National Accreditation Agency of the Russian Federation (NAA)
The review will evaluate the way in which and to what extent the National Accreditation Agency of the Russian Federation (NAA) 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 May 2021.
Background and context
The Ministry of Education of Russian Federation established the National Accreditation Agency of the Russian Federation (NAA) in 1995. NAA is a non-profit organization whose mandate is to assure the state accreditation procedure and quality of educational activities (including organizational, technical, informational, methodological and analytical part of it), and participation in the implementation of the Bologna Declaration.
NAA’s main activity is to ensure the implementation of external review, the subject of which is:
- to determine the compliance of the content and quality of students’ training with the federal state educational standards for each level of education (higher, secondary vocational, secondary general education, etc.); to carry out certification of experts and expert organizations;
- to develop draft documents and methodological materials on the analysis of the content and quality of students’ training;
- to carry out monitoring studies of the education system in the Russian Federation.
In its activities, the agency is governed by the legislation of the Russian Federation in the field of education.
NNA’s mission is to ensure quality through provision of state accreditation of educational activities at a high professional level in accordance with the principles of objectivity, responsibility, openness, independence and transparency, as well as to provide external quality assurance of the Russian education. NAA follows the Quality Assurance Policy based on the established priorities and core objectives, as well as the ESG criteria.
The agency actively interacts with the executive authorities at the level of Ministries and Departments in the field of education, the Committee on Education and Science of the State Duma (Russian Parliament), educational and scientific organizations, the Russian Youth Union, employers’ associations, including the Councils on professional qualifications and various public organizations.
The sphere of interaction is quite extensive: holding joint events (conferences, forums, discussion platforms, seminars, etc.); participation in joint projects on quality assurance of higher education, improving the culture of quality of education, independent assessment of qualifications, implementation of quality assessment mechanisms, etc.; leadership of the Commission in the field of quality assurance of the CIS member states: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.
NAA has been a member of ENQA since 2009 and is applying for renewal of ENQA membership.
NAA is not applying for registration on EQAR.
This review will evaluate the way in which and to what extent NAA fulfils the requirements of the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area (ESG).
The panel is composed of the following members:
- Nora Skaburskiene, Director for Studies, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Lithuania – Chair, quality assurance expert (ENQA nominee)
- Simona Lache, Professor and Vice-rector for Internationalization and Quality Evaluation, Transilvania University of Brasov, Romania – Secretary, academic (EUA nominee)
- Klemen Subic, Undersecretary, Slovenian Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, Slovenia – Panel member, quality assurance expert (ENQA nominee)
- Dale Whelehan, Student, PhD Surgical Performance, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland – Panel member, student (ESU nominee, member of the European Students’ Union Quality Assurance Student Experts Pool)
You can read NAA’s self-assessment report on their website here.
This review is being coordinated by Goran Dakovic.