Quality Management Structure at the University of Rome Tor Vergata
Documento sul Sistema di Assicurazione e Gestione della Qualità
General description of the Quality Management System at the University (approved by the Academic Senate on 21 July 2015 and by the Board of Directors on 28 July 2015). This document is only available in Italian.
Il Sistema di Assicurazione di Qualità dell’Ateneo
Annually updated description of the roles, procedures, and deadlines for quality management at the University. This document is only available in Italian.
Presidio di Qualità di Ateneo
Quality Assurance Unit at the University. This information is only available in Italian.
Nucleo Di Valutazione
University Evaluation Team. This information is only available in Italian.
This information is only available in Italian.
Quality Management Structure in the School of Economics and the Department of Economics and Finance
Each University Department designates a professor who is the official representative of Education Quality Standards. This person dialogues directly with the Evaluation Team and the Quality Assurance Unit of our University, and contributes by helping to define the internal policies together with our Vice-Rectors and other delegates. This professor coordinates all the Coordinators, the Re-examination Teams and the Joint Committee. For the Department of Economics and Finance, the representative is Professor Simone Borra.
Each University Department designates a staff member, who coordinates the academic planning and data base for the Department’s bachelor and master degrees. For the Department of Economics and Finance, this is Cristina Di Ienno.
Each University Department designates a Joint Committee, composed of students and professors whose roles and activities are indicated in the Regolamento delle Strutture Didattiche e Di Ricerca (which is only available in Italian).
Quality Management within the academic structure
Monitoring is regularly performed to ensure a high quality of educational standards and to ensure that internal policies are followed and corrective actions taken when necessary. Through the use of periodic consulting of the supporting structures, the academic council may take measures to guarantee the continual improvement of the academic objectives as well as the tools used to achieve these objectives.
Each academic program identifies a professor who is responsible for Quality Assurance, and this usually coincides with the Program Coordinator.
The Program Coordinator is responsible for the following activities:
• Operative manager for the entire quality monitoring process of the academic program. He is responsible for the planning, implementation, and monitoring of the academic program (including the preparation of documents such as the annual evaluations Scheda di Monitoraggio Annuale and the cyclical evaluations Riesame Ciclico);
• He is the guarantor of the level of Quality of the academic program. He informs the Head of the Department about possible problems that might interfere with the correct actualization of the academic activities, also with the help of students’ feedback;
• He communicates the results of actions and decisions taken, also through use of the Scheda Unica Annuale (SUA-CdS), which is an online platform that the University uses to share information with the Ministry of Education and the public about the academic program.
The Coordinator of MSc European Economy and Business Law for the Academic Board (for a three-year period 2022-2025) is Professor Carlo Ciccarelli, a professor in the Department of Economics and Finance.
The MSc European Economy and Business Law Academic Board expresses its opinion of the subjects of competence of the academic program and formulates proposals to the Department Council in regard to academic planning, the educational program content, individual study plans and the monitoring of didactic activities.
The MSc European Economy and Business Law Academic Board is composed of the following members:
• Professor Carlo Ciccarelli (Coordinator and professor for the Department of Economics and Finance)
• Professor Alessio D'Amato (professor DEF)
• Professor Juha Tolvanen (professor DEF)
• Professor Martina Conticelli (professor DMD)
• Professor Tommaso Proietti (professor DEF)
The Coordinator is assisted by the Re-Examination Team, which monitors data in regard to the academic program (teaching activities and student services). Re-examination activities include the identification of the academic program’s strengths and weaknesses, the preparation of a proposal of actions aimed at improvement, and the verification of the correct implementation of the actions taken.
The Quality Assurance Group is responsible for the following evaluation activities:
• Verification of the interest and demand for education in a particular academic area;
• Verification of the specific objectives of the academic program and their consistency with the qualifying objectives of the students as well as the current needs of the job market;
• Verification of the existing job opportunities and their coherence with the qualifying objectives of the class and the academic program, as well as the needs of the job market and the analysis of the external effectiveness of the academic program;
• Verification of the expected learning outcomes;
• Monitoring of the adequacy of the University infrastructure and student services.
