Republic of North Macedonia

Overview of QA Bodies

The system for quality assurance, evaluation, development and improvement of the higher education encompass approving, certification and recognition of the higher education institutions and their study programmes for implementation of the higher education activities in accordance to the Law on Higher Education. This is realized through the system of accreditation, assessment of the quality of the activities, management, financing and academic activities. Competent bodies for these processes are:

  • National Council for Higher Education;
  • Higher Education Accreditation Board and
  • Higher Education Evaluation Board.

According to the relevant provisions in the new Law on Higher Education, the Higher Education Accreditation Board and the Higher Education Evaluation Board will become part of a single institution, the Agency for Quality in Higher Education. This institution must be established until May 2019 and will be governed by a Director of the Agency.

The National Council for Higher Education consists of 15 members which are elected by the Parliament with a mandate of four years. The Council has the following responsibilities:

  • Monitors the development of the higher education and its compliance with the European and international standards. Respective report about this activity is submitted to the Parliament and the Government with proposals and solutions for improvements;
  • Prepares and proposed for adoption the National Programme for Higher Education. The Programme is adopted by the Parliament;
  • Adopts a regulation on the standards and norms for establishment of HE institutions;
  • Adopts a regulation on the content of the study programmes;
  • Proposes a regulation about the criteria for financing of the HE institutions. This regulation is adopted by the Government;
  • Adopts aa regulation about the methodology, standards and procedure for accreditation of HE institutions. This document is prepared by the Higher Education Accreditation Board;
  • Adopts a regulation about the methodology, standards and procedure for external evaluation and self-evaluation of HE institutions. This document is prepared by the Higher Education Evaluation Board and other.

Higher Education Accreditation Board is a body consisting of 15 members with a mandate of up to four years. Re-election for another four years is not allowed. The Accreditation Board has the following responsibilities and rights:

  • Identifies whether according to the presented documentation the respective HEI complies with the conditions for implementation of HE activities and examines the capacity for studying at the HEI in question;
  • Adopts a decision for accreditation of the project for establishing independent private or private-public HEI;
  • Adopts a decision for accreditation of the project for establishing private or private-public HEI;
  • Adopt a decision for accreditation of scientific and research institution for realization of higher education activity for studies of second or third cycle;
  • Recognizes the compliance with the conditions and criteria for organizing of studies in a newly established study programmes at the HEIs and examines the capacity for studying at the HEI;
  • Adopts a decision for accreditation of study programmes for a period of five academic years;
  • Adopt a decision for accreditation of mentors for the doctoral studies;
  • Adopts a decision for termination of accreditation issued to a specific HEI;
  • Give recommendation for amendment of the standards and norms for realization of HE activity;
  • Prepares and proposes to the National Council a Regulation for the Methodology, Standards and Procedures for accreditation of HEI and of the study programmes;

(Source: Eurydice, page updated 27 December, 2018)