Hungarian Accreditation Committee (HAC)

The review will evaluate the way in which and to what extent the Hungarian Accreditation Committee (HAC) fulfills the criteria for ENQA membership and thus the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area. The evaluation is scheduled to finish September 2018.

Background and context
HAC was established by an act of parliament in the higher education act in 1993. According to the most recent act of 2011 the HAC is a national-level, independent body of experts tasked with the external evaluation of the quality of educational activities and the internal quality assurance systems of higher education institutions in Hungary. It elaborates its own rules of procedure and criteria for evaluation. It operates within the scope of the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area (ESG), and has been reviewed for compliance with the ESG by ENQA in 2008 and 2013. HAC has been a full member of ENQA since 2002. Following its “full member under review” status after the 2013 evaluation, its full membership was reconfirmed in 2015.
The current president of HAC took office in September 2016. In December 2016, the HAC Board approved a new mission statement and strategy and an action plan in January 2017. The strategy, which followed the completion of the third institutional accreditation cycle, intends to steer the HAC into an increasingly service-oriented agency whose activities aim to support higher education institutions in enhancing their internal quality assurance systems.
The HAC receives its annual budget from the Ministry of Human Capacities on the basis of the budget from the previous year and the HAC’s plans for the new budget period.

HAC has been a full member of ENQA since 2000 and is applying for renewal of the ENQA membership.

HAC is applying for registration on EQAR.

Review process
The process is designed in the light of the Guidelines for ENQA Agency Reviews and in line with the requirements of the EQAR Procedures for Applications.

The evaluation procedure consists of the following steps:

  • Formulation of the Terms of Reference and protocol for the review;
  • Nomination and appointment of the review panel;
  • Self-assessment by HAC including the preparation of a self-assessment report;
  • A site visit by the review panel to HAC;
  • Preparation and completion of the final evaluation report by the review panel;
  • Scrutiny of the final evaluation report by the ENQA Review Committee;
  • Analysis of the scrutiny by the ENQA Board and their decision regarding ENQA membership;
  • Follow-up of the panel’s and/or ENQA Board’s recommendations by the agency, including a voluntary follow-up visit.

Review panel
The panel is composed of the following members:

  • Norma Ryan, Independent consultant, Former Director of Quality Promotion Unit, University College Cork (UCC), Ireland – Chair, quality assurance professional (EUA nominee)
  • Nieves Pascual Soler, Accredited Full Professor of English at University of Jaén, Former member of the Technical Committee for the Direction of Evaluation and Accreditation of Higher Education Degrees at the Andalusian Agency of Knowledge (AAC-DEVA), Spain – Secretary, academic and quality assurance professional (ENQA nominee)
  • Mark Frederiks, International Policy Coordinator, Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO), The Netherlands – Quality assurance professional (ENQA nominee)
  • Dávid Kiss, Master student (Political Science), Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary – Student (ESU nominee)

HAC’s self-assessment report is available here.

This review is being coordinated by Agnė Grajauskienė.