further qualification and continuing education of university instructors

Recruitment of Outstanding Staff

  • Securing the availability of highly qualified staff in teaching & learning

Expanding International Collaboration

  • "Worldwide Learning": exchange of experience and further development in teaching & learning

Academics

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Competency-Focused Education

  • Research- and practice-oriented course content based on education and training in the fundamentals of the respective subject

Promotion of International Exchange

  • Integration of international mobility in the courses of study

Synchronization of Subject Contents to Enhance Learning Outcomes

  • Thematic, interdisciplinary and institutional interconnections between courses and classes

Development of Overarching Competencies

  • Integration and discussion of economic, social, ethical, political, intercultural, and gender-related questions such as questions on distributional justice and sustainability

Structure

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Structure as a Basis for Decisions

Tailored Allocation of Resources

  • Provision of staff, teaching rooms, equipment, and materials for teaching and learning in the courses of study

Ensuring the Availability and Quality of Data

  • Continuous verification and improvement of data systems and data acquisition tools; involvement of external data sources

System

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The System as Basis for a Learning Organization

Introduction and Further Development of a QM System

  • Introduction of quality management as well as adequate evaluation, control, and communication instruments

Continuous Development of New Approaches to Teaching, Learning, and Examination

  • Regular quality control of teaching, learning and examination methods and attendant processes

Continuous Improvement of Organizational Processes

  • Regular quality control of administrative processes and their interaction