General Assembly & Workshop 2023

Our yearly General Assembly & Workshop took place on 2/3 June 2023 in Astana, Kazkhstan, kindly hosted by our member agency IAAR.

The workshop titled “People and Culture in QA Agencies” dealt with various topics related to HR management and staff development, ranging from general questions on the strategic level to specific good practices on how to support staff and create a productive and welcoming working environment. It was opened by an insightful speech of the Kazakh minister for science and higher education, Sayasat Nurbek, who explained current opportunities and internationalisation efforts of higher education in Kazakhstan. The workshop featured presentations by the INQAAHE Immediate Past President, EQAR’s deputy director and two members of the CEENQA community. In a dedicated panel discussion, we debated the consequences of digitalisation for HR management and how agencies could react to these developments.

You can find all of the workshop presentations below.
Sayasat Nurbek: Opportunities and internationalisation efforts of higher education in Kazakhstan
Susanna Karakhanyan: Higher education core values and the role of value satisfaction in QA capacity building
Melinda Szabó: ESG perspectives, human resources and processes for internal QA
Vesna Dodiković-Jurković: Developments in HR management in QA agencies
Nataša Kramar: Good practices in staff development – a NAKVIS case-study
Liia Lauri: Development of digital competence of QA staff
Nataliia Stukalo: Digitalisation of QA and its impact on the working environment
Erik Martijnse: Lessons learned from Covid-19

On 3 June, we met for our annual General Assembly and elected Simona Lache (ARACIS, Romania) and Benjamin Muhamedbegović (HEA, Bosnia and Herzegovina) for a second, Ulkar Sattarova (TKTA, Azerbaijan) and Diane Freiberger (FIBAA, Germany) for their first term on the board. Vesna Dodiković-Jurković was elected as CEENQA’s new Vice-President. Furthermore, we welcome our new members: STAR, Turkey (full member), IKCA, Kazakhstan (full member) and HEC North Syria (observer).