Macedonian versus EU Standards for Quality Assurance in Higher Education

Malenkovska Todorova, Marija and Petrova-Popovski, Natasha and Hristoski, Ilija (2019) Macedonian versus EU Standards for Quality Assurance in Higher Education. Proceedings of the 15th International Conference "Standardiyation, Protypes and Quality: A Means of Balkan Countries’ Collaboration". pp. 633-638.

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Macedonian national standards for quality assurance of higher education are mainly based on the standards and guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area, adopted by the EU ministers responsible for higher education, in 2005. The mentioned document was prepared by the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA) in cooperation with the European Students’ Union (ESU), the European Association of Institutions in Higher Education (EURASHE) and the European University Association (EUA). Consequently, the Macedonian standards comply with EU standards, as North Macedonia has been a candidate for future membership in the European Union since 2005. However, these should not, under any circumstances, be fully prescribed and implemented, due to the national characteristics, specific higher education system, historical background, and different future perspectives. The paper focuses on the analysis of the Macedonian standards for quality assurance of higher education, and their comparison to corresponding EU standards vis-à-vis their level of compliance or difference. The scientific method, the analysis, is based on a comparative analysis. The main goal of the research is to identify and point out those already adopted national standards that are not applicable, the ones that the practice proved to be correct, the ones that should be revised and the ones that should be adjusted. As such, the paper aims to contribute towards the promotion of common standards and prototypes for Balkan countries through exchanging experience and knowledge by benefiting from the EU standards, as the best way to improve their cooperation and harmonization in the area of higher education, both on a local and international level.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Scientific Fields (Frascati) > Social Sciences > Educational sciences
Scientific Fields (Frascati) > Social Sciences > Other social sciences
Divisions: Faculty of Economics
Faculty of Technical Sciences
Depositing User: Mr Dimitar Risteski
Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2023 09:46
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2023 09:46

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