Study Programms Accreditation as External Quality Assurance
February 4-5, 2014
On February 4-5, 2014, the EU-project “Development of Quality Assurance in Higher Education in Moldova“ held the workshop “Study Programmes Accreditation as External Quality Assurance“ at the project-coordinating University of Leipzig. The workshop was part of a series of events under the headline of “Quality Assurance in Higher Education” that aims, on the one hand, at an intellectual debate on different approaches to quality assurance in Europe, and, on the other hand, at supporting the Moldovan higher education institutions of the consortium in enhancing quality assurance mechanisms and in establishing a Moldovan accreditation agency. Participants in the workshop were representatives of AQAS (Agency for Quality Assurance through Accreditation of Study Programmes), CHE Consult (Centre for Higher Education), the European Student Union, the Universities of Roskilde (Denmark) and Girona (Spain), the University POLITEHNICA Bucharest (Romania), the Moldovan Education Ministry, and six leading Moldovan Universities.
The workshop in Leipzig particularly emphasized the process of quality assurance for study programmes, not only in regard to programmes’ enhancement through a well-functioning quality assurance system, but also their function as a an important analytical unit for evaluating institutional quality assurance systems. The Dean of the Faculty for Social Studies and Philosophy of the University of Leipzig, Professor Dr. Monica Wohlrab-Sahr, outlined the faculty’s approach to this process. This served as a starting point for the discussion on criteria for self-evaluation of study programmes. Additionally, the participants led an in-depth discussion on the methodology developed by AQAS for the international accreditation of pilot study programmes in Moldova, which then was adopted by the members of the consortium. This methodology is not only suited for accreditation, but also sets important standards for the further development of study programmes at the Moldovan universities of the consortium, which is why it will also be used by the newly-founded Moldovan quality assurance agency.