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trusttrust
Borcho Aleksov,
Deputy Head
Higher Education Department
Ministry of Educ...
Cooperation in Higher Education
Quality Assurance − Why cooperation when:
• EHEA (Bologna) countries
• National Quality As...
Western Balkans
• Western Balkans Platform on Education and
Training (European Commission)
• Regional Roadmap for the prom...
Quality: Built on mutual trust
Quality Assurance
Protection or mutual trust?
to what extent we can trust
uniform systems?
or presenting our
achievements and
guaranty
Cooperation benefits
• Bonn Declaration on regional cooperation in
Quality Assurance in Higher Education, 2007
• Agreement...
Situation
• Public trust in higher education is being eroded
• Lack of Assessment of the impact of Quality
Assurance
(Effe...
• demonstrating the reliability and validity ofdemonstrating the reliability and validity of
our quality assurance instrum...
EU. . .
The main responsibility for delivering
reforms in higher education rests with
member states and education institut...
Macedonia
• Supports regional cooperation and initiatives
• Bologna since 2003, ENIC/NARIC member
• Associated member of E...
Macedonia
• Still weak university initiatives and poor university
management
• Mobility is obligatory as well as universit...
Regional Cooperation Challenges
 regional cooperation with leading centre
 diversity against focus on excellence
 end o...
Quality Assurance Cooperation
• External peer review and External Examiners
• Empirical evidence of effectiveness
(quantif...
Thank you for your attention
Borco.Aleksov@mon.gov.mk
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Borco Aleksov NHEC QA in HE Cooperation

  1. 1. ToTo whatwhat extentextent wewe cancan trusttrust Borcho Aleksov, Deputy Head Higher Education Department Ministry of Education and Science Macedonia
  2. 2. Cooperation in Higher Education Quality Assurance − Why cooperation when: • EHEA (Bologna) countries • National Quality Assurance Agencies (ENQA/EQAR), ECA • ENIC/NARIC • EUA • EHEA Qualification Framework (Self-certification) • European Qualification Framework (Referencing) not enough? don’t we trust each others?
  3. 3. Western Balkans • Western Balkans Platform on Education and Training (European Commission) • Regional Roadmap for the promotion of Regional Higher Education Policy in West Balkans (Novi Sad initiative, TEMPUS, HEA IR) • Joint TFBHC and ERI SEE Cluster of Knowledge: Development of National Qualifications Frameworks and others: • CEENQA • CEEPUS
  4. 4. Quality: Built on mutual trust
  5. 5. Quality Assurance
  6. 6. Protection or mutual trust? to what extent we can trust uniform systems? or presenting our achievements and guaranty
  7. 7. Cooperation benefits • Bonn Declaration on regional cooperation in Quality Assurance in Higher Education, 2007 • Agreement for Co-operation ECA-CEEN 2006, ECA-INQAAHE, 2008 • MULTRA-Mutual Agreement on Mutual Recognition of accreditation results regarding Joint Programmes, 2010 • Bilateral Mutual Recognition Agreements
  8. 8. Situation • Public trust in higher education is being eroded • Lack of Assessment of the impact of Quality Assurance (Effectiveness of Quality Assurance Instruments) • Impact of University Rankings on Higher Education Policy in Europe • Higher Education−Society links • Public funding is spread too thinly across too many universities • Automatic Recognition of Qualifications
  9. 9. • demonstrating the reliability and validity ofdemonstrating the reliability and validity of our quality assurance instruments is essentialour quality assurance instruments is essential for continued credibilityfor continued credibility • empirical data for evaluation (private sector)empirical data for evaluation (private sector) against subjective judgment (higheragainst subjective judgment (higher education)education) • despite criticism of global university rankingsdespite criticism of global university rankings their influence is growingtheir influence is growing
  10. 10. EU. . . The main responsibility for delivering reforms in higher education rests with member states and education institutions themselves. However, the Bologna process, the EU Agenda for modernisations of universities and creation of the European Research Area show that the challenges and policies responses transcend national borders.
  11. 11. Macedonia • Supports regional cooperation and initiatives • Bologna since 2003, ENIC/NARIC member • Associated member of ENQA • Automatic recognition for 500 universities on ARWU, “Shanghai” Ranking list • National ranking of universities (5 public, 15 private, ~70 000 students) • About 2500 foreign students, about 1500 foreign diplomas yearly (most of them from region: BG, SRB, CRO, SLO, TR, AL, RO, GR, but also A, UK, F, S, USA, and elsewhere
  12. 12. Macedonia • Still weak university initiatives and poor university management • Mobility is obligatory as well as university agreements for collaboration • Doctoral studies (Salzburg I, II) since 2010 • National Qualification Framework for Higher Education 2010 • Financing higher education system reconstruction • National Bilateral Agreements: BG, SRB, BA, SLO, CRO, TR, A, RUS, CZ, PL, SK, USA, AZ, etc. none: South America, Africa, Central Asia, Australia
  13. 13. Regional Cooperation Challenges  regional cooperation with leading centre  diversity against focus on excellence  end of egalitarian tradition in higher education (funds will not be distributed evenly)  modern and highly productive university governance  common research priorities: innovation, energy, health, food, . . .
  14. 14. Quality Assurance Cooperation • External peer review and External Examiners • Empirical evidence of effectiveness (quantification of quality assurance criterions, different data sources) • Social programme evaluation approach study programme tuning process • “unrecognizable” qualification recognition • professionalization of public governance, management, and administration of higher education
  15. 15. Thank you for your attention Borco.Aleksov@mon.gov.mk

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