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A busy year ahead for the EUA’s Institutional Evaluation Programme

21 September 2017

The Institutional Evaluation Programme (IEP) is preparing for a busy programme of activities in the coming academic year, during which it will complete the evaluations of 21 higher education institutions in seven different countries. Following IEP’s context driven approach, each institution will be evaluated against its own mission and goals by a team of international peers consisting of current and former rectors and vice-rectors, higher education professionals and students from across Europe.

As part of the regular round in 2017-18, five institutions will have initial evaluations, while one has registered for a follow-up evaluation in order to review the progress made since its initial evaluation. 

IEP will also start a second round of coordinated evaluations in Montenegro, which will involve initial evaluations of three institutions which had not been evaluated in the first round and follow-up evaluations of six institutions. The evaluations have been commissioned by the Montenegrin Ministry of Education and will examine the developments in institutions and the higher education sector as a whole since the first round of evaluations which took place in 2013-14. 

At the same time, IEP is finalising the coordinated evaluations of six institutions in FYR Macedonia, which began earlier in 2017. As well as individual evaluation reports for each institution, this exercise will result in a system review report, identifying common challenges across the country’s higher education sector.  

In preparation for these activities, the IEP pool of experts met this week in Zürich, Switzerland to receive training on the IEP methodology, develop team dynamics and discuss current issues in European higher education and how they should be taken into account during evaluations. 

IEP is an independent external quality assurance agency, which has carried out over 400 institutional evaluations since 1997. IEP is listed in the European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education (EQAR) and is a full member of the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA).

For further information about IEP, please visit our website, or watch this webinar recorded earlier in the year. 


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