Armenian National Center for Professional Education Quality Assurance, Foundation (ANQA)
|Street name:||22 Orbeli|
|Postal code and City:||0028|
|Contact person:||Ruben Topchyan|
|Function of contact person:||Director|
Legal Bases/ Membership
Q: What is the legal basis for your agency (non-profit organization, for-profit organization, foundation, association etc.)?
A: ANQA is a foundation and was established in November 2008 under the Government Decree (No. 1486) and started its functioning in March 2009 after the election of the Director by the ANQA Board of Trustees.
Q: Who are the members of your agency?
Q: Is evaluation/accreditation by your agency a national requirement? What procedures are mandatory – if any and what are chosen voluntarily/additionally?
A: Two types of accreditation is carried in Armenia: institutional and programme. The accreditation is a national requirement in Armenia. Institutional accreditation is a mandatory process both for private and state institutions operating in the territory of the RA, which is a prerequisite for the programme accreditation. Programme accreditation is carried out on the initiative of the TLI, based on voluntary basis, with the exception of medical academic programmes, the accreditation of which is compulsory.
Q: Is the agency involved in programme or institutional evaluation/accreditation or both? What are the consequences of evaluation/accreditation outcomes?
A: The rejection or granting conditional accreditation leads to several consequences for an educational institution. In case of a negative result of institutional accreditation, full tuition reimbursement in the form of student benefits allocated by state are terminated for the particular educational institution for all- academic degrees as well as for the financing of scientific and technical activities dating from the next academic year till the gaining of institutional accreditation. In case of conditional institutional accreditation, an educational institution cannot apply for the programme accreditation and open a new specialty. In case of a negative result of programme accreditation, full tuition reimbursement in the form of student benefits for the particular academic programme allocated by the state is terminated for all-academic degrees dating from the next academic year till the gaining of programme accreditation. If the programme accreditation result is negative for a bachelor’s programme, then full tuition reimbursement in the form of student benefits allocated by the state is terminated for the all three academic degrees dating from the next academic year until the gaining of programme accreditation.
Q: Please describe the structure and the activity periods of the decision-making body and state who delegates/appoints its members.
A: The Accreditation Commission is an independent, collegial, permanently operating body, which carries out its functions and exercises its powers in compliance with the “the Accreditation Statute of Educational Institutions Implementing Academic Programmes and their Specialties in the RA” and the statute on “‘Formation and Operations of Accreditation Commission” set by ANQA. Members of the Accreditation Commission can be experienced professionals, employers, and students from the sector of education, science, culture, industry, and administration. Candidates for becoming members of the Accreditation Commission are mainly nominated by educational institutions, employers unions, national students unions and other professional companies and associations. The Accreditation Commission is made up through a rigid recruitment procedure, thereby ensuring legitimacy of its functions. The composition of Accreditation Commission and the recognition of higher education qualifications by the key stakeholders and by the public are crucial elements and guarantee for the success of the Armenian accreditation system.
Accreditation Commission is responsible for:
- making a decision on institutional and programme accreditation based on the results of the TLI’s self-evaluation and external evaluation;
- timely responding to quality assurance issues related to the ANQA accreditation process and methodology.
Q: Can HEIs in your country choose international services from EQAR listed agencies?
A: An educational institution seeking accreditation status can apply to ANQA or other quality assurance agencies that are either registered on the European Quality Assurance Register (EQAR henceforth) or are full members of ENQA. Institutions implementing academic programmes with non-EHEA countries or branches of foreign institutions can apply to recognized accreditation agencies, the list of which is approved by the RA Minister of Education and Science. Any institution that has applied to an international accreditation organization must notify ANQA of the start of the accreditation process within five calendar days.
Q: Please mention the international links of your agency and especially list the international organizations your agency is a member in.
A: Please find the international links of the agency here.