Continuing Education Master: Educational Quality in Developing Countries

Brief description of the Master Programme

The University of Bamberg as a professional development program in a blended-learning format offers the international Master’s programme „Educational Quality in Developing Countries“ (IMPEQ). It was developed to respond to the skills shortage with regard to educational quality development in developing countries, especially in Sub-Sahara-Africa.

The aim of the program is to provide people in leadership positions of the education systems with in-depth knowledge and leadership competencies to bring about change in their education systems, to be able to design, influence, manage and evaluate reform processes in their systems. Besides, the programme facilitates the emergence of qualified research capacities that can support the development of educational quality in the respective countries.

The programme was developed in close cooperation with education experts from Sub-Sahara Africa and development cooperation in order to provide a programme that fits the needs of those working in the education sectors in developing countries.

The programme covers a period of two years. As a blended-learning programme, it alternates between periods of attendance and periods of self-learning, during which students continue with their regular work. The programme starts with a four-week period of attendance in Bamberg, followed by three four-week periods in Butare/Rwanda and a final four-week period again in Bamberg, finishing with a graduation ceremony.

Formal description of the Master programme (length, ECTS scope, degree, title)

The international Master’s programme in continuous education "Educational Quality in Developing Countries" covers four semesters of full-time studies with 120 ECTS; 40 ECTS come from the participants’ professional experience.

After successful completion of the programme, the title ‘Master of Arts (Educational Quality)’ is awarded. For excellent students, a PhD option is available.

The Master’s programme is divided into 15 modules, including the Master’s thesis and recognition of professional experience. Its guiding didactic principle is independent learning through research. This combines interpersonal development, scientific research, subject-specific skills and professional development. The Master’s programme is taught in English, French is supported; the Master’s thesis can be submitted in English, French or German.

A maximum of 25 students can be accepted per cycle. There is a possibility to participate in certain modules only. 

The Institute of Educational Science at Otto-Friedrich-Universität is responsible for the Master's programme. Otto-Friedrich-Universität is solely responsible for the content, level and evaluation of the programme.

The programme is set up as a blended-learning programme with intense, four-week periods of attendance at Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg and at the Protestant Institute of Arts and Social Sciences (PIASS) in Huye/Rwanda.

The Master's programme is structures into

- Attendance (100 days divided into five periods of attendance),

- Practical work (regular work, projects),

- Self-study.

The Master's programme is characterised by a broad range of blended-learning offers with alternating periods of attendance and self-study. In order to ensure the best possible academic success, systematic mentoring is provided. In addition, the concept of "learning by researching" in different places of education is pursued constantly.