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1 1 The European Standards and Guidelines and Quality Assurance in the SEE region - opportunities and challenges The Case of Cyprus Elpida Heracleous For the Council of Educational Evaluation – Accreditation November 2007

2 2 The Accreditation System in Cyprus A perspective A perspective Problems, Achievements, Experience Problems, Achievements, Experience Future Prospects Future Prospects

3 3 Cyprus: Characteristics of the local environment A very small country (area: 3.572sqm population : 788,457 census 2007) A very small country (area: 3.572sqm population : 788,457 census 2007) Most students study abroad Most students study abroad No tradition to higher education and/or research No tradition to higher education and/or research Aspires to become a regional educational centre Aspires to become a regional educational centre Significant private sector in higher education Significant private sector in higher education

4 4 Public and Private Sector in Higher Education (cond.) Public Universities University of Cyprus (est. 1989) University of Cyprus (est. 1989) Open University of Cyprus (est. 2006) Open University of Cyprus (est. 2006) Cyprus University of Technology (est. 2006) Cyprus University of Technology (est. 2006) Private Universities European University – Cyprus (est. 2007) European University – Cyprus (est. 2007) Frederick University (est. 2007) Frederick University (est. 2007) University of Nicosia (est. 2007) University of Nicosia (est. 2007)

5 5 Public and Private Sector in Higher Education Public Institutes of Higher Education Cyprus Police Academy Cyprus Police Academy Forestry School Forestry School Mediterranean Institute of Management Mediterranean Institute of Management Tourist Guides School Tourist Guides School Public Health Inspectors School Public Health Inspectors School Private Institutes of Higher Education …Quite a few(!) 31, out of which 22 have accredited programs (5 Masters, 56 Bachelors, 7 Higher Diplomas, 107 Diplomas, 6 Certificates) …Quite a few(!) 31, out of which 22 have accredited programs (5 Masters, 56 Bachelors, 7 Higher Diplomas, 107 Diplomas, 6 Certificates)

6 6 Quality Assurance in Cyprus Programmatic Programmatic C.E.E.A/SEKAP C.E.E.A/SEKAP Council of Educational Evaluation Accreditation/Συμβούλιο Εκπαιδευτικής Αξιολόγησης Πιστοποίησης (est. 1987) ECPU/ΕΑΙΠ Evaluation Committee of Private Universities/Επιτροπή Αξιολόγησης Ιδιωτικών Πανεπιστημίων (est. 2006) ECPU/ΕΑΙΠ Evaluation Committee of Private Universities/Επιτροπή Αξιολόγησης Ιδιωτικών Πανεπιστημίων (est. 2006) KYSATS/ΚΥΣΑΤΣ Cyprus Council for the recognition of Higher Education Qualifications/Κυπριακό Συμβούλιο Αναγνώρισης Τίτλων Σπουδών (est.1996) KYSATS/ΚΥΣΑΤΣ Cyprus Council for the recognition of Higher Education Qualifications/Κυπριακό Συμβούλιο Αναγνώρισης Τίτλων Σπουδών (est.1996) Degree Degree Institutional Institutional

7 7 BUT… is applicable only to Private Higher Education

8 8 Council of Educational Evaluation- Accreditation / C.E.E.A Independent body appointed by the Council of Ministers Independent body appointed by the Council of Ministers It has an established legal basis It has an established legal basis Formally recognized by the competent public authorities to perform programmatic evaluations- accreditations of the Private Institutes of Higher Education Formally recognized by the competent public authorities to perform programmatic evaluations- accreditations of the Private Institutes of Higher Education Funded from the budget of the Ministry of Education and Culture Funded from the budget of the Ministry of Education and Culture

