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Current projects


EU Twinning Project “Further support to the implementation of the National Qualifications Framework“ in North Macedonia

Project aim is to significantly strength and develope the National Qualifications Framework in Northern Macedonia. 

Strengths of the project:

  • a competent management team;

  • support and involvement of the management of the beneficiary institution;

  • clear and realistic project objectives;

  • close cooperation between the EU Member States and the authorities of North Macedonia. 

 
The project is funded by the European Commission.

The project is implemented in cooperation with Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of North Macedonia and partner institutions from Lithuania, Slovenia, and France as Member States Partners.

The leading member state in the project is Lithuanian Ministry of Education, Science and Sport co-operating with the Centre for Quality Assessment in Higher Education (SKVC), the Qualifications and Vocational Education and Training Development Centre (KPMPC), European Social Fund Agency and French High Council for the Evaluation of Research and Higher Education (HCERES) together with the Institute of the Republic of Slovenia for Vocational Education and Training (CPI), acting as the Junior project partners.

The value of the project is 1.5 million euros. The estimated implementation period is 27 months. 

Project news

Opening Ceremony of the Project

Newsletter (January 2022)


 

AMIS-3  

Project aim is to sustain the system of external evaluation of higher education institutions. The implementation of this project will support the quality assurance as well as effectiveness of Lithuanian higher education and research system following the provisions of European Higher Education Area. During the project the mode of evaluation from the individual study programmes to the systematic study field quality evaluation will be shifted. 

External assurance has two main functions:

  • Accountability of higher education institutions;
  • Improvement of higher education quality.

External evaluation results – evaluation reports – provides information regarding activities of the institution and its studies‘ quality not only to the academic community but also to the whole society.

To reach the aim of the project it is necessary to:

  • Enhance partnership between Centre and its stakeholders;
  • Evaluate quality of higher education institutions’ activities.

Target group of the project: various stakeholders (teachers, students, employers, ministry, society). During the project evaluation of twenty eight higher education institutions‘ quality and external evaluation of study fields will be accomplished. 

Project “Development of Higher Education Institutions External Evaluation System (AMIS-3)“ is implemented according to  European Union fund investment priority and is financed by European Union structural funds and state budget of the Republic of Lithuania. 

The Project runs from 20 October 2015 to 31 August 2023. 

For more information:

Aušra Leskauskaitė
Project Manager 
Tel. (+370 5) 210 7727
ausra.leskauskaite@skvc.lt 

Gerda Markevičiūtė
Project Administrator
Tel. (+370 5) 210 4775
gerda.markeviciute@skvc.lt 


KAPRIS-2  

 

KAPRIS-2 is a project implemented to strengthen the system of academic recognition of foreign qualifications concerning higher education in Lithuania.

It is aimed at:

  • Creating electronic recognition services enabling stakeholders to receive our services online and providing one platform for all institutions involved in recognition;
  • Supporting the decentralised academic recognition system by developing information tools and offering training;
  • Streamlining recognition of qualifications, periods of study, and prior learning in higher education institutions;
  • Implementing automatic recognition for Bologna qualifications.

It is provisioned that, during the lifetime of the project, the following will be implemented:

  • An electronic recognition area;
  • 25 country profiles providing information on the systems of education;
  • training sessions for higher education institutions;
  • review of recognition processes within 5 higher education institutions;
  • preparation for implementing recognition with 7 higher education institutions;
  • introduction of automatic recognition by reviewing and amending internal SKVC processes;
  • other supporting activities.

This project builds on the achievements of the previously implemented KAPRIS, which facilitated the introduction of the decentralised system of recognition of foreign qualifications in Lithuania. KAPRIS-2 is focused on reinforcing the system and creating favourable conditions for its effective functioning.

Target group of the project: education institutions, students, holders of foreign qualifications, employers.

Title of the project:  Strengthening the System of Academic Recognition (KAPRIS-2)

Duration of the project: from 20 October 2015 to 31 December 2021.

The project is financed by the European Structural Funds.

For more information:
Kristina Sutkutė, Project Manager
Tel. (+370 5) 210 47 88
kristina.sutkute@skvc.lt

Gerda Markevičiūtė, Project Administrator
Tel. (+370 5) 210 4775
gerda.markeviciute@skvc.lt 


SKAR-3: Development of a system for the description of studies   

Project “Development of a system for the description of studies” is carried out by implementation of 9th Priority “Public education and raising the human potential” in European Union Investment Fund Action Program (2014-2020) realization measure 09.3.1-ESFA-V-732 “Improvement of Study System”. 

