International Accreditation of Education Programmes

Aims:

  • Assessment of the compliance of the quality and level of preparation of graduates with the requirements of Russian and international professional standards and demands of the labour market to specialists;
  • Identification of areas and instruments for improvement of the processes for the implementation of the education programme based on the best Russian and foreign education practices;
  • Formation of system of education quality management at the level of the education programme in accordance with modern standards and the best international practices;
  • Development of quality culture among academic teaching staff and engineering teaching staff, functional staff, administrative staff;
  • Formation of the external proof of educational programmes quality in the form of an international accreditation of educational programs;
  • Development of international academic mobility;
  • Inclusion of the education programmes into the international ratings.

AKKORK carries out the international accreditation procedures of education programmes according to ESG ENQA and EQF, and best education practices.

Objectives:

  • assessment of the compliance of the quality and level of preparation of graduates with the requirements of Russian and international professional standards and demands of the labour market to specialists;
  • identification of areas and instruments for improvement of the processes for the implementation of the education program based on the best Russian and foreign education practices;
  • formation of system of education quality management at the level of the education programme in accordance with modern standards and the best international practices;
  • development of quality culture among academic teaching staff and engineering teaching staff, functional staff, administrative staff;
  • formation of the external proof of educational programmes quality in the form of an international accreditation of educational programs;
  • development of international academic mobility;
  • inclusion of the education programmes into the international ratings.

International Reviewer’s Panel:

  • Project manager;
  • Russian and international reviewers representing academic community;
  • Russian and international reviewers representing employers;
  • Student reviewer.

In AKKORK was created International Accreditation Council. Its members are:

  • Jagannath Patil – President of Asia-Pacific Quality Network;
  • Karl Donnert – Director of European Quality Center President of European Geographers Association EUROGEO;
  • Ruben Topchyan – director of ANQA (Armenian QA agency).

What is assessed:

Procedure:

  • Application for undergoing the international accreditation procedure;
  • Preparation of a self-evaluation report by an educational institution and it's submission to AKKORK, together with report on development and report on previously revealed drawbacks elimination;
  • Formation of a certified international reviewers panel, representing the academic community, labour market and students community;
  • Desk review of the self-evaluation report done by the reviewers;
  • On-site visit to the educational institution;
  • Preparation and submission of the reviewers’ reports to the educational institution for feedback;
  • Correction of the report (if needed) according to the feedback from HEI;
  • Submission of the reviewer's reports to the AKKORK Advisory council and their approval;
  • Accreditation decision by the International Accreditation Council members;
  • Issuance of accreditation certificates to an educational institution in the case of positive decision of International Accreditation Council.

Appeals procedure:

Educational organization, after receiving expert’s reports and/or decision on accreditation, may not agree with the conclusions of the expert team and/or with the decision of the Accrediting organization Accreditation Council. In such cases, an educational organization may submit an appeal to the accrediting organization.

Additional opportunities:

AKKORK multistandard approach, along with the high quality of reviewers work and involvement of mixed reviewers panels enables educational institutions, which have passed education quality assessment in AKKORK, to use the assessment results for undergoing the programme accreditation procedure in other international accreditation agencies.

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