With the support of the TEMPUS programme of the European Union










TEMPUS Project “Promoting Internationalization and Comparability of Quality Assurance in Higher Education”

PICQA

 

The general objective of PICQA is to enhance the quality of higher education in Armenia and Georgia and to promote voluntary convergence with EU developments. This includes the development and promotion of a model for external quality assurance systems (accreditation systems) in both countries which are acceptable and comparable regionally and on the European level; a regional dialogue between relevant stakeholders of the higher education systems (e. g. policymakers, academics, teachers, students, administrators and employers); the enhancement of the professional competences of actors involved in the external and internal quality assurance of higher education in the partner countries; the preparation of Armenian and Georgian HEIs for internal quality management (QM) and for external quality assurance with regard to methods and instruments and the enabling of relevant actors in HEIs and agencies in Armenia and Georgia to deal with cultural and behavioral parameters influencing the success of quality assurance measures.
Furthermore, provisions for countrywide and regional realization and a sustainable impact of the project results are to be taken.

For pursuing the mentioned objectives the project is structured in two action lines:

The work packages and activities in line 1 are dedicated to the preparation and promotion of a system model of external quality assurance in higher education in Armenia and Georgia. The focus here is on defining the structures and the processes of agencies including relevant stakeholders, especially a representative number of HEIs. Defining framework rules and criteria (legal framework and system characteristics) as well as comparing them to international and European reference points will take place in this line. The following work packages belong to the line and are described more in detail below:

1. System-building: Shaping systems of quality assurance in higher education in Armenia and Georgia
2. System-building: Defining and adjusting procedures of external quality assurance of higher education in Armenia and Georgia
3. System-building: Defining and adjusting criteria for external quality assurance of higher education in Armenia and Georgia

The work packages and activities in line 2 are dedicated to the preparation of HEIs in Georgia and Armenia for the idea of QM and with this enabling them as actors in the new and/or enhanced external quality assurance systems. The focus in this action line is on enabling actors from Armenian and Georgian HEIs (and agencies) to understand QM as method for developing the own organization and the quality of its study programmes and to deal with cultural and behavioral parameters that influence the success of this management technique (i.e. resistances, formal fulfillment of rules versus continuous improvements). The following work packages therefore belong to the line and are described in more detail below:

4. Enabling HEIs: Introducing the idea of QM in higher education
5. Enabling HEIs: Learn to deal with cultural and behavioral parameters

A third group of work packages and activities in the presented project brings together the two lines of activity. Countrywide and regional dissemination and implementation of the results and learning effects reached in the course of the project are to be started. The project’s internal quality control includes feedback loops for the improvement of the defined system-model itself as well as a series of trainings for all relevant actors from agencies and HEIs. The following work packages therefore are dedicated to interlink the two thematic lines:

6. Building the system & Enabling HEIs: Feedback loops
7. Building the system & Enabling HEIs: Trainings
8. Building the system & Enabling HEIs: Defining a strategy for implementation and continuous improvements


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