CEENQA Workshop and General Assembly in Pristina, May 23-24, 2014

The Kosovo Accreditation Agency KAA has very kindly hosted this year’s CEENQA events in Pristina. A wonderful trip to the snowy caps of Šar Mountain and the Dinarides range, culminating in a delicious dinner in the historic town of Prizren, was heartily appreciated by all participants. To everyone’s regret, President Iring Wasser had to cancel his participation at the last minute for health reasons. Vice-President Alexander Kohler took over as chair with assistance from Board member and host Ferdije Zhushi Etemi.

The workshop on May 23 sought to explore “What Makes a Successful Quality Assurance Agency?”. Minister of Education, Science and Technology Rame Buja welcomed the participants, including guests Steve Bristow, a member of the KAA Board, the speakers Lukas Bischof of CHE Consult, Germany and André Govaert from KU Leuven, Belgium as well as CEENQA project manager Mila Zarkh, for whom this was the first CEENQA meeting. Mila Zarkh presented the procedure and preliminary results of the UNESCO/INQAAHE survey adapted to CEENQA on “Practices in External Quality Assurance”. She was followed by the presentations of Lukas Bischof, André Govaert and Ferdije Etemi.

May 24, the General Assembly discussed progress in the EU projects BIHTEK, on benchmarking in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and ALIGN, on aligning study programmes with qualification frameworks, in which CEENQA is a partner. The Romanian Agency ARACIS had also organised an EU-funded project hosting staff visits from two CEENQA agencies to study review methodology and accompany site visits for one week.

Four Board members had left their agencies and hence the CEENQA Board, so that new members, including the Vice-President and Treasurer, had to be elected at the General Assembly. The new Board members with two-year terms are

  • Dhurata Bozo, APAAL Albania
  • Cristina Ghitulica, ARACIS Romania
  • Nora Skaburskiene, SKVC Lithuania
  • Izabella Kwiatkowska-Sujka, PKA Poland – Treasurer

Continuing Board member Ivan Leban was elected Vice- President.

The 2015 meetings will be hosted by SQAA Slovenia, and in 2016 the two Polish CEENQA members would organize the event jointly, taking the occasion to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the formal founding of the CEE Network in Krakow in 2001.

The presentations are accessible here: Nadejda Velișco, Basri Muja, Ferdije Etemie, André Govaert, Nora Skaburskiene, Mila Zarkh. The presentation by Lukas Bischof will be uploaded at a later date.

 

CEENQA Workshop and General Assembly 2013, May 31- June 1, 2013

The Central and Eastern European Network of Quality Assurance Agencies held its annual workshop and general assembly on May 31 and June 1 in Bucharest, Romania. The events were hosted by the Romanian quality assurance agency ARACIS.

The workshop, titled “Benchmarking and Other Best Practices in Quality Assurance: An International Perspective”, linked to the TEMPUS project BIHTEK in which CEENQA partners with an international consortium led by KAHO Sint-Lieven, Belgium, with the aim of establishing good practices in quality benchmarking in Bosnia and Herzegovina. A stimulating presentation by Cathrine Connor, head of the Quality Enhancement Unit at London Metropolitan University, laid the groundwork for the participants’ contributions and discussion.

The general assembly admitted two new members, the Higher Education Accreditation Agency of Republika Srpska (HEAARS) and Association for Evaluation and the Accreditation of Medical Education Programs (TEPDAD) from Turkey. With this the total membership of CEENQA reaches 27 agencies in 19 countries and a pan-European agency.

The assembly elected a new Board: Iring Wasser(ASIIN, Germany, 2nd term) as President, Alexander Kohler (AQ Austria, 2nd term) as Vice-President, Adrian Miroiu (ARACIS, Romania, 2nd term) as Treasurer, and members Ferdije Etemi (KAA, Kosovo, 1st term), Hasan Bicak (YÖDAK, North Cyprus, 1st term), Mieczyslaw Socha(PKA, Poland), and Ivan Leban (SQAA, Slovenia, 1st term).

Boris Curkovic

Cathrine Connor

HEAARS

TEPDAD

CEENQA General Assembly and Workshop, Sarajevo, May 12, 2012

The Central and Eastern European Network of Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education held its annual workshop on May 11 and its general assembly on May 12, 2012 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. The meetings were hosted by the Agency for Development of Higher Education and Quality Assurance. CEENQA welcomed new members and now has a total of 23 member agencies (please see under „About the CEE Network”).

