Thanks to the Erasmus+ SMARTI project, five Armenian HEIs will have EMI (English-Medium Instruction) centers that have undergone external review and will offer two English-taught modules. ANQA will be the coordinator of the process.
On October 13, during ANQA’s online workshop, the project's partner Armenian HEIs (Public Administration Academy of the Republic of Armenia, Armenian National Agrarian University, Vanadzor State University, Shirak State University, Goris State University) were introduced to the details of the process and the schedule. Varduhi Gyulazyan, head of ANQA’s Institutional and Programme Accreditation Division, presented the peculiarities of the external review process of EMI centers and modules.
In the upcoming months, the following activities will take place:
- The HEIs will test the English language modules developed within the scope of the project in their EMI centers.
- The HEIs will carry out SWOT analysis and self-evaluation.
- ANQA will train experts from partner HEIs.
- Expert panels will be formed, comprising one international expert from the project’s partner foreign HEIs. The expert panels will carry out external reviews in the partner HEIs, observing the self-evaluation, documents and holding meetings with the selected representatives during the site visits.
- After the site visits, the expert panels will prepare a report, which points out the strengths and weaknesses of the EMI centers and modules, as well as contains recommendations for enhancement.
- Next, the SMARTI’s Steering Committee will make a decision on the external review.
SMARTI (Support for Innovative Methodology, Approaches and Tools for Teaching through the Medium of English in order to improve Educational Yield, Sustainability and Internationalization ) is a three-year multi-country project, seeking to promote a change in the system of pedagogic training of university teachers through teaching in English by modernization of curriculum for national and international spectrums.