CURRENT REVIEWS

Eurasian Сentre for Accreditation and Quality Assurance in Higher Education and Health Care (ECAQA)

The review will evaluate the way in which and to what extent the Eurasian Сentre for Accreditation and Quality Assurance in Higher Education and Health Care (ECAQA) 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 in December 2021.

Background and context

The Eurasian Centre for Accreditation and Quality Assurance in Higher Education and Health care (ECAQA) is a non-governmental non-profit organisation with the purpose of ensuring the quality of higher education, including medical and other healthcare professions education, and development of national/regional reliable and transparent quality assurance system.

Non-for-profit organisation ECAQA was established in November 12, 2016.  ECAQA has been registered as a non-governmental and non-profit organization at the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Kazakhstan (Government Level) and at the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Kazakhstan’s Department of Justice in the Almaty City on February 3, 2017. These ECAQA’s Certificate of Registration as a non-profit organization for activity and service in higher education are the legal basis for its activity as an external quality assurance agency in tertiary education in the Republic of Kazakhstan.

ECAQA was recognised by the decision of the Republican Accreditation Council of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan since March 5, 2018 and it has been included on the National Register of Recognised Accrediting Agency (Register 1) by the Kazakhstan Ministry of Education and Science’ Order № 95 on March 13, 2018.

The ECAQA’s Constitution defines the area of its responsibilities as external quality assurance in higher education institutions and educational programmes and carrying out institutional and specialized (educational programme) accreditation.  

The main priorities of the ECAQA are: to ensure and improve academic quality;  support of higher education institutions in their capacity building process; introduction of the quality culture within institutions; provision of the educational expertise in higher education, health professions education and public health; provision of all stakeholders with the relevant information about the quality of the higher education institutions and programme undergoing accreditation.

ECAQA has carried out and completed external evaluation of 30 higher education institutions: 2 universities, 1 Higher Nursing college, 27 National centres for clinical research (CPD Providers) and 13 educational programmes in Medicine and Health Sciences, Pharmacy: 4 Bachelor’Degree, 3 Master’s Degree Programmes, 2 CPD programmes, 4 Vocational Professional Education and Training.

Currently 2 Undergraduate Medical Education Programmes (Bachelor of Medicine+Internship), 35 Postgraduate Speciality Training Programmes (Residency), 1 Master’s Degrees, 1 PhD Programme are in progress.

ECAQA has been an affiliate of ENQA since 2017 and is applying for ENQA membership.

ECAQA has not yet been registered on the European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education (EQAR) and is now applying for initial inclusion on EQAR.

Review process

This review will evaluate the extent to which ECAQA fulfils the requirements of Parts 2 and 3 of the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area (ESG). Consequently, the review will provide information to the ENQA Board to aid its consideration of whether membership of ECAQA should be granted and to EQAR to support ECAQA application to the register.

Review panel
The panel is composed of the following members:

  • Patrick Van den Bosch, Policy Advisor for Quality Assurance, Flemish Higher Education Council, Belgium – Chair, quality assurance professional (ENQA nominee)
  • Ewa Kolanowska, Freelance Higher Education Consultant, Poland – Secretary, quality assurance professional (ENQA nominee)
  • Danutė Rasimavičienė, Lecturer and Staff Development Coordinator, Vilnius University Business School, Lithuania – Academic (EURASHE nominee)
  • Dale Whelehan, PhD Surgical Performance, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland – Student (ESU nominee, member of the European Students’ Union Quality Assurance Student Experts Pool)

This review is being coordinated by Anna Gover.