Please link to the minutes of the meeting, and the programs for the workshop and general assembly. The presentations of the speakers are found here:

Birger Hendriks, BFUG

Ulrich Teichler, INCHER-Kassel

Achim Hopbach, ENQA

Aurelija Valeikiene, SKVC

The 2013 workshop and general assembly will be hosted by the Romanian agency ARACIS and held in Bucharest in May next year.

CEENQA General Assembly Meeting and Summary of the Workshop, May 27-28, 2011

The CEE Network held an extraordinary General Assembly on 28 May 2011 in Split, Croatia, for the purpose of founding the new legal entity CEENQA. The annual workshop attached to the annual Steering Committee meeting took place on 27 May.

The meetings were very kindly hosted by the Agency for Science and Higher Education (ASHE), Croatia. The list of participants to the General Assembly and workshop is attached to these Minutes as Annex 1.

Steering Committee Meeting

The outgoing Steering Committee held its meeting prior to the workshop on 27 May, where it discussed the items on the agenda for the general assembly. The Steering Committee presented its motions to the General Assembly under the appropriate agenda items (see below).

 

Workshop

On the afternoon of 27 May 2011 the CEE Network held a workshop that discussed two topics, “External Reviews of Agencies: Lessons Learned” and “Evaluation of Joint Programs: Challenges for QA Agencies and Recognition of Degrees”. The workshop opened with a welcome by Vesna Dodiković Jurković from ASHE and a greeting from Professor dr. sc. Šimun Anđelinović of Split University. The chair was outgoing President, Aurelija Valeikiene, with invited speakers Nick Harris, David Cairns and Kaja Braathen. As an introduction to the workshop, Christina Rozsnyai presented the results of a short survey on the practices of CEE Network members in relation to the two topics. The outcome was that about 1/3 of the 26 member agencies are or have been involved in external reviews as well as the evaluation of joint programs. Both sessions were followed by lively discussions. The presentations can be accessed at the following lins: Nick Harris, David Cairns, Kaja Braathen.

A sight-seeing tour to Split and a pleasant dinner hosted by ASHE were a perfect ending to a fruitful meeting day.

General Assembly

The general assembly was chaired by CEE Network outgoing president Aurelija Valeikiene. The meeting proceeded according to the agenda sent to members prior to the meeting, a revised version of which was distributed at the meeting. The agenda of the general assembly meeting is attached to these Minutes as Annex 2.

1. Welcome by President

Outgoing president Aurelija Valeikiene welcomed the participants. She also warmly thanked ASHE for hosting the workshop and general assembly.

2. The agenda was accepted by unanimous vote.

3. Financial Report

Christina Rozsnyai presented the financial report, noting corrections to the copies the members had received by e-mail as a meeting document. The financial report with the corrections was approved by members by unanimous vote and is attached to these Minutes as Annex 3.

4. President’s report

The president noted the importance of CEE Network agencies to participate in ENQA events, most notably of agency members to take part in expert trainings and the Network’s visibility in the international arena, which is emphasized by Elisabeth Fiorioli, managing director of our member organization the Austrian Accreditation Council, being a member of the ENQA Board, moreover Iring Wasser (ASIIN), is on the Board of INQAAHE. She also noted the importance of making critical judgments when being invited to associate with international organizations and to ensure that they are reputable.

Further, she explained the legal situation of her agency, SKVC, which prevents it from becoming a member in the new CEE Network. She expressed SKVC’s dedication to the CEE Network, especially considering that it was a founding member of the CEE Network, and proposed a cooperation agreement to continue its presence in the Network in this form until the legal obstacles could be overcome. The membership approved the motion.

The Secretary General reported on the completion of the new CEE Network website.

5. Discussion on new Statutes

Members had received the draft Statutes as meeting documents. Changes were tracked by overhead projector.

It was decided that the new acronym of the network should be CEENQA. An Internet check showed that the acronym was not in use by any other entity. The logo would have to be redesigned accordingly, which would entail a minor fee to be paid as agreed on between the Secretary General and the website designer.

