CEE Network General Assembly and workshop in Prague

The CEE Network held is biennial General Assembly on 23-24 October 2004 in Prague, hosted by the Czech Accreditation Commission and with the support of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport of the Czech Republic.

The meeting was preceded by a workshop. The Vice-Minister for Education of the Czech Republic, Dr. Petr Kolar, welcomed the participants. The workshop theme was the survey of CEE Network member agencies, begun by Dr. Stefanie Hofmann. The survey is a stocktaking exercise on the basic practices and the procedural and legislative frameworks of member agencies, the expected outcome of which is to identify possible pathways to mutual recognition. The frame of reference, and thus the focus of the two discussion groups, were the proposed ENQA criteria for membership.

Two applications for new CEE Network membership were discuss: the Austrian Fachhochschulrat (FHR), established in 1993, was approved as a full member of the CEE Network by unanimous vote, while the Austrian Quality Assurance Agency (AQA), which began operating only in the beginning of 2004, was granted observer status until the next General Assembly in 2006. The Minutes of the General Assembly can be read here.

Publication

The latest publication of the CEE Network has just been issued by the Romanian National Council for Academic Assessment and Accreditation. The brochure Accreditation Commissions and Agencies in Central and Eastern Europe gives an overview on the CEE Network and its members.

CEE Network Statement to the Bologna Follow-up Group

The Steering Committee of the CEEN met in Bucharest on 1 November 2003 and adopted a Statement to the Bologna Follow- up Group regarding the CEEN position vis-á-vis the Bologna process. On the following day a workshop with CEEN members and others was held to discuss the Statement, which was subsequently approved by the full membership and sent to the Bologna Follow-up Group. Also in preparation for the Bergen meeting of Ministers of Education in 2005, the CEEN is conducting a survey of its member agencies to look into their current profiles, developments and practices in accreditation.