Last week we had the pleasure of participating in a workshop “Dialogue on national policy and development of institutional Quality Assurance system“, within the framework of the Project for the Enhancement of Quality Assurance in the Higher Education System in Moldova (QFORTE). The main area of focus of this project is the assurance of the quality of education in Europe.

It was a hybrid event, which was attended both online and in-person, at the State University of Moldova. During the workshop I delivered a talk about the Quality Assurance System in Spain.

The QFORTE project seeks to ensure that the views of the university sector are considered in nationwide political discussions on internal and external quality assurance. It will also support its members in developing internal quality systems and will promote institutional quality cultures.

The following topics were discussed during the workshop:

  • Good practices in institutional accreditation in EHEA.
  • The current methodology and guidelines for external institutional evaluation.
  • Discussion and recommendations for improving the education code and institutional accreditation of QA.

This initiative is funded with the support of the European Commission within the Erasmus + program in which we participate together with the University of Montpellier, FRANCE (UM) -UM, University of Leipzig, GERMANY (DE) – ULEI, European Policy Research and Development Institute, Maribor, SLOVENIA (EPDRI), the Central and Eastern European Network of Higher Education Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (CEENQA),Moldova State University (USM) – coordinator, Academy of Economic Studies of Moldova (ASEM), State University of Balti (USARB), State University of Cahul (USC), Comrat State University (KDU) ,Academy of Music, Theatre and Fine Arts (AMTAP), University of European Political and Economic Studies (USPEE), National Agency for Quality Assurance in Education and Research (ANACEC), Ministry of Education, Culture and Research of the Republic of Moldova (MECRRM).

Posted by Juan M. Corchado

Juan Manuel Corchado (15 May 1971, Salamanca, Spain) is Professor at the University of Salamanca. He has been Vice-Rector for Research from 2013 to 2017 and Director of the Science Park of the University of Salamanca. Elected as Dean of the Faculty of Science twice, he holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Salamanca and a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the University of the West of Scotland. He leads the renowned BISITE (Bioinformatics, Intelligent Systems and Educational Technology) Research Group, created in 2000. Director of the IoT Digital Innovation Hub and President of the AIR Institute, J. M. Corchado is also Visiting Professor at the Osaka Institute of Technology since January 2015, Visiting Professor at the Universiti Malaysia Kelantan and Member of the Advisory Group on Online Terrorist Propaganda of the European Counter Terrorism Centre (EUROPOL). J. M. Corchado has been president of the IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society, and academic coordinator of the University Institute for Research in Art and Animation Technology at the University of Salamanca, as well as researcher at the Universities of Paisley (UK), Vigo (Spain) and the Plymouth Marine Laboratory (UK). He currently combines all his activity with the direction of Master programmes in Security, Digital Animation, Mobile Telephony, Information Systems Management, Internet of Things, Social Media, 3D Design and Printing, Blockchain, Z System, Industry 4.0, Agile Project Management, and Smart Cities & Intelligent Buildings, at the University of Salamanca and his work as editor-in-chief of the journals ADCAIJ (Advances in Distributed Computing and Artificial Intelligence Journal), OJCST (Oriental Journal of Computer Science and Technology) or Electronics MDPI (Computer Science & Engineering section). J. M. Corchado mainly works on projects related to Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Blockchain, IoT, Fog Computing, Edge Computing, Smart Cities, Smart Grids and Sentiment Analysis. He has recently been included in the board of trustees of the AstraZeneca Foundation, along with other health professionals and researchers recognised for bringing scientific knowledge closer to society.