In the context of Ukraine’s integration into the world educational space, the higher education institutions should provide high-quality services in the field of higher education that meet international standards.
In July 2021, the Commission for International Affairs of ZEvA — Central Evaluation and Accreditation Agency (Germany), decided on the international accreditation of 14 bachelor’s and 16 master’s study programmes of Alfred Nobel University, which confirmed the full compliance of the quality, content, methods and technologies of teaching with international quality standards of higher education.
Alfred Nobel University is the first and only university in Ukraine, which for the second time successfully get international accreditation of all bachelor’s and master’s study programmes and confirmed the high quality of teaching at the level of European requirements.
Our choice in favour of the German agency ZEvA was due primarily to its high prestige in the European academic space. ZEvA is one of the founders and a member of the European Network for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA) and the European Consortium for Accreditation in Higher Education (ECA). The agency is also included in the European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education (EQAR). The agency has extensive experience in working with higher education institutions of the EU and other European countries, as well as Asia and Africa.
The evaluation methods and criteria used by ZEvA are based on all-European Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ESG), which have also become widespread in higher education institutions outside Europe. Thus, the agency’s policy is to monitor compliance with existing internationally recognized standards.
The external evaluation took place during 4 online visits of ZEvA expert panels consisting of 4-6 people representing German higher education institutions: Osnabrück University, University of Heidelberg, University of Munich, Free University of Berlin, Mittelhessen University of Applied Sciences, Ludwigshafen University of Applied Sciences, Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences, University of Applied Sciences in Bad Honnef, Ilmenau University of Technology, and the University of Ljubljana (Slovenia).
The expert panels also included representatives of the non-academic sector and students.
The experts had carefully analysed the materials of the self-evaluation report presented by the University, namely: university development strategy, content of teaching and learning of all study programmes, research and teaching staff, types of cooperation — international, research, academic, business, etc., general goals and future prospects, infrastructure and equipment, organizational and managerial aspects, quality assurance system. Learning outcomes, study programmes and curricula, content, teaching methods, advisory services and special counselling centres for students, planning and organization of exams, employment market for graduates, lecturers’ professional development, student, research and teaching staff mobility, internationalization were also evaluated in detail.
Accreditation, granted by the experienced and well-known agency ZEvA, indicate the competitive advantage of Alfred Nobel University in the market of higher education. And the recommendations of qualified experts will determine the strategic goals and directions of further development of the University on the path of integration into the European educational space.
ISO (INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR STANDARDIZATION)
Since 2011, the University has been annually audited by the external independent auditors on the compliance of its quality management system with the requirements of the international standard “ISO 9001:2008”, demonstrating each time a continuous improvement of its performance in education and research.
From late May to early June 2017, the University has successfully passed an external recertification audit conducted by the experts of the international certification agency "PRYROST", member of the DQS-UL Group. At the final meeting the experts unanimously noted that the quality management system which has been functioning during the last seven years at the University fully meets the requirements of the new standard “ISO 9001: 2015”. According to the results of the audit, the University received the following certificates (valid up to three years (until June 2020) of conformity of its quality management system with the requirements of the international standard ISO 9001:2015:
- from the German certification body “DQS Group”;
After recertification, the University received updated certificates for a period of 3 years – until July 4, 2023. The certificates contain the official logo of the University, as well as the date – July 5, 2011, from which it implemented a quality management system that meets the requirements of the international standard ISO 9001.
Due to the pandemic caused by the Covid-19 virus and the quarantine imposed by the Government of Ukraine, the third recertification audit at the University took place online in two stages. The first stage was successfully held on May 22, 2020. As a result, the German certification body DQS extended the validity of the main certificate until January 5, 2021, confirmed by the following document.
- from the international certification network (IQNet international certificate);
- from the National Accreditation Agency of Ukraine.
What Benefits does the University get from the international and national certificates of compliance of its quality management system with the requirements of the international standard “ISO 9001:2015”?
INTERNATIONAL ACCREDITATION ZEvA, HANNOVER (GERMANY)
In 2016 Alfred Nobel University successfully completed the accreditation procedure by ZEvA, Hannover (Germany). Prestigious international accreditation was awarded to 11 Bachelor’s and 14 Master’s degree programmes. Thus, Alfred Nobel University is the first and only Ukrainian higher institution that has successfully undertaken ZEvA full review procedure and has accredited all of its educational programmes by the European standards and criteria.
INTERNATIONAL ACCREDITATION OF ALFRED NOBEL UNIVERSITY IN EUROPEAN COUNCIL FOR BUSINESS EDUCATION (ECBE, BELGIUM)
International accreditation is one of the mechanisms for ensuring the quality of higher education in the European Higher Education Area.
Undertaking such accreditation is a free-will and independent decision of a higher educational institution.
In 2013, Alfred Nobel University was the first HEI in Ukraine that undertook international accreditation in the European Council for Business Education (ECBE, Belgium) and received the certificate of compliance of its MBA programme to European educational quality standards.
International accreditation guarantees that the diploma will be recognized all over the world.
Accreditation at the international level allows to increase the level of competitiveness of educational services and to really improve the quality of the study process through self-assessment procedures and implementation of recommendations provided by an independent institution for assessing the quality of higher education.
The MBA programme, which has been implemented in the International Business School IBS since 2009 at Alfred Nobel University, is the first and only MBA programme in Ukraine which meets the ECBE standards.