RECENTLY COMPLETED PROJECTS
PARADIGMS: New Paradigms in Recognition, coordinated by EP-Nuffic
IMPACT: Quality and Impact of the Recognition Networks, coordinated by EP-Nuffic
AMIS-2: Development of the higher education institutions external evaluation system, coordinated by SKVC
AMIS: Strengthening external evaluation system of higher education institutions, coordinated by SKVC
SKAR-2 Development of the study fields’ descriptors regulating system, coordinated by SKVC
SKAR: Creating of the structure of study cycle and study fields descriptors, coordinated by SKVC
RECENTLY COMPLETED PROJECTS
Project aims were threefold:
- Exploring systems of automatic recognition for the EHEA countries (in line with the Yerevan Communiqué);
- Exploring a format to signal and evaluate individual competences of applicants (‘eclectic programmes’, containing MOOC credits, work experience, etc.);
- Elaborating on a model for systematic and sustainable knowledge and expertise exchange between ENIC-NARIC centres (knowledge hubs).
In the initial phase of the desk research examples of automatic recognition procedures, sources of formats to evaluate competences gained through alternative forms of learning and models for information and knowledge exchange were collected. Then partners developed and tested the identified possible pathways for automatic recognition and ways how to make competences gained through alternative forms of learning transparent, to ensure the practical applicability of the (draft) recommendations. The mode of cooperation in the project to formulate recommendations on the future implementation of the knowledge hubs were reviewed. Afterwards, the consultation with members of the ENIC-NARIC network were held to produce the final set of recommendations. A model for continuous systematic knowledge exchange and expertise development within the NARIC networks (the knowledge hubs) were elaborated.
- A short path to automatic recognition – 4 models (Policy paper)
- Oops a MOOC! Dealing with eclectic learning in credential evaluation (Policy paper)
Project target groups includeed ENIC-NARIC offices, Policy makers on recognition issues at national and European level.
The project consortium consisted of the Core Team (EP-Nuffic as coordinator, ENIC-NARIC France, ENIC-NARIC Denmark, ENIC-NARIC Lithuania, ENIC-NARIC Norway and ENIC-NARIC Portugal), the Sub Team (ENIC-NARICs from Ireland, Slovenia and Belgium/Flanders), and the Steering Group (the President of the ENIC Bureau and the Vice-President of the LRC Committee).
Duration of the Project implementation: from 1 March 2016 to 28 February 2018. PARADIGMS was co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Commission.
The IMPACT project pursue the following three objectives:
- to extend the quality assurance and peer review system of recognition offices, including facilitating a new round of peer reviews;
- to explore how to connect admissions officers to the ENIC-NARIC networks and launch a first version of a European Admissions Officers platform (using the 600+ participants of the STREAM online training and good practice platform as a starting point);
- to assess the impact of the ENIC-NARIC networks on recognition in the EHEA (making use of EUA’s evaluation expertise).
During the project, three expertise hubs were created to implement the project activities: the ‘QA of networks’ hub; the ‘connecting admissions officers’ hub; the ‘Impact evaluation of the networks’ hub. The round of peer reviews by ENIC-NARIC centres were implemented, and 8 centres were involved in this exercise. Analysis were done on how to embed the Quality assurance tool in the ENIC-NARIC networks for easy future use. Consultations, with admissions officers and stakeholders in recognition were held, and web development, including development of an admissions officers platform were arranged. Recommendations have been issued on how to connect European admissions officers to the ENIC-NARIC networks. Evaluation have been carried out on the impact of the ENIC-NARIC networks.
The Core project team consisted of EP-Nuffic (coordinator), UK NARIC, NARIC France, NARIC Denmark, NARIC Lithuania, NARIC Italy, and the European University Association (subcontractor). The Sub team assisted the Core team in implementing the project goals and included NARICs from Ireland and Latvia. The Steering Group consisted of: President ENIC Bureau, Vice-President LRC Committee, BFUG Representative (subcontractor), European Consortium for Accreditation – ECA (subcontractor), the European University Association – EUA (subcontractor) and the German Hochschulrektorenkonferenz (HRK).
Duration of the Project implementation: from 1 March 2016 to 28 February 2018. IMPACT was co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Commission.
The Project „Strengthening external evaluation system of Higher Education Institutions“ was implemented according to 2007-2013 Human Resources Development Priority 2 measure „Education quality assurance and strengthening of monitoring systems“.
