Estonia

Estonian Quality Agency for Higher and Vocational Education

Contact Information

Street name: Tõnismägi 11
Postal code and City: 10119 Tallinn
Country: Estonia
Phone/Fax: +372 5660 6419
E-mail: ekka@archimedes.ee
Website: http://ekka.archimedes.ee/en/
Contact person: Liia Lauri
Function of contact person: Assessment Director
Founding year: 2009 (predecessor agency 1997-2008)
Legal status: EKKA is a structural unit of the Archimedes Foundation, the founder of which is the Republic of Estonia with the founder`s rights being exercised by the Ministry of Education and Research.
International Links and membership: ENQA, EQAR, INQAAHE

EKKA is a structural unit of the Archimedes Foundation, the founder of which is the Republic of Estonia with the founder`s rights being exercised by the Ministry of Education and Research. EKKA is supervised by the Supervisory Board of the Foundation Archimedes. EKKA is independent in developing its principles and procedures for quality assessment and in adopting assessment decisions.

EKKA consists of permanent staff and two quality assessment councils: EKKA Quality Assessment Council for Higher Education and Quality Assessment Council for Vocational Education and Training. The EKKA Quality Assessment Council for Higher Education is formed and its membership approved for three years by the Supervisory Board of the Archimedes Foundation. The candidates are nominated by stakeholder organisations like HEI-s, professional organisations, student union etc. The Quality Assessment Council for VET is formed by the Decree of Minister of Education and Research according to the principles stated in Vocational Educational Institutions Act.
EKKA office comprises twelve permanent employees.

Estonian Quality Agency for Higher and Vocational Education (EKKA) is the national quality assurance agency responsible for evaluations of higher and vocational education in Estonia. EKKA’s mission is to promote quality in the field of education and thereby increase the competitiveness of the Estonian society.
The key activities of EKKA include:

– Providing institutional accreditation of higher education institutions and quality assessment of their study programme groups
– Providing quality assessment of study programme groups in vocational education and training
– Providing initial assessment of study programme groups in higher and vocational education