FIBAA Workshop at the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies in Qatar

Left to right: Dr. Jad Kawtharani (Director of the Institutional Effectiveness Department at DI), Dr. Heinz-Ulrich Schmidt (FIBAA’s Special Representative), Prof. Dr. Yasir Malley (Acting President and Provost of DI)

Upon invitation of the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies (DI), a renowned Higher Education Institution in Doha, Qatar, FIBAA’s Special Representative Dr. Heinz-Ulrich Schmidt led a two-day workshop entitled “The Quality of Study Programmes: FIBAA Assessment Guide for Accreditation of Programmes”. Doha Institute provides postgraduate programmes in Social Sciences, Humanities, Public Administration, and Development Economics. The workshop provided an overview of the international programme accreditation procedure from the European perspective of view.
Prof. Dr. Yasir Malley, acting president and provost of DI, and Dr. Jad Kawtharani, director of the institutional effectiveness department, as well as deans of programmes and faculty staff were among the leading representatives at the event. Pleasingly, top-ranking representatives of other HEIs from Qatar also took the opportunity to enquire about content-related requirements and specific procedural steps of a programme accreditation. Participants showed vivid interest in the workshop. It became apparent that the representatives of other HEIs were additionally interested in institutional accreditation procedures.
Dr. Schmidt was more than pleased with the workshop’s results and the inspirational exchanges that followed: “I am glad that our long-term experience in quality assurance and quality enhancement is met by such positive reactions and interest. Hopefully, we can expect that this great interest will remain.”

Workshop by the German Federal Deans Conference and FIBAA: Professor Dr. Fink talks about experiences with the new accreditation law

Left to right: Prof. Dr. Ziegler (BDK), Prof. Dr. Hölter (Dean TH Köln), Prof. Dr. Fink (CEO FIBAA), Mr. Thönnissen (director of the culture and science ministry of the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia), Prof. Dr. Stegemerten (Vice President UAS Niederrhein) and Prof. Dr. Kirsch (Dean UAS Niederrhein)

On the occasion of the 4th workshop by the German Federal Dean’s Conference (BDK), FIBAA’s Chief Executive Officer Professor Dr. Kerstin Fink delivered a presentation on the status of current accreditation procedures that follow the new legal regulations. Upon invitation of FIBAA, BDK and UAS Niederrhein, numerous top-ranking stakeholders from higher education and accreditation attended the event in Monchengladbach in November 2018. As Ministerial Director, Mr. Ralf Thönnissen reviewed the new accreditation law from the point of view of the Culture and Science Ministry of the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia. Presentations on quality assurance and quality enhancement within the European higher education sector were given by ENQA president Dr. Christoph Grolimund as well as Austrian national expert for the European Higher Education Area Professor emeritus Mag. Dr. Gabriele Abermann.

The workshop convened the participants to engage in an inspiring exchange on Perspectives of Accreditation in Germany and Europe. “FIBAA places great importance on the direct dialogue with higher education institutions,” emphasised Professor Dr. Fink, “we are determined to meet their needs and provide all important information about ongoing developments towards the new accreditation system.”

The workshop was BDK’s and FIBAA’s 4th joint workshop that facilitated a vivid exchange between stakeholders. The next workshop will be held in April 2019 and will also be co-organised by Professor Dr. Fink.

The impact of employability on accreditation: FIBAA co-organises workshop with AACSB in Paris

FIBAA CEO Professor Dr. Fink (centre) with Dr. Stephanie
Morgan (Kingston University) and Adam Thomas (ZHAW)

In October 2018 FIBAA Chief Executive Officer Professor Dr. Kerstin Fink co-organised a workshop for Quality Assurance Professionals at the annual European, Middle East and Asia conference of Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) in Paris. The Quality Assurance Professionals Workshop addressed board members and quality management stakeholders of leading international Business Schools. The thought-provoking workshop sessions were facilitated by Professor Dr. Fink, Dr. Stephanie Morgan from Kingston University’s Business School (United Kingdom) and Adam Thomas from Switzerland-based Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW). Professor Dr. Fink’s presentation on The Impact of Employability on Accreditation Stakeholders contained specific case examples on the issue of employability from the perspectives of experienced quality assurance professionals. The participants had the opportunity to apply the acquired knowledge and to present their own innovative solutions.

“Employability counts as a major quality feature in FIBAA’s accreditation procedure. This aspect of quality is a significant advantage for students looking for a job, for the labour market as well as for future employers,” remarked Professor Dr. Fink. “I consider it as one of FIBAA’s central tasks to showcase as to how higher education decision-makers and quality managers can implement employability in their curricula, daily operations, and quality enhancement efforts.”

“The inspiring exchange of ideas underscores the significance of employability in the field of international quality assurance and quality enhancement,” Professor Dr. Fink summed up the successful workshop cooperation with AACSB.


Workshop at KIMEP University in Kazakhstan

Professor Dr. Fink (left) and FIBAA Special Representative Dr. Heinz-Ulrich Schmidt (right)

In October 2018 FIBAA CEO Professor Dr. Kerstin Fink and FIBAA’s Special Representative Dr. Heinz-Ulrich Schmidt conducted a workshop at KIMEP University in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Entitled “The Quality of Study Programmes: FIBAA Assessment Guide for Accreditation of Programmes in Management Studies, Economics, Law and Social Sciences”, the highly acclaimed workshop provided an overview of FIBAAA’s international accreditation methods with a special focus on employability and international outlook. “As an internationally operating accreditation agency, FIBAA provides extensive knowledge of quality assurance and quality enhancement of higher education programmes and institutions. Furthermore, we have gained profound experience in the Russian-speaking, Central Asian and Asia-Pacific higher education areas,” explains Professor Dr. Fink the workshop’s benefits. The workshop was followed by an intense exchange between FIBAA and top representatives of KIMEP, such as Vice-President Professor Dr. Gilbert Linne. FIBAA and KIMEP University share a successful history of close cooperation as 26 study programmes including several of the university’s Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD programmes have been accredited in 2018 with FIBAA’s Quality Seal. FIBAA and KIMEP University are determined to continue their collaboration in the future.

KIMEP Vice-President Professor Dr. Gilbert Linne (to the left of Professor Dr. Fink), Professor
Dr. Fink and Dr. Heinz-Ulrich Schmidt (Special Representative FIBAA) surrounded by leading
representatives of KIMEP University and workshop participants.

Enhancing International Accreditation: FIBAA at the II Central Asian International Forum on Quality Assurance in Education in Kazakhstan

FIBAA CEO Professor Dr. Fink in conversation with ENQA president Dr. Grolimund

In October 2018 FIBAA Chief Executive Officer Professor Dr. Kerstin Fink was invited to speak at the II Central Asian International Forum on Quality Assurance in Education that was held in Astana, Kazakhstan. The event was organised by the Independent Agency for Accreditation and Rating (IAAR) in cooperation with the Foundation of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan- Elbasy. IAAR is an independent Kazakh agency for institutional and programme accreditation as well as quality rating within the sector of higher education. IAAR and FIBAA have already cooperated as part of a joint Memorandum of Understanding. The event was attended by international and national experts of higher education. Keynote speeches were given by Karl Dittrich, president of The European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education (EQAR), by Dr. Christoph Grolimund, president of The European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA) and director of the Swiss Agency of Accreditation and Quality Assurance, by Professor Dr. Rakhman Alshanov, President of the Association of Higher Educational Institutions of the Republic of Kazakhstan, as well as numerous national and international HEI representatives and heads of international accreditation agencies.

