Hungarian Accreditation Committee (HAC)
|Street name:||Krisztina krt. 39/B|
|Postal code and City:||H-1013 Budapest|
|Phone/Fax:||+36 1 344-0314/ +36 1 344-0313|
|Contact person:||Valéria Csépe|
|Function of contact person:||President|
Legal Bases/ Membership
Q: What is the legal basis for your agency (non-profit organization, for-profit organization, foundation, association etc.)? Who are the members of your agency?
A: The HAC is a legal entity established by law (most recently: HE Act 2011. CCIV) as an independent national body of experts from higher education, research, industry and students.
Q: Is evaluation/accreditation by your agency a national requirement? What procedures are mandatory – if any and what are chosen voluntarily/additionally? Is the agency involved in programme or institutional evaluation/accreditation or both? What are the consequences of evaluation/accreditation outcomes?
A: The HAC conducts accreditation, which is mandatory for higher education institutions and programs in order to receive license to operate. Universities and colleges are accredited in five-year cycles on request of the Educational Authority when they are first established and in the framework of its license renewal procedure. New programs (BA, MA) and PhD schools also require the expert opinion of the HAC in order to receive license to operate. Running programs and PhD Schools are accredited periodically by disciplinary groups.
Q: Please describe the structure and the activity periods of the decision-making body and state who delegates/appoints its members.
A: Of its 20 members nine are delegated by the ministry responsible for higher education for six years, two by the Academy of Sciences, one by the Academy of Arts, three by the Rectors’ Conference, two by churches, one by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and one by the organization of PhD students and one by the National Union of Students, each for two years.
Q: Can HEIs in your country choose international services from EQAR listed agencies?
A: A draft law (as of April 2015) proposes to allow HEIs to choose ENQA member agencies to evaluate their programs. Until it goes into effect, the HAC is the mandatory body for accreditation.
Q: Please mention the international links of your agency and especially list the international organizations your agency is a member in.
A: The HAC is a member of ENQA, INQAAHE and CEENQA, and several staff have been sitting on the decision-making bodies of these organizations.