9 9 Composition of the Council George Philokyprou, Computer Scientist Ph. D Manchester George Philokyprou, Computer Scientist Ph. D Manchester Costas Christou, Mathematician Ph. D Ohio Costas Christou, Mathematician Ph. D Ohio Michalis Haliasos, Economist, Ph. D Yale Michalis Haliasos, Economist, Ph. D Yale Chrysee Hatzichristou, Psychologist, Ph. D Berkeley Chrysee Hatzichristou, Psychologist, Ph. D Berkeley Petros Ioannou, Electrical Engineer, Ph. D Illinois Petros Ioannou, Electrical Engineer, Ph. D Illinois Leonidas Kyriakides, Mathematician, Ph. D New York Leonidas Kyriakides, Mathematician, Ph. D New York Costas Pantelides, Chemical Engineer, Ph. D Imperial College Costas Pantelides, Chemical Engineer, Ph. D Imperial College

10 10 Process of Evaluation Accreditation (cond.) Application from a Private Institute of Tertiary Education (PITE) along with the self evaluation reports and all relevant documents Application from a Private Institute of Tertiary Education (PITE) along with the self evaluation reports and all relevant documents The C.E.E.A examines the application and appoints a relevant Visiting Team of Experts (VTE) The C.E.E.A examines the application and appoints a relevant Visiting Team of Experts (VTE) The VTE examines the self evaluation report and all other relevant documents, performs site visit, and prepares a report which includes its findings, observations and recommendations The VTE examines the self evaluation report and all other relevant documents, performs site visit, and prepares a report which includes its findings, observations and recommendations The report is communicated to the concerned institution The report is communicated to the concerned institution The Institution may submit comments relevant to the report The Institution may submit comments relevant to the report The VTE considers the institutions comments and prepares its final report, which is forwarded to the C.E.E.A The VTE considers the institutions comments and prepares its final report, which is forwarded to the C.E.E.A

11 11 Process of Evaluation Accreditation (cond.) The C.E.E.A after considering the final report, first report and other pertinent evidence can decide whether to: The C.E.E.A after considering the final report, first report and other pertinent evidence can decide whether to: Approve the programmeApprove the programme Approve the program on ConditionsApprove the program on Conditions Defer the decision on the programme till identified weaknesses are remediedDefer the decision on the programme till identified weaknesses are remedied Reject the programmeReject the programme

12 12 Process of Evaluation Accreditation The C.E.E.A notifies the Minister of Education and Culture of the decision(s) made and the Minister notifies the concerned Institution(s) The C.E.E.A notifies the Minister of Education and Culture of the decision(s) made and the Minister notifies the concerned Institution(s) The C.E.E.A has the authority to withdraw the accreditation from any programme(s) at any time, if it judges that the terms and conditions under which it was accredited are no longer operative The C.E.E.A has the authority to withdraw the accreditation from any programme(s) at any time, if it judges that the terms and conditions under which it was accredited are no longer operative

13 13 Visiting Teams of Experts Size of Team: 3-9 (usually 5 members) Size of Team: 3-9 (usually 5 members) Caliber: The best possible Caliber: The best possible Duration of Visit: 3-7 days Duration of Visit: 3-7 days Example: BSc in Architecture 1. Loukas Kalisperis Penn State U.S.A, Chair 2. Michael Fifield Oregon University U.S.A, Member 3. Anastasia Liakata Pechlivanidou NTUA Hellas, Member 4. Marios Phocas, University of Cyprus, Member 5. Marinos Ioannides, Higher Technical Institute Cyprus, Member

14 14 ENQA Standards and Guidelines and the C.E.E.A (cond.) Official Status Official Status Activities Activities Resources Resources Established by Law in 1987, it is recognized by the competent public authorities, and complies with the requirements of the legislative jurisdictions within which it operates Established by Law in 1987, it is recognized by the competent public authorities, and complies with the requirements of the legislative jurisdictions within which it operates Undertakes external quality assurance activities at program level Undertakes external quality assurance activities at program level Receives both its financial and human resources from the Ministry of Education Receives both its financial and human resources from the Ministry of Education

15 15 ENQA Standards and Guidelines and the C.E.E.A (cond.) Mission Statement Mission Statement to build confidence and trust among local and foreign students concerning the quality of the offered programs; to establish the minimum possible criteria to be fulfilled for the award of an accredited degree from the Cyprus Government; and to provide a basis of comparison with degree titles granted from foreign institutions of higher education. to build confidence and trust among local and foreign students concerning the quality of the offered programs; to establish the minimum possible criteria to be fulfilled for the award of an accredited degree from the Cyprus Government; and to provide a basis of comparison with degree titles granted from foreign institutions of higher education.