The aim of the Project- strengthening higher education external evaluation system. The project‘s target group – employees of higher education institutions, experts and students.
While implementing the Project the partnerships of Centre for Quality Assesment in Higher Education (hereinafter- SKVC) and stakeholders has been strengthened, promoting efficiency of their participation in external evaluation process and preparation for the external evaluation. To reach that aim in the Project training for the external evaluation participants – HEI employees, experts, students and external evaluation specialist was organized, as well as the international conference on improvement of internal quality systems. During the training HEI employees have aquired the knowledge required self-evaluation report of the HEI to prepare, improvement of internal quality assurance systems. Experts have improved their ability to analyze documents submitted by HEI, summarize collected data and prepare the external evaluation reports.
Achieved Project’s results:
- Institutional review of 32 institutions;
- Evaluation of 982 study programmes;
- 19 trainings for experts, HEI staff, students was organized with 521 persons has been trained;
- International conference on internal quality assurance in higher education was organized;
- A workshop organized for the representatives of HEI about the use of documents regulating teacher training and their preparation as professionals.
- SKVC employee’s qualification was raised by organizing trainings in Lithuania and going to the trainings in foreign quality assurance agencies, acting in higher education quality assurance field. During the visits SKVC employees gain experience in external quality assurance issues;
- More convenient website for SKVC users was created.
Budget of the Project: 3.812.219,53 €
Duration of the Project implementation: 2012 m. 02 of March – 2015 m. 30 of September.
The Project „Strengthening external evaluation system of Higher Education Institutions“ was implemented according to 2007-2013 Human Resources Development Priority 2 measure „Education quality assurance and strengthening monitoring systems“
The aim of the Project – strengthening external assessment system of higher education. The project‘s target group – employees of higher education institutions and experts.
During the period of Project implementation evaluation process of institutional review of all Higher Education Institutions (both universities and colleges) and their study programmes was started, which contributed to the quality assurance and efficiency of science and education system in line with the European Higher Education Area provisions. Before this Project was carried out only the evaluation of colleges was performed, but it was given to evaluate those colleges, which were established by the reorganization of the colleges, the quality of performance, in particular, to determine whether the college has met the conditions set out in the period of its foundation. The methodology for preparation self-evaluation report by Higher Education Institution and methodology for institutional review was prepared, trainings for employees of higher education Institutions were organized. During the training participants acquire required knowledge how to prepare the self-evaluation report of the Higher Education Institution, prepare for the external evaluation.
Projects results achieved:
- The methodology for writing self-evaluation of HEI and methodology for external Institutional review was prepared.
- 2 trainings for HEI employees- self-evaluation report writers – was organized, 95 persons has been trained.
- External evaluation of 15 HEI was performed.
- Evaluation of 745 study programmes was performed.
- 15 work places was made and people were employed to carry out projects activities
- An indoor repair was made.
Budget of the Project: 1.654.809,44 €
Duration of the Project implementation: 2009 m. 01 of September – 2012 m. 25 of November
KAPRIS was a project implemented to facilitate the introduction of a decentralised system of academic recognition of foreign qualifications concerning higher education in Lithuania.
The decentralised system of academic recognition was established in 2012. Following the system authorised higher education institutions could provide academic recognition of foreign qualifications for study purpose. KAPRIS was aimed to develop information and other tools and to provide training, which would facilitate higher education institutions to fulfil the new function, and which would guarantee cooperation between the Centre for Quality Assessment in Higher Education (SKVC) and higher education institutions in the field of recognition. KAPRIS had five partner universities: Kauno technologijos universitetas, Lietuvos sveikatos mokslų universitetas, Vytauto Didžiojo universitetas, Vilniaus Gedimino technikos universitetas, Vilniaus universitetas.
- Preparation for developing of electronic recognition services enabling stakeholders to receive our services online and providing one platform for all institutions involved in recognition encompassing development of a new SKVC website, an electronic system for management of recognition documentation, and 7 country profiles providing information on the systems of education, etc. ;
- 8 training sessions for higher education institutions;
- Three publications for recognition of qualifications and methodology for conversion of grades;
- Three study visits to competent institutions in Denmark, Germany and Norway were organized for the project’s partners to be acquainted with the decentralised recognition systems in practice;
- Recommendations and consultations concerning development of recognition procedure were provided to higher education institutions during all of the project;
- Infrastructure and specialised professional competencies of SKVC were updated, as necessary to keep the quality of services;
- International conference organized in Vilnius in 2015 was aimed to discuss acute questions regarding recognition of transnational education;
- Other supporting activities.
