Standards for institutional accreditation of universities
Standards and criteria for institutional accreditation of higher education institutions have been developed in accordance with the Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan on Education, the European Network for Accreditation in Engineering Education (ENAEE), the requirements of the Bologna Process, international practice on institutional accreditation and audit of higher education. Standards and criteria for institutional accreditation are designed for internal quality assurance of higher education institutions.
The European Network for Accreditation in Engineering Education (ENAEE) is a network of accreditation agencies whose goal is the creation and maintenance of a pan-European system of accreditation of engineering educational programs.
The main objectives of the European Network for Accreditation in Engineering Education (ENAEE) are:
- Increased confidence in the system of accreditation of engineering programs;
- Promotion of the EUR-ACE® quality label and related standards;
- Support, promote and coordinate the work of national accreditation agencies, initiate regular peer reviews.
Quality assessment and certification of accreditation agencies is carried out in accordance with the “European standards and guidelines for quality assurance in higher education in the European space” (ESG) and employers’ requirements.
ENAEE members are agencies and professional organizations interested in the education and training of engineering professionals.
Accreditation agencies – members of ENAEE have the right to award the quality mark EUR-ACE® to accredited engineering educational programs of secondary vocational education and higher vocational education.
The advantages of the awarded quality label EUR-ACE®:
- Entering the program into the European register of accredited engineering programs;
- Recognition of the high quality of the educational program at the pan-European level (above the required level of quality established by law);
- Stimulation of the flow of prospective applicants to an accredited program;
- Compliance of knowledge and skills of graduates of accredited programs with European and international quality standards recognized by European employers;
- Providing reliable information about the quality of the program and the competence of the graduate to take the graduate to the next level of education or to work;
- Compliance of accredited programs with education requirements required for registration/certification of an engineer.
At the moment, KAZSEE is the only Kazakhstan accreditation agency in ENAEE, despite the fact that the number of national agencies that are part of ENAEE is not limited.
ENAEE includes 17 full members – accreditation agencies from the European Union (11 countries), Russia, Turkey and Switzerland, as well as 4 associated members.
The EUR-ACE® Quality Mark has been awarded to more than 1,600 engineering educational programs of 300 universities and other educational institutions in 21 countries of the world.