Professor Dr. Fink’s presentation on The Impact of Employability on International Accreditation of Study Programmes sparked great interest and received much attention in subsequent discussions. The forum served as an important networking platform for Central Asian and European experts on the potential of international accreditation.

FIBAA CEO Professor Dr. Fink and high-profile guests of the II Central Asian International
Forum on Quality Assurance in Education

Successful Institutional Reaccreditation of WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management

Professor Dr. Fink (left) presents Professor Dr. Rudolf (right)
the Accreditation Seal (©WHU/ Henry Tornow)

In July 2018 FIBAA successfully executed the institutional reaccreditation of the WHU–Otto Beisheim School fo Management. The WHU was one of the first higher education institutions in Germany to be institutionally accredited by FIBBA. Hence, the re-accreditation procedure can be considered as a major milestone of both institutions’ cooperation. FIBAA’s expert team has confirmed the excellent quality of the university’s management system according to the standards of the German Accreditation Council. The university received institutional accreditation without any conditions for the second time in a row. WHU enjoys a leading status among business schools worldwide and is the top-listed German business school in major international rankings such as Financial Times or the Economist. Amongst others, the institution’s international orientation and its ensuing attractiveness for international students stand out. Furthermore, their great diversity of the programmes offered have profoundly impressed FIBAA’s experts. In earlier accreditation procedures WHU’s Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes in International Business Administration and the Executive MBA programme had already been accredited by FIBAA and were awarded with FIBAA’s own Quality Seal.  The central criteria of employability and practical application have repeatedly met all expectations.

 FIBAA Chief Executive Officer Professor Dr. Kerstin Fink has recently awarded the Reaccreditation Seal as part of a festive ceremony on the WHU premises.  At the bestowal ceremony, Professor Dr. Markus Rudolf, Rector of WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, and Vice Rectors Professor Dr. Jürgen Weigand, Professor Dr. Michael Frenkel, and Professor Dr. Christian Andres expressed their content with the strongly positive outcomes. “I congratulate the WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management for the outstanding quality of your university and all parties that were involved in this comprehensive accreditation procedure,” praised Professor Dr. Fink in her speech. She remarked that the university’s continuously improving quality management system opens future prospects for further successful collaboration of FIBAA and WHU.

Accreditation in Europe and the Middle East – Jordanian delegation visits FIBAA

The Jordanian delegation and the representatives of GIZ GmbH at FIBAA’s head office Lars Weber (Division Head of International and Institutional Procedures)

A high-level delegation from Jordan visited FIBAA as part of a study-tour, on the 29th of October 2018. The 16 delegates represented various institutions from the public and private sectors, such as the Ministry of Labour and Education, universities and vocational training institutions. The delegation headed by Mr. Eng. Hani Mohammad Ali Khleifat (Secretary-General of the Jordanian Ministry of Labor) accepted the invitation of the German Association for International Cooperation (GIZ GmbH). This initiative on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development seeks to promote international cooperation for sustainable development.

Lars Weber (Division Head of International and Institutional Procedures) and Viktoria Tischanski (Project Manager Markets & Acquisition) presented a lecture on programme-level and institutional accreditation procedures in Germany and gave an overview of the European Qualification Framework, the permeability between different paths of education and the possibilities of access to higher education without university entrance qualification. The lectures were followed by an intense exchange of ideas and experiences with the participants. They were particularly interested in the national and international accreditation practice of FIBAA and the recognition system in the transition from vocational to academic education and its significance for accreditation procedures.

The Middle East is one of the key markets, where FIBAA offers its international FIBAA Quality Seal. The visit of the Jordanian delegation enabled an intensive exchange on international accreditation and quality enhancement in higher education in Europe and the Middle East.

Digitalisation of teaching in higher education: FIBAA’s expertise on recognition of prior learning

Digitalisation profoundly changes structures and processes in higher education. Since 2014, the Hochschulforum Digitalisierung (HFD) provides an independent national platform to discuss and examine the impact of digitalisation on tertiary education. In this spirit, a working group was created regarding the subject of recognition of prior digital learning. FIBAA CEO Professor Dr. Kerstin Fink actively contributed to the working group from the viewpoint of an accreditation and quality enhancement agency. Presided by Professor Dr. Helmut Hoyer, President Emeritus of FernUniversität Hagen, the working group developed criteria for recognition procedures of digital learning formats.

Regular meetings between summer 2017 and autumn 2018 were characterised by highly fruitful discussions among all stakeholders, which resulted in a concise working paper. In her capacity as a professor of business information systems and FIBAA CEO, Professor Dr. Fink shared valuable insights on the official recognition of prior digital learning from the angles of higher education institutions and accreditation agencies. “The outcome of our working group succinctly encompasses digital change in higher education, pertinent accreditation rules, and our commitment to a rigorous pursuit of quality,” comments Professor Dr. Fink. “Our working paper provides helpful guidance for higher education institutions. The criteria presented therein reflect highest international standards.”

Successful Institutional Reaccreditation of Nordakademie Elmshorn

FIBAA CEO Professor Dr. Fink awarding the Institutional
Re-Accreditation Seal to the executive management of
Nordakademie University of Applied Sciences.

FIBAA is more than pleased to announce the successful institutional reaccreditation of the Nordakademie University of Applied Sciences in Elmshorn, Germany. The accreditation seal remarks the excellent quality of this higher education institution according to the standards of the German Accreditation Council that was confirmed by the reviewing expert team. Nordakademie received institutional accreditation without any conditions for the second time in a row. In September 2018, Professor Dr. Kerstin Fink, CEO of FIBAA, travelled to Elmshorn to personally bestow the seal to the academy during a festive ceremony. In her speech, she particularly praised the institution’s outstanding IT-supported quality management system. Professor Dr. Stefan Behring, President of the Nordakademie Elmshorn, Mr. Jörg Meier, chancellor of the academy, vice-chancellor Mr. Christoph Fülscher and Ms. Anja Schley (Quality Management Officer and Head of HEI Projects) attended the event. “The institutional accreditation is very special to FIBAA,” emphasised Professor Dr. Fink, “as it affirms the continuous and remarkable work of a whole university. To reaccredit Nordakademie, as the first institutionally accredited HEI by FIBAA in general, is of profound meaning for us.” The reaccreditation of Nordakademie will last for eight more years.

Reception of the Austrian Association of Universities of Applied Sciences at the European Forum Alpbach

Under the aegis of Prof. Dr. Heinz Fassmann, Austria’s Minister of Education, the Association of Universities of Applied Sciences in Austria (FHK) held its annual reception at the European Forum Alpbach in the Tyrol, Austria in August 2018. FHK President Mag. Raimund Ribitsch and FHK Secretary General of the FHK Mag. Kurt Koleznik (who is also a member of the FIBAA Foundation Council) welcomed numerous distinguished decision-makers from the higher education sector. FIBAA CEO Professor Dr. Fink was extremely pleased to accept this kind invitation to engage in lively exchanges about European and international accreditation and quality enhancement with leading representatives of Austrian Universities of Applied Sciences.   

