strong delegation from the Science, Higher and Secondary Professional Education
Department of the Ministry of Education, Accreditation and Nostrification
Office of the Ministry of Education, as well as pilot higher education
institutions of the Twinning project had a study visit to Latvia and Lithuania
from 27 to 31 May 2019.
The purpose of
the study visit was to get exposed to European practices in the field of
external quality assurance, the legal framework of external quality assurance,
methodologies for evaluation (including criteria, indicators), and institutions
performing external quality evaluation in Latvia and Lithuania.
visited the Ministry of Education and Science of Latvia, Academic Information
Centre (AIC), and got familiar with the current state strategy on the quality
assurance in education. Moreover, the internal quality assurance practices and
preparation of self-assessment reports were presented to the participants during
a visit to Riga Stradiņš University.
The participants also visited the Research and Higher
Education Monitoring and Analysis Centre (MOSTA) and Centre for Quality
Assessment in Higher Education (SKVC) in Lithuania. Presentations on the current
legal framework of external quality assurance, work and communication with
higher education institutions, writing and publication of evaluation reports
were made during a visit to MOSTA. Furthermore, the participants got familiar
with quality assurance and recognition during a visit to SKVC.
participants visited ISM University of Management and Economics and were
introduced to the practice of internal quality assurance of the university and
management of different programmes.