Quality assurance of higher education in the South Caucasus

Gibbs, Paul ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9773-3977, Tavadze, Giorgi and Grdzelidze, Irma (2023) Quality assurance of higher education in the South Caucasus. Quality in Higher Education, 29 (1) . pp. 1-5. ISSN 1353-8322 [Article] (doi:10.1080/13538322.2022.2100598)

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This issue offers insights into how the south Caucasus countries of Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia as different sovereign nations with their distinctive cultures and ideologies share a geo-political commonality of recent Soviet occupation with 20% of Georgia territory under occupation. They share a desire to develop, modernise and operate an effective higher education system which, through creativity, ingenuity and imagination supports their educational, cultural and economic ambitions. To that end they all joined the Bologna Process at the Bergen Ministerial Conference in 2005 and have undertaken reforms of their post-colonial futures, intended to improve the quality of higher education within their country and provide opportunities for students and academics’ mobility, improvement in teaching and learning régimes, the creation of quality assurance instruments that provide direction and focus to internal and external quality assessments and accreditation and have begun to focus on their research infrastructures. As members of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA), each country has had to address its own higher education sector in order to formally comply with the agreement necessities, which critically required independent quality assurance bodies that had responsibility for programme or institutional accreditation. The consequences for each are different and details of how each has responded cannot be fully covered in this selection of papers in this special issue. What has been achieved, is a representation of responses that shine a light on the way the South Caucasus has answered the requirements for EHEA membership. It acts as a catalyst to discussion on the future direction of higher education in the region, including the furthering of large-scale alteration of national systems to include private institutions alongside nation-supported academies.

Item Type: Article
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Research Areas: A. > Centre for Education Research and Scholarship (CERS)
Item ID: 37337
Notes on copyright: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Quality in Higher Education on 30 Jan 2023, available at: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/13538322.2022.2100598
Depositing User: Paul Gibbs
Date Deposited: 31 Jan 2023 14:57
Last Modified: 12 May 2023 12:34
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/37337

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