Listing of SKVC (Centre for Quality Assessment in Higher Education) in the European Register for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (EQAR), which is the register of trustworthy agencies, once again is extended.
„Christmas is a bridge. We need bridges as the river of time flows past. Today's Christmas should mean creating happy hours for tomorrow and reliving those of yesterday“ (Gladys Taber). We wish you a Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year.
On the 5th of December the team from the Centre for Quality Assessment in Higher Education consisted of Head of the Study Programme Evaluation Division Almantas Šerpatauskas, Head of the Institutional Review Division Rasa Penkauskienė, Chief Officer of Legal and General Affairs Division Julija Kovalenko and the Review Coordinator Kornelija Bukantaitė visited Northern Lithuania College to discuss the commitment of the higher education institution to suspend studies related activity from 2020.
On 1 of December 2017, ISM University of Management and Economics organized a conference to discuss quality and relevance of higher education in Lithuania. Among invited international and local guests Ms. Aurelija Valeikienė, Deputy Director of SKVC featured. She called to face challenges in strategic leadership, increase professionalism of higher education management and improve pedagogy, in order to create the desired change in quality, emphasising, that it is people who are to deliver in the first place, and investment is needed here. She also emphasised that higher education institutions in the first place are responsible for their quality.
In an age of mass and increasingly internationalised higher education, it has become the norm that both universities and quality assurance agencies are subject to external scrutiny. Yet it is becoming increasingly difficult to assess quality and to demonstrate the impact of external quality assurance.
On 3 – 5 October 2017, an external evaluation of Lithuanian University of Educational Sciences (hereinafter - LEU) will take place. LEU is the main institution in Lithuania involved in teachers' training. The first external review of LEU was held on 24 – 26 April 2012. Following negative assessment by international panel of experts SKVC awarded the University 3 years accreditation. The decission of accreditation came into force only in April 2015 after repearted hearings in Court. The Court confirmed validity of SKVC decision.
After the international evaluation coordinated by European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA), activities of the Centre for Quality Assessment in Higher Education (SKVC) were assessed as substantially meeting all the requirements for such agencies. The purpose of ENQA evaluation was to demonstrate the level of compliance of SKVC work to the provisions of Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area (ESG-2015). Currently, SKVC fully meets nine standards and substantially complies with five standards and guidelines.
Since 15th of August 2017 Mr Mažvydas Savickas replaced Mr Paulius Baltokas in the Council of the Centre for Quality Assessment in Higher Education.
Take notice, that by the Resolution of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania (July 2017) were approved changes on „The Resolution on the Implementation of the Republic of Lithuania Law on Higher Education and Research“. By this resolution were approved Procedure for the Issue, Specification, and Liquidation of Licences to Provide Higher Education and to Conduct Relevant Activities and Procedure for the Issue, Specification, and Liquidation of Licences Conduct Relevant to Higher Education Activities.
Four more universities have been authorized to perform recognition of foreign qualifications at the end of June. These univerisities are the Vytautas Magnus University, the Kaunas University of Technology, the ISM University of Management and Economics and the Aleksandras Stulginskis Univeristy