Curriculum Harmonization in educational organizations with the project management Quintessence kernel


  • Antonio Vera Universidad Nacional de Colombia
  • Carlos Mario Zapata-Jaramillo Universidad Nacional de Colombia


Educational organizations aim to improve institutional capabilities by enhancing their curriculum programs. Therefore, colleges and universities include curriculum harmonization processes for complying with international homologation programs. Such programs are meant for standardizing quality assurance in formal education according to international regulations. However, institutions perform different harmonization practices for each educational department, lacking standardization in the process. Besides, the implementation and long-term substance for harmonizing curriculum programs are unpredictable due to the uncertainty about the activities, responsibles, and output work products needed for the harmonization success. In this paper we propose a representation for harmonizing and accrediting—according to an international accreditation board organization—the Requirements Engineering course—which is part of a Systems Engineering curricular program—in any formal educational institution. The representation is based on the Quintessence kernel, which serves as a neutral domain for evidencing harmonization in curricular programs. Our multidiscipline solution is aimed to consolidate formal, reusable, adaptable, and graphical constructs allowing educational organizations for starting curricular harmonization initiatives.






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