Target group of the project: education institutions, students, holders of foreign qualifications, employers.
Title of the project: Developing the System of Academic Recognition (KAPRIS)
Duration of the project: February 2012 - September 2015
The project was financed by the European Structural Funds.
The Project was implemented according to 2007-2013 Human Resources’ Operational Programme‘s 2dn priority‘s „The Lifelong Learning“ tool „Development and Renewal of Study Fields’ Descriptors Regulating Studies, Taking into Consideration New Qualitative Requirements“.
The main aim of the Project is to develop a system of descriptors which regulate studies. Study field descriptor is a key document used by higher education institutions while creating new or developing ongoing study programmes of a specific study field. It provides primary guidance of how to formulate study results and other parameters of a new study programme and how to improve them in ongoing study programmes. It also helps to choose study methods. Descriptors of study fields encourage higher education institutions to take responsibility for set requirements of given qualifications and quality of studies. They can also be used for external assessment of study programmes‘ quality.
Results achieved during the Project:
- International seminar was organised during which team members of experts who produced the descriptors, employees of the Centre, Lithuanian science and education policy and decision-making authorities‘ representatives were introduced to the experience of foreign regulation, creation and development of study field descriptors. During the seminar 70 people were introduced to the good practice of creation of study field descriptors and applying them in practice.
- 5 two-day trainings for creators of study field descriptors were organised. During them 180 people were trained.
- 53 study field descriptors were created.
- 2 seminars-discussions on study field descriptors were organised.
- 5 seminars in Vilnius and Kaunas were organized for the creators and operators of study programmes in higher education institutions. During them the academic community was introduced to study field descriptors which were prepared during the Project. They were also trained how use the descriptors. All in all, 184 people were trained.
- International seminar for the employees of higher education institutions was organised. During it the academic community and social partners discussed reglamentation issues of studies, study process and quality management, inspired by legislative changes. 102 people participated in the event.
Duration of the project: 24/05/2012 – 30/09/2015.
Budget of the Project: 2 659 734,00 Lt (770 312,21 Eur)
Study programmes in the higher education institutions being carried out in individual understanding of programme providers. Noticeably, study programmes of the same study field and study cycle carried out in different institutions are substantial different, they are created according to the qualifications held by teachers rather than the relevant study field and cycle graduates with the necessary competences to provide. The reason for this is lack of clear requirements that would apply to the specific direction to the graduate study programmes. Project‘s target group – academics and experts, who are either providing or evaluating study programmes. The Project aim has been to create study cycle descriptions where is stated what needs to know person graduating the appropriate level of studies. It had been also started to prepare the study field descriptions based on learning outcomes determining the specific requirements of the relevant study field, type, cycle. Since the biggest part of study field descriptions creators will be teachers and experts who don’t have an experience, there was created training curriculum and training activities. It was intended to improve the quality of studies focusing on the competencies necessary for professional and social activities.
The results of the Project:
- The study on regulations of studies in the other countries was prepared.
- Glossary on Study and studies related terminology was prepared.
- Study cycle descriptor, approved by the Minister of Education and Science, was prepared.
- Methodology for development of study field descriptors of different study cycles was prepared.
- Recommendations for development of study field and group of study field descriptors, approved by the Minister of Education and Science, was prepared.
- Training programme for creators of study fields’ descriptors was prepared.
- Training of creators of the study field descriptors (informatics and social work) took place.
- Drafts of informatics and social work study field descriptors were prepared.
Budget of the Project: 1.240.336 Lt.
Duration of the Project implementation: 2009 m. 22 of September – 2012 m. 22 of March
The Project aimed at further development of a quality assurance system for the ENIC-NARIC networks, based on a set of standards and guidelines.
Planned outputs included::
- Development of a typology of recognition centres;
- Development of self-evaluation protocol for ENIC-NARIC centres;
- Adapting the standards and guidelines of the previous EARN Project;
- Having the standards and guidelines adopted by the ENIC-NARIC networks;
- Facilitating the self-evaluation of individual ENIC-NARIC centres;
- Facilitating peer review visits of ENIC-NARIC centres among each other.