FIBAA in Taiwan: Memorandum of Understanding with TWAEA

Professor Dr. Kerstin Fink and Dr. Shen-li Fu at the signing ceremonyLeft to right: Lars Weber, Dr. Yu-hui Yang, Professor Dr. Kerstin Fink and Dr. Shen-li Fu at the Ministry of Education

In July 2018 FIBAA CEO Professor Dr. Kerstin Fink and Lars Weber (Division Head International and Institutional Procedures) travelled to Taiwan. The trip was taken on the occasion of signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the Taiwan Assessment and Evaluation Association (TWAEA) to strengthen future collaboration of both agencies. TWAEA is an organisation commissioned by the national Ministry of Education, and dedicated to evaluation and provision of quality assurance as well as accreditation in the Taiwanese higher education sector. Dr. Shen-li Fu, Chairman of TWAEA, and Ms. Shu Yuan Wu, Secretary General of TWAEA, welcomed the German guests on site. Both agencies had an active exchange about European and Asian regulations and perspectives of quality assurance in tertiary education before officially signing the MoU.

Professor Dr. Fink and Mr. Weber also seized the opportunity to visit the Ministry of Education of the Chinese Republic (Taiwan). There, they were welcomed by Head of Department Dr. Yu-hui Yang who provided expert information on the Chinese-Taiwanese Higher Education system. Furthermore, profound impressions of the Taiwan higher education sector were gained during Professor Dr. Fink’s and Mr. Weber’s visits to leading Taiwanese universities.   

“The Asian-Pacific area is a key target region of FIBAA – particularly thanks to our observer status at the Asia-Pacific Quality Network (APQN),” emphasised Professor Dr. Fink, “therefore, we are extremely pleased about the MoU and further cooperation with our Taiwanese partner. We see promising perspectives in enhancing the European-Asian cooperation in quality assurance.”

 

 

 

Higher Education Accreditation and Employability: a joint event of FIBAA, BDA and DIHK in Berlin

FIBAA CEO Professor Dr. Kerstin FinkOn the panel from left to right Elmar Lammerskitten (FIBAA expert, Head of Global HR Development, Woco Industrietechnik GmbH), Nadja Kolibacz (FIBAA expert, Bachelor student in energy and process engineering, Technical University of Berlin), Dr. h.c. Josef Beutelmann (Member of the German Accreditation Council, Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Barmenia Versicherungen), Dr. Christina Gommlich (Member of the German Accreditation Council, Senior Manager Communications & Government Relations, BASF SE), and Professor Dr. Jürgen Weigand (Chairman of the FIBAA Accreditation Committee for Programmes, Vice-Rector WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management and Chair of Industrial Economics)Keynote speech by Kerstin Wagner (Head of Talent Acquisition, Deutsche Bahn AG)The panellists with the co-hosts Professor Dr. Kerstin Fink (FIBAA), Dr. Barbara Dorn (BDA) and Dr. Oliver Heikaus (DIHK)

On 2nd July 2018, FIBAA and the Confederation of German Employers' Associations (BDA) and Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK) conjointly hosted an event entitled Higher Education Accreditation and Employability on the premises of the German employers’ associations in Berlin. „FIBAA has been promoting employability in the accreditation and quality enhancement of higher education institutions (HEIs) for 25 years“, states FIBAA CEO Professor Dr. Kerstin Fink in her inauguration speech. „We implement employability on different levels, particularly as part of the quality and assessment criteria of FIBAA’s Quality Seal. Furthermore, we incorporate experts from academia, business and the student body with long track records in all procedures and decision-making committees. The key role of employability is also granted by the German, Austrian and Swiss employers and industry associations in the FIBAA’s Foundation Council.“ 

A case in point of how corporations, higher education institutions and students or alumni can interact in order to increase employability was provided by Kerstin Wagner (Head of Talent Acquisition, Deutsche Bahn AG) in her enriching keynote. The subsequent panel discussion reflected the diversity of perspectives from academia, business and student body which is characteristic of FIBAA’s expert teams and decision-making committees. Hosted by Dr. h.c. Josef Beutelmann (Member of the German Accreditation Council, Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Barmenia Versicherungen), the panellists highlighted the great potential of accreditation to enhance the employability of degrees and HEIs. Dr. Christina Gommlich (Member of the German Accreditation Council, Senior Manager Communications & Government Relations, BASF SE), Professor Dr. Jürgen Weigand (Chairman of the FIBAA Accreditation Committee for Programmes, Vice-Rector WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management and Chair of Industrial Economics), Elmar Lammerskitten (FIBAA expert, Head of Global HR Development, Woco Industrietechnik GmbH) and Nadja Kolibacz (FIBAA expert, Bachelor student in energy and process engineering, Technical University of Berlin) emphasised the close cooperation between stakeholder groups to improve quality and employability for both students/alumni and employers as well as the necessity to comprehensively conduct graduate tracking analyses.

The lively exchange of ideas among the audience coming from HEIs, accreditation-related organisations and employers’ associations underscored the significance of employability in tertiary-sector quality assurance and quality enhancement. Professor Dr. Fink concludes, “that FIBAA will continue to position itself as a promoter of employability. I wish to express my gratitude to Dr. Barbara Dorn (Director Education/Vocational Training at BDA and Member of FIBAA’s Foundation Council) and Dr. Oliver Heikaus (Director Further Education at DIHK and Vice-President of FIBAA’s Foundation Council) for hosting our event in the professional atmosphere at Haus der Deutschen Wirtschaft in Berlin.“

Excellent quality: FIBAA awards its Premium Seal to Kühne Logistics University Hamburg

From left to right: Professor Dr. Alexander Himme
(Associate Professor of Management Accouning at KLU),
Professor Dr. Kerstin Fink (CEO FIBAA) and
Miriam Sablotny (Programme and Quality Manager at KLU)

FIBAA is extremely pleased to have conferred its Premium Seal to the Bachelor’s Programme in Business Administration (B.Sc.) of Kühne Logistics University (KLU) for the second time in a row. With this seal, the agency recognises the programme’s excellent quality of teaching and studies. This was confirmed by examining the programme as part of FIBAA’s Quality Seal accreditation procedure.

In June 2018 Professor Dr. Kerstin Fink, CEO of FIBAA, travelled to Hamburg to personally bestow the Premium Seal to the KLU President Professor Dr. Thomas Strothotte, its Chancellor Fabian Berger and Dean of Programmes Professor Dr. Christian Barrot, as well as other stakeholders, at a ceremonial event. “The university can be proud for having managed this outstanding performance and for having an international, modern and market-oriented study profile of this and its other programmes,” Professor Dr. Fink emphasised in her speech. KLU particularly excelled in criteria such as internationality, curricular specialisations, student support services, and graduate employment. 

