High quality in education, research and in related support
The EUR is a professional organisation par excellence. Both staff and students are expected to maintain professional attitudes. Professionalism expresses itself in expertise, results orientation, flexibility, assertiveness, representativeness and commitment. Academic quality is at the forefront of scientific research and education.
On the one hand, the staff and students are responsible for their own professionalism and its development. A student is an independent person studying to be a professional; a staff member is an independent, working professional. On the other hand, the EUR stimulates, facilitates and ensures the professionalism and development of staff and students. Continuous care and monitoring of performance, combined with adequate assessment and reward, are inseparably related in this process.
Existing rules, procedures and requirements are observed to the letter and in spirit. When dilemmas arise, they are dealt with in a professional, upright manner. For example, students carefully weigh the selection and prioritising of subjects. The staff carefully weigh their own tasks in the areas of education, research, administration and external service provision.
Working together on the basis of mutual respect, joint responsibility and careful use of resources
The university derives its raison d’être from the individual professionalism that thrives on teamwork. Teamwork exists between staff of departments, faculties and other universities, between students mutually and between staff and students. After all, scientific research and education are interactive processes in which the one learns from the other. Students and lecturers carry a joint responsibility for bringing about good education.
Teamwork expresses itself in respect and attention for each other, avoiding every type of intimidation and recognising each other’s contributions and responsibilities. Not only does teamwork mean sharing knowledge, it also means sharing success. Keeping one’s promises, doing what is expected of one, helping and inspiring one another is another form of teamwork. Teamwork also means communicating with each other openly and clearly, being literally and figuratively accessible, calling one another to account and being accountable to each other.
The careful use of university resources such as moneys, equipment and furniture will avoid other members of the university community being put at a disadvantage. Moreover, it enhances the efficient, effective use of public resources and tuition fees.
Integrity in assessment and of the object of assessment
Besides the transfer of knowledge, one of the EUR’s core activities is the assessment of the quality of the work and capacities of staff and students EUR. Such assessments take place during examinations, for example. Other types of assessment entail academic output, selections and evaluations of personnel and businesses, allocation of budgets and admission of students to specific courses of study.
The quality of assessments depends totally on fair play. That is why assessments take place on just, sound and independent grounds. To ensure the independence of the staff, they are reluctant to accept gifts or mix private relationships with those relating mainly to one’s position. Additional jobs that conflict with the interests of the EUR or that could affect the objectivity and independence of staff members are avoided.
To make a fair assessment possible, the person being assessed should also give a true reflection of that which is being evaluated. Copying and plagiarism are inadmissible as is, for example, falsifying information, falsely pretending to be the author of a document, the deliberate omission of other authors and the intentional misinterpretation of results, conclusions and recommendations. The reviewer should reduce the possibilities and incentives for such reprehensible conduct to a minimum. Likewise, the reviewer should clearly state the grounds on which the assessment is based.