Republic of North Macedonia

Overview of QA System

The new Law on Higher Education, adopted in May 2018, defines the autonomy and the academic freedom, conditions and procedures for establishment of higher education institutions, statutory amendments and termination of the higher education institutions, their scope of work, management, development and financing, rights and responsibilities of the students, recognition of the foreign HE qualifications and monitoring over the work of the higher education institutions, as well as the system of evaluation of the quality of the higher education in the country.

The quality assurance and the effectiveness of the higher education in accordance with the EU practices is the main priority in the context of enhancement higher education system.

The Law stipulates the redefining and upgrade of the bodies for accreditation and evaluation of the higher education and provides conditions for evaluation and quality assurance of the higher education.

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. 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.

Methods for Quality Assurance

  • - external evaluation
  • - internal evaluation
  • - evaluating teaching staff in higher education

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