The Bachelor’s Programme in Business Administration will be holding the award until 2025. FIBAA has also accredited KLU’s Master of Management (M.Sc.) and the Master of Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management (M.Sc.) programmes with the Premium Seal. Therefore, KLU is one of only 12 other Higher Education Institutions that have been given this award.

New Memorandum of Understanding: FIBAA collaborates with Unibasq

In a recently signed Memorandum of Understanding, FIBAA and Unibasq have agreed on future cooperation. Unibasq is an agency for quality assurance in the Basque system of Higher Education, working in the fields of evaluation, accreditation and certification. With regard to common values like transparent procedures, customer-oriented operations and compliance with the European Standards and Guidelines (ESG), Unibasq and its Director Dr. Eva Ferreira García as well as the FIBAA and its Chief Executive Officer Professor Dr. Kerstin Fink are looking forward optimistically to working together in the future.
The collaboration will have impact on various areas. The promotion of quality culture in higher education is considered with great attention. Furthermore, information about development in procedures and quality assurance systems shall be shared as part of a vivid exchange.  
Both agencies are determined to strengthen their cooperation during joint events and trainings “FIBAA is anticipating shared prospects with our Basque partner,” concludes Professor Dr. Fink, “our arrangement promises successful cooperation and an effective development of European quality assurance.”

 

Digital university and new accreditation rules in Germany: Professor Dr. Fink participated in the Federal Deans Conference at the University of Applied Sciences Düsseldorf

During the 16th-18th of May 2018 the German Deans of Faculties of Business Administration met on the occasion of the 93rd Federal Deans Conference in Düsseldorf. FIBAA’s Chief Executive Officer Professor Dr. Kerstin Fink again accepted the invitation of the Federal Deans Conference. Professor Dr. Rainer Ziegler, Chair of the Federal Deans Conference, and Professor Dr. Felicitas Albers, Dean of the School of Management at the University of Applied Sciences in Düsseldorf, presided this highly interesting event which included numerous talks and debates. This year’s spring conference focused on the motto “Digital University”. In regard to this, the attendants worked on efficient methods towards a digital reform of Higher Education in Germany. Typical fields of tertiary education like teaching, studies, research and evaluation are aimed at to become digitally optimised. Everyone at the conference considered the numerous inputs with content. “Digitalisation shapes higher education on all levels,” confirms Professor Dr. Fink. “Therefore, the FIBAA has engaged closely with the potential and impact of digitalisation on accreditation and the assurance and enhancement of quality. We are tailoring our processes and products accordingly.”

Accompanying activities featured companies from the digital industry, a visit to Industrie-Club Düsseldorf, and a reception in the Sky Lounge of Vodafone, whose DigiLabs granted exciting insights into digital innovations. Quite similarly to higher education institutions, media enterprises also actively shape digital change – an excursion to the Düsseldorf-based media outlet Rheinische Post showcased as to how interfaces between the analogous and the digital spheres can be meaningfully used.

Indonesian DAAD Delegation visits FIBAA’s Head Office in Bonn

Professor Dr. Kerstin Fink (left) and Prof. T. Basaruddin
(right)

In May 2018 CEO Professor T. Basaruddin and Dr. Sugiyono from Indonesia’s national accreditation agency BAN-PT came to Bonn during an extended stay in Europe on the occasion of the EHEA Ministerial Conference in Paris. At the invitation of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), they took the opportunity to learn more about best-practices from German actors in higher education quality assurance and quality enhancement FIBAA presented its standards and processes with special focus on changes in the wake of the new German accreditation rules. Furthermore, similarities and differences of the ASEAN Quality Assurance Network (AQAN) with established instruments such is EQR, ESG and ENQA in the European Higher Education Area were highlighted. The Indonesian guests were particularly interested in FIBAA’s successfully completed membership renewal with ENQA, EQAR re-registration as well as the re-accreditation by the German Accreditation Council in 2017. Along these lines, the representatives of FIBAA, BAN-PT and DAAD also shared their experiences with respect to an agency’s internal quality management and relevant processes in expert appointments.
“FIBAA greatly benefited from this encounter with the Indonesian partners”, says CEO Professor Dr. Kerstin Fink, “especially in regard to FIBBA’s new observer status at
APQN, in which Indonesia and BAN-PT play a significant role. For this reason, we are content about our successful meeting and progressive discussions.”

 

FIBAA has been awarded observer status in the Asia-Pacific Quality Network (APQN)

FIBAA is proud to announce to have been conferred the observer status of the Asia-Pacific Quality Network (APQN) in April 2018. The organisation is an association of institutions from countries in Asia and the Pacific. Their mission is to dissolve boundaries from the international regulation of quality assurance to achieve a homogeneous accreditation system and optimise Higher Education programmes. With an observer status, FIBAA can from now on contribute to the developments in Higher Education within the respective regions.  As an EQAR-registered agency and ENQA member with a recognised profile in employability and internationalisation, FIBAA is set to provide lasting inputs to universities and institutional partners in the APQN sphere.  “We are looking forward to close collaborations with the members of APQN,” says Professor Dr. Fink, FIBAA’s Chief Executive Officer, “I am confident that, with this, we can launch multiple projects with the purpose of regional and international enhancement in higher education accreditation and quality assurance.”

The European Standards and Guidelines (ESG) in international quality assurance: FIBAA at the 5th NAQAAE conference in Cairo

In April 2018 Professor Dr. Kerstin Fink, Chief Executive Officer of FIBAA, was invited to Cairo. There, the 5th conference of the National Authority for Quality Assurance and Accreditation of Higher Education (NAQAAE), Egypt’s national agency for accreditation, took place. Given the conference’s motto “Quality Assurance of Education: Reflections, Prospects, Aspirations”, leading representatives of the Egyptian sector for higher education met to discuss quality assurance and enhancement in Egypt, the Middle East and Africa. The event was opened with a speech by Professor Dr. Youhansen Eid, the president of NAQAAE. The responsible ministers of the Egyptian government as well as representatives of the famous Al-Azhar University contributed keynotes to the conference.

In the frame of the occasion, a two-day workshop was organised by the Harmonisation of African Higher Education Quality Assurance and Accreditaion (HAQAA) initiative. The HAQAA aims at the stabilisation and regulation of quality assurance and accreditation systems in the African Union. The initiative is not only supported by African but also European partners like the Universitat de Barcelona, the European University Association (EUA), the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Among others, Elizabeth Colucci (EUA) and Dr. Eva Ferreira García (ENQA/Unibasq), represented their organisations in Cairo.

Professor Dr. Fink delivered a widely acknowledged presentation about FIBAA’s goals and methods. Her speech put special focus on the realisation of the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area (ESG) by FIBAA and their impact on the international assurance of quality. “As an EQAR-registered agency and ENQA-member, FIBAA naturally implements the ESG and we reflect our work process continuously on this matter”, says Professor Dr. Fink. “The guidelines are not only to be found in our procedures. It is also of great importance to us to promote them to various stakeholders of the sector of tertiary education. This has always resulted in success. Therefore, we can consider the international standardisation of quality assurance, while bearing regional specifics in mind, as a promising step.”

