On June 30, 2021, a regular meeting of the International Accreditation Board (IAB) on the quality of education took place. The IAB is an advisory body of the Russian Register (RR), responsible for making decisions on the international accreditation of degree programmes, which passed the accreditation examination by the Russian Register. The meeting of the Board was opened by S.Yu. Glazyev, member of the EEC Board and Chairperson of the IAB RR. Dr Glazyev noted the timeliness of the meeting, both in terms of accreditation issues and in relation to the issues on the agenda of the strategic directions of the EAEU development.
As a Member of the Board (Minister) of the EEC for Integration and Macroeconomics of the EEC, Dr Glazyev identified the tasks facing the ECE and called on the members of the IAB to get involved in this work. He said that about a month ago, a plan for the implementation of the strategic directions of the EAEU-2025 Strategy was developed and adopted. For the first time in 10 years, the plan covered the areas of education and research, thus identifying new areas of integration. Previously, the EEC did not have such powers.
The connection with the labor market and the opportunity for citizens to work in another member state of the union is important for education. “Despite the existence of nostrification procedures of education documents, the barriers in the labor market remain,” the Minister said. It is necessary to overcome these barriers, it would be appropriate to create a general mechanism for the accreditation of degree programmes and indtitutions, at least in those areas that are related to the field of activity of migrants.
That refers is industry, construction, and agriculture, and recently health care. There is a task to develop the market for medical services, provide remote medical care, and develop telemedicine. There is a task of harmonizing educational programs, mutual recognition of diplomas, accreditation of educational organizations.
In the strategic directions of the development of integration, there is international scientific and technical cooperation, the need for joint research. It is necessary to create a single interstate codifier for the formation of national databases of information on science and technology.
S.Yu. Glazyev also noted the importance of developing and implementing career development programmes for researchers, monitoring national training programmes for researchers of the EAEU member states and organizing mutual internships in education institutions and universities of the EAEU member states.
The Board unanimously adopted a resolution on the designated issues. The international status of the Board today is supported not only by representatives of the EAEU member states (Russia, Kazakhstan, Armenia, Belarus), it also includes a representative of other CIS countries, for example, the Republic of Moldova.
Traditionally, the interest of the members of the Board is raised by issues related to medicine, the potential of the Board allows to find the solutions necessary for the EAEU. So, the Accreditation Board includes Farida Nurmanbetova, scientific consultant of the Eurasian Center for Accreditation and Quality Assurance in Education and Healthcare (ECAQA) of the Republic of Kazakhstan; Igor Ivanov, Director of the Federal State Budgetary Institution “National Institute of Quality” of Roszdravnadzor; Svetlana Antonova, Vice-President of the EOK for information policy. The journal “Quality Management in Medicine” presented by Svetlana Sergeevna is an excellent discussion platform for solving specific problems. Alexander Sachkov, Chairperson of the Expert Council for the Development of Civic Education and Socialization of Students under the State Duma Committee on Education and Science, also took part in the meeting of the Board. He made a short report on the changes in the legislative base of the Russian Federation regarding educational activities.
The main topic of the meeting was the accreditation examination of clusters of degree programmes of N.P. Ogarev National Research Mordovian State University (MRSU) and Volgograd State University (VolSU).
Based on the results of the assessment of the educational programs of the VolSU IT cluster, it was decided to accredit them for a period of 4 years, which, according to the methodology of the Russian Register, means a significant degree of compliance of the programs with the established requirements associated with the ESG - ENQA standards and recommendations. The degree programmes of MRSU received a higher rating; by the decision of the Board, the period of their accreditation was 5 years.
An active part in the work of the Board belonged to N. Vatin, Head of the Scientific Publications Department of the St. Petersburg Polytechnic University of Peter the Great; S. Mikhailov, Head of the Educational and Methodological Department of the St. Petersburg State University of Architecture and Civil Engineering and L. Skakovskaya, Rector of Tver State University