Signing of Cooperation Agreements with the Croatian and Serbian Agencies for Quality Assurance in Higher Education

SQAA REPRESENTATIVES, HEADED BY DIRECTOR DR. FRANCI DEMŠAR PAID A VISIT TO CROATIAN AND SERBIAN AGENCIES FOR QUALITY ASSURANCE TO STRENGHTEN MUTUAL COOPERATION BETWEEN THE SQAA AND THE AGENCY FOR SCIENCE AND HIGHER EDUCATION (ASHE) AND THE NATIONAL ENTITY FOR ACCREDITATION AND QUALITY ASSURANCE IN HIGHER EDUCATION OF SERBIA (NEAQA) RESPECTIVELY. THE OUTCOMES OF THESE MEETINGS WERE FORMAL AGREEMENT ON MUTUAL COOPERATION SIGNED BY THE LEADERSHIP OF THE AGENCIES.

On Monday, 9 September 2019, the Director of SQAA dr. Franci Demšar and Klemen Šubic met with the leadership of the ASHE in Zagreb. The meeting was aimed at strengthening existing ties and reflecting on new forms of project and international cooperation. On this occasion, dr. Franci Demšar and prof. dr. sc. Jasmina Havranek, Director of the ASHE signed the agreement on formal cooperation between the Agencies. By signing the agreement, the Agencies have committed themselves to a more effective cross-border transfer of knowledge on quality assurance processes, improving the internationalization of both Agencies, promoting the mobility of Agency staff and experts, enhancing the culture of quality and participating in various projects.

On 10 and 11 September 2019, dr. Franci Demšar and Maja Milas also visited the representatives of NEAQA in Belgrade. The visit was similarly aimed at enhancing cooperation between the Slovenian and Serbian agencies. Dr. Jelena Kočović, Director of NEAQA and Director of SQAA signed a cooperation agreement to commit both Agencies to improving the transfer of knowledge and good practices in the accreditation and external evaluations processes between the Agencies, evaluating joint study programs, enhancing internationalization activities and improving the mobility of Agencies’ staff and experts.

The aim of these and future visits of agencies for quality assurance is to strengthen mutual cooperation in various events, projects and international conferences in the field of quality assurance in higher education, which will contribute to the consolidation of mutual trust and the transfer of good practices in the regional and wider European area.