Project: Strenghtening Quality Assurance System within Western Balkans HEIs in Support of National and Regional Planning

Acronym Application year Grant Reference number Duration Scope Project status
CUBRIK 2009 547333.0 SM 158999 - 2009 3 years Regional finalized
Eligibility period start Eligibility period end Extended until Website Facebook
January 15, 2010 January 14, 2013 July 14, 2013 http://www.cubrik.eu

Project summary

The overall objective of the project is to accompany the reform of the HE in the Balkan region through the development of common QA objectives and integral strategy for the institutional assessment. Specifically, the action aims at the creation of a quality assurance framework through the development of common QA practices and netweork at national and regional level and to the strengthning of capacity building through targeted training programme and pilot assessment activities for the external institutional assessment of universities and quality assurance agengies in Western Balkans.

The first project year will be devoted to the setting up of the QA framework necesary to implement longterm strategies for QA policies. More specifically the project foresees the identification and creatioin of a group of network wihtin partner institutions at national and regional level. Then equipement will be purchased in order to implement and develop an information system to collect relevant data information.

The framework for QA will finialised with the drafting and publication of a study trends within universities and QA agencies carried out by the Network of Expert. Meanwhile a Western Blakan Obervatory will be set-up and a webpage will be created, meetings with stakeholders will be holded to analyse their needs and expectation and to promote the QA Observatory as a working tool.

The second project year will be devoted to the adaptation of common methodologies and guidelines for the promotion of QA at National and Regional level. HEIs main players -universty top managers, QAA directors and representant of Minister of Education will join together in National Round tables first and in an Inter-Regional conference on the Processes and challenges in the development of a strategic plan for quality assurance within HEIs and Accreditation Agencies.

The National roud-table will conduct to the drafting of common and flexible rules and legislation for the assessment of HEIs in line with national reform priorities and ongoing European developments. Targeted training programmes will be conducted during the second and third project years. 5 programmes have been carefully selected in order to addres capacity building needs of partners universities.

Following the training programmes, and during the third project year a pratical implementation of the knowledge gain during the training programme will be carried out. The third project year will conclude with one of the main output of the project the institutional assessment of EES universities and QAA. The consortium has been carefully selected and EU partners have the full capacity and expertise to carry out the tasks they have to performed. EES have been selected for their compromise with QA initiatives and correspond to the geografic coveraged: from North to South and also represent Small-middle-large, old and recentrly opened Universities. Universities, QAA and Ministery in EES together with EU Partners will help strengthening Quality Assurance Systems within West Balkans HEIs in support of National and Regional Planning.

Objectives

1. Creation of a quality assurance framework through the development of common QA practices and network at national and regional level.
2. Strengthening capacity building through targeted training programme and pilot assessment activities for the external institutional assessment of Universities and Quality Assurance Agencies in Western Balkans.

