A meeting of the Council of Europe experts with representatives of the Agency was held today at the premises of the Agency with the aim of identifying the success of the implementation of the project “Strengthening Integrity and Fighting Corruption in Higher Education.” The project is financed through the program framework of the European Union and the Council of Europe entitled “Horizontal Facility” for Western Balkans and Turkey. The project is implemented by the Council of Europe Education Department in cooperation with the Council of Europe Program Office in Podgorica.
The aim of this project is to provide recommendations for strengthening appropriate tools and preventive mechanisms in the higher education system in Montenegro, using a broad approach to the Pan-European Platform on Ethics, Transparency and Integrity in Education of the Council of Europe.
Professor Ian Smith, an expert from the Council of Europe, pointed out that one of the recommendations of this project was the establishment of the Agency for Control and Quality Assurance of Higher Education. In connection with this, he was informed about the previous activities of the Agency, the methodology for conducting the procedures for accreditation of study programs and the re-accreditation of higher education institutions, as well as the transparency of work and independence of the Agency.
At the meeting it was concluded that during the short period of activities since establishment, the Agency managed to successfully complete several accreditation and re-accreditation procedures, to define the methodology and bylaws, but at the meeting are also given recommendations for improving the activities in the following period.