QFORTE – Enhancement of Quality Assurance in Higher Education System in Moldova

Reference number (618742-EPP-1-2020-1-MD-EPPKA2-CBHE-SP)
This Project is funded with support from European Commission with in Erasmus+ programme.

Acronym: QFORTE
Type of the project: National/Structural project
Total Budget: € 992.363,00
Project`s period: 15/11/2020 – 14/11/2023 (36 months)
Coordinating institution: Moldova State University

Webpage: https://qforte.usm.md/


To contribute to deeper integration of Moldova into EHEA through the enhancing of quality assurance in higher education system


OB1: To promote and strengthen the Quality Assurance culture in Moldova and to build national consensus of the key-actors on the development issues by November 2023.

OB2: To develop and advance a national legislative framework and stimulate regulatory changes on Quality Assurance in HEIs in Moldova by November 2023.

OB3: To enhance the Quality Assurance management of HEIs in Moldova through International institutional accreditation by November 2023.

OB4: To build the institutional capacities of higher education institutions (HEIs) in Moldova for efficient and effective implementation of Quality Assurance (QA) reform by November 2023.


National level

  • Recommendations for reforming the national Methodology on institutional QA accreditation developed;
  • Developed amendments to the Code of Education of the Republic of Moldova;
  • Developed evaluation procedures for accreditation of joint programs;
  • Developed QA institutional external evaluation guide.

University level

  • University strategies for QA development elaborated and adopted at each institution PCUs;
  • QA manuals modernized at each national university involved in the project;
  • Action plans for further QA consolidation elaborated after passing the international accreditation (sustainability of the project);
  • The methodology of external institutional QA evaluation of HEIs applied;
  • Active online platform for institutional QA external evaluation.

Moldovan society

  • Developed QA culture in Moldova;
  • National consensus of the key-actors on QA;
  • Advancement of the national legislative framework on QA in Moldova;
  • Enhanced QA management of HEIs in Moldova through International institutional accreditation.


  1. Moldova State University (USM) – coordinator
  2. Academy of Economic Studies Moldova (ASEM)
  3. Balti State University (USARB)
  4. Cahul State University (USC)
  5. Comrat State University (KDU)
  6. Academy of Music, Theatre and Fine Arts (AMTAP)
  7. University of Political and Economic European Studies (USPEE)
  8. National Agency for Quality Assurance in Education and Research (ANACEC)
  9. Ministry of Education, Culture and Research of the Republic of Moldova (MECRRM)
  10. University of Montpellier, FRANCE (UM) -UM
  11. University of Salamanca, SPAIN (ES)- USAL
  12. Leipzig University, GERMANY (DE) – ULEI
  13. European Policy Development and Research Institute, Maribor, SLOVENIA (EPDRI)
  14. Central and Eastern European Network of Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (CEENQA)