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Evaluating International Competitiveness: A Study of the Application of External Quality Assurance Performance Indicators in Romania

Evaluating International Competitiveness: A Study of the Application of External Quality Assurance Performance Indicators in Romania
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Author(s): Kathleen Voges (Texas A&M University – San Antonio, USA), Constantin Bratianu (Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Romania), Alina Mihaela Dima (Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Romania) and Daniel A. Glaser-Segura (Texas A&M University – San Antonio, USA)
Copyright: 2014
Pages: 17
Source title: Handbook of Research on Trends in European Higher Education Convergence
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Alina Mihaela Dima (Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies, Romania)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-5998-8.ch011

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Abstract

This chapter addresses the need for improvement in the development of quality assurance indicators to evaluate progress related to the implementation of the Bologna Process. There is noted room for improvement, as well as an interest in engaging feedback from key stakeholder groups, namely employers. The authors propose that the use of the Global Competitiveness Index with specific attention to the measures provided in Pillars 11, Business Sophistication, and Pillar 12, Innovation provide a transparent and trust-worthy indicator. The measures capture both the absolute and relative standing of a nation's international competitiveness. Using a case study approach that illustrates implementation efforts in Romania, the authors present how the measures might be incorporated into quality assurance indicators at both the national and institutional level. We provide propositions and suggest a future research agenda to advance an understanding of how the use of these indicators can advance convergence of higher education practices in the EHEA.

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