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Evaluation of joint programmes 

The Agency for Science and Higher Education conducts the procedure of external evaluation of joint programmes in accordance with the European Approach for Quality Assurance of Joint Programmes, Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area (ESG) and the national legislative framework.

The Agency conducts external evaluation of joint programmes as an initial accreditation procedure for delivering a new joint programme or as a procedure for re-accreditation of the part of the activities of the evaluated consortium that relates to the existing joint programme in question.

The consortium in which the Croatian higher education institution participates as a partner may select another quality assurance agency registered in EQAR to conduct the external evaluation of the joint programme.

In that case, that agency is obliged to submit the final report on the conducted evaluation and the decision (if it exists) to the Agency for Science and Higher Education for further procedure.

Early in 2021, the Agency received the first request for the implementation of external evaluation of a joint programme according to the European approach, and this process is ongoing.

Moreover, the French agency HCERES informed the Agency that it was conducting the accreditation of a joint study programme in the implementation of which a Croatian university also participates, and asked the Agency to propose prospective expert panel members.

Procedure of external evaluation of joint studies

European Approach for Quality Assurance of Joint Programmes

Guidelines for drafting a self-evaluation report of the joint study programme according to European approach

Instructions for drafting expert panel final report according to the European approach

Procedure of external evaluation of joint studies according to European approach

Standards for external evaluation od joint studies according to European approach


Evaluation outcomes:



External evaluation of foreign higher education institutions and study programmes 

One of the strategic goals of the Agency is intensify external evaluations abroad. Following this goal, the re-accreditation procedure of the University of Mostar was completed in 2017 and the final report is available on the Agency's website. The main reason for launching this procedure lies in the fact that the University of Mostar is largely funded by the Republic of Croatia, it is the only university in Bosnia and Herzegovina whose programmes are delivered in the Croatian language, and the majority of students of that university come from Croatia and are later employed in Croatia. Therefore, the purpose of the conducted re-accreditation was to encourage further quality improvement of the university.

At the request of the private higher education institution International School for Social and Business Studies (ISSBS) from Slovenia, audit was conducted at that higher education institution in 2016. The report was published on ASHE’s website, and the university was awarded a certificate for a period of five years. In February 2021, the ISSBS expressed interest in renewing the certificate, i.e. for conducting a new audit.

In the past period, the Agency received several expressions of interest from foreign higher education institutions for the Agency's accreditation. In February 2021, an agreement was signed with the Ukrainian Interregional Academy of Personnel Management in Kiev on the accreditation of seven study programmes. The process is ongoing.


External evaluation of Agencies for Quality Assurance in Higher Education aimed at renewing their EQAR membership

The Agency for Science and Higher Education (ASHE), upon request of interested agencies for quality assurance in higher education, carries out an external evaluation procedure aimed at registering or renewing their status in the European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education (EQAR).  

In order to renew their status in EQAR, all European agencies are obliged to undergo this procedure once every five years with the purpose of proving that their work is in compliance with the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area (Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area).

External evaluation of the ASIIN e.V agency

Upon request of the German accreditation agency ASIIN e.V. (The Accreditation Agency for Study Programmes in Engineering, Informatics, Natural Sciences and Mathematics) and with EQAR’s consent, during 2021 ASHE will carry out the external evaluation of the aforementioned agency aimed at renewing its status in EQAR.

ASIIN is part of the EQAR register since 2008.

In the context of the external evaluation, ASHE is responsible for the organisation, coordination and the implementation of the evaluation in accordance with the procedure established by EQAR.

The procedure includes the following steps:
- proposition and appointment of a four-member expert panel;
- signing of an agreement between the evaluated agency (ASIIN), the agency that carries out the evaluation (ASHE) and EQAR;
- drafting of a self-evaluation report by ASIIN;
- visit of the expert panel to the evaluated agency that can also be carried out in an online form (in accordance with the epidemiological situation);
- drafting of a final report by the expert panel;
- analysis of the final report and issuance of a final decision by EQAR.

The procedure is carried out in compliance with the following documents:

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