04 Jun
Another study visit to Latvia and Lithuania takes place


Eight-person 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.

The delegation 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. 

Besides, the 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.