The National Center for Education Quality Enhancement becomes a member of the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA)
The Board the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA) made a decision on membership of the National Center for Education Quality Enhancement of Georgia on April 25, at the 9th Annual Forum in Tallinn, Estonia. Only technical procedures remain, and Georgia will officially become the member of the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA) at the Assembly in autumn of this year.
George Vashakidze: "Today the Board of the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA) has satisfied our Center's application for full membership. The decision will be officially concluded at the ENQA Assembly in October. This is a tremendous achievement for the higher education system - a kind of recognition that the standards and procedures of higher education quality assurance in Georgia today are relevant to the European standards. This recognition is reflected in concrete results, particularly, the ENQA membership increases confidence in operating in Georgia higher education institutions and their attractiveness for foreign students, professors, and teachers, as well as promotes the recognition of Georgian diplomas in Europe."
The ENQA membership of the National Center for Educational Quality Enhancement will significantly contribute to:
· The possibility of full and automatic recognition of awarded in Georgia qualifications and diplomas in Europe;
· High level of credibility to the assessment system of operating in Georgia universities;
· Strengthening International partnership of Universities with European Universities and Scientific Institutions;
· Promoting the international mobility of students and professors;
· Registration of the Center at the European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education (EQAR).
In the Association Agreement between Georgia and the European Union, the country has undertaken a commitment to bring the higher education system of Georgia step by step closer to the European Higher Education Area. The implementation of European higher education quality development mechanisms and standards in Georgia was particularly significant in this direction. This task already fulfilled and the harmonized with the Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area (ESG-2015) Authorization and Accreditation Standards and procedures are in force in Georgia today.
Renewed standards and procedures ensure a comprehensive and in-depth assessment of educational institutions and programs, maximum involvement of stakeholders, continuous development, accountability, and transparency.