Two FIBAA Quality Seals awarded to KIMEP University

On the occasion of the solemn award of two FIBAA Quality Seals, FIBAA CEO Professor Dr. Kerstin Fink and FIBAA Special Representative Dr. Heinz-Ulrich Schmidt travelled to KIMEP University in Almaty, Kazakhstan. At KIMEP, a higher education institution with a strong international profile, FIBAA has successfully accredited an Executive Master of Business Administration and certified a Mini-MBA Programme.

Inspired and driven by KIMEP President Dr. Chang Young Bang, the Executive Education Center Director Bakytgul Tundikbaeva, and Dean Dr. Bulent Dumlupinar, KIMEP promotes comprehensive quality assurance and enhancement at all institutional levels. This is clearly being demonstrated by the results of FIBAA’s accreditation procedures. “The Executive Programmes which were scrutinised by FIBAA performed excellently in criteria such as clear-cut objectives, transparent processes, international orientation, student services, and academic cooperation networks”, as Professor Dr. Fink pointed out in her laudatory speech.

From left to right front row: Dr. Heinz-Ulrich Schmidt (Special Representative FIBAA), Professor Dr. Kerstin Fink (CEO FIBAA), Dr. Chang Young Bang (President KIMEP University); back row: Bakytgul Tundikbaeva (Director Executive Education Center), Dr. Bulent Dumlupinar (Dean), surrounded by leading representatives of KIMEP University. © KIMEP University

 

The festive ceremony at KIMEP afforded a great opportunity for personal exchange between top representatives of KIMEP and FIBAA. After all, there are further joint projects on our agenda: a workshop in autumn 2018, ongoing programme-level accreditations, and an institutional accreditation procedure.

FIBAA contributes to the webinar of the Russian Higher Education Discovery platform

Approximately 100 Russian higher education institutions – among them internationally renowned research universities – took part in the April 2018 Online Fair organised by Higher Education Discovery (HED). A webinar hosted by HED enabled this exciting encounter of institutions from all parts of the Russian Federation with higher education experts from Europe and Asia. The webinar showcased various topics such as accreditation, rankings, exchange programmes, higher education fairs and mentoring schemes, in order to increase the international visibility of Russian higher education institutions.

As the only invited accreditation agency, FIBAA was extremely pleased to seize the opportunity of discussing international accreditation and its impact with decision-makers from Russian-speaking HEIs. Based on the case of FIBAA, the talk by Dr. Elisabeth Kuebler-Berghammer (Division Manager Markets & Acquisition) highlighted the positive effects of accreditation according to European and international standards on an HEI’s profile-building, reputation and long-term internal quality development. Numerous user enquiries confirmed the rising significance, which tertiary education providers in the Russian-language sphere attribute to international quality seals such as FIBAA’s, in order to succeed in the international race for excellent students, faculty and alumni.

Go For It: Professor Dr. Fink on Challenges in the wake of the New Accreditation Rules in Germany at the 3rd Workshop of the German Federal Deans’ Conference

From left to right Prof. Dr. Rainer Ziegler (German Federal Deans‘ Confrence), Professor Dr. Kerstin Fink (CEO FIBAA), Prof. Dr. Felicitas Albers (Dean, Dusseldorf Univerrsity of Applied Sciences), Prof. Dr. Erich Hölter (Dean, Cologne University of Applied Sciences), Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Renninger (Dean emeritus, Technical University of Applied Sciences Amberg-Weiden).

 

Structural challenges, the new framework and first procedures in accordance with the new accreditation rules – this were the foci of FIBAA CEO Professor Dr. Kerstin Fink’s presentation at the 3rd Workshop of the German Federal Deans’ Conference. The workshop took place at Cologne University of Applied Sciences on April 16, 2018 under the aegis of Prof. Dr. Erich Hölter. FIBAA and the German Federal Deans’ Conference, chaired by Prof. Dr. Rainer Ziegler, jointly convened a broad range of stakeholders from the higher education and accreditation sector to engage in an inspiring exchange on Prospects for Accreditation in Germany and Europe.

“Following the implementation of the new German System, agencies have to deal with important changes”, according to Professor Dr. Fink. “This involves, for instance, the role of decision-making committees, adjustments of processes, and customised trainings and workshops.” First practical experiences will be available shortly. “FIBAA has already concluded contracts in accordance with the new law. The higher education institutions are currently compiling their documents based on the new framework for programme accreditation.” Professor Dr. Fink is confident that FIBAA customers will submit first procedures to the German Accreditation Council in autumn 2018.

Furthermore the Cologne workshop featured Ketevan Becker (German Accreditation Council), Colin Tück (Director European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education EQAR), Dr. Isabel Rohner (Confederation of German Employers' Associations BDA), Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Renninger (Technical University of Applied Sciences Amberg-Weiden),  und Prof. Dr. Rolf Schwartmann (Cologne University of Applied Sciences).

Workshop in Vietnam: Programme Accreditations according to European Standards


In February 2018, FIBAA held a workshop at Tra Vinh University (TVU), located in the Mekong Delta in southern Vietnam. The university was founded in 2006 with the motto "Bringing quality education into the community". By now the TVU includes 12 faculties. The University employs over 1.000 lecturers to offer its approximately 20.000 students 4 Doctoral Programmes, 18 Master’s Programmes, 42 Undergraduate Programmes and 26 Advanced Diploma Programmes.

Ass. Jur. Lars Weber, Head of Institutional Procedures at FIBAA, delivered a widely acclaimed workshop on "Accreditation according to European Standards". The committed audience was comprised of leading TVU members and representatives of further institutions from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

TVU Vice Rector Thach Thi Dan is pleased that TVU will soon be one of the HEIs across the globe whose quality will be scrutinised by FIBAA. She expects from the Programme Accreditation quality assurance and optimisation of TVU's international programmes. Various Programme Accreditations by FIBAA are currently in preparation at this Vietnamese university.

Delegation of African Vice-Rectors for Quality Assurance visits FIBAA

An international delegation from francophone Africa visited FIBAA as part of an executive training stay, on the 14th of December 2017. The trip took place under the auspices of the CAMES - Conseil Africain et Malgache pour l'Enseignement Supérieur (African and Malagasy Council for Higher Education), whose General Secretary, Professor Dr. Ing. Bertrand Mbatchi acted as group leader. Delegation members included vice-rectors with responsibility for quality assurance and quality management from Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Chad, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ivory Coast, Gabon, Guinea, Madagascar, Mali, Niger, the Republic of the Congo, Senegal, and Togo. They followed the invitation of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Saarland University.

Professor Dr. Kerstin Fink, Managing Director of FIBAA, presented a lecture on External Quality Assurance in Higher Education: The Case of Accreditation Agencies – Current state, structures and operations, which examined quality assurance and quality development in Europe and especially in Germany. Professor Dr. Fink’s lecture was followed by an intense exchange of ideas and experiences with the participants, who were particularly interested in the accreditation practice of FIBAA. The joint event showed very clearly the importance of accreditation and quality management for francophone African universities.

