Accreditation

Accreditation process and documents

What is accreditation?

The primary purpose of state accreditation is to assure educational institutions, students, families, employers, and interested public that the institution operates with a high level of quality in education and is recognized by the Government.  

Accreditation is a process by which educational institutions and academic programmes are recognized for their performance, integrity, and quality that entitles them to the confidence of the educational community and the public. Accreditation is granted for a certain period and guarantees that the institution or academic programme has the necessary capacity to provide education for a definite time span.

Accreditation entails that the institution maintains the standards that endow its graduates to gain admission to other reputable institutions of higher learning or to achieve credentials for professional practice.

Both, institutional and academic programme accreditations are carried out in three consecutive phases:

  • First phase: self-evaluation (a written report of the institution’s internal review) conducted by the educational institution;
  • Second phase:  site visit carried out by an independent external expert panel;
  • Third phase: decision made by ANQA’s Accreditation Commission regarding the granting or denial of accreditation status.

 

How to apply?

An educational institution seeking accreditation status can apply to ANQA or other quality assurance agencies that are either registered on the European Quality Assurance Register (EQAR henceforth) or are full members of ENQA. Institutions implementing academic programmes with non-EHEA countries or branches of foreign institutions can apply to recognized accreditation agencies, the list of which is approved by the RA Minister of Education and Science. Any institution that has applied to an international accreditation organization must notify ANQA of the start of the accreditation process within five calendar days.  

ANQA accepts applications for accreditation throughout the whole year. Applications are submitted according to the format of application form set up by ANQA and the Board of Trustees.

The educational institution appoints a Contact Person to care for the organizational and technical issues, as well as to cooperate with ANQA. The Contact Person’s name and contact details are specified in the application.

It is mandatory for educational institutions applying for institutional accreditation to state those two educational programmes that will be introduced in the self-evaluation.

The procedure for the approval or rejection process of applications is adopted according to the Statute on Accreditation. 

 The approximate cost of the HEI's institutional  accreditation process in AMD

Preparatory costs of the site visit

1 415 000

Costs of the organization and implementation of the site visit (for 4 days)

1 832 000

Costs of the experts’ report  preparation

1 850 000

Organizational expenses  (for universities located in Yerevan)

870 000

Other costs

1 000 000

VAT

1 393 400

Total

8 360 000

 

 

 The approximate cost of the VET's institutional  accreditation process in AMD

Self-evaluation report's primary assessment costs

560 000

Costs of the organization and implementation of the site visit   (for 3 days)

291 000

Costs of the experts’ report  preparation

519 000

Organizational expenses  (for colleges  located in Yerevan)

400 000

VAT

354 000

Total

2124000*  

*The accreditation price is calculated for a 3-day site visit. The possible costs of recruiting an international expert are not included as well as the expense of experts' business trip outside of Yerevan.

 

 If an international expert is involved, the cost of accreditation for colleges in Yerevan is 3 972 000 AMD.

The cost of accreditation for regional colleges is 2 844 000 AMD, and in case of involving an international expert- 4 692 000 AMD.

Accreditation Committee

The ANQA Accreditation Committee members are proficient specialists and employers of different fields such as education, science, culture, economy, and public administration.

 

Susanna Karakhanyan

President of the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE), PHD in Social sciences

Ashot Saghyan

Director of Institute of Pharmacy, Chair of Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Pharmacognosy, Yerevan State University, Doctor of Chemistry, Academician of the NAS RA

Mikayel Narimanyan

Head of chair at YSMU, Doctor of Medical sciences, Professor

Anna Yerzinkyan

Honored Art Worker of RA, Dean of faculty of Cinema, TV and Animation at YSITC, Professor

Andreas Melikyan

Head of Research Laboratory of Plant Genofond and Selection, Head of Plant growing chair at ANAU, Doctor of Agricultural Sciences, Professor

Gegham Karoyan

Deputy Head of Institute of Information & Communication Technologies and Electronics on Educational Affairs of Armenian National Polytechnic University, Associate Professor at the Chair of Electronic Techniques, PhD in Technical Sciences

Luiza Militosyan

Head of the Chair of Pedagogy and Language Teaching Methodology at BSU, Candidate of Pedagogical Sciences, Associate Professor

Arevik Ohanyan

Director of the Research Incubator, Eurasia International University, a lecturer at the Chair of Management

Gagik Qtryan

Head- deputy head of the Public Affairs Division (first class adviser) at RA MoD Information and Public Affairs Department, PhD in Computational Mathematics

Vahagn Grigoryan

Chief Advisor to the Governor of the Central Bank of the Republic of Armenia, PHD in Economics

Hakob Hovhannisyan

QA specialist at Ararat Regional State College, IT manager at QSI International School of Yerevan

Tigran Khachatryan

Head of the Education Quality Assurance Department at the Police Educational Complex, senior lieutenant of police

Ashot Sahradyan

Deputy director of the National Centre for Vocational Education and Training Development

Accreditation committee decisions

ANQA conclusions

Expert reports

Current accreditations

Name of University Beginning of accreditation End of accreditation