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After several months of repeated requests, the Agency  for Developement of Higher Education and Quality Assurance has registered the University of Banja Luka and the University of East Sarajevo in the State Register of Accredited Higher Education Institutions in Bosnia and Herzegovina (the Register).

The enrollment followed discussions between the Higher Education Accreditation Agency of Republika Srpska, Ministry for Scientific and Technological Development, Higher Education and Information Society and the Agency for Development of Higher Education and Quality Assurance, which was mediated by experts from the TAIEX Mission of Professional Assessment - Accreditation of Higher Education Institutions organized by the European Commission.

It is important to emphasize that enrollment in the Registry establishes continuity in the accreditation of higher education institutions and that students will have no problems enrolling in other higher education institutions in countries from the region and Europe, which is also important for the participation of universities in EU funded projects.

We remind that the delay of the entry in the referred Register lasted more than ten months, and that the Delegation of the European Union to Bosnia and Herzegovina was actively involved in mediating in overcoming this problem. In this regard, the European Commission has submitted a notice on the holding of the Professional Assessment Mission - Accreditation of Higher Education Institutions, held from February 4-7, 2020 in Sarajevo and Banja Luka.

At its 21st  regular session, the Agency's Steering Board reviewed all the activities of the authorities and institutions in Republika Srpska so far and noted that all necessary activities were undertaken to accredit the two public universities in Republika Srpska in accordance with positive legal and other regulations in the field of quality assurance. Therefore, the Board requests the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina, as a matter of urgency, to ensure the legality of its work and to remove obstruction by the Agency for Development of Higher Education and Quality Assurance in BiH.

It was also noted that public universities in Republika Srpska suffer with numerous negative consequences in their work and functioning. Therefore, it is necessary to complete all the activities undertaken in order to provide a lawful solution for the entry of the University of Banja Luka and the University of East Sarajevo in the State Register.

The Steering Board of the Higher Education Accrediation Agency of Republika Srpska held its 20th  regular session at which members were introduced to more information relevant to the work of the Agency. In particular, they referred to the information on the draft Laws on Higher Education of Republika Srpska and the Law on Quality Assurance in Higher Education.

The Steering Board of the Agency was also attended by newly elected member, prof. Dejan Bokonjic PhD.

 Head of the Department for Quality Assurance and International Cooperation, Duska Radmanovic, MSc, participated from 11th  to 13th December  in a series of workshops within the framework of the “Development of Management Skills 2019-2020” in Bucharest.

The program is organized by the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA) and consists of three three-day workshops, the first of which was carried out in cooperation with the Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation of Austria and the second in cooperation with the Agency for Quality Assurance in Higher Education in Romania.

Experts from different countries in Europe and the world covered topics such as:

  • Current challenges facing quality assurance agencies,
  • Development of management skills in quality assurance agencies - the need for change,
  • Competing values ​​Framework (CVF) in the context of organizational culture and leadership roles, etc.

Representatives of the Higher Education Accrediation Agency of Republika Srpska represented the Agency at the European Quality Forum (EQAF 2019), held from 21st   to 23rd   November  at the TU Berlin (Technical University Berlin). The Quality Forum brought together 521 participants from 59 countries in Europe and Asia.

The EQAF 2019 theme was "Supporting societal engagement of higher education".

Through participation in numerous panel discussions, workshops and presenting papers on various topics, panelists and forum participants tried to encourage dialogue and identify models for changes in internal and external quality assurance procedures that would increase the role of higher education in social life and among stakeholders in society. Papers and research in this area as well as the experiences and practices of developed countries are also presented.

The event was co-organized by EUA (European Association of Universities), ENQA (European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education), EURASHE (European Association of Institutions in Higher Education) and ESU (European Union of Students).

The next European Quality Forum 2020 will be hosted by Alto University from the Finnish city of Espo.

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