Andalusian Agency of Knowledge, Department of Evaluation and Accreditation (AAC-DEVA, Spain)

The Department of Evaluation and Accreditation (DEVA) is an independent unit of the Andalusian Agency of Knowledge (AAC). It came into legal existence by Legislative Decree 92/2011, April 19th, wherein the Statutes of the Andalusian Agency of Knowledge were approved, in compliance with the provisions laid out in the Andalusian Law 16/2007 of Science and Knowledge.

The aim of AAC-DEVA is the assessment, accreditation and certification of quality within the terms of reference of the Universities and higher education institutions in Andalusia. It covers the fields of institutional quality assessment, teaching staff accreditation and research evaluation.

Mission

Provide service to the Andalusian Higher Education and Research System (SAUI) concerning all the actions requested regarding evaluation and accreditation of Higher Education and Research, Development and Innovation (RDI) activities, adapting the actions to the social demands and quality standards established for University Education and Research within the framework of the European Higher Education Area.

Vision

It aims to become an institution of both national and international reference for the evaluation, certification and accreditation activities, relating to University quality assessment.

Values

All DEVA´s actions are based on the principles of transparency, objectivity, independence, equality and equity, confidentiality, public service and social commitment, legality, coordination and cooperation, efficiency, environmental commitment, security and labour health.

(For further information: http://deva.aac.es)

Memorandum with AAC-DEVA

 

Agency for Development of Higher Education and Quality Assurance (HEA, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Banja Luka)

Agency for Development of Higher Education and Quality Assurance has been established by Framework Law on Higher Education in BiH (Official Gazette of BH No. 59/07), as independent public organization. Council of Ministries of Bosnia and Herzegovina adopted the Decision on Beginning the Work and the Seat of the Agency (which was published in Official Gazette of BH No. 10/08), on the 33rd session on January the 10th 2008. The Seat of the Agency is in Banjaluka.

Independent work of the Agency, within its jurisdiction, related to external quality assurance, shall be achieved by legal, transparent and public selection procedures of domestic and international experts which provides assessment and quality review and give recommendation on accreditation of higher education institutions.

Openess of the Agency’s work shall be achieved in accordance with the Law on free access to information in BH, by submitting work reports to the Parliamentary Assembly and Council of Ministers of BH, and by public medium.

The Agency shall, in performing its tasks, respect following principles:

  • legality,
  • transparency
  • publicity
  • efficiency and effectiveness,
  • professional impartiality

The Agency shall be financed from the budget of BH institutions, and in the part of jurisdiction related to external assurance, from its own income.

Within its activities, the Agency shall cooperate with relevant domestic institutions - educational authorities in BH, entities, cantons and Brčko District, academic community, international community and relevant stakeholders.

Mission Statement

Vision

Higher education is compatible with European standards and recognisable in international context, and HEA is recognised in the European Higher Education Area.

Mission

Continuous development and enhancement of quality and set quality standards in higher education in BiH, in line with the best European and international practices.

Values

  • Integrity

In our work we are objective and reliable, we respect each other and we always aspire to do better.

  • Professionalism

We apply professional standards in all our processes, both internal and external.

  • Accountability

We are accountable to society as a whole to carry out activities that fall within our competence.

  • Openness

We are open and accessible to the public, which we always keep informed about our work, thus setting two-way communication and building a relationship of trust with all stakeholders.

 

(For further information: www.hea.gov.ba)

Memorandum with HEA

Foundation “Academic Information Centre”(AIC, Latvia, Riga)

Latvian Academic Information centreis a non-profit institution founded by the Latvian Ministry of Education and Science and by the Institute of Informatics and Computer Science of the University of Latvia.

AIC fulfills two major national and international functions:

  • AIC is the Latvian member to the European networks of information centres for academic recognition centres - the ENIC network of the Council of Europe (http://www.coe.fr) and UNESCO (http://www.unesco.org) and the NARIC network of the European Union
  • AIC serves as the Latvian National Observatory in the network of National Observatories of the European Training Foundation (http://www.etf.it). National Observatories are aiming at studies of national Vocational and training systems and labour market in order to provide information to both EU institutions and national education policy makers.