Agency for the Accreditation of Higher Education in Albania (established
in the year 1999 by decision of the Council of Ministers) is responsible
for the evaluation of the quality of higher education programs and
higher education institutions in Albania. Quality assurance is one
of the important conditions in the transformation of higher education
to meet the Bologna standards. Aware of the importance of the process,
OSFA designed a project to assist the Agency build its capacities.
With two year duration, the project is
dedicated to creating the necessary conditions for the Agency to
strengthen the capacities towards fulfilling its functional duties.
Some of the main activities in the project include the provision
of foreign expertise, exchange of experience with more advanced
counterpart institutions, participation in international conferences,
staff training and lobbying activities to improve the standing of
the Agency with academic circles and the society at large, as well
as to increase the Agency’s independence by expanding its
institutional and legal powers.
Among the first activities of the
Agency mention can be made of the establishment of the Group of
Friends of the Agency (an informal body with members from the academia
and the Government to act as supporter and promoter of the Agency
at these levels); a visit by the Chair of the Austrian Accreditation
Council in Tirana, the design of an internet website for the Agency;
and the institution of steps to make the Agency a member of the
European Network for Quality Assurance (ENQA).