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The Audit Process

The Audit process lasts approximately 12 months. The key milestones in the process are the university’s self-evaluation reportself-evaluation report
The self-evaluation report gives details of the university’s current state of ...
, the Audit teamAudit team
Each Audit team consists of three external advisors plus three HRK members ...
's visit to the university, and the concluding workshop focusing on future action.

The individual stages are:

The Audit Process


Receipt of Audit Documents

At the start of the Audit, the university receives general guidelines for the process and a template for creating the self-evaluation report. The university’s first task is to appoint an internal project group responsible for carrying out the Audit at the university.

Kick-Off Meeting

Kick-Off Meeting (month 1-2)

In the beginning of the Audit process, two HRK members visit the university for a half-day meeting in order to discuss the process with the project group and to clarify any questions.

Self-Evaluation Report

Self-Evaluation Report (by month 4)

In the self-evaluation report, the university documents the status quo of its internationalisation. In addition, the university is asked to define its motives and goals for the internationalisation process, identify its strengths and weaknesses in terms of internationalisation, and assess its development potential for further internationalisation. The university is given around four months to create the report using a template provided by the HRK. The report is written by the project group and treated as confidential by the Audit team. It is up to the university to decide whether it makes the report accessible to a third party. Based on the self-evaluation report, the Audit team identifies key stakeholders with whom they wish to talk during the site visit.

Site Visit

Site Visit (month 6)

The three-day site visit is the most important advisory tool in the process. The university’s internal project group and the Audit team come together in order to identify areas for action and prospects for development. In addition to consulting with the project group, individual and group discussions with other members of the university are a key component of the site visit. Based on findings from the discussions and the self-evaluation report, the advisors develop recommendations for further internationalisation of the university.

Recommendations Report

Recommendations Report (month 9)

Based on the assessment of the self-evaluation report and the findings gained from the site visit, the recommendations report provides an analysis of the university's internationality and offers recommendations for its further development. The university receives the recommendations report about three months after the site visit. As with the self-evaluation report, the recommendations report is treated as confidential by the Audit team. There is no obligation to publish; it is up to the university to decide whether it makes the report accessible to a third party.

Consolidation Workshop

Consolidation Workshop (month 12)

At the end of the Audit process, the HRK conducts a workshop in order to support the creation of an individual implementation strategy in line with the university’s aims and resources. At the end of the Audit process, the university receives an electronic seal of participation.