Accreditation

Accreditation process and documents

What is Accreditation?

External quality assurance in Armenia is carried out through state accreditation. The accreditation process in Armenia is carried out by the National Centre for Professional Education Quality Assurance Foundation, authorized by the state.

The primary goal of state accreditation is to ensure educational institutions, students, parents, employers, and interested public that the quality of professional education is recognized by the Government.  

Accreditation is the recognition of the quality of academic programmes and educational institutions, which leads to building trust among public and stakeholders on the quality of education services provided by the tertiary level institutions.

Accreditation is granted for a certain period, certifying that educational institutions or academic programmes have the necessary capacity to carry out quality education activities during the given period. Accreditation assumes that the institution maintains the criteria that enable graduates to acquire the necessary qualifications to advance professional growth or to continue their education in other educational institutions.

External quality assurance of TLIs in the Republic of Armenia is carried out through:

  1. Institutional accreditation
  2. Accreditation of the academic programmes

Institutional accreditation. Institutional Accreditation is the state recognition of academic and QA procedures of the TLI, the requirements set forward towards academic programmes as ascribed to the TLI by the law, correspondence with state academic standards and institutional accreditation criteria. Institutional accreditation is a regular mandatory process both for private and public institutions operating in the territory of the RA. Institutional Accreditation allows to evaluate the effectiveness of TLI operations, as well as to find out whether the TLI is in compliance with its mission, whether it follows the policy of continuous improvement and enhances the development of implemented academic programmes.

Institutional accreditation is a prerequisite for Programme Accreditation.

Accreditation of the academic programme (Programme accreditation). It is the recognition of academic programmes and the correspondence of quality with state accreditation standards and programme accreditation criteria. Programme Accreditation is targeted at separate academic programmes. This procedure allows to periodically evaluate the effectiveness of academic programmes as well as to monitor whether it thoroughly ensures the acquisition of intended learning outcomes. The Programme Accreditation is carried out on the initiative of the TLI, based on voluntary basis, except for medical academic programmes, the accreditation of which is compulsory.

 

As a result of the accreditation process, the educational institution or the academic programme is granted accreditation with a certain validity period.

 

There are three general phases in the accreditation process:

  • Self-evaluation-a process of self-evaluation of an institution or an academic programme, as a result of which a report is prepared based on the criteria set by the Government of the Republic of Armenia․
  • External Review-a process whereby an expert panel carries out desk review, which involves examining the self-evaluation report and all other important documents submitted by the institution. This is followed by a site visit, during which the expert panel members meet with institutional representatives in person: administrative and academic staff, students, graduates, employers and as an outcome, the panel prepares a written report, which includes evaluation of criteria recommendations on the areas to be improved.
  • Decision-making-process of fact reviewing decision-making and indication of areas in need of urgent solutions.

Why accreditation is important?

Accreditation:

  • ensures the quality of the education provided by the institution, as well as the compliance with the state and international requirements;
  • guarantees the applicants that the education they will receive in-demand and high quality education;
  • promotes international recognition of the institution;
  • provides external evaluation of the quality assurance processes of the institution;

Accreditation gives an opportunity to get recommendations from local and international experts on continuous quality enhancement processes.

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, Science, Culture and Sport. 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 the application form set up by ANQA and the Board of Trustees.

The procedure for accepting or rejecting an application is defined by the Statute on State Accreditation of Institutions and Their Academic Programmes in the Republic of Armenia.

Before submitting an application, the educational institution submits information to ANQA on institutional capacity or academic programmes by filling in the relevant electronic questionnaire at http://forms.anqa.am.

You can get acquainted with the principles of filling in the electronic questionnaire by downloading the guide.

 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.

 

Ashot Saghyan

Head of Committee, President of National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia, Director of Institute of Pharmacy, Chair of Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Pharmacognosy, Yerevan State University, Doctor of Chemistry,

Susanna Karakhanyan

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

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

Deputy Chairman at Supreme Certifying Committee, 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