CURRENTLY RUNNING PROJECTS
AMIS-3: Development of Higher Education Institutions External Evaluation System, coordinated by SKVC
KAPRIS-2: Strengthening the System of Academic Recognition, coordinated by SKVC
LIREQA: Linking Academic Recognition and Quality Assurance, coordinated by SKVC
ESF Project in Latvia: Support for Meeting the Requirements Set for EQAR Agency, coordinated by AIC (Latvia)
IMPACT: Quality and Impact of the Recognition Networks, coordinated by EP-Nuffic
PARADIGMS: New Paradigms in Recognition, coordinated by EP-Nuffic
RENSA: Recognition of Non-Country Specific Awards, coordinated by UK NARIC
ISOBAQ: Information System on pre-Bologna Academic Qualifications, coordinated by Bulgarian NARIC
CURRENTLY RUNNING PROJECTS
Project aim is to sustain the system of external evaluation of higher education institutions. The implementation of this project will support the quality assurance as well as effectiveness of Lithuanian higher education and research system following the provisions of European Higher Education Area. During the project the mode of evaluation from the individual study programmes to the systematic study field quality evaluation will be shifted.
External assurance has two main functions:
- Accountability of higher education institutions;
- improvement of higher education quality.
External evaluation results – evaluation reports – provides information regarding activities of the institution and its study programmes‘ quality not only to the academic community but also to the whole society.
To reach the aim of the project it is necessary to:
- Enhance partnership between Centre and its stakeholders;
- Evaluate quality of higher education institutions’ activities.
Target group of the project: various stakeholders (teachers, students, employers, ministry, society). During the project evaluation of seven higher education institutions‘ quality will be accomplished and several hundreds of study programmes.
Project “Development of Higher Education Institutions External Evaluation System (AMIS-3)“ is implemented according to European Union fund investment priority and is financed by European Union structural funds and state budget of the Republic of Lithuania.
Project implementation period is March 2015 – October 2017.
KAPRIS-2 is a project implemented to strengthen the system of academic recognition of foreign qualifications concerning higher education in Lithuania.
It is aimed at:
- Creating electronic recognition services enabling stakeholders to receive our services online and providing one platform for all institutions involved in recognition;
- Supporting the decentralised academic recognition system by developing information tools and offering training.
It is provisioned that, during the lifetime of the project, the following will be implemented:
- An electronic recognition area;
- 25 country profiles providing information on the systems of education;
- 3 training sessions for higher education institutions;
- Other supporting activities.
This project builds on the achievements of the previously implemented KAPRIS, which facilitated the introduction of the decentralised system of recognition of foreign qualifications in Lithuania. KAPRIS-2 is focused at reinforcing the system and creating favourable conditions for its effective functioning.
Target group of the project: education institutions, students, holders of foreign qualifications, employers.
Title of the project: Strengthening the System of Academic Recognition (KAPRIS-2)
Duration of the project: October 2015 - August 2018
The project is financed by the European Structural Funds.
Project is implemented under Erasmus+ programme (Key action 3: Support for Policy Reform) initiative for policy innovation giving support to forward-looking cooperation projects on policy developments and European policy experimentations led by high level organisations and public authorities to stimulate innovate policies and prepare their implementation.
Project aims at contributing to fair recognition of qualifications by developing recommendations to relate academic recognition and both internal and external quality assurance. Outcomes of this project are related with the implementation of the revised Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European of Higher Education Area (ESG) endorsed by Ministers of Education in Yerevan in May 2015 , which contains a clear expectation to align institutional recognition with principles of the LRC, and to foster cooperation with other institutions, quality assurance agencies, national ENIC/NARIC centres. Project activities include desk research and surveys of ENIC/NARIC centers, Quality Agencies, Higher Education Institutions on the status quo and future expectations; developing recommendations for ensuring fair recognition via quality assurance mechanisms; validation and dissemination within ENIC/NARIC centres, Quality agencies, Higher Education Institutions. Project is devoted to enhance the European dimension in recognition and to contribute to policy development of recognition on the European agenda, to establish benchmarking, best practices, to promote cooperation between members of the network partners in the field of recognition, to ensure coherence and interactivity with other partners and networks in related fields.
- mapping the present situation and learning of expectations and possibilities for improvement from the main stakeholders (ENIC/NARIC centres, Quality Agencies, Higher Education Institutions);
- creating a set of recommendations to address fair recognition of qualifications via external and internal quality assurance;
- capacity building of ENIC/NARIC centres, Quality Agencies and Higher Education Institutions.
