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Start date: Oct 15, 2010,

Placing quality culture at the forefront of a university's strategy demands changes in daily practices of all the units concerned with education quality and move from presently more or less accidentally- and individually-oriented work processes towards the quality assurance leading to recognition of credentials at international level. Considering self-assessment the heart of quality provisions the wider objective the project pursues is to develop a university self-assessment system to establish a culture that values quality in service provisions. Particularly, the project addresses establishing a sustainable, robust and efficient self-assessment mechanism for YSAFA,YSU Journalism Department, YSMU, VbSEUA, GSPI and SEUA. The specific objectives target development of a self-assessment system, capacity building of the staff, establishment of a necessary infrastructure, promotion of student involvement, making the self-assessment system an integral part of university functioning, raising awareness on the importance of the enhancement of Quality Culture, and publicity provisions.The principal outcomes and outputs include fact-finding, self-assessment system, university quality assurance infrastructure, training materials, trained trainers, local staff and students, individual workplans for integrating the self-assessment system, audit of the QA infrastructure, dissemination, sustainability, quality control and monitoring, and project management activities. The involvement of a range of institutions from a single CIS country, Armenia, allows to deeper understand the need for and practicalities of developing systems to be customized for specific institutions. The inclusion of EU partners ensures the system's comparability throughout Europe. Moreover, the support of the ANQA and MoES guarantees the smooth flow of the project, its sustainability and longevity. The processes and outcomes will feed into recommendations for a national framework of university self-assessment.

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