Currently, ANQA’s student experts are involved in accreditation processes in Armenia, the United Arab Emirates and Georgia.
On December 21, ANQA held a meeting with student experts engaged in accreditation processes in Armenia and abroad along with graduates from another course of the "Students’ Voice" project. The meeting included presentations of student experts’ good practices, discussions on positive and negative aspects of the accreditation processes and criteria employed in different countries from the perspective of students.
Comparing the practice gained internationally with that acquired in Armenia, the student experts highlighted:
- The role of desk review, as it enables more effective organisation of the site visit to the education institution and facilitates the collection of comprehensive information for the objective external review.
- The analytical nature of reports, as it enables experts to provide practical and substantive recommendations to the education institution.
- The clarity of criteria and standards, which minimizes subjectivity in the external review process.
- The increased participation of students in quality assurance processes, extending to their inclusion in the accreditation committee.
- Some streamlining of the accreditation process and decrease in its overall volume.
The students also discussed the principles guiding applicants in choosing profession and education institution, the role of student support services, the combination of quality and cost of education, etc.
At the end of the meeting, certificates were handed over to the future student experts who successfully completed the course of the "Students’ Voice" project.