Kazakhstan

Independent Agency for Accreditation and Rating (IAAR)

Contact Information

Street name: Kabanbay batyr avenue 42-VP-17
Postal code and City: 010000
Country: Republic of Kazakhstan
Phone/Fax: +7 (7172) 45-24-02/+7(7172) 45-22-02
E-mail: iaar@inbox.ru
Website: www.iaar.kz 
Contact person: Timur Kanapyanov
Function of contact person: Manager of International Projects
Founding date: November 24, 2011

Legal Bases/ Membership

Q: What is the legal basis for your agency (non-profit organization, for-profit organization, foundation, association etc.)?
A: IAAR is the non-governmental and non-profit establishment. IAAR was authorised by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan to provide external quality assurance of tertiary education. According to the Decree No 304 of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan from June 27, 2012 IAAR was included to the National Register of Accreditation Bodies of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan. This Certificate is the legal basis of Agency’s activity.

Services Provided

Q: What types of activities do you conduct (evaluation, accreditation, audit, programs, VET, institutions, public, private, ex-post, ex-ante, other)? 

A: IAAR conducts both institutional and programme accreditation. IAAR accredits only institutions and educational programs, which already have been operational at least 5 years. Therefore, IAAR conducts only ex-post accreditation.

Q: Is the agency involved in programme or institutional evaluation/accreditation or both? What are the consequences of evaluation/accreditation outcomes?
A: Accreditation is not a national requirement in Kazakhstan, it is voluntary process. Therefore, IAAR conducts external evaluation on the voluntary base. Higher education institutions are free to choose foreign agencies from among the list of National Register of Accreditation Bodies.

If a higher education institution and its higher education institution programme are awarded accreditation, the higher education institution programme can receive student based public grants.

The formal consequence of the Agency’s assessment is a Certificate with terms of accreditation and expiration date. In the case of a positive decision, IAAR sends to the organization of education, official letter accompanied with certificates of accreditation specifying the period of validity. In case of refusal of accreditation, IAAR sends the official letter stating the legitimate reasons and arguments. Organization of education has the right to appeal within the next 7 (seven) working days from receipt of written notification about the results.

After that, IAAR sends its decision on accreditation to the MES RK for inclusion into the National Register No. 2/3. The Register of accredited institutions and educational programs is regularly updated on the websites of the Agency and MS RK.

Q: Please describe the structure and the activity periods of the decision-making body and state who delegates/appoints its members.
A: The Accreditation Council is the decision-making body of IAAR, which includes representatives of government agencies, non-governmental organizations, research institutions, employers and students. Council decides on accreditation (1, 3, 5 years), refusal of accreditation of educational organization, or suspension, revocation of the certificate on the institutional and (or) specialized accreditation by open vote (simple majority). The agency appoints the members of the Accreditation Council based on its Regulations on the Accreditation Council. The number of members of the Council is 19 people.

International

Q: Please mention the international links of your agency and especially list the international organizations your agency is a member in.
A: Since its establishment the IAAR is engaged to the effective and productive international activity. We are members of basic European, Asian and American networks on quality assurance:

• The Central and Eastern European Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education
(CEENQA)–full member;
• International Network for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (INQAAHE)full member;
• European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA)–affiliate member;
• The Asia-Pacific Quality Network (APQN)–intermediate member;
• IREG Observatory on Academic ranking and excellence (IREG)–full member;
• Association of Quality Assurance Agencies of the Islamic World (AQAAIW)-full member;
• The member of the CHEA International Quality Group (CIQG), the United States.

 

Independent Quality Assurance Agency for Education (IQAA)

Contact Information

Street name: Dostyk Street 20, Office 801
Postal code and City: 010000, Astana
Country: Kazakhstan
Phone/Fax: +7717-273820
E-mail: nkaoko@mail.ru
Website: www.iqaa.kz
Contact person: Prof. Sholpan Kalanova
Function of contact person: President
Founding date: 2008

Legal Bases/ Membership

Q: What is the legal basis for your agency (non-profit organization, for-profit organization, foundation, association etc.)?
A: Non-Profit Organization

Q: Who are the members of your agency?
A: Higher education institutions are the main entities with which the agency operates.

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:
Accreditation is not a national requirement in Kazakhstan, it is voluntary.

Q: Is the agency involved in programme or institutional evaluation/accreditation or both? What are the consequences of evaluation/accreditation outcomes?
A: IQAA conducts both institutional and programme accreditation. If a higher education institution and its higher education institution programme are awarded accreditation, the higher education institution programme can receive student based public grants.

Q: Please describe the structure and the activity periods of the decision-making body and state who delegates/appoints its members.
A: The Accreditation Council is the decision-making body of IQAA, it is composed of higher education experts, university representatives, employers, students, international experts and other stakeholders. The Accreditation Council convenes on a regular basis. The agency appoints the members of the Accreditation Council based on its Accreditation Council Statute.

International

Q: Can HEIs in your country choose international services from EQAR listed agencies?
A: Higher education institutions in Kazakhstan can choose to undergo accreditation by EQAR listed agencies if they
admitted to the National Register organized by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of  Kazakhstan, and if they are officially recognized in their own countries.

Q: Please mention the international links of your agency and especially list the international organizations your agency is a member in.
A: The agency is active on the international stage and participates in various international projects in the field of quality assurance in higher education. Besides being a member of CEENQA, IQAA is an affiliate of European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA), and a member of Asia-Pacific Quality Network (APQN) and International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE).

 

The Eurasian Сentre for Accreditation and Quality Assurance in Higher Education and Health care (ECAQA)

Contact Information

Street name: 75, Karasay Batyr Street
Postal code and City: 050029 Almaty
Country: Republic of Kazakhstan
Phone/Fax: +7727 3023988
E-mail: info@ecaqa.org
Website: ecaqa.web.almamed.kz
Contact person: Dr. Farida Nurmanbetova, MD, D.Med.Sci.
Function of contact person: Adviser of the ECAQA
Founding date: 2016