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Strategic support on strengthening the quality assurance structures at the private higher education institutions in Albania
Start date: Oct 15, 2015, End date: Oct 14, 2018 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Considering the problems identified in the project rationale, and including data from primary research from the Albanian partners, the project concept was conceived with sufficient scope to target real needs gaps identified, without being un-attainable. It is quite obvious that private HEIs in Albania are seeking to improve their quality assurance system and processes. And also the rest of the stakeholders, mainly the Ministry of Education and Sports and the Public Accreditation Agency for Higher Education, agree on the need improving this current situation with specific actions.The wider project objective is to establish and support quality assurance processes and mechanisms to ensure effective management and enhance teaching and learning at the private higher education institutions in Albania. The Project aims to support the private higher education institutions in Albania to achieve the priorities of the two key documents: “Increasing the impact of EU Development: an Agenda for Change” and “European Higher Education in the World”. The project addresses, the national priority for Joint Project, quality assurance processes and mechanisms, under category C – improving management and operation of higher education institutions. The project comprises the following specific objectives:- To establish / support the quality assurance structures / offices at the private HE institutions in Albania;- To provide capacity building on quality assurance;- To provide trainings on designing study program based on labour market needs.- To draft action plans supporting the processes of quality assurance and enhancement in teaching, learning and administration.- To modernize the infrastructure of Quality Assurance Office.- Development of QA guidelinesThe principles characterizing the project are focused on: knowledge transfer and adapted to local needs, capacity and institutional building, sustainability and local ownership, as well as QA throughout the project.
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