Kosovo Accreditation Agency (KAA)
The review will evaluate the way in which and to what extent the Kosovo Accreditation Agency (KAA) 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 April 2019.
Background and context
Kosovo Accreditation Agency (KAA) is an independent public agency responsible to evaluate and accredit public and private institutions of higher education and their study programmes in the Republic of Kosovo. KAA was established by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MEST) based on the Law on Higher Education 2003 and the Administrative Instruction on the Establishment of the Kosovo Accreditation Agency 16/02/2004.
KAA’s mission is to ensure the Kosovo society that the quality of teaching and learning is of comparable standards to the international ones. Through the accreditation process, KAA aims at increasing the transparency of the complex system of higher education in Kosovo, both in the public and private sector.
KAA undertakes the accreditation of institutions and their study programmes through formal and transparent procedures that ensure internationally comparable standards. The accreditation process is mandatory process in Kosovo therefore, HEIs and their study programmes undergo accreditation process in order to ensure that they meet the minimum quality criteria and requirements.
KAA’s primary responsibilities are:
- The accreditation and re-accreditation of public and private institutions and programmes of higher education;
- The continuing assurance of quality at accredited institutions and their programmes.
Responsibilities and competences of KAA are laid down in the national legislation, respectively on the Law on Higher Education No. 2011 and the Administrative Instruction on the Accreditation of HEIs and their study programmes No. 2017. Apart from these legal acts, KAA has developed a number of internal documents which serve for the regulation of its own work as well as for the description of the accreditation procedures.
Over the course of ten years of establishment, KAA has undergone a number of developments which have advanced the system of quality assurance in Kosovo. It has continuously undertaken activities aiming at implementing the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in EHEA, and has made adoptions in the national legislation and procedures in line with the ESG.
KAA has been an ENQA member since September 2014 and ENQA member under review since 19 April 2018 and is applying for renewal of its membership.
KAA has been registered on EQAR from June 2015 to September 2017. With this review KAA is also re-applying for EQAR registration.
This review, will evaluate the way in which and to what extent KAA fulfils 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 KAA should be reconfirmed and to EQAR to support KAA application to the register.
The review panel is not expected, however, to make any judgements as regards granting membership.
The panel is composed of the following members:
- Jacques Lanarès, Professor and Vice Rector for Quality, HR and Development of Teaching; Professor at the Faculty of Social & Political Sciences, University of Lausanne, Switzerland – Chair, academic (EUA nominee)
- Obe De Vries, Independent consultant, previously Inspector of Higher Education (2000-2011), The Netherlands – Secretary, quality assurance professional (ENQA nominee)
- Sandra Bezjak, Assistant Director for Higher Education, Agency for Science and Higher Education
Croatia – Quality assurance professional (ENQA nominee)
- Arus Harutyunyan, Student of project management, Armenian State University of Economics, Armenia – Student (ESU nominee)