16 16 ENQA Standards and Guidelines and the C.E.E.A (cond.) Independence Independence Appointed by the Council of Ministers. All procedures and methods of operation are decided by the Council. Nomination and appointment of team of experts is solely done by the Council. Decisions are taken by the Council and cannot be altered by anyone Appointed by the Council of Ministers. All procedures and methods of operation are decided by the Council. Nomination and appointment of team of experts is solely done by the Council. Decisions are taken by the Council and cannot be altered by anyone

17 17 ENQA Standards and Guidelines and the C.E.E.A External Quality Assurance Criteria and Processes used by the agencies External Quality Assurance Criteria and Processes used by the agencies Accountability Procedures Accountability Procedures All processes, criteria and procedures are pre-defined and publicly available (included in the Law) All processes, criteria and procedures are pre-defined and publicly available (included in the Law) Internal and external feedback, a no conflict of interest mechanism Internal and external feedback, a no conflict of interest mechanism

18 18 The Future…

19 19 Cypriot Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education/Κυπριακός Φορέας Διασφάλισης και Πιστοποίησης Ποιότητας στην Εκπαίδευση Established by law on October 5, 2007 Established by law on October 5, 2007

20 20 Cypriot Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education/Κυπριακός Φορέας Διασφάλισης και Πιστοποίησης Ποιότητας στην Εκπαίδευση Advantages Concentration under one of all processes of evaluation and quality assurance, applicable both to the private and public sector (Private Institutes of Higher Education and Universities) avoiding the wastage of human and material resources. Concentration under one body of all processes of evaluation and quality assurance, applicable both to the private and public sector (Private Institutes of Higher Education and Universities) avoiding the wastage of human and material resources.

21 21 Cypriot Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education/Κυπριακός Φορέας Διασφάλισης και Πιστοποίησης Ποιότητας στην Εκπαίδευση Advantages Establishment of Internal Evaluation mechanisms by all Institutions, faculties and universities, both public and private. Through these mechanisms the Institutions will systematically collect data, enabling them to keep track of their improvement towards quality excellence. This process is expected to mobilise the internal activities of self-monitoring and follow-up of the educational quality offered by the institutions, aiming towards continuous improvement. Establishment of Internal Evaluation mechanisms by all Institutions, faculties and universities, both public and private. Through these mechanisms the Institutions will systematically collect data, enabling them to keep track of their improvement towards quality excellence. This process is expected to mobilise the internal activities of self-monitoring and follow-up of the educational quality offered by the institutions, aiming towards continuous improvement.

22 22 Cypriot Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education/Κυπριακός Φορέας Διασφάλισης και Πιστοποίησης Ποιότητας στην Εκπαίδευση Advantages A flexible, modern and pioneering organisation will be created which will evaluate, accredit and safeguard higher education in Cyprus. It will also be compatible with all EU requirements and with the requirements of other international bodies and organisations. A flexible, modern and pioneering organisation will be created which will evaluate, accredit and safeguard higher education in Cyprus. It will also be compatible with all EU requirements and with the requirements of other international bodies and organisations.

23 23 Cypriot Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education/Κυπριακός Φορέας Διασφάλισης και Πιστοποίησης Ποιότητας στην Εκπαίδευση Advantages It will be possible to act as a regional organisation of quality assurance in the Eastern Mediterranean and the wider region. It will be possible to act as a regional organisation of quality assurance in the Eastern Mediterranean and the wider region. The status of Higher Education in Cyprus will be further improved both within Cyprus and abroad. The status of Higher Education in Cyprus will be further improved both within Cyprus and abroad.

24 24 THANK YOU FOR YOUR ATTENTION!


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