6. Dissolution of CEE Network and transfer of funds

Of the 26 member agencies of the CEE Network, 21 were represented at the general assembly.

Members present agreed to dissolve the existing CEE Network in order to form a new legal entity. Dissolution was approved with 1 abstention.

The transfer of funds from the CEE Network to the new legal entity was also approved with 1 abstention.

7. Adoption of new Statutes and founding act

18 members had declared their intention of signing the new Statutes as founding members, for which they had sent letters of intent to ASIIN, the agency carrying out the legal registration in Düsseldorf, Germany. Representatives who were not the legal representatives of their agency handed letters of authorization to Iring Wasser (ASIIN).

The 18 new members of CEENQA adopted the new Statutes. The founding act of CEENQA was concluded. CEENQA is the successor of the CEE Network (CEEN) founded on October 13, 2001 in Krakow, Poland, and formally established on October 19, 2002 in Vienna, succeeding the Regional Subnetwork of the International Network of Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education, established November 19, 2000 in Budapest, Hungary.

The Statutes are attached to these Minutes as Annex 4a and 4b.

9. Setting up Vote-Count Committee.

For counting the votes for Executive Board, President and Vice-President, members named a Vote-Count Committee consisting of Thorsten Schomann, FIBAA and Mojca Ifko Pinosa, SQAA Slovenia.

10. Election of Executive Board

Nominations for Executive Board members were sent to the Secretary General prior to the meeting. The list of nominees is attached to these Minutes as Annex 5.

Considering that according to the Statutes (§13(1)), Board members should be from different countries, Elisabeth Fiorioli (FHR Austria) and Marek Wasowicz (UAC Poland) withdrew their nominations.

In accordance with the Statutes (§12(1)), members voted for the Executive Board by secret ballot. The Executive Board is to have 7 members (Statutes §13(1)). Following the vote, the Vote-Counting Committee counted the ballots. The assembly president announced the new members of the Executive Board as follows:

  1. Alexander Kohler, AQA Austria with 13 votes
  2. Boris Curkovic, HEA Bosnia and Herzegovina with 13 votes
  3. Todor Shopov, NEAA Bulgaria with 16 votes
  4. Jasmina Havranek, ASHE Croatia with 13 votes
  5. Iring Wasser, ASIIN Germany with 17 votes
  6. Mieczyslaw Socha, PKA Poland with 15 votes
  7. Adrian Miriou, ARACIS Romania with 12 votes

11. Election of President, Vice-President and Internal Auditor, appointment of Secretary General

Iring Wasser accepted the proposal by the Executive Board to stand for President and Todor Shopov for Vice-President. Members voted by secret ballot (Statutes (§12(1)).

While the Vote-Counting Committee counted the votes cast, other items on the agenda were discussed.

12. Appointment of a Registered Office (Düsseldorf) and Secretariat (Budapest)

Members voted unanimously to have the registered office of CEENQA in Düsseldorf, Germany and the Secretariat to continue in Budapest, Hungary.

13. Membership fees for full and observer members 2011-2012

Members voted unanimously that the membership fee for full members should be €600 and for observer members €300 for the 2011/2012 year until the next general assembly meeting.

14. Membership applications

Iring Wasser noted that former CEE Network members who did not sign the founding Statutes at this meeting could join CEENQA at any time afterwards by filing a formal application with the Secretary General, who would forward it to the Executive Board and, on its decision, to the members for vote by e-mail (in accordance with Statutes § 14 (2) and §12(3)).

Application for membership from the agency Higher Education Planning, Evaluation, Accreditation and Coordination Council (YODAK) from Northern Cyprus was received prior to the meeting but considering the dissolution of the CEE Network the application could not be presented to the general assembly. It was discussed that CEENQA would consider the application on the merits of the applicant as a quality assurance agency and that CEENQA declares that it is a membership organization that does not consider the political circumstances of an application. Members would receive the application documents and vote by circular mail following the Split meeting.

15. Any other business

– Date and place of 2012 general assembly and workshop

Boris Curcovic (HEA BiH) announced that his agency would like to host the next general assembly and workshop in 2012 in Sarajevo. He will discuss the details with the Secretary General. Members gratefully accepted the proposal.