The MSc European Economy and Business Law has unified the two groups; the Re-Examination Team - Quality Assurance Group is composed of the following members:
- Professor Carlo Ciccarelli
- Professor Alessio D'Amato
- Professor Juha Tolvanen
- Professor Martina Conticelli
- Student Pietro Colaiacomo
- Program Office assistants Jennifer Vieley and Susanne White
In addition to the initial welcome events and services, the EEBL Coordinator holds meetings on a regular basis with the students of the program. Participants of the meetings discuss any pertinent emerging issues, share module assessments and professor evaluations, elaborate on academic activities, bring forth topics of interest or concern related to the EEBL program, and confer together with the EEBL program staff and teaching staff to compare opinions and evaluate feedback. The main goal of the encounters is to ensure that students are part of an ever-improving program that satisfies the evolving needs of the students each year. Moreover, students of EEBL receive continuous support from professors who are available to provide tutoring to students. Professor Martina Conticelli is available to aid students in academic issues and orientation. In collaboration with Professor Ciccarelli, the EEBL Coordinator, Professor Conticelli accompanies students throughout their EEBL academic career. The professors are available via ad hoc meetings and normal office hours to encounter students to make sure they are on track academically and to offer assistance as needed or requested by students.
Joint Committee for Students and Professors
Composition: The Joint Committee is composed of the following members:
- 4 Professors elected from the Faculty Council and selected among the Professors of the School of Economics; they are elected for a three-year period.
- 4 Student Representatives elected by all the regularly enrolled students and selected among all the students who are not late with their studies; the representatives are elected for a two-year period, and can be re-elected once.
Activities: The Joint Committee carries out the follows responsibilities and tasks:
• Monitors academic planning and the quality of teaching activities, as well as the student services provided by professors;
• Identifies the indicators that can be used to evaluate the results;
• Expresses its opinion about the creation of new or suppression of the bachelor and master degree programs [L.240/10, Art.2, g)];
In autumn each year, the Joint Committee compiles an annual report about the first two points.
The current Joint Committee is composed of the following members:
Consultation with representatives of management and labor
The meetings held with representatives of management and labor are documented and are available for consultation (the information is in Italian).
Questionnaires are regularly submitted to the representatives of management and labor in order to evaluate whether the specific objectives of the academic program are aligned with the needs of the job market. Subsequently, the questionnaires are used to determine whether the academic program is sufficiently preparing students to qualify to meet the needs in the professional sector related to their studies. The information provided allows for an evaluation of the external effectiveness of the academic program and helps determine whether changes should be made in the academic programming to further facilitate graduates to find jobs when they complete the academic program (the information is primarily in Italian).
Students are regularly involved in the compilation of the questionnaires aimed at evaluating the quality of the academic program, teaching and University services.
Students are required to fill in an online questionnaire each time they register to take an exam (according to the ministerial decrees D.M. 509/1999 and D.M. 270/2004). The online procedure is straightforward and facilitates the gathering of useful information anonymously from students, and the results are published annually. The questionnaire provides the students with a vehicle to express their opinions regarding several aspects relevant to their expectations as students, including the courses, the professors providing lectures, the teaching material and the University facilities. The students' opinions are essential to understanding where improvements can be made. The compiled results are shared with professors, the University President, the Academic Program Coordinators, the Joint Committees, the Re-Examination Teams, the University Evaluation team and all the other bodies of the University.
Therefore, students are asked to be responsible and provide honest and complete evaluations. The results are analyzed and used to develop strategies to improve the quality of the students’ academic experience at Tor Vergata.
Moreover, to help the academic program monitor quality in a more timely manner, MSc European Economy and Business Law students are requested to complete an additional evaluation about halfway through the lecture period of each module. All of the courses are hence evaluated through a supplementary questionnaire that is administered by the Program Office and evaluates different elements than those found on the online survey.
Evaluation of students’ opinions from past academic years may be found here.