 

 

First picture: Managing Director Professor Dr. Kerstin Fink (FIBAA), Professor Dr. Bertrand Mbatchi (General Secretary CAMES), Dr. Johannes Abele (Head of the International Office, Saarland University)  

 

 

8th ENQA General Assembly

Professor Dr. Kerstin Fink attendet the 8th ENQA General Assembly in Sevres, France. © ENQA

 

The General Assembly of the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA) took place from 26th to 27th of October 2017 at the Center International d'Études Pédagogiques in Sevres, France. Professor Dr. Kerstin Fink, Managing Director of FIBAA, attended the Annual General Meeting.

The keynote speaker was Dr. Cristóbal Cobo, Director of the Ceibal Foundation in Uruguay, and associate researcher at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford. He talked about the challenges faced by higher education institutions (HEI), including digitalization and the advancing globalization that are forcing a reaction from the higher education sector. "As an agency, it is important to us to participate in the quality assurance process of European HEIs and to help develop standards. That is why FIBAA focuses intensively on this change of the HEI landscape" says Professor Dr. Fink. "In the future, digitization in particular will play an increasingly important role in teaching and learning internationally. Today, we already offer a variety of workshops on this topic. However, FIBAA will broaden its scope in this field." The focus was on various discussion forums and reflections on the preparation for the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) Ministerial Conference, from 23rd of May to 25th 2018, in Paris.

The next members' forum will take place from 19th to 20th of April 2018 in Zaragoza, Spain. You find further information on ENQA´s upcoming events here.

Moscow: FIBAA at the annual forum of the Russian expert guild

 

On 18th November 2017, at the invitation of the National Center for Public Accreditation (NCPA), FIBAA's partner agency in Russia, Jana Bekker participated in the annual forum of the Russian Expert Guild for Professional Education in Moscow. In her speech, Jana Bekker introduced the numerous participants of the event, including representatives of Russian HEIs, research centers, student organizations and the State Duma, with the quality criteria of FIBAA in programme accreditation. The Expert Guild is the largest and oldest independent expert pool in Russia, currently connecting over a thousand quality assurance experts from higher education. "The participation of FIBAA in the forum has become a good tradition: we have been there for the fourth time. This shows both the reliable cooperation with our colleagues from the NCPA and the good connections between FIBAA and the academic expert community in Russia, " reports Jana Bekker.

 

 

Kazakhstan: Special Representative as Keynote Speaker

 

On 14th of November 2017, Jana Bekker, Special Representative in International Relations, represented FIBAA as keynote speaker at the workshop "Quality assurance of education and modernization of educational programs in the context of the National Framework of Qualifications" in Astana, Kazakhstan. The event, organized by the consulting firm GDSI (Ireland) in collaboration with the World Bank and the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection of the People of the Republic of Kazakhstan, dealt with the establishment of the National Qualification System in Kazakhstan. As the only European agency, FIBAA was invited. Jana Bekker spoke in front of a high caliber audience of representatives of the Ministry of Education and Science, HEI management, analytical centers and trade associations of Kazakhstan on how FIBAA promotes the transition of Kazakh HEIs towards competence-based learning. Her presentation met with great interest from the participants. “FIBAA is one of only three foreign agencies that have been officially re-registered in Kazakhstan in 2017 and the only one that has done so in the first round of selection. We are delighted to receive this recognition and are very happy to support both the HEIs and its authorities of the country in their quality policy and analysis”, says Jana Bekker.

Vietnam: STEM Higher Education for Mekong Delta Development

Dr. Ulrich Schmidt and participants of the University of Economics Ho Chi Minh City.

 

Initiated by the University of Economics Ho Chi Minh City (UEH), Vietnam, Dr. Heinz-Ulrich Schmidt, Special Representative of FIBAA, has been invited by the Institute of Science-Innovation-Technology (ISAT), the Association of Vietnam Universities and Colleges, to contribute to the international scientific conference “STEM Higher Education for Mekong 150 participants of different Vietnamese Higher Education Institutes attended the conference.

Mr. Schmidt chaired the panel session “Quality Assurance of STEM Programs: Accountability and enhancement”. In line with the objectives of the conference and in order to clarify and establish lines of accountability and enhancement, he focused his contribution on general information on criteria and standards in quality assurance, based on his experience and FIBAA assessment guides.

Due to a special request by the organizers, Mr. Schmidt additionally conducted a workshop “International Accreditation”, which has been attended by representatives of about 13 Vietnamese HEIs, who were interested in particular in advantages, criteria and procedure of international programme accreditation. Maybe, the workshop encourages some participants to follow this track.

On this opportunity invited by UEH Mr. Schmidt, on behalf of the Managing Director of FIBAA, Ms. Prof. Dr. Fink, delivered the respective FIBAA Quality Seals for four recently successfully accredited study programmes of UEH.

International Conference on Quality Assurance in Higher Education: FIBAA Special Representative as Keynote Speaker

At  the invitation of the Khyber Medical University in Peshawar, Pakistan, Dr. Heinz-Ulrich Schmidt will attend the 1st International Conference on Quality Assurance in Higher Education on the 18th to 19th of December 2017. As keynote speaker, he will talk about self-assessment reports in facilitating accreditation procedures. Around 400 participants are expected, mainly from HEIs in Pakistan. It is another opportunity for FIBAA to present its international criteria and standards to a broad international audience. The conference programme with its contributions is an evidence for the interest in looking beyond the national framework and discussing the “Impact of Quality Enhancement Practices” with international experts.

Contract signed with an university in Oman: FIBAA continues to expands is activities in the Middle East

Professor Dr. Kerstin Fink (l.), Managing Director of FIBAA., and Dr. Sufian Eltayeb Mohamed (r.), Head of the Accreditation & Quality Assurance Unit and Assistant Professor of Public Law at the College of Law of the Sultan Qaboos University (SQU), subscribe the contract for the accreditation of a Bachelor´s degree programme at the SQU.

 

FIBAA welcomed Dr. Sufian Eltayeb Mohamed, Head of the Accreditation & Quality Assurance Unit and Assistant Professor of Public Law at the College of Law of Sultan Qaboos University (SQU), Oman, on the 24th of October 2017. "We are very honoured that Dr. Mohamed visited us in our head office to sign a contract for the accreditation of a Bachelor's Programme at the College of Law of the SQU. This shows that the SQU leadership particularly values the work of FIBAA" said Professor Dr. Kerstin Fink, Managing Director of FIBAA.

The SQU was founded in 1986 and is still Oman's only public research university. Over 15.000 students attend the nine faculties of the SQU, covering all major academic disciplines. The College of Law comprises the branches of public and private law, some of whose courses are held in English.

"We are looking forward to working closely with SQU. As a result, Oman is one of our promising target markets, and I am confident that we will continue to expand our activities in the Middle East" said Professor Dr. Fink.

