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Currently running projects

CURRENTLY RUNNING PROJECTS


CURRENTLY RUNNING PROJECTS


AR-net: Automatic Recognition in the Networks in 2020  

The Project aims to contribute to ‘de facto’ Automatic Recognition (AR) from four different angles: 

  • Experimenting with the implementation of AR in a number of ENIC-NARIC centres, resulting in recommendations;
  • Produce a Policy Paper on the Portability of Recognition Decisions;
  • Update and promote existing recognition tools: European Recognition Manual for Higher Education Institutions (EAR-HEI), EAR (e)manuals and STREAM admissions platform;
  • Strengthen the quality assurance of the ENIC-NARIC networks. 

During the Project, the outcomes of the previous projects (PARADIGMS and IMPACT) will be reviewed; desk research to collect any new developments in AR and examples of portability of recognition decisions will be conducted; blueprints and reports for the Analysis report of the 25 peer reviews, Implementations of AR and Policy paper on portability of recognition will be developed. Also, the Standard & Guidelines and the EAR (e-)manual and the EAR-HEI manual/STREAM platform will be revised. The implementation of AR will be explored in two test rounds, 6 centres will undertake Peer Reviews. Finally, the results of the Project will be disseminated. 

Impact: 

  • Further streamlining of recognition practices in the EHEA; 
  • 1/3 of the NARIC network gains first-hand experience with the implementation of Automatic Recognition;
  • Professionalization of the Standards & Guidelines for Quality Assurance of the networks; 
  • 6 centres will undertake the self-evaluation and peer review;
  • All outcomes will support (dialogue on) good practice in recognition in the networks and the EHEA. 

Project target groups include ENIC-NARIC networks and centres, admissions officers, European higher education policy makers, students. 

The project consortium consists of: 

  • the Core Team – Dutch NARIC (Nuffic) as coordinator, NARICs from Lithuania (SKVC), Denmark, Portugal, 
  • the Sub Team – NARICs from Italy (CIMEA), Norway (NOKUT), Czech Republic, Ireland (QQI), the UK, 
  • the Steering Group includes the Vice-President LRC Committee, European University Association – EUA (subcontractor), European Consortium for Accreditation in higher education – ECA (subcontractor). 

The Project runs from 1 March 2018 to 29 February 2020. AR-net is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Commission. 


E-VALUATE: Evaluating e-learning for Academic Recognition 

The Project aims to: 

  • Provide an overview of the current state of play regarding online learning; 
  • Undertake a needs assessment of the type of information Higher education institutions (HEI) require for the recognition of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and Small Private Online Courses (SPOCs); 
  • Develop an Online Learning Information Tool for HEI; the Tool will include specific information on (the recognition of) online learning trajectories for refugees; 
  • Include the guidelines on the academic recognition of e-learning in the European Recognition Manuals (EAR and EAR HEI (e)manuals). 

The outcomes of e-VALUATE will be of broad use for the academic recognition of MOOCs and SPOCs, special focus will be on improving refugees’ access to higher education.

The Project will: 

  • Enable ENIC-NARIC centres and admissions officers at European HEI to assess qualifications obtained through online learning;
  • Contribute to common practice in Europe on the recognition of online learning and lead to more effective recognition practices that make better use of peoples talents;
  • Support learning mobility and social inclusion of refugees by giving special attention to how academic recognition of MOOCs and SPOCs can enable refugees’ access to higher education. 

Project target groups include HEIs, ENIC-NARIC centres, students, online education providers, policy makers, refugee organizations. 

The project consortium consists of:  

  • the Core Team  - Dutch NARIC (Nuffic) as project coordinator, NARICs from Norway (NOKUT), Denmark, Lithuania (SKVC) and the UK, 
  • the Sub Team - NARIC from Ireland (QQI), 
  • the Steering Group includes Open Higher Education KIRON (subcontractor), European Consortium for Accreditation in higher education – ECA (subcontractor), and Vice President Lisbon Recognition Convention (LRC) Committee.  

The Project runs from 1 March 2018 to 29 February 2020. AR-net is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Commission. 


AMIS-3

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 2018.

For more information:
Almantas Šerpatauskas, Project Manager
Tel.(+370 5) 210 47 76
almantas.serpatauskas@skvc.lt

Gerda Markevičiūtė, Project Administrator
Tel. (+370 5) 210 4775
gerda.markeviciute@skvc.lt


KAPRIS-2

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.

For more information:
Kristina Sutkutė, Project Manager
Tel.(+370 5) 210 47 88
kristina.sutkute@skvc.lt

Gerda Markevičiūtė, Project Administrator
Tel. (+370 5) 210 4775
gerda.markeviciute@skvc.lt


LIREQA: Linking Academic Recognition and Quality Assurance

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.

Objectives:

  1. mapping the present situation and learning of expectations and possibilities for improvement from the main stakeholders (ENIC/NARIC centres, Quality Agencies, Higher Education Institutions);
  2. creating a set of recommendations to address fair recognition of qualifications via external and internal quality assurance;
  3. 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

aurelija.valeikiene@skvc.lt

Ms. Dovilė Žeimienė, Project Administrator

Tel. (+370 5) 210 47 73

dovile.zeimiene@skvc.lt


ESF Project in Latvia

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.

More about project activities:

The Project runs from March 2016 until 7 September 2019. The Project is co-funded by European Social Fund.