The Rector of Bülent Ecevit University Visits the Hungarian Accreditation Committee
During his visit to Hungary, Professor Dr. Mahmut Özer, Rector of Bülent Ecevit University and Head of the Council of Universities in Turkey, joined HAC President Professor Ervin Balázs on 3 September 2015 to discuss quality assurance in higher education in the two countries. Both the Hungarian and a Turkish quality assurance agency (TEPDAD - Association for Evaluation and Accrecitaion of Medical Education Programs) are members of CEENQA, whose secretariat operates in the HAC offices. 7 September 2015
CEENQA Workshop and General Assembly
The 27-member Central and Eastern European Network of Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education held its annual meeting on 22-23 May 2015 in Ljubljana, Slovenia. The workshop and general assembly were hosted by the Slovenian Quality Assurance Agency in Higher Education (SQAA/NAKVIS), a CEENQA member.
The annual CEENQA meeting opened with welcoming words from Iring Wasser, CEENQA President. He was followed by the just appointed Slovenian Minister of Education, Science and Sport, Maja Makovec Brenčič, herself a Full Professor of International Business at Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana and a former president of the Council of Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education of Slovenia. Ivan Leban, host of the meeting, also welcomed the participants with a few words on his agency, SQAA.
The workshop theme was Impact of Quality Assurance and Accreditation, a topic widely acknowledged as timely, given that hardly any research into the topic exists. Professor Theodor Leiber from the German CEENQA member agency evalag presented the background and results of the Impact Analysis of Quality Assurance in Higher Education(IMPALA) project. Heli Mattisen, head of the Estonian Higher Education Quality Agency (EKKA) described a recent national project surveying the impact of quality assurance at higher education institutions. Blazhe Todorovski, representing the European Students’ Union (ESU) presented this organisation and projects dealing with quality assurance and its impact. Professor Ivan Leban, director of SQAA, as host of the event, introduced his presentation with some information on Slovenian higher education and went on to present ideas on quality assurance in relation to business and industry. Josep Grifoll from AQU Catalunya and a member of the ENQA working group on the impact of quality assurance presented the first results of the project.
The General Assembly of CEENQA was a business meeting of the network. Three Board member positions, including that of the president and the vice-president, were up for election. President Iring Wasser from ASIIN, Germany, was re-elected as Board member and President for a third and final two-year term. Vice-President Ivan Leban from SQAA, Slovenia, was also reconfirmed in his position, for a second two-year term. Martina Vidlakova from the Accreditation Commission of the Czech Republic was elected as a new Board member.
ENQA Report For Ministerial Conference in Yerevan
ENQA has produced a report about its position on quality assurance in the European Higher Education Area, intended for the the Ministers responsible for higher education at their triennial meeting and the Fourth Bologna Policy Forum in Yerevan on 14-15 May 2015. The full report is available here.
Workshop and General Assembly in Ljubljana
The annual CEENQA workshop and general assembly will be held on Friday and Saturday, May 22-23, in Ljubljana. The event is kindly hosted by CEENQA Slovenian member SQAA. The details of the event follow shortly.
Evalag joins CEENQA as its 28th Member
Following its application for membership to CEENQA in October 2014, CEENQA members voted by the 19 November deadline by circular mail and in accordance with the Network's statutes to approve the application. CEENQA welcomes its 28th member and looks forward to its active participation in the work ahead.
CEENQA Welcomes its 27th Member
The Independent Quality Assurance Agency for Education (IQAA) of Kazakhstan joined CEENQA as a full member in July 2014. IQAA began operations in 2008. It operates as a non-governmental institution evaluated and recognized by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan.