The EUREQA project is run by EUA in collaboration with higher education institutions in the European Union and in the Western Balkans (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo†), the latter being the main beneficiaries of the project.
The project partners are:
The University of Korça was established on 7 January 1992, as an expansion of the Higher Agricultural Institute of Korça (1971-1992). Initially composed of three faculties - Agriculture, Education, and Economics - in 1994 it was given the name “Fan S. Noli” and in the same year opened its School of Nursing.
The University “Fan S. Noli” of Korça has approximately 6500 students. There are 160 full time teaching staff (50 per cent of whom hold titles and degrees). There are also 145 part time teaching staff. The studies in this University are organized full-time and part-time on two levels, based on the Bologna Declaration. The University offers study courses in the fields of agriculture, economics, teaching and medicine.
"Fan S. Noli" University website: www.unkorce.edu.al
The University "Luigj Gurakuqi" of Shkodër in Albania was established in 1957. It has 6 faculties, 15 branches, 14 departments and more than 140 professors. It is one of the major institutions of higher education in the region, especially in technical and scientific fields. In 1992 the University established its Faculty of Economics, with responsibility for emphasizing market economics, management, and business administration.
Shkodra University "Luigj Gurakuqi" website: www.unishk.edu.al
UT was founded in 1957 as the State University of Tirana (Universiteti Shtetëror i Tiranës) through the merging of five existing institutes of higher education. UT is the largest and highest ranking university in Albania. It includes eight colleges, 50 academic departments, and 41 study programs or majors. Most programs are offered in Tirana; UT also has campuses located in other Albanian cities, including Saranda in the South and Kukës in the North.
UT offers three year Bachelor, one or two year Master, and three to five year Doctorate degree programs, in accordance with the Bologna system. The number of students attending UT is over 14,000. UT employs more that 600 faculty members.
University of Tirana website: www.unitir.edu.al
Bosnia and Herzegovina
The University of Banja Luka (UBL), established in 1975, is the second largest in Bosnia and Herzegovina, with more than 17,000 students. It consists of 16 faculties, about 1,000 research active staff for teaching and research excellence and 450 administrative staff members. The Banja Luka University has been involved in a large number of Tempus projects and has bilateral agreements on cooperation with public and private universities from all over the world.
The University benefits from an Office for Quality Assurance which is coordinated by the Vice-Rector for Teaching and Student Issues. The University is currently in the process of finalizing preparations for a Quality Assurance Strategy and a Quality Assurance Committee has been appointed by the Senate. Moreover, QA coordinators have been appointed at all organizational units.
University of Banja Luka website: www.unibl.org
The University of Mostar is a higher education institution which organizes and performs university studies, scientific and professional work and develops highly skilled artistic and technological creation. It consists of 10 faculties and an Academy of Fine Arts. Today, over 16000 students study at the University of Mostar. The educational process is conducted through more than 60 study groups at the undergraduate level and 30 groups at the graduate and postgraduate level. The University of Mostar is internationally oriented and its intention is to become fully integrated into the European Higher Education Area. The University established a Quality Assurance office in 2006, and from 2007 introduced common procedures for evaluation of all processes at each Faculty and at the central University level. Since 2005 teaching at the University of Mostar has been conducted in accordance with the Bologna Process.
University of Mostar website: www.sve-mo.ba
The University of Sarajevo is the largest and the longest-established University in Bosnia-Herzegovina; as such it holds one of the most important roles in an exceptionally diverse scientific community. The University of Sarajevo also has strong ties within the fields of developmental projects as well as scientific research. The University of Sarajevo both fully supports and benefits from these project activities. The University has established experience and capacities that support some of the project objectives such as the training of partner universities' teaching staff on new teaching methods, and cooperation with universities from the SEE region and abroad.
University of Sarajevo website: www.unsa.ba
The University of Prishtina is a relatively young university, celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2010. Currently, the UP has 17 faculties, 14 of which are academic faculties, with 3 faculties of Applied Sciences. The core values of the UP are diversity, freedom of expression, gender, culture, age, etc. Its mission is directed towards Europeanization and Internationalization, with the aim of increasing the quality of education. UP is one of the first higher education institutions of that has undertaken the process of thorough reforms in accordance with the Bologna Process since 2001/02. Implementation of the ECTS system began in the academic year 2001/02 and ECTS Coordinators were appointed in each academic unit, led by the Institutional Coordinator.
University of Prishtina website: www.uni-pr.edu
University of Prizren (UPPZ) was established in 2010, with the aim of being modern in its structures and methodologies. The UPPZ tend to be in line with modern standards not only regarding teaching and study programmes, but also with respect to the governance structures, organization, management and services. In its first year the UPPZ enrolled 4000 students who study in 6 different bachelor programs: "International Management", "Business Administration", "Law", "Software Design", "Information Technologies" and "Telecommunication" and "German Language".
University of Prizren website: http://uni-prizren.com
WUS Kosova is a Kosovar non-governmental organization located in Prishtina. The organization engages itself on promoting and facilitating implementation of Europe 2020 Strategy in Kosovo. It supports the process of promoting the EU targets for 2020 in Kosovo and their translation into national targets through local and regional cooperation. To achieve this, WUS Kosova is engaged in different activities: research activities, consultancy services, projects and events. WUS Kosova has a vast experience in the projects on curricula development in line with the Bologna Process; it facilitates cooperation on innovative based approaches between HE-Economy, offering a variety of training; academic mobility; QA in teaching, learning, research and student support services; NQF; introduction to the contemporary teaching methodologies/technologies etc. It is also represented in different professional bodies in Kosovo and especially within higher education.
