DECEMBER 19, 2019, ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION OF THE ECAQA ACCREDITATION EXPERTS

ECAQA held a roundtable discussion on the subject of “External peer review: guidelines, challenges and solutions”. The meeting was aimed at discussing performance of the external evaluation commissions in 2019 and defining problems in accreditation experts' activities. At the end of the discussion, the participants proposed ways to improve the expert work in accreditation.

The roundtable meeting was attended by 18 ECAQA experts from 12 medical education and health care organizations of Almaty.

In the future, similar events are planned for experts from other regions of Kazakhstan.



SEMINAR FOR REPRESENTATIVES OF HIGHER MEDICAL COLLEGES AND MEDICAL COLLEGES OF THE REPUBLIC OF KAZAKHSTAN AS PART OF PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT IN NURSING CONTINUING EDUCATION PROGRAMMES

On December 4, 2019, the Eurasian Centre for Accreditation and Quality Assurance in Higher Education and Health Care (ECAQA) held a seminar for 15 medical colleges’ employees responsible for conducting continuing education. The seminar was conducted in connection with the action plan implementation of the Memorandum of Cooperation with the “Union of Medical Colleges of Kazakhstan” and was hosted by the Republican Higher Medical College (Almaty).

The seminar programme included challenges and opportunities of nursing education, issues of accreditation and quality assurance of nursing education, standards for accreditation of continuing education programmes, distance technologies in the organization of training for nurses.

This was the third ECAQA event dedicated to the expert training on nursing education accreditation in Kazakhstan.








APQR PEER REVIEW OF THE EURASIAN СENTRE FOR ACCREDITATION AND QUALITY ASSURANCE IN HIGHER EDUCATION AND HEALTH CARE (KAZAKHSTAN)

On November 1-2, 2019, the APQR review panel visited The Eurasian Centre for Accreditation and Quality Assurance in Higher Education and Health Care (ECAQA) in Almaty, Kazakhstan, to review the ECAQA for compliance with the APQN Membership Criteria and Chiba Principles and consider inclusion of the ECAQA in the Asia-Pacific Quality Register (APQR).

In this regard, the ECAQA had submitted the Self-Evaluation Report (SER) and supporting documents to The Asia-Pacific Quality Register Council (APQRC). The SER provides information on the ECAQA mission and objectives, organisational structure, operations carried out during the period from 2017 to 2019, regulations, accreditation standards and procedures, national and international collaboration.

The APQR review panel included the following experts:

  • Prof/Dr. Jianxin Zhang (Chair & Facilitator): APQN President, Chief Expert of Yunnan Higher Education Evaluation Centre (YHEEC) and tenured professor of Yunnan University, Kunming, China;
  • Vd. Jayant Deopujari (Co-chair), President of the Central Council of Indian Medicine (CCIM), Ministry of AYUSH, RAV Guru India;
  • Prof. Rie Mori, Professor of the National Institute for Academic Degrees and Quality Enhancement of Higher Education (NIAD-QE), Tokyo, Japan.

The peer review started with the first private meeting of the review panel upon arrival in Almaty on October 31, 2019.

On November 1, 2019, the second day of the APQR site visit proceeded at the ECAQA office where the participants were introduced. Following the introduction, the ECAQA Director General Saule Sarsenbayeva presented the operation of the quality assurance agency and the ECAQA Self-Evaluation Report. The meeting continued with questions and answers session which involved ECAQA leaders and staff.

During the second day of the APQR review, the experts conducted a meeting with a member of the Association "Kazakhstan Medical Council", visited the institutions accredited by the ECAQA – the Kazakh Medical University of Continuing Education and the Kazakh-Russian Medical University. Later that day a focus-group with selected external reviewers, a meeting with members of the Accreditation Council, and a meeting with representatives of professional associations-partners of the ECAQA were organised. During the peer review the ECAQA confirmed and demonstrated that its operation was based on the fundamental principles of the WHO and WFME, Guidelines for accreditation of medical education as well as the Standards and guidelines for quality assurance in the European Higher Education Area (ESG 2015).

On November 2, 2019, the third day of the peer review included presentation of the ECAQA website (www.ecaqa.org), Skype-meeting with the Chair of the ECAQA Accreditation Council, observation of the SER attachments and ECAQA documentation, a focus-group with Internal QA Unit Members, meeting with the WHO Executive Board Member, member of the ECAQA Accreditation Council.

