Russian Register joined the work of the 10th ENQA General Assembly, which took place on 17-18 October 2019 in Yerevan, Armenia. The event was organised in cooperation with the National Centre for Professional Education Quality Assurance Foundation (ANQA) and was held in Yerevan, Armenia.
The welcome addresses as made by Arayik Harutyunyan, RA Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sport; Ruben Topchyan, Director, National Centre for Professional Education Quality Assurance Foundation (ANQA) and Christoph Grolimund, President of ENQA.
The Assembly was highlighted by the panel discussion on regional perspectives “The added value of European cooperation in quality assurance”. It’s participants - Ekaterine Bagishvili, Acting Director, National Center for Educational Quality Enhancement (NCEQE, Georgia); Galina Motova, Deputy Director, National Centre of Public Accreditation (NPCA, Russia); Ruben Topchyan, Director, National Centre for Professional Education Quality Assurance Foundation (ANQA, Armenia) and Alina Zhumagulova, Director, Independent Agency for Accreditation and Rating (IAAR, Kazakhstan) discussed various aspects of work of ENQA members in Easten Europe and Asian region. The panel discussion was moderated by Axel Aerden, Managing Director Flanders, Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO)
At the second day of the Assembly there were two presentations on the future trends in the development of QA in Higher Education. The presentations “Trends in quality audits” by Orla Lynch, Adviser Higher Education Quality, Department of Education and Skills, Ireland and “Reflecting on the future of quality assurance” by Achim Hopbach, Director, Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation Austria (AQ Austria) raised many questions and discussion.
Thematic poster sessions, which took place during two days of the Assembly became very popular among the participants.
Eleven agencies from different countries presented their best experiences:
- Sandra Marcos, Quality Assurance Agency for the University System in Castilla y León (ACSUCYL, Spain). Title “Main challenges in the evaluation of e-learning programmes – seeking a common understanding with stakeholders”.
- Anke van Wier, Quality Assurance Netherlands Universities (QANU, The Netherlands) and Kees Gillesse, Intercity Student Counsil (ISO, The Netherlands). Title “Full partners - A methodology for student involvement in the visitation process”.
- Sigurdur Oli Sigurdsson, Quality Board for Icelandic Higher Education (Iceland). Title “A thematic analysis of institutional review reports through the lens of ESG - Section 1”.
- Anna Prades, Catalan University Quality Assurance Agency (AQU Catalunya, Spain). Title “ EUC Dades: a portal of quality assurance indicators”.
- Luis Velón, Agency for Quality Assurance in the Galician University System (ACSUG, Spain). Title “Labour market insertion studies: a relevant source of information for improving higher education quality”.
- Jolanta Silka and Ilva Grigorjeva, Academic Information Centre (AIC). Title “Quality of assessment experts’ reports – a challenge for the internal quality assurance system?”.
- Gayane Ananyan, the National Centre for Professional Education Quality Assurance Agency (ANQA, Armenia). Title “Framework for students’ engagement in EQA activities”.
- Heli Mattisen, Estonian Quality Agency for Higher and Vocational Education (EKKA, Estonia). Title ” Thematic evaluation – raising the impact of EQA”.
- Lasha Margishvili, National Center for Educational Quality Enhancement (NCEQE, Georgia). Title “Automatization of institutional evaluation and program accreditation”.
- Padraig Walsh, Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI, Ireland). Title “Stakeholder engagement and collaboration as a strategic priority for agencies”.
- Colin Tück, the European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education (EQAR). Title “Can DEQAR expose your agency’s reports to a broader, international readership?”.
Date of publication: 29.10.2019