What are the common characteristics of Quality Assurance and Accreditation (QAA) systems in Central Asia and European countries and what are the differences? How to set up an independent QA and Accreditation Agency? What are the benefits and disadvantages of rating and rankings? These and many other questions related to the reforms in HE and VET will be discussed at the 3-day workshop organized by CAEP in Almaty, Kazakhstan from 26 to 28th February 2018. The workshop is the second and conclusive meeting of the Peer Learning Group on Quality assurance and accreditation in HE and VET. The first meeting took place in December 2017 in Istanbul, Turkey.
The aim of this meeting is to strengthen EU-Central Asia and regional collaboration in implementing Quality Assurance and Accreditation systems in HE and VET.
The objectives set for the 3 intensive days are: to share the progress of the national teams from the first meeting, to present a SWOT analysis conducted, to compare QAA systems, roles and criteria, to discuss setting up an independent QA and Accreditation Agency, to share the practice of rating and ranking, to presenting QA integrating innovative teaching methods and to discuss relevant competencies for staff actively involved in QAA in both HE and VET institutions.
European experts from Poland, Romania and Latvia will not only present their best practice examples, models, organоgrams, but also share the insights of how education institutions and QAA staff get competent for the job, and how the professional development is conducted.
Representatives from all central Asia countries are taking part in this substantial workshop,to actively participate in the discussions, to share their experience and challenges in order to find the most effective way for implementing the reforms being undertaken in all CA countries.
CAEP expert, Claudio Dondi noted: “The success of Peer Learning exercise will depend not only on participants obtaining new information, but their ability to share their learning within the national organisations in charge of QAA and to consolidate their trans-national working teams through the Peer Learning Group”.