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Colloquium International EMINENT

Congratulations to everyone who has been involved in the EMINENT project since its inception in 2018. The core objective of this project was to foster the enhancement and harmonisation of Haitian higher education Quality Assurance procedures. The project began with a kick-off meeting in the University of Alicante in February 2019. This was followed by two study visits in May/June 2019: one to the University of Vienna and the second to University College Cork. A series of online Masterclasses and tutorial meetings were also led by several institutions including AQ Austria, University of Alicante and University College Cork in 2021. 

Notwithstanding the challenges posed by natural disasters, political and social unrest and the Covid-19 pandemic, the Colloquium which was held in April, 2022, was a testament to the hard work, perseverance and dedication by all Haitian partners. The Colloquium was held to showcase the developments in Quality Assurance practices within high education in Haiti, that have evolved over the course of this project. Thanks to the ongoing engagement and commitment of both the Haitian and European Partners, the project came to a successful conclusion on 14th May 2022. 

The Quality Enhancement Unit would like to acknowledge the invaluable contributions of our colleagues, Ms Eleanor Fouhy, Dr Martin Howard and Dr Declan Kennedy, as well as our team members, Ms Elizabeth Noonan and Dr Silvia Brandi. A special acknowledgment goes to our colleague, Mr Luis Gomez de Membrillera, who served as EMINENT Project Coordinator for the University of Alicante until his successful appointment to UCC in early 2022. We would also like to extend our sincere gratitude to all the members of the UCC community, who welcomed our EMINENT partners to UCC in May 2019 and generously contributed to the QEU’s 2021 GoFundMe campaign in support of UNICEF’s earthquake relief initiatives, the support was greatly appreciated.  

EMINENT & UCC, Working Together!

Please click the following link to view a lovely composite of our online activities with our Haitian colleagues. You may spot a few familiar faces: Eminent & UCC, working together!

EMINENT online training, delivered by UCC

EMINENT over Ms Teams

The Quality Enhancement Unit was delighted to engage in recent Online Training as part of the EMINENT project. Since the beginning of the EMINENT Project in November, 2018, UCC has supported the ongoing enhancement of Quality Assurance within higher education institutions in Haiti. The training, which was postponed in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, took place online via a series of Masterclasses and tutorial meetings from 13th to 17th July. These were led by several institutions including AQ Austria, University of Alicante and University College Cork. 

UCC delivered a Masterclass focused on Self-Evaluation, the development of learning outcomes and the application of those outcomes into study programmes. This was led by Elizabeth Noonan, Director of Quality Enhancement, Dr Martin Howard, Head of the French Department, Dr Declan Kennedy, Senior Lecturer in Science Education and Dr Silvia Brandi, Quality Enhancement Advisor. 
During the training, UCC proposed exercises to the Haitian Universities to implement the concepts on Self-Evaluation and apply their learning outcomes to the study programmes. The Haitian partners were then offered the opportunity to discuss their advancements with the UCC Panel. It proved to be a successful experience we look forward to working alongside our Haitian partners as part of the EMINENT project in the future.
Please click the following link to view a lovely composite of our online activities with our Haitian colleagues. You may spot a few familiar faces:  Eminent & UCC, working together!

EMINENT Delegation to visit UCC

QEU will host a visiting delegation from Haiti on Thursday, 30th and Friday, 31st May. The Haitian group is part of a consortium involved in the Erasmus+ capacity building EMINENT project. The delegation will comprise approx. 16 x representatives from partner universities in Haiti. During the visit, the delegates will meet with UCC staff members who will in turn impart their knowledge, experience and best practices to the group in order that they will be in a position to build an internal quality assurance system in their respective HEIs in Haiti.

We look forward to welcoming the EMINENT delegation to UCC and will be updating this webpage nearer the time.



EMINENT is a Joint/National project in Haiti addressing the ACP Regional Priority of “Quality Assurance Processes and Mechanisms”. Home | EMINENT Haiti (

*Main objective: to foster the enhancement and harmonisation of Haitian HE QA procedures with views on reinforcing the quality of the HE system and study programme offer in Haiti and increase its attractiveness

*Specific objectives
- To carry out pilot exercises of Internal Quality Assurance System definition at Faculty level and study programme self-assessment at the 5 PC HEIs for the improvement of both their institutional QA procedures and educational offer

- To set up QA Units at PC HEIs & establish the EMINENT Network to raise the awareness on the importance of QA in line with national/international standards and to boost the national harmonisation of QA practices in line with the last international development policies.

Quality Assurance and Accreditation
Universidad De Alicante
  1. Universidad De Alicante
  2. University of College Cork
  3. Austrian Agency for Quality Assurance (AQA)
  4. Ecole Supérieure d'Infotronique d'Haïti
  5. Universite Publique du Sud-est a Jacmel
  6. Université Publique du Sud Aux Cayes
  7. Universite Publique de l'Artibonite aux Gonaives
  8. Université Publique des Nippes
Geographical Area:

Quality Enhancement Unit

Aonad Feabhsaithe Cáilíochta

6 Carrigside, College Road