Agency for Science and Higher Education
The Agency for Science and Higher Education (ASHE) - Croatian:Agencije za znanost i visoko obrazovanje - is the entity in Croatia responsible for quality in higher education.
It has been an Associate Member of ENQA since 2007.
Its web site is http://www.azvo.hr/
About the Agency for Science and Higher Education
The Agency for Science and Higher Education was established by the Croatian Goverment Decree in July 2004 and registered with the Commercial Court in Zagreb in March 2005. ASHE independently performs tasks within its competences and purview as established by the Act on Quality Assurance in Science and Higher Education (Official Gazette no. 45/09), Act on Scientific Activity and Higher Education (Official Gazette no. 123/03, 105/04, 174/04, 2/07 i 46/07) and the Act on Recognition of Foreign Higher Education Qualifications (Official Gazette no. 158/03, 198/03 and 138/06).
ASHE mission is to continuously support quality improvement of science and higher education, by applying European and international best practices.
In order to achieve its mission, ASHE cooperates closely with higher education institutions, scientific organisations and other stakeholders in higher education and science, on:
- quality improvement of higher education and science, as well as opportunities to acquire specific educational levels
- dissemination of reliable information on the quality of academic standards to students, higher education institutions’ management and the public
- comparing the achieved standards and quality levels with the quality and standards of similar institutions in the country and EU
- active trend following
- developing the quality culture in higher education and science.
ASHE is working on its inclusion in the international quality assurance system in science and higher education and is its recognized and active member.
ASHE is actively involved in the activities of European and global networks fostering mobility and recognition of foreign higher education qualifications (ENIC and NARIC network) and is a member of INQAAHE (International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education), CEEN (Network of Central and Eastern European Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education) and OECD IMHE (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development – Programme for Institutional management in Higher Education).
In December 2007 ASHE was granted an associate status within ENQA (European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education) and is currently preparing for application for full membership.