Programme

Programme
TEMPUS PROGRAMME
Subprogramme
Structural Measures-Governance Reform

Subject areas

  • Accreditation Systems
  • Quality Assurance Mechanisms

Partners

University of Alicante, ES Project coordinator
Roberto Escarre
University of Kragujevac, SRB
Slobodan Jankovic Contact person, Dubravka Matovic (Dubravka Matović), Andreja Timotijevic, Bozinka Petronijevic (Božinka Petronijević), Radmila Nikolic, Zivadin Micic, Aleksandar Teodorovic, Branislav Simovic, Branko Jovanovic, Mirko Djapic, Milan Matijevic (Milan Matijević), Predrag Stancic (Предраг Станчић), Aleksandar Paunovic (Aleksandar Paunović), Biljana Guzvic, Milan Novakovic, and Zorica Avramovic (Зорица Аврамовић)
University of Nis, SRB
Dragan Antic (Драган Антић) Contact person, Miroljub Grozdanovic, Dragan Antic (Драган Антић), Vesna Lopicic (Весна Лопичић), Dejan Spasic, Darko Mitic (Дарко Митић), Slobodan Antic, and Vlastimir Djokic
University of Novi Sad, SRB
Ivana Zivancevic-Sekerus Contact person, Biljana Simunovic-Beslin, Marina Sciban, Mihalj Posa, Dubravka Lazic, Borislav Obradovic, Dragan Masulovic (Драган Машуловић), Zorana Luzanin (Зорана Лужанин), Igor Lekic, Ljiljana Crveni, Aleksandar Sujica, Mirjana Jovanic, Zoltan Djere, Ljiljana Subotic, Endre Pap, Pavle Sekerus (Павле Секеруш), and Olivera Gajic
Serbian Accreditation and Quality Evaluation Commission, SRB
Vera Vujicic (Vera Vujičić) Contact person, Ivan Milentijevic, and Sofija Pekic Quarrie (Sofija Pekić Quarrie)
Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia, SRB
Tinde Kovac-Cerovic Contact person
University of Mostar, BIH
Drazena Tomic
University of Zenica, BIH
Darko Petkovic
State University of Tetova, MK
Afrim Alili
The Ministry of Science and Technology of Republic of Srpska, BIH
Djordje Markez
University St. Kliment Ohridski, MK
Bozin Donevski
University College Cork, IRL
Agency for Development of Higher Education and Quality Assurance, BIH
Boris Curkovic
The Higher Education Accreditation Board of Republic of Macedonia, MK
Violeta Arnaudova
Erasmus University College Brussels, BEL
Jean Pierre Ross
The Ministry of Education and Science, MK
Ljiljana Basevska
Federal Ministry of Education and Science B&H, BIH
Sonja Raljevic
Ministry of Education of Spain , ES
Miguel Gonzales Suela
University of Banja Luka, BIH
Valerija Saula
University of Tuzla, BIH
Edin Delic
Austrian Agency for Quality Assurance, AUT

Equipment

University of Kragujevac
Title Model Equipment type Quantity Location
Laptop IT equipment - notebook computer 2 Rectorate
Desktop PC IT equipment - desktop computer 2 Rectorate
SPSS software licence Software 2 Rectorate - University library
University of Nis
Title Model Equipment type Quantity Location
Desktop PC IT equipment - desktop computer 6 Rectorate
Laptop IT equipment - notebook computer 4 Rectorate
Photocopier Office equipment (fax, telephone, white board) 3 Rectorate
University of Novi Sad
Title Model Equipment type Quantity Location
Notebook IT equipment - notebook computer 7 Faculty of Philosophy
Netbook IT equipment - notebook computer 2 Faculty of Philosophy
Printer IT equipment – printers, scanners, multifunctional devices 1 Faculty of Philosophy
External HDD IT equipment – other 3 Faculty of Philosophy
Keyboard IT equipment – other 1 Faculty of Philosophy
Notebook stand IT equipment – other 2 Faculty of Philosophy

Activities

1.  Creation of a functional framework for the QA implementation
1.1 Setting up of a QA network of experts within partner institutions at local and regional level
1.2 Purchase and installation of equipment, software and programmes
1.3 Information system development as a tool for decision-making process
1.4 Publication of a study trends analysis within universities and QA agencies carried out by the Network of Expert

2.  Western Balkans Observatory for Quality Assurance
2.1 Setting up of the Observatory legal statues, functioning and memberships requirements
2.2 Observatory Web site creation and maintaining
2.3 Meeting with local, national and regional stakeholders

3.  Defining Common Methodologies and guidelines for QA at National and Regional level
3.1 National round tables with ministries, QA Agencies and Universities for the adjustment and review of existing national legal frameworks
3.2 Drafting of common and flexible rules and legislation for the assessment of HEIs in line with national reform priorities and ongoing European developments
3.3 Inter-Regional conference: Processes and challenges in the development of a strategic plan for quality assurance within HEIs and Accreditation Agencies