– Brainstorming on future projects

The legal registration opens the possibilities for CEENQA to apply for international funding for projects. Iring Wasser asked members to make proposals by e-mail for possible projects and cooperations.

– Report on INQAAHE Networks meeting

Iring Wasser, as Board member of INQAAHE, and Boris Curkovic reported on the meeting. The next INQAAHE conference will be organized together with ENQA and will be held 1-2 December 2012 in commemoration of Marjorie Peace Lenn. Boris Curkovic, who attended the Networks session of the conference, noted that the CEE Network was one of the oldest regional networks in the world. Iring Wasser noted the possibility for future funding in the framework of the GIQAC project, whose aim is to strengthen cooperation among agencies in a region, if a second round would be announced.

 

11 (cont.). Election of President, Vice-President and Internal Auditor, appointment of Secretary General

The voting results for Iring Wasser as President: 17 yes votes with 1 abstention; and Todor Shopov as Vice-President: 18 yes votes.

Thorsten Shomann (FIBAA, Germany) was named Internal Auditor by unanimous vote.

Members appointed Christina Rozsnyai as Secretary General with 17 votes and 1 abstention.

The new President thanked the outgoing President, Aurelija Valeikiene, for her excellent work in the past year and expressed his hope that SKVC would join CEENQA as soon as the legal circumstances permit. He also noted that CEENQA would sign a contract with the Secretary General or her agency, the Hungarian Accreditation Committee, to remunerate her work.

The new president noted that he would like Executive Board members to take on specific responsibilities in order to make CEENQA more dynamic and efficient. He would contact the Board members but meanwhile would welcome their suggestions for focus areas.

The president also thanked ASHE for its generous and efficient organization of the general assembly and workshop.

 

Budapest, 6 June 2011

These minutes were prepared by Christina Rozsnyai, Secretary General

Approved by Iring Wasser, President

The 10th Anniversary of the CEE Network

The Central and Easter European Network of Quality Assurance in Higher Education held its biennial general assembly in Sofia May 28, 2010, where it celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Network. The annual workshop attached to the yearly Steering Committee meeting took place on 29 May in the city of Plovdiv. The meetings were generously and efficiently hosted by the National Accreditation and Evaluation Agency of the Republic of Bulgaria (NEAA).

 

General Assembly

At the meeting, the CEE Network accepted five new members:

  • Agency for Development of Higher Education and Quality Assurance (ADHEQA), Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Kosovo Accreditation Agency (KAA)
  • National Centre of Public Accreditation (NAA), Russia
  • Agency for Higher Education Quality Assurance and Career Development (AKKORK), Russia
  • European Association for Public Administration Accreditation (EAPAA), registered in The Netherlands.

Another applicant, the Commission for Accreditation and Quality Assurance (CAQA) of Serbia, was not able to attend the meeting, therefore their admission was postponed.

 

The CEE Network elected a new Steering Committee, whose membership was extended from five to seven member agency representatives, including a new chair and vice-chair. The chairperson is

  • Aurelija Valeikiene, Deputy Director of the Lithuanian CQAHE
  • and Iring Wasser, Managing Director of ASIIN, Germany, is vice-chair.

 

The members of the new Steering Committee are

  • György Bazsa, President of the Hungarian Accreditation Committee
  • Dhurata Bozo, Director of PAAHE, Albania
  • Jasmina Havranek, Director of the Croatian Agency for Science and Higher Education
  • Todor Shopov, International Affairs Councilor, of NEAA, Bulgaria
  • Marek Wasowicz, Chairperson of the University Accreditation Commission of Poland.

Members unanimously re-named Christina Rozsnyai as Secretary General.

 

Workshop

The second day of the meeting was devoted to a workshop titled “Quality Assurance in a Changing World”.  The presentations were by Josep Grifoll, Board member of ENQA; Colin Tück, Acting Director of EQAR; and Fabrice Henard from OECD, who spoke about projects in their respective organizations. The CEE Network will participate in some of them. A brief roundtable discussion was introduced with presentations by Radu Damian, Pavol Navrat, Slovkia, Dhurata Bozo, Albania. Radu Damian presented a “Comparison between QA in Eastern and Western Europe – problems and perspectives” and Pavol Navrat and Dhurata Bozo reflected on the “Quality assurance of private and public higher education institutions”.