Main aim of the Project is the development of a system of the descriptors for Lithuanian study fields.

The tasks for achieving this aim: 

  • to create new and update already existing Study Descriptors;
  • to increase competences of higher education specialists in the field of study programmes development.

The main purpose for launching the Project is absence of Descriptors for Study fields, which are necessary for successful study programmes development and implementation. The Descriptor for Study field is the main document designed for Higher Education Institutions to ensure easier process when developing new or improving existing programs of a certain study field. The document provides basic information how new study programmes should be prepared and how already existing ones should be improved with intended learning outcomes, study methods and other parameters of study programme in that study field. Descriptors are encouraging Higher Education Institutions to assume responsibility for quality of their studies and requirements for provided qualifications. Also, prepared Descriptors can be used for the external evaluation of study programmes too. 

Results of this Project will be useful for experts, evaluating Lithuanian higher education institutions and study programmes. It will contribute to the improvement of Lithuanian qualification system. Upon implementation of the project, the system regulating Lithuanian studies will meet the requirements of the European Higher Education Area, which is reflected in the European Qualifications Framework. Furthermore, this Project will be helpful for completion of Lithuanian qualifications framework by regulating intended learning outcomes and introducing student centred learning. Prepared Study Descriptors will complete legal acts, which are describing hierarchy of intended learning outcomes.

Results of this project: 

  •  completion of legal acts for description of intended learning outcomes;
  •  connection between studies and labour market needs;
  •  communication between social partners and academic community. 

Intended Project duration: 4th of September, 2018 – 4th of July, 2021.

For more information, please, contact: 

Rasa Penkauskienė
Project Manager
Tel. (+370 5) 210 6302
rasa.penkauskiene@skvc.lt  

Gerda Markevičiūtė
Project Administrator
Tel. (+370 5) 210 4775
gerda.markeviciute@skvc.lt 


Improvement of the System for Assessment and Recognition of Competences and Qualifications Acquired in Different Pathways 

SKVC contributes as a partner to the implementation of the project Improvement of the System for Assessment and Recognition of Competences and Qualifications Acquired in Different Pathways. This project is implemented by the Qualifications and Vocational Education and Training Development Centre (www.kpmpc.lt) with 18 other partners.

The project aims to improve the assessment and recognition of competences and qualifications acquired through different pathways.

Project objectives:

  1. the development of competence assessment for persons pursuing a qualification;
  2. the development of assessment of general competences;
  3. streamlining the system for recognition of foreign qualifications;
  4. monitoring of the competence assessment.

Target group: employees of accredited competence assessment bodies and persons whose competencies have been assessed within the framework of the streamlined and developed assessment system.

Main project outcomes:

  1. tools for assessment of competences;
  2. task banks, methodologies, methodological tools for competence assessment and sample competence assessment tasks;
  3. improved institutional capacity to assess competences and / or qualifications acquired through different pathways;
  4. created measures for monitoring and information provision for the assessment and recognition of acquired competences.

Main activities and objectives of SKVC's participation:

  1. developing the system of recognition of foreign qualification recognition;
  2. the creation and testing of a methodology for academic recognition of vocational qualifications;
  3. the adaption and expansion of the electronic recognition area for the assessment and recognition of vocational qualifications;
  4. organizing events on the recognition and assessment of vocational qualifications.

The project is financed by the European Social Fund.

Project implementation timeline: 31 May, 2018 – 31 December, 2022.

For more information:

Rita Stasiulienė, 

Acting project manager
Tel. (+370 5) 210 7782
rita.stasiuliene@skvc.lt

Inga Žilinskaitė, 

Project administrator
Tel. (+370 5) 205 3321
inga.zilinskaite@skvc.lt 


DEQAR CONNECT: Enhancing the Coverage and Connectivity of QA in the EHEA through DEQAR (Database of External Quality Assurance Reports)

Project is implemented under Erasmus+ programme (Key action 3: Support for Policy Reform) initiative for policy innovation giving support to forward-looking cooperation projects on policy developments and European policy experimentations led by high level organisations and public authorities to stimulate innovate policies and prepare their implementation.