Project partnership consists of:
- NARIC centers: SKVC (coordinator, LT), AIC (LV), EP-Nuffic (NL), NOKUT (NO);
- Quality Agencies: CTI (FR), ANECA (ES), AQU Catalunya (ES);
- Networks: European Association for Quality Assurance of Higher Education (ENQA);
- Advisory Board: President of Intergovernmental Lisbon Recognition Convention Committee (LRC); representative of ESU (European Student Union); representative of higher education institutions, coming from EUA; External expert, former member of NARIC Advisory Board.
Project implementation timeline: 1 December 2016 – 30 November 2018.
For more information:
Ms. Aurelija Valeikienė, Project Manager
Tel.(+370-5) 210 54 02
Ms. Gabrielė Bajorinaitė, Project Administrator
Tel. (+370 5) 205 36 62
The aim of the project is to provide support for fulfilling the requirements for EQAR (European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education) registered agency, including support for enhancing the quality of activities and capacity building.
As a result of the project Latvian higher education quality assurance system will operate according to the expectations of the Standards and guidelines for quality assurance in the European Higher Education Area (ESG-2015), thus increasing the international credibility of Latvian higher education and diplomas issued in Latvia.
The project is carried out by the Academic Information Centre which functions as the Latvian Quality Agency for Higher Education since 1 July 2015. Cooperation partners include the Council of Higher Education (Latvia), SKVC (Lithuania), and 12 Latvian Higher Education Institutions.
SKVC will cooperate with AIC on a wide range of issues as follows:
- Improving and approbation of Agency’s Quality management system,
- Carrying out pilot accreditations,
- Preparations for ENQA review to become a full member of ENQA and be listed on EQAR,
- Developing the strategy for the AIC and a medium-term plan for strengthening of its international competitiveness in higher education in accreditation HEIs or study directions,
- Ensuring compliance of the Latvian legislation with the ESG-2015,
- Experience exchange visits with EQAR agencies for staff of the Agency, students, employers, members of the QA Council,
- Training of review experts,
- Working out suggestions for improving the monitoring system and procedures,
- Strengthening of the material/ technical resources and information support including creating the e-platform in order to support the processes of the accrediting and licensing and for HE monitoring including integrating and interconnecting the existing information systems,
- Participation of the AIC in ENQA and other international organisations or networks of quality assurance agencies,
- Training seminars for HEIs on internal and external QA for higher education institutions,
- Developing communication and informative means and their further development, including improvement of the website of the AIC.
The Project runs from March 2016 until 7 September 2019. The Project is co-funded by European Social Fund.
The IMPACT project pursues the following three objectives:
- to extend the quality assurance and peer review system of recognition offices, including facilitating a new round of peer reviews;
- to explore how to connect admissions officers to the ENIC-NARIC networks and launch a first version of a European Admissions Officers platform (using the 600+ participants of the STREAM online training and good practice platform as a starting point);
- to assess the impact of the ENIC-NARIC networks on recognition in the EHEA (making use of EUA’s evaluation expertise).
During the project, three expertise hubs will be created to implement the project activities: the ‘QA of networks’ hub; the ‘connecting admissions officers’ hub; the ‘Impact evaluation of the networks’ hub. The round of peer reviews by ENIC-NARIC centres will be implemented, and it is estimated that 8 centres will be involved in this exercise. Analysis will be done on how to embed the Quality assurance tool in the ENIC-NARIC networks for easy future use. Consultations, with admissions officers and stakeholders in recognition will be held, and web development, including development of an admissions officers platform will be arranged. Recommendations will be issued on how to connect European admissions officers to the ENIC-NARIC networks. Evaluation will be carried out on the impact of the ENIC-NARIC networks.
The Core project team consists of EP-Nuffic (coordinator), UK NARIC, NARIC France, NARIC Denmark, NARIC Lithuania, NARIC Italy, and the European University Association (subcontractor). The Sub team assists the Core team in implementing the project goals and includes NARICs from Ireland and Latvia. The Steering Group consists of: President ENIC Bureau, Vice-President LRC Committee, BFUG Representative (subcontractor), European Consortium for Accreditation – ECA (subcontractor), the European University Association – EUA (subcontractor) and the German Hochschulrektorenkonferenz (HRK).
The project runs from 1 March 2016 to 28 February 2018. IMPACT is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Commission.
Project aims are threefold:
- Exploring systems of automatic recognition for the EHEA countries (in line with the Yerevan Communiqué);
- Exploring a format to signal and evaluate individual competences of applicants (‘eclectic programmes’, containing MOOC credits, work experience, etc.);
- Elaborating on a model for systematic and sustainable knowledge and expertise exchange between ENIC-NARIC centres (knowledge hubs).