The third private meeting of the review panel was followed by briefing and wrap-up meeting where the APQR international experts provided recommendations on improving the ECAQA operation and recommendations for the APQRC to include the ECAQA in the APQR as an organisation corresponding to the Chiba Principles. During the site visit and when examining the ECAQA SER, the APQR review panel received evidence of the professional qualification of ECAQA employees in quality assurance and accreditation.



MEETING OF THE ACCREDITATION COUNCIL OF THE EURASIAN CENTRE FOR ACCREDITATION AND QUALITY ASSURANCE IN HIGHER EDUCATION AND HEALTH CARE (ECAQA)

On October 4, 2019, the 8th regular meeting of the ECAQA Accreditation Council was held in Almaty. The ECAQA Accreditation Council members after reviewing self-evaluation reports, examining the reports of external evaluation commissions based on the external evaluation of organizations under review, and analyzing the compliance of institutional operation with Accreditation Standards adopted collegial decision:

1. To assign the status of an institutionally accredited organization that implements continuing education programmes in health care to The Republican State Enterprise with the Right of Economic Jurisdiction “Scientific Production Center of Transfusiology” of the Ministry of Healthcare of the Republic of Kazakhstan for a period of 5 years followed by annual post-accreditation monitoring;

Contract No.21 dated 03.07.2019

2. To assign the status of an institutionally accredited organization that implements continuing education programmes in health care to the RSE on the REM “Republican Center for Healthcare Development” of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Kazakhstan for a period of 5 years followed by annual post-accreditation monitoring;

Contract No.220 dated 03.07.2019

3. To assign the status of an institutionally accredited organization that implements continuing education programmes in health care to The National Research Oncology Center LLP of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Kazakhstan for a period of 5 years followed by annual post-accreditation monitoring;

Contract No.27 dated 17.06.2019

4. To assign the status of an institutionally accredited organization that implements continuing education programmes in health care to The Individual Company Training and Education Center “Innovation” for a period of 5 years followed by annual post-accreditation monitoring;

Contract No.26 dated 10.06.2019

At the meeting of the Accreditation Council, the Self-Evaluation Report of the Eurasian Centre for Accreditation and Quality Assurance in Higher Education and Health Care on the criteria for recognition and inclusion of the ECAQA in the Asia-Pacific Quality Register (APQR) was reviewed and approved; the schedule of the visit of the APQR foreign experts to the ECAQA was discussed and approved; the APQR visit will be held on November 1-2, 2019 in Almaty.



MEETING OF THE ACCREDITATION COUNCIL OF THE EURASIAN CENTRE FOR ACCREDITATION AND QUALITY ASSURANCE IN HIGHER EDUCATION AND HEALTH CARE (ECAQA)

On September 13, 2019, the 7th meeting of the ECAQA Accreditation Council which was held in Almaty made a joint decision to assign:

1. The status of an institutionally accredited organization that implements continuing education programmes in health care to the Russian-Kazakhstan medical Institute LLP for a period of 5 years;

Contract No.5 dated 04.04.2019 for institutional accreditation.

2. The status of an institutionally accredited organization that implements continuing education programmes in health care to the Center of Retraining and Advanced Training Nazar LLP (Pavlodar) for a period of 5 years;

Contract No.23 dated 18.02.2019 for institutional accreditation.



MEETING OF THE ACCREDITATION COUNCIL OF THE EURASIAN CENTRE FOR ACCREDITATION AND QUALITY ASSURANCE IN HIGHER EDUCATION AND HEALTH CARE (ECAQA)

On July 26, 2019, a meeting of the ECAQA Accreditation Council, which was held in Almaty, made a joint decision to assign:

1. The status of an institutionally accredited organization that implements continuing education programmes in health care to the National Scientific Center of Phthisiopulmonology of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Kazakhstan for a period of 5 years;

Agreement dated 18.01.2019

2. The status of an institutionally accredited organization of continuing education in health care to the Training Center of Continuing Education "Sapa-Bilim" LLP (Taraz) for a period of 5 years;

Agreement dated 31.01.2019

3. The status of an institutionally accredited organization that implements continuing education programmes in health care to the RSE on REM “National Center of Public Health” of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Kazakhstan for a period of 5 years;

Agreement dated 11.02.2019

4. The status of an institutionally accredited organization of continuing education in health care to the RSE on REM “Kazakh Scientific Centre for Quarantine & Zoonotic Diseases” of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Kazakhstan for a period of 5 years;

5. The status of an institutionally accredited organization that implements continuing education programmes in health care to the Medical Center of Continuing Education "Medicin Ali" LLP (Karaganda) for a period of 5 years;

Agreement dated 12.02.2019

6. The status of an institutionally accredited organization that implements continuing education programmes in health care to the RSE on REM "Republican Scientific and Practical Center of Mental Health" of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Kazakhstan for a period of 5 years;

Agreement dated 04.04.2019

7. At the meeting of the Accreditation Council, the Performance Report of the Eurasian Centre for Accreditation and Quality Assurance in Higher Education and Health Care for the period from September 2018 to July 2019 was reviewed.



