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Project QUEECA

Quality of Engineering Education in Central Asia

Tempus Project N. 530326-TEMPUS-1-2012-1-IT-TEMPUS-SMGR

Duration: 15 October 2012 - 14 October 2015

Coordinator: Università di Firenze (Italy)


EU Partners

  • ASIIN;
  • European Network for Accreditation of Engineering Education;
  • Instituto Superior de Engenharia de Lisboa;
  • Middlesex University;
  • QUACING Agency;
  • Ruhr University Bochum;
  • Sapienza Università di Roma;
  • Société Européenne pour la formation des Ingénieurs;
  • Università degli Studi di Genova

Non-EU Partners

  • “D.Serikbayev” East Kazakhstan State Technical University;
  • Abu Raikhon Beruni Tashkent State Technical University;
  • Al Farabi Kazakh National University;
  • Education Network;
  • Isanov Kyrgyz State University of Construction, Transport and Architecture;
  • K. Zhubanov Aktobe State University;
  • Karaganda State Technical University;
  • Kazakhstan Society for Engineering Education;
  • Kyrgyz State Technical University;
  • M. Azuezov South Kazakhstan State University;
  • M.S. Osimi Tajik Technical University;
  • Mining Metallurgical Institute of Tajikistan;
  • Ministry of Education and Science of Kazak Republic;
  • Ministry of Education and Science of Kyrgyz Republic;
  • Ministry of Education of Republic of Tajikistan;
  • Ministry of Higher Education Republic of Uzbekistan;
  • State Inspection on Licensing and Attestation of Educational Institutions;
  • Tashkent University of Information Technologies


Project Objectives

QUEECA aims to develop and implement a system of Engineering Education Quality Assurance in Central Asian countries (CA) for the pre-professional accreditation of engineering programmes (i.e., accreditation of educational programmes as an entry route to the engineering profession). The accredited programmes must satisfy the same conditions required for the award of the EUR-ACE quality label (i.e., the EUR-ACE Framework Standards [EAFS] and the European Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in Higher Education).

This will be achieved via the creation of a network of National Quality Assurance/Accreditation Agencies (and possibly a Regional Federation) to accredit engineering programmes and authorized by ENAEE to award the EUR-ACE quality label, through the following steps:

  • Create a National Engineering Education Society where it does not exist (in Kazakhstan and strengthen the existing KazSEE) and a Central Asian Federation of Engineering Education Societies, partnered with SEFI and IFEES;
  • Adapt the EAFS and formulate analogous Central Asian Standards (CAEAS) in Russian and English;
  • Create Accreditation Centres in CA (with a Regional coordination) and train relevant “accreditors“.
  • Run a series of trial accreditations with international teams to test the draft CAEAS and the local accreditors;
  • Take into account the results of the trial accreditations to formulate the final version of CAEAS;
  • Conduct a first run of (real) engineering programmes accreditation and award the first EUR-ACE labels in Central Asia;
  • Formulate a self-supporting financial plan for carrying out accreditation after the project closure.

Synergies will be sought with the other TEMPUS projects such as CANQA and ECDEAST and the LLP Network EUGENE. ENAEE members (RAEE, ASIIN, SEFI) that already accredit engineering programmes in Central Asia may award EUR-ACE labels to be included in the system set-up by QUEECA.




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