WG5 Mobility: Recognition, Monitoring and Joint Degrees

This working group (WG) has focused on promoting mobility in the higher music education (HME) sector, developing guidelines to facilitate reciprocal external examining arrangements and on identifying mobility and recognition issues in European joint programmes.


  • 9 Site visits to HME institutions collect information on mobility aspects and joint programmes -WG members visited two institutions during periods when examinations were being held and acted as external examiners (The Hague – March 2013 and Leeds – June 2014); they conducted three site visits aimed at identifying mobility and recognition issues relevant to joint programmes (Lyon – May 2012, Amsterdam – November 2012, Reykjavik – August 2013); two sites visits were made to identify specific difficulties with mobility encountered by HME institutions (Larnaca April 2014 and Tbilisi – September 2014); a site visit took place to study an online application system for exchanges of students and staff in HME institutions (Bergen – August 2014); and members attended a conference about joint programme requirements (Bologna, June 2012).
The reports on the site visits can be found here.
  • Step-by-Step Guidelines for ERASMUS+ mobility actions – The WG has developed a short online guide with the aim of providing practical instructions for ERASMUS+ and mobility actions, including updated information on how to remove obstacles and enhance quality and quantity in mobility for both teachers and students in the HME sector.
Step-by-Step Guidelines for ERASMUS+: English.
Step-by-Step Guidelines for ERASMUS+: French.
Step-by Step Guidelines for ERASMUS+: German.
  • Report International External Examiners in Higher Music Education: Role, Purpose and Case Studies – The WG has developed amethodology with the aim of enhancing the use of external examiners. The report lists the benefits of the use of such examiners and presents some case studies. It also outlines a few practical details that institutions have to consider and the advantages and challenges of the practice of international external examining.
Report on International External Examiners in HME: English.
Report on International External Examiners in HME: French.
Report on International External Examiners in HME: German.
  • Handbook on Joint Study programmes – The WG has developed a guideline on how to develop a joint programme in HME, including a number of case studies that portray the common challenges and obstacles.
The Handbook on Joint Study Programmes is available here.
  • 2 Workshops on internationalisation – The WG has delivered two interactive sessions for international relations coordinators (IRCs) addressing the development of the international strategies of HME institutions, as well as how to deal with obstacles and challenges related to staff and teacher mobility. Both workshops brought together over 150 IRCs from all around Europe.
More information including the reports on the two workshops can be found here.

Contribution of the 3rd country partner

Given the international focus of this group’s activities, the presence of a 3rd country partner has been especially relevant. The WG’s work has therefore been greatly supported by the experience of two representatives from the 3rd country partner, the Honk Kong Academy of Performing Arts, who contributed actively to the development of the final outcomes as well as to their dissemination in several events.

Members of the ‘Polifonia’ WG on Mobility, Monitoring and Joint Degrees