EU Office in Kosovo: We regret hearing the Kosovo Accreditation Agency (KAA) has failed to renew membership in ENQA

EU Office in Kosovo: We regret hearing the Kosovo Accreditation Agency (KAA) has failed to renew membership in ENQA

The EU Office in Kosovo has reacted after the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA) has excluded the Kosovo Accreditation Agency.

In a press release on Thursday the EU Office says they regret to hear that the Kosovo Accreditation Agency (KAA) has failed in its attempt to renew its membership of the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA).

Being a member of this organisation was not only a major achievement for Kosovo’s institutions, but also very important to facilitate mobility for Kosovo’s students and qualified youth. The discontinuation of membership is a major setback and a direct consequence of unsound policies of the past, such as the government decision of September 2017 to dismiss the entire Agency Board without needed justification.

“The ENQA has listed factors that led to their decision. It is disappointing to see that most of them could be addressed with the Government political will to provide the Agency and its board with the needed resources”, it is stated in the press release issued by the EU Office attributed to the Head of the Office, Nataliya Apostolova.

“The upcoming government needs to immediately address all the issues together with the KAA and ensure that in two years’ time, when Kosovo will again have the right to apply for membership, Kosovo will successfully regain its place both in the European institutions for quality in higher education. Most importantly, the new government should not repeat the mistakes of the past. “We encourage the Board of the KAA to address the ENQA recommendations and continue their efforts to ensure quality in higher education institutions. The European Union will always stand ready to support this process”./ibna