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The Head of Quality Assurance and International Cooperation Department, Duska Radmanovic, attended on October 27th session of the Executive Board of the Central and Eastern European Network of Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (CEENQA) as a member of the Board.

The Board discussed preparations for the second bimonthly meeting of all CEENQA agencies scheduled for November 17, 2020, at which coordinators on behalf of the Board, Martina Vidlakova and Duska Radmanovic, are scheduled to present a program to exchange agency staff in the new conditions of the declared Corona virus pandemic.

The organization, structure and competencies of the Higher Education Accreditation Agency of Republika Srpska will also be presented at the meeting, as well as the results of the thematic analysis on the quality of teaching at higher education institutions in Republika Srpska during the distance learning process.

The Executive Board discussed the topics for the upcoming General Assembly, and decided to postpone the Assembly for the fall of 2021, when, in accordance with the possibilities of travel, it will be decided whether the Assembly will be held online. It was decided to adjust the topics to the current situation faced by all agencies, and the assembly will have two working groups, the first dedicated to the way agencies work during the epidemic, and the second to the way higher education institutions work in these conditions.

 

Head of the Department for Quality Assurance and International Cooperation Duška Radmanović participated on October 23, 2020 in a seminar dedicated to the topic of indicators in the field of higher education, especially the use of indicators in the external evaluation of quality organized by the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA).

The seminar presented the results of research by the European University Association (EUA) on the use of indicators in higher education, presented by the Director of Institutional Development at the EUA, Tia Loukkola, and her associates.

The Executive Director of the Danish Accreditation Agency, Steffen Westergård Andersen, Director of Operations at Danish Accreditation Institution, presented the use of indicators in Nordic quality assurance agencies with special reference to the case study of the Danish Agency.

Ailsa Crum, Director of Membership, Quality Enhancement & Standards at QAA, presented the Scottish model of the quality improvement framework.

The seminar, which is an integral part of this year's General Assembly of ENQA, was held through an internet platform where the active participation of all participants, and the exchange of experiences and ideas.

 

On behalf of the Higher Education Accreditation Agency of the Republic of Srpska, the Head of the Department for Quality Assurance and International Cooperation Duška Radmanović participated in the session of the General Assembly of the International Network of Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE) within which a meeting of the Regional Networks of Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education was also held.  As part of the first part of the event, during a meeting of the Regional Networks of Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education, participants from around the world were given the opportunity to exchange experiences and opinions on how the corona virus pandemic has affected everyday university life. During the event, participants had the opportunity to hear presentations and various experiences related to distance learning, as well as to detect during the discussion various problems encountered by representatives of the academic community around the world. Also, on the framework of the mentioned discussion, opinions were exchanged on how the academic community will function in the future, what challenges await us and what are the recommendations regarding the further development of the situation. This meeting is just one in a series of discussions that have been held recently on this topic, and in the coming period it is expected that this type of exchange of experiences will continue with the aim of improving the quality of teaching in higher education.

 

Due to the pandemic of the Corona virus  this year's General Assembly of the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA) was held via the Internet on October 22, 2020.

As a representative of the Higher Education Accreditation Agency of the Republic of Srpska, the Assembly was attended by the Head of the Department for Quality Assurance and International Cooperation, Duska Radmanović.

The Assembly discussed the admission of new members, both in full membership and associate members, and changes to the Statute of ENQA and the procedures for external evaluation of the work of agencies.

Voting was conducted via the internet platform, which enabled the adoption of the work report, financial report, as well as the work plan and budget of ENQA for 2021.

Given that the General Assembly normally discusses a large number of issues that are important for the work of agencies in the field of higher education, this year ENQA organized a number of internet seminars that covered issues of work in new circumstances, indicators in higher education, etc.

 

The Director of the Higher Education Accreditation Agency of the Republic of Srpska, Biljana Vojvodić and the Director of the Agency for Control and Quality Assurance of Higher Education of Montenegro Srđa Popović signed on October 6, 2020 in Banja Luka Memorandum of Cooperation between the two agencies which continues the cooperation between the two agencies.

The Memorandum stipulates that the agencies cooperate for mutual benefit and work on improving regulations and quality assurance in their jurisdiction and improving the quality of higher education in both countries. Cooperation in the field of information exchange, development of employee competencies, and exchange of experts and reviewers is also envisaged.

Director Popović paid a two-day visit to the Higher Education Accreditation Agency of the Republic of Srpska and on that occasion they also exchanged experiences in the work of the two agencies, higher education systems and strategic development plans.

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