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Higher Education in Azerbaijan Quality Assurance Arrangements Helsinki, 10 June 2016 Higher Education in Azerbaijan Quality Assurance Arrangements Helsinki, 10 June 2016

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Azerbaijan • area: 86, 600 sq km, population: 9, 6 million • capital: Baku, Azerbaijan • area: 86, 600 sq km, population: 9, 6 million • capital: Baku, language: Azerbaijani • religion: Islam (95% Muslims, 3. 1% Christians, 1. 9% others) the member of the Council of Europe: since 2001 • economy: energy (gas, oil), agriculture, tourism, science and technology • • • GDP (PPP) – $168. 4 billion GDP (nominal) – $87. 763 billion 4

Azerbaijan - HE currently 53 higher education institutions: 19 public, 19 state, 13 private Azerbaijan - HE currently 53 higher education institutions: 19 public, 19 state, 13 private and 2 branches of Russian HEIs • 151 274 students and 33 758 graduates at higher education institutions in 2015 (87% at public & state and 13% at private) • including 3698 foreign students (56% Turkish, 44% other countries) • • 5 from Finland 5

Brief history of the Azerbaijan HE 1919: Baku State University in Baku was established Brief history of the Azerbaijan HE 1919: Baku State University in Baku was established • in the Communist era, universities were under political control, people with wrong profile were not allowed for studies and academic careers • after 1991, HEIs emancipated rapidly and built up a strong autonomy • 6

7 2013/2014 2012/2013 2011/2012 2010/2011 2009/2010 2008/2009 2007/2008 2006/2007 2005/2006 2004/2005 2003/2004 2002/2003 2001/2002 7 2013/2014 2012/2013 2011/2012 2010/2011 2009/2010 2008/2009 2007/2008 2006/2007 2005/2006 2004/2005 2003/2004 2002/2003 2001/2002 2000/2001 1999/2000 1998/1999 1997/1998 1996/1997 1995/1996 1994/1995 1993/1994 1992/1993 1991/1992 1990/1991 Thousands Broaden access to Azerbaijan HE Overall number of students in Azerbaijan HEIs 160 140 120 100 80 60 40 20 0

Study conditions • Government covers all tuition fee expenses of the following students: • Study conditions • Government covers all tuition fee expenses of the following students: • students from refugee families & children of national heroes • students, who deprived of parental care • special talented students, who get the highest points from admission examinations • Language of instruction: besides to Azerbaijani, Russian and Turkish, courses are offered in English and French • State programme on education abroad • in general – 3500 • currently studding – 2679 • graduated – 821 8

Strategy of the government to improve HE sector • Development Concept “Azerbaijan 2020: Vision Strategy of the government to improve HE sector • Development Concept “Azerbaijan 2020: Vision of the Future” and • National Strategy for the Development of Education in the Republic of Azerbaijan • To participate in the process of formation of state policy on higher education; • To participate in the preparation and implementation of the concept of development of the higher education system, to coordinate and control the implementation of these concepts by higher education institutions and their scientific structures within the scope of their authority. 9

 • Accreditation Committee as main QA institution; the Ministry can set only general • Accreditation Committee as main QA institution; the Ministry can set only general rules, • Internationalization reflects also the quality of the education, e. g. via mobility or employability of graduates, • Specific support includes e. g. policy recommendations, action plans for improvement and advisory for HEIs. 10

Bologna process • Azerbaijan is a active member of Bologna process and European Higher Bologna process • Azerbaijan is a active member of Bologna process and European Higher Education Area since 2005 • Main goals: • International mobility, cooperation and recognition, • Flexible learning paths, • Competitiveness of European HE • Main principles have been introduced: • European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) – currently all HEIs implementing ECTS system • Three cycle degree system by Education Law in 2009 • Diploma supplement (DS) – all HEIs awarded by unique DS • European Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance (ESG) 11

Division of study programmes Bachelor‘s degree programme • first cycle of higher education • Division of study programmes Bachelor‘s degree programme • first cycle of higher education • 240 – 300 ECTS (4 or 5 years) Master‘s degree programme • following after Bachelor‘s degree programme • 90 – 120 ECTS (1. 5 or 2 years) Doctoral degree programme: • following after Master’s degree programme • No ECTS system • 2 levels: Ph. D (3 or 4 years) & Doc of Sci (4 or 5 years) 12

External Quality Assurance System • Accreditation regulations in Azerbaijan • Rules for accreditation of External Quality Assurance System • Accreditation regulations in Azerbaijan • Rules for accreditation of educational institutions (Cabinet of Ministers, 28 September, 2010, #167) • Accreditation of HEIs stages: • • • preparing for accreditation; self-assessment of education establishment; carrying out an analysis by Accreditation Committee; preparing a final certificate on accreditation; determining the status of education establishment and granting a relevant quality document – certificate. • Accreditation and Nostrification Office 13

Criteria for defining HEI State Education Standards (Mo. E, 26 April, 2011, #656) 1. Criteria for defining HEI State Education Standards (Mo. E, 26 April, 2011, #656) 1. Meeting requirements of legal documents in University Management 2. University Management (Regulations, education documents) 3. Content of Curricula, its structure and realization 4. Management of Education process 5. Quality of Graduates 6. Human Resource 7. Science – Research 8. International Relations –Cooperation 9. Infrastructure 10. Education support service 11. Financial resources 14

QA in Azerbaijan University of Languages • • • Curricular reforms Research Standards Structural QA in Azerbaijan University of Languages • • • Curricular reforms Research Standards Structural Changes and Institutional Reforms Assessment Criteria Resources Infrastructure Bologna requirements Social services School reforms 15

QA in Azerbaijan State University of Economics • • • ISO certified Azerbaijani public QA in Azerbaijan State University of Economics • • • ISO certified Azerbaijani public university since 2012 Quality Policy since 2013 QA center since October of 2014 Strategic Plan 2015/16 academic year was announced a Year of Quality Teaching staff - Differential Salary System • Teachers academic studies • Feedback from students • Self-improvement activities • Winter and Summer training schools • Students are involved in Academic Council of UNEC (10 % of members). 16

QA in Azerbaijan State University of Economics • Every year UNEC students select their QA in Azerbaijan State University of Economics • Every year UNEC students select their Student Rector • analyses the results of exams and student surveys and gives advice for improvement • developed 36 new and competitive syllabuses for this academic year • All materials (books, presentations, evaluation materials and o. ) of 4 chairs were renewed 17

QA in Baku State University • • Staff (academic and administrative) Students Educational and QA in Baku State University • • Staff (academic and administrative) Students Educational and research methods The content of the SPs Teaching materials Equipment The needs of the labor market 18

QA in Ganja State University • Coordination and implementation (norm and standards of the QA in Ganja State University • Coordination and implementation (norm and standards of the State Educational Program) • Monitoring (entire educational process-academic load due to the educational norm ) • Evaluation and Monitoring (internal evaluation-surveys, demonstrative lessons) • Stimulating activities (mainly after individual development of academic staff) • Paper and E-base exams (for each semester) • Reporting and statistics (periodical statistics and reporting on education process) 19

QA in Baku Slavic University • • Demo lessons Peer review Discussions Students survey QA in Baku Slavic University • • Demo lessons Peer review Discussions Students survey 20

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