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Given the unchanged epidemiological situation in relation to May 2020, when ENQA recommended quality assurance agencies to adjust their operations to the working conditions during the pandemic, the Higher Education Accreditation Agency of the Republic of Srpska on September 29, 2020 conducted another supervisory visit in the accreditation procedure of the Independent University of Banja Luka. During the supervisory visit, the fulfillment of the recommendations from the External Evaluation Report of the Independent University of Banja Luka for one study program of the first cycle of Economics and Business was checked. The visit was conducted in accordance with the Rulebook on Accreditation of Higher Education Institutions and Study Programs, using Google Meet tools, and was followed by a series of interviews with the management of the institution, teaching staff and associates of the study program Economics and Business. The Commission of Experts previously analyzed the documentation submitted by the Independent University of Banja Luka, and the visit was led by the President of the Commission prof. Marko Đogo, PhD with the help of the coordinator of the procedure from the Higher Education Accreditation Agency.

 

The Head of the Department for Quality Assurance and International Cooperation in the Higher Education Accreditation Agency of the Republic of Srpska, Duška Radmanović, participated on September 17, 2020 at a meeting aimed at assessing the impact of structural projects in Bosnia and Herzegovina funded by the European Union.

The assessment was launched by the Higher Education Expert Support Initiative on behalf of the European Commission and the EU Executive Agency for Education, Audiovisual and Culture.

The assessment is primarily focused on the analysis of the impact of structural projects under the Erasmus + (Erasmus +) capacity building program in higher education.

The meeting included talks with representatives of higher education institutions as well as with representatives of institutions responsible for higher education systems in BiH, and it was concluded that structural projects significantly contribute to the development of policies, strategies, procedures and strengthening cooperation networks of the academic community.

Radmanović pointed out that, having in mind the complex administrative structure of BiH, it is necessary to include as partners in structural projects representatives of all levels of government, especially institutions responsible for the adoption and implementation of specific measures, in order to ensure project sustainability.

The Head of Quality Assurance and International Cooperation Department, Duška Radmanović, attended on July 15. 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.

Executive Board held a session two days before the start of the CEENQA General Assembly 2020, which, due to the declaration of a coronary virus pandemic in almost all member countries, is being held this year via the internet platform for meetings on Friday, July 17, 2020.

During the session, the Executive Board considered the applications fоr the membership in the network received in the previous period, the agenda of the forthcoming General Assembly, as well as the technical details regarding the preparation of the first online Assembly.

The Executive Board also discussed possible topics and the selection of hosts to hold the network’s General Assembly in 2021.

Radmanović has been a member of the CEENQA Executive Board since April 2017 and has also served as vice president of the network.

 

Head of the Department for Quality Assurance and International Cooperation Duska Radmanovic participated in a webinar  "Quality in Work-based Learning: the  way to maximise the value of Professional Higher Education" organized by the European Association of Institutions in Higher Education (EURASHE).

The seminar was held on August 27 with participants from many European countries. Among other things, the seminar presented manuals created within the ApprenticeshipQ project (AppQ) developed with the aim of gaining insight into the quality of student internships at higher education institutions, and to enable users to further develop and improve this area.

The National Assembly of the Republic of Srpska adopted on June 26, 2020. Proposal of the Law on Quality Assurance in Higher Education of the Republic of Srpska. This is a pioneering law that is being passed for the first time in Srpska, and this area has so far been regulated by the Law on Higher Education. The draft law envisages significant changes regarding the competencies of the Higher Accreditation Accreditation Agency, which grows into the Agency for Higher Education, and acquires competencies in the field of initial accreditation, part of the external evaluation procedure preceding the issuance of work permits and other forms of external quality evaluation of higher education institutions and study programs. The law is expected to enter into force soon, which will provide the preconditions for its implementation.

 

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