Kosovo Accreditation Agency / Agjencia e Kosovës për Akreditim (KAA)
|Street name:||Agim Ramadani n.n.|
|Postal code and City:||10000 Prishtina|
|Phone/Fax:||+383 38 200 205 77|
|Contact person:||Naim Gashi|
|Function of contact person:||Director|
|Founding date:||March 2008|
||Non-profit Governmental Organization|
|International Links and membership:||INQAAHE, candidate for ENQA membership|
KAA operates on the basis of provisions of the Law on Higher Education in Kosovo, which recognizes KAA as an independent public body responsible for evaluation and accreditation of Kosovar higher education institutions and their study programmes. KAA’s work is based on the Administrative Instruction on Accreditation 15/2018. KAA is governed by its board known as State Council of Quality which is composed of 6 local and 3 international members. KAA’s staff is composed of 8 persons, which are managed by the Executive Director of KAA.
The mandate of the Kosovo Accreditation Agency (KAA) is to carry out the accreditation and reaccreditation of public and private institutions of higher education and their academic and research programmes. Also, KAA is responsible for supervising accredited institutions through follow up procedures. KAA’s responsibility for the accreditation of public and private institutions of higher education involves:
- The accreditation of public and private institutions of higher education;
- The accreditation of new institutions of higher education and their study programmes (preliminary accreditation);
- The accreditation of new programmes at already accredited institutions of higher education;
- Continuous monitoring of quality assurance of accredited institutions and their programmes (including re-accreditation).
KAA’s mission is “through the accreditation process to support the development of quality among higher education institutions and at the same time to assure society at large that the quality of teaching and learning in Kosovo is of comparable standards”. While performing external quality assurance activities, the aims of KAA are to: open the higher education sector in Kosovo; to assure quality among all institutions of higher education in Kosovo; to promote, encourage and develop quality in the sector of higher education; to create transparency and facilitate comparability for providers, students and the labour market; to encourage innovative content and means of delivery of higher education; to ensure comparability of Kosovo diplomas with international ones; and support Kosovo’s objectives for integration into EHEA.