Czech Republic

National Accreditation Bureau for Higher Education (NAB)

Contact Information

Street name: Karmelitská 5
Postal code and City: Praha 1, 118 12
Country: Czech Republic
Phone/Fax: +420 234 813 488/ +420 234 813 280
E-mail: martina.vidlakova@nauvs.cz, jiri.smrcka@nauvs.cz
Website: www.nauvs.cz
Contact person: Martina Vidláková
Function of contact person: Head of Strategy Unit
Founding date: 2016

Legal Bases/ Membership

Q: What is the legal basis for your agency (non-profit organization, for-profit organization, foundation, association etc.)?
A: The NAB is an independent body with the authority to issue decisions and other acts.

Q: Who are the members of your agency?
A: The executive body of the NAB is its Council composed of 15 members. Of the 14 members of the Council apart from one student member, nine come from academia and five from the professional world with experience in the academic field.

Services Provided

Q: Is evaluation/accreditation by your agency a national requirement? What procedures are mandatory – if any and what are chosen voluntarily/additionally?
A:
All study programmes have to be accredited by the NAB or carried out by higher education institutions with institutional accreditation from the NAB. Institutional accreditation is not mandatory for all but grants more autonomy to the institutions.

Q: Is the agency involved in programme or institutional evaluation/accreditation or both? What are the consequences of evaluation/accreditation outcomes?
A: The NAB has the authority to grant both programme accreditation and institutional accreditation. If an institution obtains institutional accreditation, it can approve and carry out its study programmes without having to accredit them individually by the NAB. The NAB can restrict or revoke accreditation if severe deficiencies are found. Ad hoc evaluation is also a part of the activities of the NAB.

Q: Please describe the structure and the activity periods of the decision-making body and state who delegates/appoints its members.
A: The 15 members of the Council of the NAB are appointed by the government for six-year terms. Five members are nominated by bodies of state administration, professional and employer associations; nine members and one student member are nominated by the representations of higher education institutions. The Council is supported by the Office; appeals are addressed by the Appeals Committee.

International

Q: Can HEIs in your country choose international services from EQAR listed agencies?
A: Programme accreditation as well as institutional accreditation can only be awarded by the NAB. However, if an institution wishes to seek services from other EQAR listed agencies, the NAB may consider their evaluation as a part of its own procedures.

Q: Please mention the international links of your agency and especially list the international organizations your agency is a member in.
A: The NAB is a member of CEENQA, and affiliate of ENQA and as a new agency to establish closer links with other agencies.