British agency to rank country’s universities

Albania is to pay a British agency, the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, around €700,000 (US$766,000) to rank the quality of its 35 public and private universities, writes Fatjona Mejdini for BIRN.

The agreement was signed on 29 February between the Minister of Education Lindita Nikolla and Douglas Blackstock, the Quality Assurance Agency’s interim chief executive – and comes as part of rolling educational reforms that the centre-left government started in 2014.

Education Ministry Secretary Plarent Ndreca told BIRN that the contract, running for 12 to 14 months, would result in the first detailed and professional ranking of Albanian universities.
"The work will be split into three phases – preparation of the work frame, the training of the experts and then checks in the field for all 35 Albanian universities," Ndreca said.
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