International Seminar on Quality Assurance
LEPL – National Center for Educational Quality Enhancement under the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia organized an international seminar titled "Promoting the Development-Oriented Quality Assurance in Eastern Partnership Countries". Aleksandre Jejelava, the Minister of Education and Science of Georgia addressed the seminar participants.
The seminar aimed at identifying the issues of quality assurance that require special attention as well as further elaboration of recommendations on these issues.
The discussion, held within the scope of the seminar, focused on the challenges facing the development of quality assurance systems in Eastern Partnership countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine and Belarus). The representatives of the member states of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) exchanged experiences and best practices.
Mr. Noël Vercruysse, head of the project for internationalization of higher education in the region of Flanders discussed the challenges of implementation of the agreed commitments of quality assurance in the Bologna Process.
Dr. Achim Hopbach, Managing Director of the Austrian Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation shared the example of Austria to the seminar participants, specifically on how to establish development-oriented quality assurance.
Ms. Jana Möhren, Head of International Office at ASIIN e. V. discussed how to maintain a balance between accountability and development within the process of external quality assurance, along with attaining reliability and promoting recognition.
Mr. George Sharvashidze, the Deputy Minister of Education and Science of Georgia and Director of the National Center for Educational Quality Enhancement addressed the implementation of the Bologna process as well as the development of quality assurance system in the education sector in Georgia.
Ms. Paula Ranne, the Deputy Director of the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA) held a presentation regarding the ENQA as a representative of Quality Assurance agencies operating within the European Higher Education Area.
Ms. Nora Skaburskienė, the Acting Director of the Lithuanian Center for Quality Assessment in Higher Education (SKVC) reviewed the development of Quality Assurance system, internationalization as well as challenges and advantages of Quality Assurance in Lithuania.
Quality assurance challenges faced by the Polish Quality Assurance system were the talking points of Mr. Bartłomiej Banaszak, the Acting Head of Strategy and Analysis Department of the Ministry of Higher Education and Science of Poland.
As the Seminar continued, Ms. Liia Lauri, the Director of Estonian Quality Agency for Higher and Vocational Education (EKKA) reviewed the development of Quality Assurance system, stakeholder engagement, membership of ENQA and EQAR, and its challenges and advantages.
Within the framework of the seminar, the working groups discussed challenges facing the development of external quality assurance system in Eastern Partnership Countries, international involvement and future prospects, and how networking contributes to Quality Assurance.
The seminar was attended by the representatives of Georgian higher educational institutions and foreign guests.