SKVC as quality assurance agency
The external review of the Centre for Quality Assessment in Higher Education (SKVC) must take place at least every 5 years and the results of it must be made public. This is provided for in the Law on Higher Education and Research of the Republic of Lithuania (Article 22 (5)). The purpose of the external review is to determine how SKVC complies with the provisions for quality assurance agencies within the European Higher Education Area (EHEA).
External reviews of SKVC's as a quality agency by international experts took place in 2012 and 2017. In 2012, following an external evaluation by an international panel, SKVC became a full member of ENQA. In 2017, following a regular external review, SKVC's membership in ENQA was extended for the next five years.
Since 2012, SKVC has also been listed in the European Register of Higher Education Quality Agencies, EQAR. In 2017, SKVC's membership in EQAR was extended following an international positive external peer review.
Membership in ENQA and EQAR means that the SKVC is recognized as a trusted quality assurance agency operating within the framework of EHEA and is a reliable international cooperation partner in higher education. This gives SKVC the right to carry out evaluations of higher education institutions and study programs not only in Lithuania, but also abroad.
ENQA (European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education), Europe's largest and the most influential network of higher education quality assurance agencies, is among the main stakeholders of the EHEA. ENQA promotes international cooperation in quality assurance of higher education, as well as disseminates information and good practices among its members and partners.
EQAR (European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education) is a publicly accessible register of trustworthy quality assurance agencies operating under the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area (ESG). Governments or higher education institutions may select agencies from this register for external evaluation of institutions or study programs.
In 2021, SKVC prepared a self-evaluation report for the targeted external review, which will take place in early 2022. The principal aim of a targeted review is to provide mature quality assurance agencies that have successfully undergone at least two full ESG reviews with an alternative way to assessing their compliance with the ESG.
SKVC as Lithuanian ENIC/NARIC activity evaluation
In 2016, a first international peer review of SKVC as the Lithuanian National Center for Academic Recognition and Information (ENIC / NARIC) was carried out. In 2021, a second voluntary self-evaluation is being performed, the external expert panel visit is expected in early 2022.
Since 1999 SKVC is an authorized member of the European Network of Information Centers in the European Region (ENIC) and NARIC (National Academic Recognition Information Centers). SKVC is actively involved in ENIC / NARIC networks. SKVC, together with partners from other countries, developed and tested the SQUARE self-assessment and external evaluation methodology for ENIC / NARIC centers in 2016.
In June 2019, at a joint meeting of ENIC and NARIC networks, the SQUARE standards and guidelines for the ENIC-NARIC networks, abbreviated as "S&G", were adopted as a document to be followed by all academic information and recognition centers.
|SQUARE standards and guidelines for the ENIC-NARIC Networks|
|SKVC self-evaluation report according to SQUARE methodology (2016)|
|External review report of SKVC as Lithuanian ENIC/NARIC (2016)|