Meeting of the Council for Cooperation in Education of the CIS Member States
On April 11, 2017, the NAA’s director Lemka S. Izmaylova took part in the meeting of the Council for Cooperation in Education of the CIS member states.
The agenda included issues initiated by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation on the preparation of a multilateral agreement on state accreditation of educational activities of CIS educational organizations / institutions and on the internal harmonization of the draft Agreement on granting equal rights to CIS citizens.
Deputy Minister of Education and Science of the Russian Federation Lyudmila M. Ogorodova said: "We can not talk about improving the education quality without having regard to international cooperation."
Taking into account the relevance and importance of using the experience of national accreditation systems in education, the Ministry of Education and Science of Russia and the Council of the Inter-Parliamentary Assembly of the CIS Member States proposed preparation of a multilateral agreement on state accreditation of educational activities of CIS educational organizations / institutions.
The proposal implementation with the joint participation of the CIS state educational bodies will effectively contribute to the implementation of the provisions of the Cooperation Agreement on the establishment of the CIS integrated (common) educational area.
Lemka S. Izmaylova in her speech "NAA International Activities in Education Quality Assurance" paid special attention to the creation of a Coordinating Body of the CIS national agencies. She said: "Over the past two decades, the issue of education quality assurance has been gaining more power around the world. Countries of the post-Soviet period have much in common, e.g. common language, growing demand of the population for a higher quality level of HEIs’ services, the need to improve the graduates’ level of training that will allow them to manage national economies... This requires the creation of an integrated system of quality assurance and regulatory framework with the participation of all stakeholders. Quality assurance can be effective only when all stakeholders can understand and admit their problems and advantages".
The meeting chairperson Vladimir M. Filippov approved of the NAA’s proposal and offered to include 2 representatives from each national education quality assurance agency of the CIS countries to the CIS Council for Cooperation in Education so that they establish the Coordination Commission.