MEETING OF THE ACCREDITATION COUNCIL OF THE EURASIAN СENTRE FOR ACCREDITATION AND QUALITY ASSURANCE IN HIGHER EDUCATION AND HEALTH CARE (ECAQA)

The meeting of the ECAQA Accreditation Council, held on May 24, 2019, adopted a joint decision:

  • to accredit the Master's Degree programmes in "Medicine" and "Public Health" of the non-state educational institution “Kazakh-Russian Medical University” for a period of 5 years;
  • to assign the status of an institutionally accredited organisation of continuing education in health care to the LLP "Medical Academy of Postgraduate Education" for a period of 5 years;
  • to assign the status of an institutionally accredited organisation of continuing education in health care to the International Education Centre “YES” for a period of 5 years;
  • to assign the status of an institutionally accredited organisation that implements programmes of continuing education in health care to the Republican State Enterprise on the Right of Economic Use "The Medical Centre Hospital of the President’s Affairs Administration of the Republic of Kazakhstan" for a period of 5 years;
  • to assign the status of an institutionally accredited organisation of continuing education in health care to the Establishment of the Educational, Scientific and Production Complex "Kazakhstan Medical Institute for Continuing Education "Parasat" for a period of 5 years;
  • to assign the status of an institutionally accredited medical education organisation to the JSC "Kazakh Medical University of Continuing Education" for a period of 5 years;
  • to accredit the Master's Degree programme in "Nursing" of the JSC " Kazakh Medical University of Continuing Education" for a period of 5 years;
  • to assign the status of an institutionally accredited organisation of continuing education in health care to the LLP “Institute of Continuing Education PROFESSIONAL” for a period of 5 years.


MEETING OF THE ACCREDITATION COUNCIL OF THE EURASIAN СENTRE FOR ACCREDITATION AND QUALITY ASSURANCE IN HIGHER EDUCATION AND HEALTH CARE (ECAQA)

The meeting of the ECAQA Accreditation Council, held on April 12, 2019, adopted a joint decision:

  • to assign the status of an institutionally accredited organisation of continuing education in health care to “International Progressive Academy” LLP for a period of 5 years;
  • to assign the status of an institutionally accredited medical education organisation to the Municipal State Enterprise on the Right of Economic Management “Higher Medical College” of the Public Health Office of Almaty for a period of 5 years;
  • to accredit the educational programmes of the Municipal State Enterprise on the Right of Economic Management “Higher Medical College” of the Public Health Office of Almaty in “Nursing”, “General Medicine”, “Pharmacy”, “Laboratory Diagnostics” for a period of 5 years.


MEETING OF THE ECAQA ACCREDITATION COUNCIL

The meeting of the ECAQA Accreditation Council, held on February 28, 2019, adopted a decision to accredit the following:

  • The Bachelor’s Degree Programme and Internship in "General Medicine" of KazMUCE JSC for a period of 5 (five) years;
  • The Bachelor’s Degree Programme and Internship in “Dentistry” of KazMUCE JSC for a period of 5 (five) years;
  • The Bachelor’s Degree Programme in “Public Health” of KazMUCE JSC for a period of 5 (five) years;
  • The Bachelor’s Degree Programme in “Pharmacy” of KazMUCE JSC for a period of 5 (five) years;
  • The Educational Clinical Center (ECC) "Astana" LLP as an organization of continuing education for a period of 5 (five) years;
  • The IE “INSPECTION” as a continuing education organization for a period of 5 (five) years;


MEETING OF THE ECAQA ACCREDITATION COUNCIL

The meeting of the ECAQA Accreditation Council, held on January 30, 2019, adopted a joint decision to accredit the following:

    • International Institute of Postgraduate Education (IIPE) LLP as a continuing education organization for a period of 5 (five) years;
    • The educational programme of continuing education on “Obstetrics and Gynecology” of the International Institute of Postgraduate Education LLP for a period of 5 (five) years;
    • The educational programme of continuing education on “Anesthesiology and Intensive Care” of the International Institute of Postgraduate Education LLP for a period of 5 (five) years.






MEETING OF THE ECAQA ACCREDITATION COUNCIL

The meeting of the ECAQA Accreditation Council, held on November 9, 2019, adopted a joint decision on institutional accreditation of the Corporate Fund "University Medical Center" of Nazarbayev University for a period of 5 years.












