Joint Degree Programmes
Jointly Accredited Degree Programmes are founded on cooperation between two or more institutions participating in a Joint Degree Programme. However, the studies culminate in one or more degrees being jointly awarded and all the cooperating institutions are responsible for the entire programme, not merely for distinct portions. Such degree programmes are always newly accredited and the participating institutions are bound by a Cooperation Agreement (see the section Download).
MU distinguishes between:
- Double or Multiple Degree, culminating in one or more nationally recognized diplomas, formally issued by two or more institutions participating in a joint cooperative programme, and
- Joint Degree, where one joint diploma is issued by at least a pair of institutions offering a joint programme.
Cooperation with institutions abroad which will result in two or more national diplomas, and whose inception is already planned under an accredited MU degree programme, is treated as cooperation on a Joint Degree Programme.
Administration of this level of cooperation is specified in the Methodological Guideline, specifically in the forth chapter and in those parts that are mentioned there.
Any MU Faculty seeking to implement a Jointly Accredited Degree Programme in cooperation with institutions abroad has to arrange for accreditation for said programme. Its accreditation request will be put to the Accreditation Board, including a Cooperation Agreement signed by all the cooperating institutions, drawn up in compliance with the terms and standards of the Accreditation Board and in conjunction with the "Accreditation of Degree Programmes and Habilitation and Nomination Proceedings at the MU" Methodological Guideline (in Czech).
Students of Jointly Accredited Degree Programmes conducted with MU participation are always considered MU students. This holds true even where MU is not the parent or enrolling institution, or if the student is never present at MU during their studies under the Jointly Accredited Degree Programmes.
Admissions procedure for enrolment to a Jointly Accredited Degree Programmes and all its terms and conditions must be approved by all cooperating institutions and duly addressed in the Cooperation Agreement.
Should the Cooperation Agreement on running a Jointly Accredited Degree Programmes entrust MU with Student enrolment to the programme (e.g. regarding the role of coordinator or home university), MU will conduct the admissions procedure as per § 48 to 50 of the HEA and MU Statute, whereto as per § 49 part 3 of the HEA, the Dean may stipulate exceptional conditions for the procedure. For students enrolled via an MU admissions procedure, their enrolment documents are drawn up and the personal records kept by MU. Should it be so stated in the Cooperation Agreement, MU will provide records of persons enrolled to the cooperating institutions.
Should the Cooperation Agreement entrust a cooperating institution other than MU therewith, students enrolled to the programme by said institution are considered to be MU students despite not having undergone MU admissions procedure. Based on the Cooperation Agreement, the enrolling institution will provide MU with records of persons enrolled to studies under a jointly accredited programme. The data records provided must meet the requirements for MU IS recordkeeping, as done by the programme administrators. Recordkeeping about these persons in the MU IS takes place in the same way as if the individuals had been enrolled via an MU admissions procedure. Admission protocols are not required in such cases. Personal records are kept only on those persons who do some part of their studies at MU. Keeping personal records on persons who do not spend any part of their studies resident at MU, is not mandatory. Nevertheless, there must exist at least a printed list of these persons from which it would be evident whether they are students on a given degree programme.
Certification of prior education
MU does require of those seeking to be admitted by the MU to a Jointly Accredited Degree Programmes, that their prior highest university or school education level attained abroad is duly recognized. Should an institution other than MU be designated the parent institution, enrolling candidates for study, MU does not require the certification of such persons‘ prior education being recognized in case the parent institution warrants the previously attained education of those enrolled. This has to be arranged as per the Cooperation Agreement.
The fees for those Jointly Accredited Degree Programmes which are accredited by MU are charged to the extent given in § 58 part 5 of the HEA. The Cooperation Agreement stipulates who, and optionally from what resources, will pay the course fees approved by the cooperating institutions.
Two phase admission procedure
Where, for the purposes of enrolment on courses run in cooperation with institutions abroad, MU uses a preferential selection process, choosing from among students previously already accepted on a subject-related degree programme at the cooperating institution or at MU, the process is as follows.
The selection methodology and acceptance procedure are duly stipulated in the Cooperation Agreement. Should MU be tasked with conducting the admissions procedure, persons selected in line with the selection criteria are admitted through an admissions procedure, for which the Dean may, per § 49 part 3 of the HEA, stipulate exceptional conditions.
Should the admissions procedure be conducted at a non-MU institution, students enrolled to the programme by said institution are considered to be MU students, despite not having undergone MU admissions procedure. Following enrolment on a course of study as part of the desired MU degree programme, selected persons will have their studies under the previous degree programme recognized, including course credits, to the extent stated by the Cooperation Agreement.
Student Matriculation Registry entries
MU enters information about all students accepted for studies at MU into the so-called Student Matriculation Registry. In cases where students are enrolled to Jointly Accredited Degree Programmes, the Student Matriculation Registry is additionally given data about students enrolled by another cooperating institution, including those students who will not spend any part of their studies resident at MU.
Records in the MU IS
Records on cooperation
Information on MU cooperation with institutions abroad is recorded in the MU IS.
When it comes to Joint Degree Programmes, the records include the Cooperation Agreement reached. Other information relates to the programme type (Joint Degree, Multiple Degree), the cooperating institutions, the academic degrees awarded, the course completion documents issued, etc.
Data about individual students, whose studies are being conducted in cooperation with institutions abroad, and their academic records are archived in the MU IS. The interchange of data between cooperating institutions is duly covered by the Cooperation Agreement.
Students of Jointly Accredited Degree Programmes are listed against these programmes in the MU IS, even in cases where they are primarily enrolled at another cooperating institution and do only a part of their studies at MU, or even if they are never resident at MU at all during their course of study.
Records of persons enrolled to studies by a non-MU cooperating institution are entered into MU IS comparably to the keeping of academic records, by programme administrators, based on data received from the cooperating institution. The presence of those accepted to studies is not required. The programme administrators, using academic records supplied for the preceding semester, log the students for the current semester, even if they are not at the time spending part of their studies at MU (which applies both to students never resident at MU and those spending only part of their studies there).
Should the students of Jointly Accredited Degree Programmes be issued with their diploma by MU, then all data are routinely entered into the MU IS. Academic records must include complete records of the progress of study at MU and all other cooperating institutions, where the relevant parties spend some part of their studies.
Where MU is not tasked with issuing degree certificates, yet students of the Jointly Accredited Degree Programmes do conduct some part of their studies at MU, the MU IS keeps their personal details and complete records on their course progress at the MU as well as basic information about the course of study at other cooperating institutions.
Where MU is not tasked with issuing degree certificates, and students never actually take part in any studies at MU, then, apart from their personal details, only basic information about the course of study at other cooperating institutions is kept in the MU IS.
For every student recorded in the MU IS under a Jointly Accredited Degree Programme, the system also archives their final thesis. The Cooperation Agreement covers how electronic copies of their written works are to be handed over for archival.
|Records of cooperation||Fields: Modified register of study fields|
|Student records||Jointly accredited study programme|
|Records of the course of studies||
Standard; on departure to cooperating institution state “49 foreign study according to agreement”, on return to MU “21 return from foreign placement”,
In the case of going on short-term study placement use states 51 and 21
|Records of financing||“71 paying privately by agreement” in a programme for which there are fees, or “1 fully Ministry of Education”|
|Records of course recognition||Semestral records of courses through the application Record/assessment of courses, click on “Record course(s) at foreign school” on the basis of basic data sent by the cooperating institution to MU according to a Cooperation Agreement (the flag “recognised” is not given)|