Background: In 2018, EQAR developed a Database of External Quality Assurance Results – DEQAR – with an aim to enhance the transparency and accessibility of quality assurance results. The database also makes visible to what extent EHEA countries have realised the EHEA Key Commitment that all higher education institutions be subject to regular external quality assurance in line with the ESG.

In the first phase of the project, 29 project partners have submitted their reports in the DEQAR database. Following its launch on the occasion of the May 2018 EHEA Ministerial Conference in Paris, DEQAR has continued to grow, and currently makes available over 50 000 external quality assurance reports uploaded by 34 EQAR-registered agencies.

The DEQAR CONNECT project focuses on two of the EHEA key commitments, supporting quality assurance and recognition inside the EHEA, and consists of two strands:

  1. the DEQAR CONNECT project will expand coverage to EHEA countries currently under-represented in DEQAR, by supporting the participation of agencies that could not join DEQAR in the first stage.
  2. the DEQAR CONNECT project aims to enhance connectivity by exploiting existing synergies and exploring new opportunities to use DEQAR data directly in the recognition workflow, digital credentialing and elsewhere. 

Project implementation period: March 2020 – February 2022 (24 months)

Project Coordinator – EQAR

Project partners: 

  • Experienced Quality Assurance Agencies: ASHE (Croatia, lead), NVAO (Flanders);
  • ENIC-NARIC partners: CIMEA (Italy, lead), CNRED (Romania), CIEP (France), Nuffic (Netherlands);
  • Newcommer QAA partners: ACQUIN (Germany), ACSUCYL (Spain), AEQES (Belgium, French Community), AIC (Latvia), ANQA (Armenia), AQ (Austria), CTI (France, engineering), EAEVE (European, veterinary), HAC (Hungary), IAAR (Kazakhstan), IQAA (Kazakhstan), MusiQuE (European, music), NCEQE (Georgia), NCPA (Russia), SKVC (Lithuania);
  • Associated partners (stakeholder organisations): ENQA, ESU, EUA, EURASHE.

DEQAR CONNECT project website

 

 


SMART-QUAL: Structured indicatiors to manage HEI Quality System

The main objective of the SMART-QUAL is to support HEIs in the implementation of effective internal QM system by designing a set of quality indicators to be implemented and improve in the short and long term the internal QM systems (make them more efficient and effective) and the alignment of these indicators in a structured catalogue according to the three main levels of decision making (strategic, tactical and operational) covering the three main missions of HEIs.

The main expected outputs of the project:

  • Creation of a new and replicable Quality Indicators Scoreboard (QIS),

  • Dissemination via designated Wiki pages,

  • Production of guidelines regarding implementation of the proposed QIS,

  • Testing of the practical implementation of the proposed system by project partners.

Primary project target groups are HEIs (management boards, administrative staff, professors, researchers) and quality assurance agencies. Indirectly the project affects other stakeholders of higher education, students and society at large.

The project consortium consists of:

  • the Coordinator –non-profit organisation CONEXX-Europe (Belgium)

  • project partners:

    • higher education institutions: Politecnico di torino (Italy), Universitat Internacional de Catalunya (Spain), Universidade de Aveiro (Portugal), Universidade do Minho (Portugal), Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium),

    • quality assurance agencies: SKVC (Lithuania), AQU Catalunya (Spain), A3ES (Portugal).

  • associated partners (supporting with information and dissemination): INQAAHE, Flemish Higher Education Council Quality Assurance (VLUHR QA, Brussels), Universiteit Hasselt (BE), Amsterdam University College (NL), European Students of Industrial Engineering and Management (ESTIEM).

The Project runs for 28 months (September 2020 – December 2022). SMART-QUAL is co-funded by the European Commission’s Erasmus+ Programme, action line KA2 “Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices – Strategic Partnerships for higher education”.  