The SQUARE project consortium consisted of representatives from the ENIC-NARIC network: UK NARIC, NARIC France, NARIC Lithuania, NARIC Netherlands, NARIC Ireland, ENIC Canada, NARIC Portugal, NARIC Slovenia. Other partners involved were the European Consortium of Accreditation (ECA) and the Vice-President of the Lisbon Recognition Convention Committee.
Among other activities, in terms of SQUARE Project, SKVC as Lithuanian ENIC/NARIC centre performed self-evaluation and received a visit by peers, including Italian NARIC (CIMEA) and Bologna expert from Lithuania, in January 2016. The review report was concluded. Areas for improvement identified and discussed both with the review panel and internally at SKVC.
Similarly, in January 2016, colleagues from SKVC were on a site visit to Canadian ENIC (CICIC) with the aim to discuss their self-evaluation report and identified potential action lines. The review panel also included a colleague from ICAS (International Credential Assessment Service of Canada).
Project implementation period was July 2014 - March 2016. SQUARE was co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Commission.
The Project aims to improve the knowledge and skills of admissions officers in providing fair and smooth recognition to applicants.
Planned outputs include:
- Development of a training platform in recognition, based on the EAR HEI manual;
- Creating commitment among European HEIs for the good practice in the EAR HEI manual;
- Providing training to European admissions officers via the online platform;
- Collecting and discussing examples of good practice via assignments in the training course;
- Improving the recommendations of the EAR HEI manual, based on the input of the admissions officers.
The STREAM online training and good practice platform is accessible to 31 March 2016. Participation is free of charge.
For more information, go to: http://www.enic-naric.net/stream-the-online-training-platform-for-admissions-officers.aspx
The STREAM consortium is composed of representatives from the ENIC-NARIC network: NARIC France, NARIC Denmark, NARIC Lithuania, NARIC Netherlands (coordinator), NARIC Ireland, NARIC Italy and NARIC Latvia. Other partners involved are: the European University Association (EUA); Tuning; the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK); the European Student Union; a special advisor from the US Network for Education Information (USNEI); the Vice-President of the Lisbon Recognition Convention Committee.
Project implementation period is July 2014 - March 2016. STREAM is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Commission.
The project AURBELL aimed to analyse the recognition legislation and practices in the Baltic countries and to explore possibilities for automatic recognition of academic degrees between Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia.
The comparative study about education systems, reforms carried to date and recognitions practices in the Baltic States is one of major outputs of the project. Based on it, the summary report is prepared. You can access it here.
The international conference to discuss the phenomena of qualifications and automatic recognition was arranged on March 21, 2016. Further, the proposal to the ministries of education of Baltic countries concerning the measures and steps necessary to amend national legislation related to the (automatic) recognition of foreign qualifications was made and discussed at the tri-partite ministerial meeting in June 2016.
The consortium was composed of 3 organisations: Academic Information Centre (Latvian NARIC – coordinator), Archimedes Foundation (Estonian NARIC), and Centre for Quality Assessment in Higher Education (Lithuanian NARIC).
Project implementation period was August 2014 - March 2016. AURBELL received co-funding by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Commission.
The project aims to enhance the awareness and the use of mobility and recognition tools (EQF, national qualifications frameworks, Europass, Diploma Supplement, ECTS credits and the EAR-HEI manual). This is done by setting up user-oriented training sessions on the use of mobility and recognition tools in partner countries and also carrying out a transnational conference on the topic that will assemble different actors (HEIs, professional employers and administration bodies) linked to mobility in order to create synergies and closer cooperation between them and reinforce cooperation with policy makers.
The consortium is composed of French ENIC-NARIC (Coordinator), Croatian ENIC-NARIC, Italian ENIC-NARIC, Latvian ENIC-NARIC, Lithuanian ENIC-NARIC and Dutch ENIC-NARIC.
By organising face to face user-oriented trainings and seminars, the project will allow a closer cooperation and closer exchanges between the ENIC-NARIC network, HEIs and employers. These activities will ensure the awareness and the use of different mobility recognitions tools (i.e. European qualifications framework, national qualifications frameworks, Europass, Diploma Supplement, ECTS credits and the EAR-HEI manual) by the above mentioned stakeholders.
The project is a follow-up of the previous European QFs – UHSE project (The use or potential use of qualifications frameworks (QFs) by higher education institutions (HEIs) and other stakeholders linked to mobility).
