Lithuania

Centre for Quality Assessment in Higher Education / Sudiju kokyb e s vertinimo centras (SKVC)

Contact Information

Street name: A. Gostauto g. 12
Postal code and City: LT-01108 Vilnius
Country: Lithuania
Phone/Fax: +370 5 210 47 72 / +370 5 213 25 53
E-mail: skvc@skvc.lt
Website: www.skvc.lt
Contact person: Nora Skaburskiene
Function of contact person: Acting Director
Founding date:  1995

Legal Bases/ Membership

Q: What is the legal basis for your agency (non-profit organization, for-profit organization, foundation, association etc.)?
A: SKVC is an operationally independent public authority, established by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Lithuania.

Q: Who are the members of your agency?
A: N/A

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:
Agency’s role: to increase awareness of the quality of higher education and promote its improvement. Evaluation of the quality of higher education (by institutions and by programs), credential evaluation (of foreign HE qualifications and qualifications giving access to HE); provision of information on HE systems and qualifications’ recognition; other functions in accordance with legal acts.

Scope of authority: Higher education system in Lithuania (both state and private institutions, both universities and colleges of higher education)

At the level of study programmes accreditation by SKVC is a national requirement. The evaluation of study programmes could be proceeded by SKVC or any other Quality assurance agency listed in EQAR. At the level of institutions evaluation and accreditation are mandatory and is a national requirement.

Q: Is the agency involved in programme or institutional evaluation/accreditation or both? What are the consequences of evaluation/accreditation outcomes?
A: SKVC is involved both in programme and institutional evaluations which lead to accreditation decisions. Possible decisions: accreditation for 6 years, accreditation for 3 years, non-accreditation (in case of institutional evaluation non-accreditation could be given only after second negative evaluation).

Q: Please describe the structure and the activity periods of the decision-making body and state who delegates/appoints its members.
A: The final decision on accreditation is signed by the Director of the Centre. SKVC has two advisory bodies–Study programme evaluation committee and Higher education evaluation committee. They are appointed by the order of the Director of the Centre according to published principles.

There is also an Appeals Commission which members are nominated by the main stakeholders and then appointed by the order of the Director of the Centre.

International

Q: Can HEIs in your country choose international services from EQAR listed agencies?
A: HEIs can choose other EQAR listed agency for evaluation of its study programmes.

Q: Please mention the international links of your agency and especially list the international organizations your agency is a member in.
A: SKVC is a member of these international networks:

  • ENQA (the Centre was associated member since 2000; since the network’s registration as an association, SKVC was a candidate member in the period 2008
  • 2012, full member since September 2012);
  • CEENQA (full member);
  • INQAAHE (full member since 1997)