Cooperation of FIBAA and AACSB: Quality Assurance Professionals Workshop

Professor Dr. Kerstin Fink (CEO FIBAA), Professor Dr. Timothy S. Mescon (Executive Vice President and Chief Officer for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa for AACSB International), Professor Dr. Isabelle Fagnot (Director Quality, Accreditations & Rankings, Audencia Business School Nantes), Professor Dr. Björn Kjellander (Director of Accreditation and Quality, Jönköping Business School)

 

The AACSB Europe, Middle East and Africa Annual Conference took place from 16th to 19th of October 2017  in St. Julian's, Malta. Following the conference FIBAA and AACSB conjointly offered a Quality Assurance Professionals Workshop. Professor Dr. Kerstin  Fink, CEO of FIBAA, together with Professor Dr. Timothy S. Mescon, Vice President and Director for Europe, Middle East and Africa at AACSB, welcomed the participants and emphasized the importance of the role of Quality Assurance Professionals (QAPs). The topic attracted great interest. Consequently, the workshop was sold out very quickly. Professor Dr. Fink and Dr. Mescon spoke in front of a high-calibre audience consisting of representatives from major international business schools.

"It is very important for FIBAA to pass on our knowledge of the role higher education professionals within quality assurance and quality enhancement. Therefore, this joint workshop offered the right framework to highlight this significant issue. AACSB is one of the most eminent international accreditation organizations. We share a focus on business schools. Our collaboration aptly demonstrates FIBAA’s strong international reputation" said Professor Dr. Kerstin Fink. On the occasion of this event, FIBAA CEO Professor Dr. Fink and Dr. Dan LeClair, Executive Vice President & Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer at AACSB International, deliberated possible future projects and cooperation.

Focus Curricula: 92. German Federal Deans‘ Conference in Business Studies

The participants of the 92nd Federal Deans‘ Conference in Business Studies on Economics at the campus of the OTH Amberg-Weiden.

 

At the invitation of Professor Dr. Rainer Ziegler, Managing Director of the BundesDekanekonferenz (Federal Deans‘ Conference, BDK), and Professor Dr. Wolfgang Renninger, Dean of the Faculty of Business Administration of the Technical University of Applied Science OTH Amberg-Weiden, FIBAA took part in the 92nd BundesDekaneKonferenz, from 18th to 20th of October 2017. The conference focused addressed digital curriculum development for business management degrees. A focus was on the challenges faced by higher education institutions (HEI) in the wake of the digitalization of business and society. It was intensively discussed how digitalization can be implemented in curricula and modules and which digital competencies must be developed and mediated in the sense of ensuring employability in business studies. Further topics were the curriculum development towards responsible management as well as the digital HEI and knowledge management.The conference took place at the Ostbayerische Technische Hochschule OTH in Amberg-Weiden.

FIBAA is a long-term partner of the German Federal Deans’ Conference for Business Studies, which assembles deans and professors of business administration and economics at HEIs. Participants include numerous partners, customers and experts of FIBAA, as well as renowned international and regional business representatives.

Picture: (l. to r.) Professor Dr. Rainer Ziegler (Managing Director of the Federal Deans‘ Conference  Dr. Elisabeth Kübler (Division Manager Markets & Acquisition and Expert Management at FIBAA), Professor Dr. Wolfgang Renninger (Dean of the Faculty of Management of OTH Amberg-Weiden)

 

 

Outstanding Quality: EBS University receives FIBAA Premium Seal

EBS President Professor Dr. Markus Ogorek (left) and Vice Dean Professor Dr. Matthias Weller (right) at the ceremonial handover of FIBAA´s Premium Seal by Professor Dr. Kerstin Fink. © EBS Universität

 

FIBAA awarded its Premium Seal to the law degree programmes "LL.B. Rechtswissenschaft "and "Rechtswissenschaftlichen Studiengangs zur Vorbereitung auf die Erste Prüfung" at the EBS Universität für Wirtschaft und Recht in Wiesbaden. The agency thus confirmed the excellent study and teaching quality of the bachelor programmes in a multi-stage accreditation procedure.

“EBS proved again that they offer excellent study programmes. All stakeholders have done a great job for many years," says Professor Dr. Kerstin Fink, FIBAA Chief Executive Officer. During a festive ceremonial act on the 11 October 2017 Professor Dr. Fink handed the FIBAA Premium seal personally over to the President of EBS University Professor Dr. Markus Ogorek, who states "I would like to thank all my colleagues who are doing an outstanding job and thus make the high quality of our study programmes at all possible. However, we will not rest on our success and steadily develop our teaching and learning concept."

In 2016 FIBAA awarded its Premium Seal to EBS´master´s programme "MSc Automotive Management". Up until 2023, also the two law degree programmes now hold the FIBAA Premium Seal. The EBS is one of only 14 German HEIs that carry this award.

Optimization of Quality Management in Central America - FIBAA informs Accreditation Agencies and Universities

The German Rectors´ Conference (HRK) invited Professor Dr. Kerstin Fink, CEO of FIBAA, as sole representative of a German agency to participate in the Regional Workshop of Central American Higher Education Quality Evaluation and Accreditation Bodies. The conference took place in Panama City from the 4th till the 6th of September 2017. Professor Dr. Fink delivered two highly praised lectures on "The German Experience of Collaboration with Foreign Quality and Certification Agencies" and "The Use of Qualifications Frameworks as a Reference for Higher Education Evaluation and Accreditation".

The presentations were attended by twelve regional accreditation agencies from Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama, representatives of the Consejo Superior Universitario Centroamericano (CSUCA), of the Panamanian Rector's Conference and representatives from all federal Panamanian Universities.

"It was exciting to see how concentrated all the participants were. I realized a great interest of the Central American University’s representatives in German and European quality management. This issue is a major challenge for the HEIs and the Central American accreditation systems, therefore, within the upcoming years there will be a lot of change in this field. I am delighted to support all Central American Universities in their endeavours, and share some of FIBAA´s longstanding expertise," says Professor Dr. Fink.

Beside Professor Dr. Fink (in picture, right), Maria Kelo (in picture, left), Director of the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA), and Elizabeth Colucci (in picture, middle) of the European Universities Association (EUA) attended the conference.

Already in March 2017, a delegation from Central America visited FIBAA in Bonn.

BDA: education 2030

At the beginning of July 2017, the Confederation of German Employers' Associations (BDA), member of the FIBAA Foundation Council, and the Stiftung der Deutschen Wirtschaft (sdw) hosted a conference on "Bildung 2030 im Blick". In their mission statement the BDA outlines a modern and future-oriented education system from the daycare center through school, training with vocational school, higher Education institutions to lifelong learning. Prof. Dr. Kerstin Fink, Managing Director of FIBAA, was invited to the conference, because FIBAA as quality assurance agency for HEIs makes an important contribution to this project. The conference focused on digitalization and demographic change. The question "What should our future look like and what do we have to do today?" was discussed with various representatives from different professional fields. Ingo Kramer, the president of the BDA and chairman of the sdw, is convinced: "Good education policy is not only the basis for economic success and social prosperity. It is also the most effective and sustainable social policy." FIBAA supports the BDA and sdw in their plans.

 

 

Recognition by EQAR

EQAR re-registered FIBAA for a further 5 years and expressed its confidence in the agency to continue its support for HEIs in Europe in the implementation of their quality strategies: "This shows once again that FIBAA is internationally recognized as a quality assurance agency. An important aspect of our work is our many years of experience and our extensive network of well-known experts, "says Prof. Dr. Kerstin Fink, FIBAA Managing Director.