Project implementation period is 2014 - 2015. EU-MTR is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Commission.
The project SCAN-D aimed to collect samples of national degree certificates from 15 participating ENIC-NARIC network members. With these samples a final online database was created and made available as a useful tool for all the other members of the ENIC-NARIC network in order to improve fair recognition processes within the whole network. One of the main elements that each credential evaluator has to take in consideration is the composition of the academic document received from applicants seeking recognition: the knowledge of different degree formats, Diploma Supplements and transcripts is the first step to check the validity of an application and its corresponding documents.
SKVC participated in the creation of the database, which has security features in order to protect data confidentiality and integrity, and is accessible only to authorized credential evaluators of ENIC-NARIC centres from 55 countries (http://www.enic-naric.net/country-pages.aspx).
The consortium was composed by 15 different ENIC and NARIC centres from 15 different countries, plus another Italian partner (AssRui) that works jointly with the Italian NARIC centre (coordinating institution) to develop and maintain all the services provided in the Italian context. The participating countries are:
- NARIC: Italy, Belgium (Flemish Community), Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain;
- ENIC: Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Israel, New Zealand.
SCAN-D was co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Commission.
Project implementation period: July 2014 - September 2015.
The principal aim of the project Recognition of Non-Country Specific Awards (RENSA) was to the further development and sharing of good practice and information to support fair and, as appropriate, consistent recognition of non-country specific qualifications. Non-country specific awards are defined as being defined as those which are wholly international, and do not form part of any one national education system. In practice there are no dedicated guidelines of good practice for the evaluation of non-country specific qualifications nor a clear means of sharing and saving examples of recognition decisions taken by NARICs.
The impact of the project was projected to be threefold:
- The ENIC and NARIC networks benefit from a central, reliable resource both on good practice in evaluating non-national qualifications and from a central resource, accessible to all centres
- The individual centres participating in the study benefit from sharing and reflecting on their recognition procedures for non-country specific awards
- Other stakeholders in the EHEA benefit from the smooth and fair recognition of these awards: students holding these qualifications; along with higher education institutions and employers that may receive applications from these students for the purpose of further study or employment.
The project was coordinated by the UK NARIC (the United Kingdom), with project partners from the Malta Qualifications Recognition Information Centre (Malta), the Agency for Science and Higher Education (Croatia), Quality and Qualifications Ireland (Ireland) and the Centre for Quality Assessment in Higher Education (Lithuania).
The project was carried out from March 2016 to August 2017 and was co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Commission.
The results of the project are available below:
The objective of the project was to gather in a single online information system (OIS) structured information about the existing national legislation and levelling of the existing pre-Bologna HE qualifications towards the current national HE qualifications, the corresponding National Qualification Frameworks and the Bologna cycles. Such a structured information source is used as helpful tool for comparison, assessment and fair recognition, and transparency having in mind insufficient information about national levelling and status of pre-Bologna HE qualifications. Samples of the pre-Bologna HE qualifications in question add value to the final online information system. The information system promotes and facilitates the mobility in the field of education and employment by enhancing the trust-based fair recognition of pre-Bologna HE qualifications.
The main activities necessary for implementation of the project were as follows:
- Gathering information about the national legislation: each project partner collected and processed information about the national legislation and levelling of the existing pre-Bologna HE qualifications towards the current national HE qualifications, the corresponding NQFs and the Bologna cycles;
- Gathering of existing samples of pre-Bologna HE qualifications: project partners collected and processed national samples of diplomas, representing the different existing pre-Bologna qualifications in time;
- Designing, drafting and creating of the online information system, and actual uploading of the information and collected pre-Bologna samples;
- Information, publicity and dissemination activities of the project.
Target group: information provided in the online systemes was a useful tool for the ENIC-NARIC network and for credential evaluators working within the structures of the ENIC and NARIC centres, providing reliable and relevant background information that could facilitate the proper evaluation and recognition of pre-Bologna qualifications.
The project consortium consisted of the seven NARIC centres representing East European region as follows: Bulgarian ENIC-NARIC (project coordinator), Croatian ENIC-NARIC, Estonian ENIC-NARIC, Latvian ENIC-NARIC, Lithuanian ENIC-NARIC, Polish ENIC-NARIC, Romanian ENIC-NARIC.
The project run from 1 April 2016 to 30 September 2017. ISOBAQ co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Commission.