In the initial phase of the desk research examples of automatic recognition procedures, sources of formats to evaluate competences gained through alternative forms of learning and models for information and knowledge exchange are collected. Then partners will develop and test the identified possible pathways for automatic recognition and ways how to make competences gained through alternative forms of learning transparent, to ensure the practical applicability of the (draft) recommendations. The mode of cooperation in the project to formulate recommendations on the future implementation of the knowledge hubs will be reviewed. Afterwards, the consultation with members of the ENIC-NARIC network will be held to produce the final set of recommendations. A model for continuous systematic knowledge exchange and expertise development within the NARIC networks (the knowledge hubs) will be elaborated.
Project target groups include ENIC-NARIC offices, Policy makers on recognition issues at national and European level.
The project consortium consists of the Core Team (EP-Nuffic as coordinator, ENIC-NARIC France, ENIC-NARIC Denmark, ENIC-NARIC Lithuania, ENIC-NARIC Norway and ENIC-NARIC Portugal), the Sub Team (ENIC-NARICs from Ireland, Slovenia and Belgium/Flanders), and the Steering Group (the President of the ENIC Bureau and the Vice-President of the LRC Committee).
The project runs from 1 March 2016 to 28 February 2018. PARADIGMS is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Commission.
The principal aim of the project Recognition of Non-Country Specific Awards (RENSA) is be the further development and sharing of good practice and information to support fair and, as appropriate, consistent recognition of non-country specific qualifications. Non-country specific awards are defined as being defined as those which are wholly international, and do not form part of any one national education system. In practice there are no dedicated guidelines of good practice for the evaluation of non-country specific qualifications nor a clear means of sharing and saving examples of recognition decisions taken by NARICs.
The impact of the project is projected to be threefold:
- The ENIC and NARIC networks will benefit from a central, reliable resource both on good practice in evaluating non-national qualifications and from a central resource, accessible to all centres
- The individual centres participating in the study will benefit from sharing and reflecting on their recognition procedures for non-country specific awards
- Other stakeholders in the EHEA will benefit from the smooth and fair recognition of these awards: students holding these qualifications; along with higher education institutions and employers that may receive applications from these students for the purpose of further study or employment.
The project is coordinated by the UK NARIC (the United Kingdom), with project partners from the Malta Qualifications Recognition Information Centre (Malta), the Agency for Science and Higher Education (Croatia), Quality and Qualifications Ireland (Ireland) and the Centre for Quality Assessment in Higher Education (Lithuania).
The project will be carried out from March 2016 to August 2017 and is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Commission.
The objective of the project is to gather in a single online information system (OIS) structured information about the existing national legislation and levelling of the existing pre-Bologna HE qualifications towards the current national HE qualifications, the corresponding National Qualification Frameworks and the Bologna cycles. Such a structured information source is foreseen to be used as helpful tool for comparison, assessment and fair recognition, and transparency having in mind insufficient information about national levelling and status of pre-Bologna HE qualifications. Samples of the pre-Bologna HE qualifications in question would add value to the final online information system. The information system will promote and facilitate the mobility in the field of education and employment by enhancing the trust-based fair recognition of pre-Bologna HE qualifications.
The main activities necessary for implementation of the project are as follows:
- Gathering information about the national legislation: each project partner will collect and process information about the national legislation and levelling of the existing pre-Bologna HE qualifications towards the current national HE qualifications, the corresponding NQFs and the Bologna cycles;
- Gathering of existing samples of pre-Bologna HE qualifications: project partners will collect and process national samples of diplomas, representing the different existing pre-Bologna qualifications in time;
- Designing, drafting and creating of the online information system, and actual uploading of the information and collected pre-Bologna samples;
- Information, publicity and dissemination activities of the project.
Target group: information provided in the online system will be a useful tool for the ENIC-NARIC network and for credential evaluators working within the structures of the ENIC and NARIC centres, providing reliable and relevant background information that could facilitate the proper evaluation and recognition of pre-Bologna qualifications.
The project consortium consists of the seven NARIC centres representing East European region as follows: Bulgarian ENIC-NARIC (project coordinator), Croatian ENIC-NARIC, Estonian ENIC-NARIC, Latvian ENIC-NARIC, Lithuanian ENIC-NARIC, Polish ENIC-NARIC, Romanian ENIC-NARIC.
The project runs from 1 April 2016 to 30 September 2017. ISOBAQ is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Commission.