 

 

APQN-Conference Moscow: New strong partners in Russia and Kazakhstan

In May 2017, Prof. Dr. Kerstin Fink, Managing Director of FIBAA, and Jana Bekker, Special Representative for International Relations, attended the annual international conference of the Asia-Pacific Quality Network (APQN) in Moscow. The conference, titled "New Horizons: Dissolving Boundaries for a Quality Region," attracted a total of 114 participants from 27 countries.

 

 

 

FIBAA, represented the European view on international quality assurance. Therefore, Professor Kerstin Fink, informed in her lecture "Accreditation of Joint Study Programs: from Obstacles to Solutions", about recent developments in the quality assurance of joint courses in the European Higher Education Sector. "Many questions and a lively discussion afterwards show me that there is great interest not only in this topic, but also in further exchange with our agency. This is a good basis for further cooperation and joint projects with representatives of this important region, "says Professor Kerstin Fink. The conference also provided the opportunity to meet with FIBAA's partner agencies IAAR (Kazakhstan), AKKORK (Russia) and NCPA (Russia). They supported this year's APQN conference in Moscow, which was organized at the highest level. Also new strong partners were gained.

 

 

Professor Kerstin Fink signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the internationally recognized certification company "Russian Register". "We are very pleased with the numerous active discussions with our existing, new and potential partners. Our cooperation and the related exchange of expertise is advantageous for our agency, HEIs in both our countries as well as the supraregional networking of Asia and Europe in the field of education quality, " says Jana Bekker and Professor Kerstin Fink.

ENQA: Quality assurance mandate

FIBAA has received renewal of its ENQA membership for another five years. "ENQA's renewal of of our membership is both a praise for our work as a quality assurance agency and a mandate to continue to secure and improve the quality standards of HEIs in Europe," says Prof. Dr. Kerstin Fink, Managing Director of FIBAA.

Visit from Lebanon - MoU signed

In May 2017 the president of the Lebanese Beirut Arab University (BAU) Prof. Dr. Amr Galal El-Adawi together with Prof. Dr. Ibithal El-Bastawissi, Faculty of Archictural Engineering Dean, Dr. Omar I. Houri, Secretary General, Prof. Mohamed Saad Raslan, Professor of Structural Engineering Dean for Academic Development and Quality visited FIBAA in BonnAlready during your visit to Lebanon at the beginning of the year on the occasion of the successful and outstanding accreditation of programmes of the Faculty of Law, Prof. Dr. Kerstin Fink, Managing Director of FIBAA, spoke about possible co-operation. These were now manifested in a Memorandum of Understanding.

In the future, FIBAA and BAU want to support each other in the Middle East and North Africa region.Lars Weber, Division Manager International, and Professor Fink are confident: "Now for FIBAA as well as for BAU a very exciting time starts. First, we are planning a joint workshop and an international conference in Beirut. The main topic of the events will be Critical Thinking with regard to Quality Assurance from the perspective of different stakeholders. I am looking forward to work more closely together, and I am sure that both FIBAA and BAU will benefit from the cooperation."

Press report of the Beirut Arab University

 

 

Successful re-registration of FIBAA in Kazakhstan

In its meeting on February 15th 2017, the Republican Accreditation Council of the Republic of Kazakhstan has again recognized FIBAA as an accreditation body in Kazakhstan. This was also confirmed by the Decree of the Ministry of Education and Science № 112 of March, 14th 2017. FIBAA is thus registered in Register 1 of the recognized accreditation agencies for another period of five years. Jana Bekker, FIBAA Special Representative: "Of course, we very much welcome this decision. FIBAA has been working successfully with higher education institutions in Kazakhstan for already five years. We are currently in charge of several accreditation procedures in Kazakhstan, and we are looking forward to supporting the HEIs in the Republic in quality assurance and quality development also in the future. I would like to thank all of my colleagues, who have accompanied the registration procedure." The managing director of FIBAA Prof. Dr. Kerstin Fink is very pleased about the re-accreditation in Kazakhstan as well as about a successful cooperation with the HEIs in the republic.

Bienvenidos a la FIBAA – HEI representatives from Central America visit Bonn

A delegation from Central America visited FIBAA in Bonn on 28th of March 2017. The HEI representatives came to Germany at the invitation of the HRK as part of the Central American  HICA programme. In addition to their visit at FIBAA, they also attended the Wissenschaftszentrum Bonn and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

In all, 29 HEI representatives from six different countries exchanged views on the various accreditation processes in an open atmosphere. Prof. Dr. Kerstin Fink, Managing Director of FIBAA, presented the German accreditation procedure, which attracted a lot of interest from the visitors. The HEI representatives noted many differences, such as the topic of financing. They had a lively discussion and the various systems were compared. All representatives agreed, however, that accreditation or quality audits of universities and study courses should be introduced as standard in their countries. Estefanía Guzmán, Project Manager at FIBAA; because of her Colombian heritage, supervised the guests. She summarized: "It was a very nice day with stimulating discussions, where the Latin and the German culture came closer!"

Prof. Dr. Kerstin Fink visits Lebanon — successfull Accreditation of three programmes

The Faculty of Law and Political Science of the Beirut Arab University (BAU), Lebanon, celebrated the recognition of the International Accreditation for its courses of BA, MA and PhD by the FIBAA. On the occasion of the handing over of certificates by the managing director of FIBAA, Prof. Dr. Fink, the HEI organized a ceremony dinner under the patronage of the President of the Council of Ministers H.E. Saad Hariri. Many prominent figures such as the Great Mufti of Lebanon Sheikh Abdul-Latif Derian, former Prime Ministers of the Republic, Ambassadors of the US, Algeria, Yemen, Iraq, Tunisia and Morocco as well as representatives of the Ambassadors of Indonesia and Palestine, were also invited.

 

 

 

All programmes were accredited without conditions. In her speech, Prof. Dr. Fink emphasized the high quality of the programmes. The FIBAA experts praised the international orientation of the courses, as well as qualified and dedicated teaching staff of the programmes, of which many have an international background . Prof. Dr. Fink also visited the Campus in Beirut as well as BAU Debbieh. Both buildings are at the forefront of technology and very modern. Top conditions for students and teachers. Another highlight is the new building of the HEI, with its spectacular auditorium. "I really appreciate the fact that FIBAA got this opportunity. The positive result of our evaluation has confirmed that the efforts of Beirut Arab University to meet European and international standards are remarkable, " stated Prof. Dr. Fink during her stay.

In order to gain an overall impression, Prof. Dr. Fink also visited the Director-General for Higher Education at the Ministry of Education, Prof. Ahmad Al-Jammal. He is very involved in the further development of the HEI sector in Lebanon and, therefore, anticipates the importance of accreditations in the future. Already in 2015 FIBAA successfully carried out programme accreditations at BAU. The President of the HEI appreciates FIBAA as an agency. He is convinced that accreditations are essential for the HEI´s international recognition, therefore, he is very interested in expanding the cooperation between FIBAA, BAU, the Middle East and North Africa.

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