The working group of the Executive Board of the Central and Eastern European Network of Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (CEENQA) composed of Martina Vidlakova, Olgun Cicek and Duska Radmanovic held an online meeting to discuss the implementation of this year’s Staff Exchange Program between network members.

The meeting was held on January 25, 2021 and was committed to finding a suitable partner for all ten agencies that applied on this year call to participate in the CEENQA 2021 Staff Exchange Program.

Taking into account the expressed interests of the agencies in terms of topics they consider current, the language in which the visits would take place, as well as previous collaborations, the working group agreed on five potential pairs of agencies. The proposal will be forwarded to all interested agencies, but, as in previous years, the agencies will be given the opportunity to decide on different combinations.

Due to the Corona virus pandemic, it was decided that it is recommended that staff exchanges be conducted through virtual visits. As part of the 2020 visit has been postponed, due to the pandemic, these agencies will also be proposed to join this year’s program.

The CEENQA staff exchange program between the member agencies of the network has been organized since 2018.

Call for CEENQA Staff Exchange 2021

CEENQA is launching a new call to member agencies to participate in the staff exchange scheme in 2021. Given the ongoing pandemic and uncertain outlook to the future with respect to international travel, the 2021 staff exchange is foreseen to take place fully online. The recommended activities to pursue include: online meetings, focus groups, presentations, job shadowing, etc. Observation of online site visits and of online training of experts is strongly recommended.
Agencies planning to host and/or send staff members for fully virtual staff exchange in 2021 are asked to reply to this call by 10 January, 2021. After collecting the responses from interested agencies, CEENQA will match mutually suitable agencies and put them in touch with each other to organize the details of staff exchange.
The responses to this call and any requests for more information should be sent to Dr Olgun Cicek, Board Member (olguncicek@yahoo.com) by 10 January, 2021. Mark your calendars now!

CEENQA member calls for experts

The CEENQA member Kosovo Accreditation Agency (KAA) is about to start its annual process of evaluations in Higher Education with international experts between December 2020 until June 2021.
KAA has recently launched a call for higher education experts from all fields of studies to become a member of an expert panel. CEENQA invites all interested individuals to answer this call for the purpose of international cooperation and quality assurance.
The criteria and other information related to the procedures of becoming an expert for KAA can be found here.

CEENQA Bi-Monthly Meetings

Beginning on 15 September 2020, CEENQA has started the new initiative of its bi-monthly meetings. During these sessions, member agencies have the opportunity to present themselves and their work, as well as innovative projects, research or studies on Quality Assurance. You can find more information on how these presentations will work and how to apply for presenting here.

International active participation at the first bi-monthly meeting

17 November: Eighth bi-monthly CEENQA meeting
The eighth bi-monthly meeting will take place on 17 November 2021 from 10.00 am to 11.30 am CET. The agenda will be published here soon.

The future events can be found here.

Archived Presentations:

15 September 2020: First bi-monthly CEENQA meeting
Presentation of SQAA (NAKVIS), Slovenia, Franci Demšar, director
Presentation of YÖDAK, North Cyprus, Akile Büke, president
Independence of Accreditation Agencies, Slovenia, Maja Milas, international department

17 November 2020: Second bi-monthly CEENQA meeting
Presentation of NAB, Czech Republic, Martina Vidláková, Head of Quality Assurance and Evaluation
Presentation of HEAARS, Republic of Srpska, Duška Radmanović, Head of Quality Assurance and International Cooperation Department
Thematic Analysis of Distance Learning Process during COVID-19, Duška Radmanović, Head of Quality Assurance and International Cooperation Department 

19 January 2021: Third bi-monthly CEENQA meeting
Presentation of AIKA, Latvia, Jolanta Silka, deputy head
Presentation of ASIIN, Germany, Dr. Iring Wasser, managing director
Database Management in Accreditation Agencies, ASIIN, Germany, Arne Thielenhaus, project manager

17 March 2021: Fourth bi-monthly CEENQA meeting
Presentation of NCEQE, Georgia, Khatia Tsiramua, Head of Planning, Research and International Relations Department
Presentation of SKVC, Lithuania, Aurelija Valeikienė, Deputy Director
Supporting quality of online/blended higher education in Georgia in post-pandemic world, NCEQE, Georgia, Lali Giorgidze, Deputy Head at Higher Education QA Department

19 May 2021: Fifth bi-monthly CEENQA meeting
Guide for effective stakeholder involvement in QA, ARACIS, Lucien Bollaert
Presentation of EPDAD, Turkey, Cemil Öztürk, President
Virtual visits and evaluations of teacher education programmes, EPDAD, Turkey, Dinçay Köksal 

21 July 2021: Sixth bi-monthly CEENQA meeting
Presentation of HEPDAK, Turkey, Sergül Duygulu
Presentation of NAQA, Ukraine, Nataliia Stukalo, Vice Head
Experiences with virtual training workshops for evaluators, HEPDAK, Turkey, Ayla Bayık Temel (Vice President)

15 September 2021: Seventh bi-monthly CEENQA meeting
Presentation of ANACEC, Moldova, Stela Guvir, Head of public relations and international cooperation office
Presentation of AZVO, Croatia, Emita Blagdan, Assistant Director for International Cooperation
DEQAR: supporting international transparency and automatic recognition in the EHEA, Colin Tück, Director of EQAR