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By the decision of the Government of The Republic of Srpska, The Commission for Combating negative occurrences in Higher Education in the Republic of Srpska ("Official Gazette of the Republic of Srpska" No. 14/21) was formed, whose task is joint, continuous and coordinated action to combat negative phenomena in higher education, i.e. strengthening the integrated approach of all sectors involved in the process of higher education reform and quality assurance in higher education.

At the first session of The Commission for Combating negative occurrences in Higher Education in the Republic of Srpska (hereinafter: The Commission) held on February 17, 2021, the Agency for Higher Education of the Republic of Srpska was given a task of preparing a project proposal for the ranking of higher education institutions in the Republic of Srpska. The aim of this project is better information flow towards students and other stakeholders, measurable indicators for future strategies in higher education, encouraging higher education institutions to continuously develop and improve quality systems and increase scientific productivity in the context of international visibility and recognition. It was also concluded that the Commission is exploring the possibility of using this data in public sector employment.

In order to prepare for the upcoming 5th meeting of the Subcommittee on Innovation, Information Society and Social Policy between the EU and B&H, a preparatory meeting was held on March 17, 2021, via a video link, attended by representatives of competent institutions of all levels of government in B&H who will take part in the subcommittee in question.

The representative of the Agency for Higher Education of Republic of Srpska at the preparatory meeting was the Head of the Department for Quality Assurance and International Cooperation Duska Radmanovic, who confirmed that the oral report on progress in the field of accreditation of higher education institutions and study programs will be at the 5th meeting of the Subcommittee on Innovation, Information Society and social policy between the EU and B&H on March 22, 2021, submitted by the Director of the Agency, Assoc. Prof. Biljana Vojvodić, PhD. The Council of Ministers of B&H adopted the Information on holding the meeting in question with the Discussion Document (March 11, 2021). Also, previously, the Government of the Republic of Srpska got acquainted with the information on holding the meeting in question and passed the Conclusion No. 04/1-012-2-614/21 dated March 4, 2021.

 

Representatives of the Agency for Higher Education of the Republika Srpska participated in the first consultative meeting of the regional Working Group for the Recognition of Academic Qualifications within the Agreement on the Recognition of Academic Qualifications in the Western Balkans which was held on March 18, 2021. In addition to the representatives from the region and the Agency for Higher Education of the Republic of Srpska, as a part of Bosnia and Herzegovina delegation the meeting was also attended by representatives of the Ministry of Scientific-Technological Development, Higher Education and Information Society of the Republic of Srpska and the Center for Information and Recognition of Documents in the Field of Higher Education of Bosnia and Herzegovina  

The meeting, which was of a preparatory nature for the next activities of the working group, discussed future activities related to the drafting of the Agreement on the Recognition of Academic Qualifications in the Western Balkans and adopted the rules and procedures of the Regional Working Group for Recognition of Academic Qualifications to carry out the planned activities before signing and ratifying the agreement.

The consultative meeting was organized by the Regional Cooperation Council, which is also the coordinator of activities within the process of reaching an agreement with the active participation of representatives of the European Commission.

 

Central and Eastern European Network of Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education – (CEENQA) on March 17, 2021 held the fourth in a series of two-month online meetings of representatives of the member agencies of the network, which was dedicated to the topic of distance learning and combined teaching methods in higher education in the post-pandemic period.

The presentation on the support of distance learning and combined teaching methods in higher education in the post-pandemic period was given by the Deputy Head of the Quality Assurance Department of Lali Giorgidze from the National Center for Educational Quality Enhancement of Georgia – (NCEQE).

Head of the Planning, Research and International Relations Department of NCEQE Katja Tsiramua presented the structure, competencies and most important activities of the Georgian agency, while Deputy Director of the Center for Quality Assessment in Higher Education (SKVC) Aurelia Valeikiene presented the Lithuanian agency.

 

Representatives of the Agency for Higher Education of the Republika Srpska, at the invitation of the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture, participated in meetings aimed at reaching an open discussion with representatives of the Statistical Offices of the Republika Srpska, FBiH and BiH and academia regarding the improvement of the quality, availability and timeliness of data in the field of higher education in relation to domestic and international needs. Meetings held in Banja Luka on March 16 and 17, 2021 opened the space for a broader and quality discussion where very important and concrete observations and proposals for improving statistical forms in higher education were presented, with an emphasis on timeliness, content of forms for data collection and data availability.

The presented proposals will serve statistical institutions in the development of a web application for data collection, which aims to facilitate the collection and availability of data. Revised statistical forms and web application will be in use from the next academic year.

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