Quality Agency for Higher Education/ Academic Information Centre (AIKA/AIC) registered on EQAR

In December 2018 the Register Committee of the European Quality Assurance Register (EQAR) made decision on the inclusion of the Quality Agency for Higher Education/ Academic Information Centre (AIKA/AIC) in EQAR.

AIKA/AIC is the first Latvian higher education quality assurance agency that is included in EQAR, although external quality assurance in higher education in Latvia has developed since the restoration of independence in the early 1990s, with Latvia being one of the first European Higher Education Area (EHEA) countries that introduced a quality assurance system.

AIKA/AIC as a national quality assurance institution in Latvia was established in 2015 and since then the significant progress has been made. Inclusion of AIKA/AIC in EQAR was an aim that was defined already in 2015 when the Academic Information Centre (AIC) took over the responsibility for external quality assurance and the Quality Agency for Higher Education (AIKA) was established. Since March 2016 the achievement of this aim was supported by a European Social Fund project No.8.2.4.0/15/I/001 “Support for meeting the requirements set for EQAR agency”.

The decision on AIKA/AIC’s inclusion in EQAR is an achievement that follows the decision of the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA) to grant AIKA/AIC the full membership of ENQA. This is a joint achievement of the Latvian higher education community which certifies the compliance of the external quality assurance system in Latvia with the Standards and guidelines for quality assurance in the European Higher Education Area (ESG). It fosters the enhancement of the quality and recognition of the Latvian higher education and states that AIKA/AIC has been recognised as a reliable and trustworthy cooperation partner in the higher education area.

CEENQA General Assembly and Workshop 2018

 

The annual meetings of CEENQA were held this year on 11-12 May 2018 in Tirana at Tirana International Hotel. The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education in Albania (ASCAL) generously hosted the event. On Friday evening, the congregation visited Durres. The participants could take part in a walking tour through Durres. There, the participants visited the Amphitheatre of Durres as well as the beach promenade. Afterwards, the participants had a fine dinner at the seafood restaurant ARTUR. On Saturday afternoon, following the General Assembly and lunch, a bus tour to Berat was offered to the participants. There the participants had the opportunity to visit Berat Fortress and the National Iconographic Museum “Onufri”.

Please find the minutes as well as the annexes (participants’ list, programme of the workshop, agenda of Board Meeting, agenda of General Assembly, presentation of projects, financial report 2017 and Treasurer’s report) here. If you want to have a few impressions of the annual meeting, please look at the pictures below.

              

 

CEENQA General Assembly and Workshop 2017

This year, the CEENQA held its general assembly and workshop in Zagreb, kindly hosted by the Croatian quality assurance agency ASHE. The Workshop explored the  “WAYS FORWARD TO MAKE EXTERNAL QUALITY ASSURANCE A MORE EFFICIENT PROCESS ” with a number of higher education experts as speakers. The program can be seen here.

The Presentations can be seen here:
Daniel Wörhoff, Germany ASIIN
Dhurata Bozo, Albania
Sandra Bezjak, Croatia

In the general assembly, Iring Wasser’s term as president of CEENQA ended and CEENQA members expressed their thanks to Dr. Wasser for his energetic leadership and the number of international projects he saw through or initiated during his office. Nora Skaburskiené was elected to the post. Two Board members, Ivan Leban and Martina Vidlakova, were re-elected for another two-year term and a new Board member, Duska Radmanovic, was elected. Christina Rozsnyai stepped down from the position of General Secretary and is succeeded by Marleen Roggan.

In addition, CEENQA accepting a new member, ANQA, from Armenia. A long-standing member, UC Poland, resigned from CEENQA as it ceased operations.

The program of the general assembly is available here.