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ANECA receive the visit by the external evaluation committee appointed by ENQA

Publication date: 09/06/2017

panel de evaluación ENQA 2017

The aim of this process is to ascertain compliance with the new criteria approved at the ministerial meeting in May 2015, allowing ANECA to remain a member of ENQA and registered agencies in the EQAR (European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education).

ANECA receive the visit by the external evaluation committee appointed by ENQA (European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education), on the 7th, 8th and 9th of June, said committee will conduct the five-yearly external evaluation required for quality assurance agencies, as per the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area (ESG).

The committee is composed of:

  • Jon Haakstad, Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT), Norway – Chair.
  • Norma Ryan, Independent consultant, Former Director of Quality Promotion Unit, University College Cork (UCC), Ireland – Secretary.
  • Hildegard Vermeiren, Faculty of Arts, Department of Translation, Interpretation and Communication, Ghent University (UGent), Belgium–Academic.
  • Samin Sedghi Zadeh, Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, University of Turin, Italy – Student.

Also Agnė Grajauskienė, Reviews Manager, and Lindsey Kerber, observer from ENQA, came along with the panel.

The visit was undertaken following a scheduled agenda, which was previously agreed with the panel. Different stakeholders of the Agency took part in the interviews. The meetings held on the first day focused on gathering the opinion of the Agency’s staff and the representatives from the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports. On the second day, evaluators from the different programmes of ANECA, students, representatives from autonomous agencies and social councils, rectors, vice rectors and representatives from quality offices from different universities, as well as representatives from autonomous governments and other ministries, were interviewed.

Shortly, the Agency will receive a draft report of the evaluation carried out by the panel. Subsequently, ANECA could send comments to the possible inaccuracies presented in the report within 10 days following the reception of it. After receiving the comments to the report, the panel will draw up the final version of the report, which will be sent to the Board of ENQA for its approval.