CHAPTER 3

ACCREDITATION AND QUALITY ASSURANCE (STATUS OF THE INSTITUTION)

EXAMPLES

Example 1- Accept (qualification of a private HEI obtained on completion of an accredited programme)

A competent recognition authority in country X received for assessment a master degree awarded by an accredited private institution in country Z. In country X only public higher education can be accredited. The competent authority should, however, trust the accreditation system of country Z and recognize the qualification accordingly.

Example 2 - Accept (recognized qualification from country with no accreditation system)

An applicant seeks recognition of his master degree in law. This qualification was awarded by a recognized higher education institution listed on the website of the Ministry of Education. Since an accreditation system was not implemented in the country where the degree was obtained, neither the institution nor the programme was accredited. Both the institution and the programme were established in line with the national legislation on higher education. In this case the competent recognition authority should trust that the awarded qualification represents an accepted level of education and recognize it accordingly.

Example 3 - Check programme accreditation if required

A credential evaluator assessing a master degree has established that the awarding institution was a recognised higher education institution and that in the education system where the qualification was awarded it is not enough that the institution was recognised, the programme has to be accredited as well. The evaluator then checks the data base of accredited programmes to make sure the programme was accredited as well.