STACQ: Stacking credits & the future of the qualification

 
The project has two objectives as follows:
 
1. Build an online application which can help credential evaluators to quickly and easily evaluate MOOCs;
2. Produce a position paper on the future of the qualification, mapping developments in higher education, analysing different types of modular education and provide examples, and reflecting on what modular offerings of education mean for recognition.
Following the recommendations of the Pathfinder Group on Automatic Recognition, automatic recognition is set as a goal for the EHEA to be achieved in 2020 by the Yerevan Ministerial Communiqué (2015). In 2018, the ministers for education from the EU member states committed to implement automatic recognition in the EU by 2025. However, over the last few years new forms of learning emerged – MOOCs and microcredentials – that are not captured by the current recognition practice, that focuses primarily on assessing complete qualifications obtained through formal education. MOOCs gained popularity over the last years, but as ‘alternative’ learning experiences they are not captured by the current recognition practice. Therefore, STACQ aims to develop an evaluation tool, which can help credential evaluators to quickly evaluate a MOOC. This project will also revisit what a qualification is in light of the current changing education landscape (mostly stacking of learning units) and what the implications are for current good practice in recognition as promoted by the LRC; this will be captured in the position paper. 
The STACQ consortium consists of the following partners:
  • Core team of ENIC-NARIC Lithuania (SKVC), ENIC-NARIC Malta (NCFHE), ENIC-NARIC The Netherlands (Nuffic, coordinator), ENIC-NARIC Sweden (UHR), ENIC UK (Eccis Ltd.), 
  • Sub Team of ENIC NARIC Ireland (QQI);
  • Steering Group of EADTU (European Association of Distance Teaching Universities), European Consortium for Accreditation (ECA), The Art of E-Learning. 
The Project is implemented from 01-06-2020 to 31-05-2022. STACQ is co-financed by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Commission. 
 

I-AR: Implementation of automatic recognition in the networks

The project aims to implement fair automatic recognition by offering guidance in policy development on the European, national, and institutional levels. Specifically, for the European level: 

  • a table with system-level comparisons of qualifications in EHEA that national authorities can use to enter into (non) legally binding AR agreements between countries will be made;  
  • a 2nd updated edition of the EAR Manual supporting fair and automatic recognition practices in the EU/EHEA will be drafted;
  • the implications of the Global Recognition Convention on the Lisbon Recognition Convention to support streamlined implementation in line with the LRC and automatic recognition will be analysed.
I-AR caters to the needs of ENIC-NARIC centres, higher education institutions and other actors involved in achieving automatic recognition in the EHEA (rectors conferences, quality assurance organisations, ministries of education, policy makers). 
The I-AR consortium consists of the following partners:
  • Core team of ENIC Ukraine, ENIC-NARIC Flanders, ENIC-NARIC Lithuania (SKVC), ENIC-NARIC Poland (NAWA), ENIC-NARIC Norway (NOKUT), ENIC-NARIC Austria, ENIC-NARIC Italy (CIMEA), ENIC-NARIC France (France International), ENIC-NARIC Estonia, ENIC-NARIC The Netherlands (Nuffic) (coordinator), 
  • Sub Team of ENIC NARIC Ireland (QQI), ENIC-NARIC Czech Republic;
  • Steering Group of EUA, ESU, European Consortium for Accreditation (ECA), ENIC-NARIC Denmark. 
The Project is implemented from 1 September 2020 to 1 August 2022. I-AR is co-financed by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Commission. 
 

QUATREC-2: Comparing qualifications for reliable recognition

QUATREC-2 project is implemented under Erasmus+ Programme (Key ction 3: Support for Policy Reform) initiative for policy innovation giving support to forward-looking cooperation projects on policy developments and European policy experimentations led by high level organisations and public authorities to stimulate innovate policies and prepare their implementation.
 
Aim: facilitate the efficient use of learning outcomes in credential evaluation among higher education institutions (HEI) and employers to support a fair recognition.
 
Main objective: elaborate and pilot a methodology for the use of learning outcomes in credential evaluation on basis of desk study and previous QUATREC project conclusions and recommendations. 
 
Project activities
Exploring good practice examples (desk study) in the project partner countries about the existing methodologies and guidelines of writing learning outcomes. 
Elaborating methodology for writing and comparing learning outcomes for reliable qualification recognition on basis of the desk study and previous QUATREC conclusions. 
Arranging peer learning activities to pilot the methodology. 
Organising national workshops for the target groups (HEIs and employers) to introduce them with the methodology. 
Disseminating the project results and products. 
Project Coordinator: Academic Information Centre (Latvian ENIC-NARIC).
 
Project partners
ENIC/NARIC centres: Armenian ENIC, Bulgarian ENIC-NARIC (NACID), Lithuanian ENIC-NARIC (SKVC), Romanian ENIC-NARIC, UK NARIC
Higher Education institutions: Vytautas Magnus University (Lithuania)
Project implementation period: 1st October 2020 – 30th September 2022.
 
More information about the project is provided at here.