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Based on experiences in the implementation of the first cycle of audit and feedback from all stakeholders, the Agency developed a new auditing procedure in 2017. Following the public debate, at its 86th session held on 20 June 2017, the Accreditation Council of the Agency for Science and Higher Education adopted and the Director of the Agency approved the new Criteria and Audit Ordinance:

Audit Ordinance  (PDF / doc)
Audit Criteria  (PDF / doc)

The framework for the development of the new procedure was the Act on Quality Assurance in Science and Higher Education (2009) and the new version of the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area (2015).
In the new cycle, the audit will encourage the fitness for purpose, functionality, coherence and further development of HEI internal quality assurance systems.

Taking as the basis the ESG Guidelines (2015), the new audit criteria focus on assessing the functionality of the quality assurance system, in terms of daily support and contribution to the achievement of the mission of a higher education institution through the adopted policies, which are further implemented in the processes of planning and management, implementation and monitoring, assessment and developmental improvements and innovations.

The Agency also developed the Audit Manual, which should provide help in preparation and implementation of the procedure:

Audit Manual (PDF)



In accordance with the 2019 Audit Plan, the Agency for Science and Higher Education shall in 2019 conduct audit of the following higher education institutions:

1. Dag Hammarskjöld University College of International Relations and Diplomacy

2. Edward Bernays University College

3. Business College PAR 

4. Polytechnic of Rijeka

Plan of audits in 2020



According to the 2018 Activity Plan, the Agency for Science and Higher Education visited the following higher education institutions during the course of March and April 2018 in the procedure of pilot audit: the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, the University of Zagreb (22 and 23 March), the Faculty of Food Technology and Biotechnology, the University of Zagreb (27 and 28 March) and Algebra College in Zagreb (4 and 5 April).
The final reports received positive official comments from the evaluated higher education institutions and were adopted at the 97th session of the Accreditation Council held on 19 June 2018.
The next phase of the procedure will be followed by a six-month follow-up period, during which the higher education institutions will implement the defined improvements based on the recommendations stated in the reports.



Final reports and conclusions of the pilot audit in the second cycle




Institution Year Report Statement Conclusion
Institution Year Report Statement Conclusion
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Zagreb 2018 Report Statement Conclusion
Faculty of Food Technology and Biotechnology, University of Zagreb 2018 Report Statement Conclusion
Algebra College in Zagreb 2018 Report Conclusion Conclusion
Edward Bernays University College 2018 Report Conclusion Conclusion

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