Statement from the Kosovo Accreditation Agency concerning the Prime Minister’s request to dismiss the KAA’s Board members and its Acting Director

Today, we have been informed through online media about the Prime Minister’s request addressed to the Minister of Education, Science and Technology to dismiss eight (8) members (6 local and 2 internationals) of the State Quality Council (SQC) of the Kosovo Accreditation Agency (KAA) and the Acting Director of the Agency.

Aiming at claryfing the public opinion, we would like to inform the public that KAA did not have any official communication with the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, nor with the Office of Prime Minister of Republic of Kosovo concerning the initiation of procedures to dismiss the SQC Board members and the Acting Director of the Agency. KAA and its Board members have been informed about this request only through electronic media.

Secondly, KAA wishes to confirm that there have been no irregularities during the accreditation process, even less any judicial proceedings in any case for none of the current members of the SCQ nor for the Acting Director of the KAA. KAA has fully implemented the legal framework foreseen for the accreditation process. KAA’s commitment for quality assurance in higher education has been highly recognized by the European Commission stated in their Progress Report of 2016. The professionalism and performance of the KAA towards the enforcement of legality and the international standards in quality assurance has been largely supported from the public opinion, civil society and other relevant institutions.

Thirdly, KAA wishes to inform you that the appointment of the SCQ members has been done in accordance with the Law on Higher Education which specifies that the nomination is to be made among individuals with high academic, professional and ethical credentials. Moreover, the SCQ consists of international experts of higher education who have historically been supported by the US Embassy, Austrian Embassy and the British Council. All SCQ members enjoy high academic, scientific, professional and ethical respect and reputation in the community.

Finally, KAA wishes to inform the public that we are awaiting for the official decision to be issued by the Minister of Education, however we express the concern that such a request to dismiss all 8 members of SCQ (6 local and 2 international members) is a pure interference on the independence of KAA which is guaranteed by the legal framework, and is accepted from the European Organisations for quality assurance in higher education, respectively from ENQA and EQAR, full member of which is KAA.

 

 

 

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