FIRST WORKSHOP: "Boosting quality: International Credential Evaluation and Higher Education Quality Assessment in SSH"

Bishkek, 13-14 April 2006

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BISHKEK, 13-14 April 2006

Venue: Issyk-Kul Hotel

13 April

12.00 - 12.30 - Welcome
- Presentation of PHOENIX project - Ülle Must
12.30 - 13.20 - Short presentations (self introductions) from all countries (a 10 minutes)
Presentations (in Russian):
Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, REGENA, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan
13.20 - 13.50 - Academic and professional recognition in European Regions (presentation) - Gunnar Vaht
13.50 - 14.10 - Questions. Discussions.
14.10 - 14.40 - Traditional educational models in Europe. Diversities in higher education systems and recognition problems (presentation) - Gunnar Vaht
14.40 - 15.00 - Questions. Discussions.
15.00 - 15.30 - Pause
15.30 - 16.00 - Bologna process towards the European Higher Education Area by 2010. Bologna Declaration (presentation). Bologna Process in Europe: two-cycle degrees. (presentation) - Implementing the Bologna process. The experience of Estonia (presentation). - Gunnar Vaht
16.00 - 16.20 - Questions. Discussions.
16.20 - 16.50 - Credential evaluation - criteria and procedure (presentation). Information sources (presentation) - Gunnar Vaht
16.50 - 17.10 - Questions. Discussions.
17.10 - 18.00 - European Mobility schemes helping "third countries" - Marie Curie, Mobility portal etc (presentation) - Kristin Kraav
18.00 - 18.30 - Questions. Discussions.

14 April

09.00 - 09.45 - Higher Education Quality Assessment - definition, specific features, purpose of accreditation
- Transnational Recognition of Accreditation Decisions - code of good practice, qualification frameworks and shared quality criteria and descriptors, selection criteria for External Experts (presentation). Quality assurance in Estonia: Evaluation of Academic Programmes (presentation) - Tiit Laasberg
09.45 - 10.00 - Questions. Discussions.
10.00 - 10.45 - Criteria for assessment of teachers work (feedback from students, scientific merits, teaching material, participation in the development of teaching, work as a member of a collective) (presentation) - Prof. Arto Mustajoki
10.45 - 11.00 - Questions. Discussions.
11.00 - 11.30 - Pause
11.30 - 13.00 - Quality assessment matrix as a tool of improving teaching. Teaching methods as a means to obtain generic skills (ability to find, evaluate and use information, ability to work in teams, writing and oral presentation skills, ability to make conclusions) - Prof. Arto Mustajoki
13.00 - 13.15 - Questions. Discussions.
13.15 - 13.45 - Conclusions.

About Lecturers

Gunnar Vaht

Director of ENIC/NARIC Centre in Estonia. The centre belongs to the Council of Europe and UNESCO network ENIC (European Network of National Information Centres on Academic Recognition and Mobility) and is a member of the European Union network NARIC (National Academic Recognition Information Centres). He is the elected President of the European Network of National Information Centres on Academic Recognition and Mobility.

Tiit Laasberg

Head of Estonian Higher Education Accreditation Centre. The Estonian Centre of Higher Education Accreditation (EKAK) is engaged with the organization of research evaluation and accreditation of higher education and with the organization of the work of the Higher Education Quality Assessment Council, which operates in the sphere of government of the Ministry of Education and Research and carries out accreditation of universities and their curricula. He is member of the Steering Group of Central and Eastern European Network of Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education.

Kristin Kraav

She is the Mobility NCP for Estonia under FP6 and member of the Programme Committee for Human Resources and Management in the framework programme and coordinator of the Estonian Mobility Network.

Arto Mustajoki

He is a Doctor of Philosophy, Professor of Russian Language and Literature; Vice President of International Association of Teachers of Russian Language and Literature; Member of the Board of the Academy of Finland; Chair of the Research Council for Culture and Society (Academy of Finland); Member of Standing Committee for the Humanities ESF; Member of the Core Group of Standing Committee for the Humanities ESF; Member of the ESFRI (European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructure) committee for Humanities and Social Sciences, Member of the Network Board of HERA (Humanities in the European Research Area) 2005-

Recent Evaluation and Assessment Experiences

  • Chair of the International Evaluation Committee for Estonian Departments of Russian Philology 1999
  • Chair of the Finnish Expert Group in the Evaluation of Uppsala University 2001
  • Chair of the Evaluation Steering Group of Finnish-Russian Cultural Forum 2004
  • Member of the Pre-selection Committee for the Millennium Technology Prize 2004-2006
  • Member of Steering Committee for Research Assessment of the University of Helsinki 2004-2006



Joint Final Report. Estonian School of Hotel and Tourism Management.

Procedure for accreditation of universities and institutions of applied higher education and their curricula and requirements for accreditation (unofficial translation)

Bologna Process at the University of Helsinki. Review of the Reform of Degree Structures. 22 November 2004