The Seminar "Modernization and Quality Assurance of Nursing Education in the Republic of Kazakhstan"

On January 26, 2019, in the framework of the Memorandum of Cooperation with the Union of Medical Colleges of Kazakhstan on the basis of the Republican Higher Medical College, the ECAQA held a seminar on “Modernization and Quality Assurance of Nursing Education in the Republic of Kazakhstan”.

The seminar is the second stage of training of experts in accreditation and quality assurance of nursing education. The participants were 49 educators and staff of medical colleges, Higher Medical Colleges of the Republic of Kazakhstan.












SEMINAR OF THE SENIOR ADVISER TO WFME AND AFMC PRESIDENT GENEVIÈVE MOINEAU ON "ACCREDITATION OF MEDICAL EDUCATION: INTERNATIONAL AND NATIONAL CONTEXTS AND PERSPECTIVES"

On 5-6 October 2018, an international seminar “Accreditation of medical education: international and national contexts and perspectives” was held at the National Research Center for Maternal and Child Health (Astana) with the participation of 30 clinical teachers and employees of 17 medical education organizations which provide training to interns and residents (medical universities, HEIs, research centers and institutes). The seminar was organized by the Eurasian Сentre for Accreditation and Quality Assurance in Higher Education and Health сare (ECAQA) within the framework of the ECAQA Strategic Plan for 2017-2020 and collaboration with the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME). The Speaker of the seminar was Geneviève Moineau who is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada (FRCPC), President and CEO of the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC), Senior Advisor of the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME).

During the 2-day seminar, the participants were familiarized with the experience of accreditation of medical education in Canada, the role of AFMC in quality assurance of training of doctors; a lot of attention was paid to the International Standards of Accreditation of Basic Medical Education and Postgraduate Medical Education developed by the WFME, as well as to the role and involvement of students in the accreditation process. One of the relevant topics of the seminar was the experience of accreditation of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and Continuing Medical Education (CME) in Canada and discussion of the WFME Global Standards for Quality Improvement of Continuing Professional Development of Medical Doctors. In process of training, Dr Geneviève Moineau carried out practical group work on the analysis of the ECAQA Accreditation Standards for different levels of education (basic, postgraduate and CME), the group works covered the following issues: which of the basic standards is the most difficult to interpret and why; what are the opportunities of CME/CPD Accreditation in Kazakhstan; how to address the barriers to CME/CPD Accreditation. Following of the end of the seminar, the participants were awarded expert certificates on accreditation of medical education.



On 21-22 September 2018, the International Seminar on Quality Assurance in Nursing Education was held at the Higher Medical College of the Health Department of Almaty with the participation of 31 delegates from 20 medical education organizations (medical colleges, higher medical colleges, medical universities, HEIs) of the Republic of Kazakhstan. The seminar was organized by the Eurasian Сentre for Accreditation and Quality Assurance in Higher Education and Health сare in the framework of the Plan for the implementation of the goals and objectives of the Memorandum of Cooperation with the JAMK University of Applied Sciences (Finland), which is the partner of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Kazakhstan in the program of modernization of nursing education in Kazakhstan. The Speaker of the seminar was Johanna Heikkilä who is the Senior Advisor to the President of the JAMK University of Applied Sciences, the Project Manager of the “Modernization of Nursing Education”, the Coordinator and Scientific Supervisor of the CBHE (“Capacity Building in the Field of Higher Education”) for the ProInCa project (“Promoting the innovative potential of higher education in the field of nursing”).

The 2-day seminar covered the International Requirements for Nursing Education (EQF, EU 55/2013, WHO2020, Tuning, Bologna), Quality Assurance in educational institutions (ENQA standards, WHO 2009, student engagement), Support of the World Bank project and the ProInCa Erasmus + CBHA project in the development of nursing in Kazakhstan, the assessment process and the criteria for the transformation of higher medical schools, data on the introduction of a new competency-based learning approach to training in nursing. The participants were also provided with examples of self-assessment of educational institutions in the framework of accreditation in Finland and stages of expert work.

The criteria and accreditation procedure in nursing education developed by the ECAQA were delivered by the ECAQA Director-General Saule Sarsenbayeva.




