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The Croatian Agency for Science and Higher Education (ASHE) was modelled after the best European practices in quality assurance in science and higher education. Becoming a full member of ENQA (European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education) and being listed in EQAR (European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education) in 2011, the Agency proved its reliability as a quality assurance agency working in the European Higher Education Area. 


ASHE independently performs tasks within its competences and purview as established by the Act on Quality Assurance in Science and Higher Education (Official Gazette no. 45/09), Act on Scientific Activity and Higher Education (Official Gazette no. 123/03, 105/04, 174/04, 2/07 i 46/07) and the Act on Recognition of Foreign Higher Education Qualifications (Official Gazette no. 158/03, 198/03, 138/06 and 045/2011).

 

Mission

ASHE is a public, independent, internationally recognised agency that is, together with its stakeholders, dedicated to an ongoing development of quality assurance in higher education and science, aimed at a continuous quality improvement of higher education institutions and scientific organisations, and contribution to better positioning and recognition of the Croatian higher education and science within the European Higher Education Area and the European Research Area.

ASHE encourages the development of the Croatian higher education system in which students have access to a quality, inclusive higher education that contributes to the development of an individual creative potential, and enables the acquisition of qualifications that are internationally recognised.

 

Vision

ASHE is a recognised example of good practice and creativity in the field of quality assurance in higher education and science at national and international levels.

 

ASHE takes into account the following principles in its activities:

  • Independence - ASHE acts independently in accordance with the accepted procedures, standards and legislative framework, and independently makes professional decisions.
  • Accountability - ASHE is a public institution that acts in a socially responsible, transparent, objective and credible manner, in accordance with the legislative framework.
  • Professionalism - ASHE is a central point for providing expertise in the field of quality assurance in higher education and science, and its employees work in accordance with high professional and ethical standards.
  • Cooperation - ASHE cooperates with stakeholders at national and international levels by building partnerships and mutual trust among all the stakeholders in the system of higher education and science.
  • Adaptability - ASHE is ready to respond to rapid changes in the environment and the needs of stakeholders by helping them build resilience to crises, and encourages innovation that contributes to positive change.

 

Organization

ASHE currently has 72 employees. The ASHE bodies are the Management Board, the Director, the Accreditation Council, the Follow-up Committee and the Complaints Committee. The Agency Acting Director is prof. dr. sc. Jasmina Havranek, and the Management Board President is prof. dr. sc. Dijana Vican. The Accreditation Council is the ASHE expert body which adopts the documentation for external evaluation procedures and issues the final opinion on the quality of higher education institutions and scientific organisations.

 

Activities
According to the Act on Quality Assurance in Science and Higher Education the Agency performs a part of the procedure of initial accreditation, procedures of reaccreditation, thematic evaluation and audit, collects and processes data on Croatian higher education, science and related systems, which serve as a basis for analyses necessary to establish standards and criteria of evaluations carried out by ASHE, as well as a basis for informed and evidence-based strategic decision-making of bodies in the system of higher education and science.
ASHE also provides information and unifies data on the conditions of enrolment to higher education institutions in the Republic of Croatia.

ASHE carries out recognition of foreign higher education qualifications and provides information on foreign and Croatian higher education system.
One of the ASHE tasks is to administer and support the activities of the National Council for Higher Education, National Council for Science, Council for Financing Scientific Activity and Higher Education, Ethics Committee in Science and Higher Education, Area Councils, Scientific Field Committees, Humanities and Arts Committees and expert panels.

 

International activities
ASHE is working on its inclusion in the international quality assurance system in science and higher education and is its recognized and active member.

ASHE is actively involved in the activities of European and global networks fostering mobility and recognition of foreign higher education qualifications (ENIC and NARIC network) and is a member of ENQA (European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education), INQAAHE (International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education), CEENQA (Network of Central and Eastern European Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education) and  OECD IMHE (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development – Programme for Institutional management in Higher Education), as well as listed in EQAR (European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education). ASHE is also a member of the European Consortium for Accreditation - ECA, a project-oriented association of European agencies for external quality assurance in higher education and  has an observer status in the Asia-Pacific Quality Network (APQN).

From September 2012 ASHE is also a member of the CHEA International Quality Group.

Since April 2015 ASHE has also been a full member of the IREG Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence, an international institutional non-profit association of ranking organizations, universities and other bodies interested in university rankings and academic excellence. Since 2016 ASHE has been a member of the European Association of Communication Professionals in Higher Education (EUPRIO). ASHE is also a member of the International Association of Admissions Organisations - IAAO, the Groningen Declaration Network - GDN and EMREX Network

 

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