4.  Targeted Training Programme
4.1 Workshop I: Practical Observation Session: day to day management practices of Quality Assurance Agencies and Vice-Rectorates for Quality Assurance and Strategic Planning
4.2 Workshop II: Student Assessment and Involvement in decision-making bodies
4.3 Workshop III: External Institutional Assessment
4.4 Workshop IV: External Assessment Mechanism for Quality · Assurance Agencies with ENQA standards and guidelines

5.  Conducting assessments of EES Universities and QA Agencies
5.1 Institutional assessment of universities: the self-assessment
5.2 Institutional assessment of universities: the external-assessment
5.3 Practical framework for the external assessment of QA Agencies –Self- Assessment
5.4 Conduction of External Assessment of EES QA agencies
 
6.  Dissemination and Networking Activities
6.1 Project Website
6.2 Targeted Mailings, Presentation Package, Press Publications, Networking & Dissemination Events
6.3 Final Conference: Mechanisms to develop a Regional Strategy for the follow up and implementation of QA in line with the EHEA

7.  Sustainability

8.  Monitoring
 
9.  Management of the Project:
9.1 Steering Committee, Project Managementand Reporting,
9.2 Coordination meetings

Deliverables

Title Type To
Self-evaluation report for the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Kragujevac Report
Description
The Faculty staff received the training on EFQM/TRIS model of self-evaluation, then drafted their Self Evaluation Report and received the site visit from the EU partners.
Self-assessment of the Doctoral Study Programme in Language and Literature at the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Novi Sad Report
Description
The Faculty staff received the training on EFQM/TRIS model of self-evaluation, then drafted their Self Evaluation Report and received the site visit from the EU partners.
Self-evaluation of Master Study Program Multimedia Technologies at the University of Nis Report
Description
The Faculty staff received the training on EFQM/TRIS model of self-evaluation, then drafted their Self Evaluation Report and received the site visit from the EU partners.
Western Balkan Observatory for QA in HE Other products
Description
web-site:http://www.qa-observatory.eu/ Memorandum of Understanding has been signed among RS, BiH and MK QA agencies at the initiative of Serbia CAQA; Web-page contains a database where interested reviewers can leave their data and eventually become invited into a regional accreditation procedure; WB Observatory business plan for period 2013-2017 can be seen on the following link http://www.qa-observatory.eu/sites/qa-observatory.eu/files/Western%20Balkans%20Regional%20Observatory%20for%20Quality%20Assurance.pdf

Resources

Resource title Resource type Keywords Authors
CUBRIK Presentation Promotion material CUBRIK, quality assurance Carolina Madeleine
Evaluation of Master Study Program Multimedia Technologies Curriculum quality assurance, accreditation, quality control, assessment, self-evaluation report, students, participation obezbedjenje kvaliteta, kontrola kvaliteta, akreditacija, ocenjivanje, samovrednovanje, studenti, Bolonjski proces
Self - assesment report on Medical Faculty Quality Assurance in Higher Education quality assurance, accreditation, quality control, assessment, self-evaluation report, students, participation obezbedjenje kvaliteta, kontrola kvaliteta, akreditacija, ocenjivanje, samovrednovanje, studenti,Bolonjski proces
Students as equal partners Quality Assurance in Higher Education quality assurance, accreditation, quality control, assessment, self-evaluation report, students, participation obezbedjenje kvaliteta, kontrola kvaliteta, akreditacija, ocenjivanje, samovrednovanje, studenti,Bolonjski proces Andrea Blaettler
STUDY TRENDS ANALYSIS WITHIN UNIVERSITIES AND QA AGENCIES Study / Analysis quality assurance, university, quality assurance agency, quality indicators, indicators, indicator, data collection, quality assurance system
Abstract
STUDY TRENDS ANALYSIS WITHIN UNIVERSITIES AND QA AGENCIES
Survey to Collect Indicators Related to Study Programme Assessment Study / Analysis quality assurance, university, quality indicators, indicators, study programme assessment, Institutional Accreditation, EFQM, self-assessment methodology, qualitative data, quantitative data, evaluation, evaluation models University of Alikante, ES