Roundtable – how to make information on the quality of higher education institutions in the city of Zagreb closer to citizens

As part of the “QUALITYWATCH: Croatian Higher Education Quality Watchdog” project, funded by the European Union under the IPA Program, the third and last round  table was organized in Zagreb.

The main objective of the project was to increase the visibility of policies regarding the quality assurance of higher education institutions and their transparency. The project leader, the Institute for Educational Development (IDE), has provided recommendations for progress in the area of ​​quality assurance, and has made a step towards greater transparency of higher education institutions.

The topics presented on the round table in the House of Rights are as follows:

  • The project “QUALITYWATCH: Croatian Higher Education Quality Watchdog “
  • Results of the research on transparency of the quality assurance of higher education institutions in the City of Zagreb
  • Examples of good practice of communicating information on the quality of higher education institutions with the interested public-
  • Feasibility study for launching of a national base for quality assurance and improvement in higher education
  • Recommendation for improving the transparency of the quality assurance system.

Strengthening the culture of quality

“We have to join forces to work on quality culture,” said Ria Bilić, head of IDE’s higher education policy development team,  referencing the score of 3.66 (out of 5) as a result of the research on transparency of the quality of higher education institutions in the City of Zagreb.

Quality culture implies, above all, accountability and information, but it is necessary to simplify data for all interested individuals, especially for pupils, students and parents. Quality culture can be improved by involving a large number of stakeholders in public dialogue and motivating students, teaching staff and other stakeholders. 

Many higher education institutions have an extremely low level of transparency, but there are also examples of good practice of communicating information on the quality of higher education. Such examples are the Faculty of Chemical Engineering and Technology and the Croatian Studies.

Without the motivation of students and professors we can’t achieve anything

“For the success of this process it is necessary to understand that this system is a living organism and that it consists of professors and students who must be motivated to participate in the process of quality assurance,” said doc.dr.sc. Marinko Šišak, Commissioner for Quality Assurance at Croatian Studies.

National Quality Assurance Database

One of the most important recommendations made by this project is the establishment of a centralized national database on the quality assurance of all higher education institutions, which would enable pupils, students, parents and all other interested individuals to compare higher education institutions and different study programs. “Such systematization would contribute to the quality of information about each study program,” said Ninoslav Šćukanec, Executive Director of the Institute for the Development of Education, explaining the importance of the National Base as one of the tools in making higher education choices.

You can acccess the PHOTOGALLERY from the event here: http://www.ipa-qualitywatch.eu/eng/photos-roundtables-on-the-transparency-of-quality-assurance-in-higher-education-in-split-osijek-and-zagreb/125