The Eurasian Centre for Accreditation and Quality Assurance in Higher Education and Health Care (ECAQA) will hold a training workshop on "Accreditation of Medical Education: International and National Context and Prospects" on 5-6 October 2018 in Astana for the ECAQA experts, staff of universities and scientific centers. The speaker of the workshop is Prof. Geneviève Moineau, President and CEO of the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC), Senior Adviser of the World Federation for Medical Education, Member of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

The workshop venue: the National Research Center for Maternal and Child Health of the Corporate Fund “University Medical Center” of Nazarbayev University (the conference hall, 32 Turan ave., Astana).



The ECAQA participated in the Asia-Pacific Quality Network (APQN) Annual Conference on “Capacity Building for Next-Generation Quality Assurance in Higher Education” that was held in Nagpur, India on March 22- 25, 2018.

The event was hosted by the Shri Shivaji Education Society Amravati’s Science College and Dhanwate National College. https://www.apqn.org/

The 2018 APQN Annual Conference brought together external quality assurance agencies and academics and was devoted to discussing the key issues of quality assurance in higher education in countries of the Asia-Pacific Region.

2018 APQN Academic Conference (AAC) sessions and workshops focused on discussion the Asia-Pacific Quality Register (APQR) Eligibility Criteria for EQAA and Criteria for Recognition by the APQR, APQN Quality Lebel (APQL): Criteria and Indicators of Quality Lebel and Evaluation Process, the Capacity Building of Reviewers in QA in HE, the opportunities for Improvement Institutional and Programme Accreditation, the improvement of the internal quality assurance in higher education institutions, as well as the role of accreditation in transnational education.

The ECAQA cooperation and involvement to the APQN International Events is important for the ECAQA in terms of the demand for national undergraduate and postgraduate education programmes in Asia and countries in the Near and Middle East, as well as the fact that majority of the international students at the Kazakhstan medical universities come from India, Pakistan, China, Mongolia, Jordan, Afghanistan and other countries of the Asia-Pacific Region.



The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the National Assessment and Accreditation Council / NAAC (India) and the Eurasian Centre for Accreditation and Quality Assurance in Higher Education and Health Care / ECAQA (Kazakhstan)

On March 24, 2018, in Nagpur, India, on the Asia-Pacific Quality Network (APQN) Annual Conference on “Capacity Building for Next-Generation Quality Assurance in Higher Education”, the Eurasian Centre for Accreditation and Quality Assurance in Higher Education and Health Care signed the Memorandum of Understanding with the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (India). The MOU was signed by Professor Sarsenbayeva S.S., the Director General of the ECAQA and Dr. Jagannath Patil, the Advisor of the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC).

The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) is an autonomous body established by the University Grants Commission (UGC) of India for the evaluation and accreditation of higher education institutions in the country. http://www.naac.gov.in/collaborations.asp




The Meeting of the Eurasian Centre for Accreditation and Quality Assurance in Higher Education and Health Care (ECAQA) and the Medical Council of India in New Delhi, India 2018

On March 26, 2018, with the support of the Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan in the Republic of India, Prof. Sarsenbayeva S.S., the Director General of the Eurasian Centre for Accreditation and Quality Assurance in Higher Education and Health Care (ECAQA) had a meeting with Dr. Jayshree Mehta, the President of the Medical Council of India (MCI) and discussed about possible collaboration on quality assurance in medical education, considering current study’ experience of students from India at the Kazakhstan Medical Universities. The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the MCI and the ECAQA is scheduled.

The Medical Council of India (MCI) was founded in 1934 in accordance with the Indian Medical Council Act 1933 and is the regulatory body to establish the unified standards for medical education in India. The Council carries out the recognition of medical qualifications in India and abroad, conducts accreditation of medical colleges and controls the quality of medical practice in India. https://www.mciindia.org/CMS/about-mci/introduction




The Eurasian Centre for Accreditation and Quality Assurance in Higher Education and Health Care (ECAQA) is the holder of exclusive copyright to Standards of Institutional Accreditation (Medical Education Organisations and Nursing colleges) and Standards of Specialized (Programmatic) Accreditation in Medical and Healthcare Professions Education (Dentistry, Public Health, Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Technology and Industry, Nursing) for the Bachelor's degree, Master's degree, PhD Programmes, Residency (Postgraduate Specialty Training), Continuing Professional Development, Applied Bachelor's Degree Programmes and TVET.

The Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Kazakhstan has registered and granted exclusive copyright rights to ECAQA for the Standards of Institutional and Specialized (Programmatic) Accreditation, Guides on Internal Self-evaluation and External Evaluation of the programmes at all levels of Medical and Health Professions Education in the relevant specialties. It has been confirmed by including them into the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Kazakhstan’ Register and issuing the Certificate of State Registration of Copyright Rights corresponding to appropriate level of Education and Specialties from November 20, 2017.

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