World University Service – Kosova website: www.wuskosova.org
The European University Association (EUA) represents and supports higher education institutions in 47 countries across Europe, providing them with a unique forum to cooperate and keep abreast of the latest trends in higher education and research policies. Members of the Association are over 850 European universities, 34 national associations of rectors and about 40 other organisations active in higher education and research. EUA plays an essential role in shaping tomorrow’s European higher education and research landscape thanks to its unique knowledge of the sector and the diversity of its members. EUA’s mandate in the Bologna process, contribution to EU research policy-making, and relations with organisations from across Europe and European institutions, ensure its capacity to debate issues which are crucial for universities in relation to higher education, research and innovation.
European University Association website: www.eua.be
Dublin City University (DCU) was set up in 1980 to fulfil the national requirement for a highly-trained workforce and as an agent for change in its local community. The university is now recognised nationally and internationally as a centre of academic excellence. DCU broke with tradition and introduced a number of new ideas which had enormous impact on the Irish education system. It was the first university in Ireland to introduce work placement as part of its degree programmes, as well as interdisciplinary degree programmes.
There are over 80 programmes offered in DCU, divided almost equally between undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Postgraduate research supervision is provided on a broad range of subject areas across all disciplines. There were 11,126 registered students at DCU in 2010/11, a figure which includes full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students as well as students on the Distance Education degree programmes.
Dublin City University website: www.dcu.ie
Porto Polytechnic Institute (IPP) is the largest public Polytechnic in Portugal, with seven schools and an academic community of over 17000 students that provides 1st and 2nd cycle courses according to the Bologna model in 5 main scientific areas: Music, Theatre and Audiovisual Arts; Education; Management; Engineering and Technology; and Health. IPP is a socially responsible community that seeks excellence in the education of highly competent citizens, the development of research and transfer of applied technology and knowledge, the creation and dissemination of culture and commitment to the sustainable development of the surrounding region, within an international framework of reference.
IPP became the first Portuguese HEI to implement a quality management system according to ISO 9001:2000 and has promoted the evaluation of its study programmes since 1995. In 2006, IPP volunteered for the EUA Institutional Evaluation Programme and in 2010 submitted to a follow-up evaluation exercise.
Instituto Politecnico do Porto website: www.ipp.pt
Roskilde University specialises in research, teaching, advising partner organisations and providing evaluations. The staff and students at the University have in the last 5 years been involved in the development of a quality culture at the university as well as a quality assurance system. The University has recently invested greatly in developing a participative nature (bottom-up approach) of its internal QA, empowering the departmental level and removing the need for a central QA unit. The representatives on the project, Hanne Leth Andersen and Henrik Toft Jensen, have been involved in Quality culture projects and evaluations in many other countries in Europe and Asia.
Roskilde University website: www.ruc.dk
With approximately 15000 students and 2800 members of staff, the University of Eastern Finland (UEF) is one of the largest universities in Finland. It was created in 2010 through a merger of the University of Joensuu and the University of Kuopio. The activities of the new university underscore its multidisciplinary nature. The four faculties - the Philosophical Faculty, the Faculty of Science and Forestry, the Faculty of Health Sciences, and the Faculty of Social Sciences and Business Studies - offer teaching in more than 100 major subjects. The UEF has extensive international relations and it is involved in several international networks.
The UEF has long experience in quality work. Its quality management system (QMS) is based on the ISO9001 standard, and is a mature system covering all the UEF processes. The UEF Quality Manager has wide experience of the Finnish audit model and of building and developing QMS in a merger university.
University of Eastern Finland website: www.uef.fi
The University of Graz (KFUG) was founded in 1585, making it one of the oldest universities in the German-speaking region. The University offers study programmes and research in the fields of Catholic Theology, Law, Economics, Business Administration, Humanities, Social Sciences and Sciences. Six Nobel-Laureates and a number of alumni in high professional and academic positions are proof of their academic potential. About 30000 students are enrolled and 3200 staff members work at KFUG.
The KFUG quality management system (QMS) has been developed over several years, covering teaching & study, research and life-long learning as well as strategic planning, general management and services. It is a cycle from strategic planning, target setting, monitoring up to effect analysis connected with feedback-loops. The aims of our QMS are, beside others, to support the quality culture, implementation of the university's strategy, transparency of processes.
University of Graz website: www.uni-graz.at
University of Ljubljana (UL) is a public, autonomous educational, research and arts institution of higher education with special status and a very rich tradition. UL is the oldest and the biggest higher education and research institution in Slovenia. It cares for over 51000 students of which over 21000 are postgraduate. It is a comprehensive university, with 26 member institutions: 23 faculties and 3 academies. UL is the top-ranked university in Slovenia, ranking among the top 500 universities according to the ARWU Shanghai system. In the light of UL’s strategic orientation towards growth and quality development, quality management plays a major role. The internal quality assurance system at UL builds on QA instruments from the past, which have been further developed and complemented by new tools. The UL now has a comprehensive quality monitoring and quality management system, which helps to inform the activities of the management, administration and designated bodies at central and members’ levels.
University of Ljubljana website: www.uni-lj.si
University of the Arts, The Hague is a highly specialised university with particular experience of the need to respect an institution's disciplinary culture and characteristics when developing QA measures. Its representative in the project, Martin Prchal, is a well-known and acknowledged expert in QA and regular speaker in international events and will bring in valuable expertise to the project consortium.
University of the Arts The Hague - Royal Conservatoire website: www.koncon.nl
† This designation is without prejudice to position on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.