National and International Accreditation Agencies
The National Accreditation Center of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan (NAC-Kz) (www.nac.edu.kz ) was created by the Government Decree of the Republic of Kazakhstan dated April 29,2005, № 405 according to State
Program on Development of Education for 2005-2010. NAC is authorized to conduct institutional and specialized accreditation of HEI academic programs, to develop accreditation standards and procedures for harmonization of quality assessment with Bologna process requirements, to participate in international networks of quality assurance agencies, to carry out activities for national HEIs harmonization with European and world standards on the basis of European and world accreditation criteria and procedure implementation, to perform procedure recognition of certificates and nostrification issued by foreign educational organizations.
1. The European University Association (EUA- www.eua.be) building strong universities for Europe through targeted activities aimed at supporting their development. These activities include policy dialogue, conferences, workshops, projects, and more targeted services such as the Institutional Evaluation Programme, and an independent service dedicated to doctoral education.
The Institutional Evaluation Programme (IEP) is an independent membership service of the European University Association (EUA) that has been designed to ensure that higher education institutions gain maximum benefit from a comprehensive evaluation conducted by a team of experienced European higher education leaders. The intention is for these evaluations to support the participating institutions in the continuing development of their strategic management and internal quality culture.
2. ABET (www.abet.org) - was founded in1932 and its main objective is recognition of quality with standards established by related sphere and branches of science and technics for which it prepares its students.For example, an accredited engineering program must meet the quality standards set by the engineering profession. An accredited computer science program must meet the quality standards set by the computing profession. This is made possible by the associative societies, e.g. Society of Petroleum Engineering, Metallurgy, Geophysics etc., which set standards for study programs.
3. ASIIN (www.asiin.de) is a recognized Accreditation Agency for Degree Programmes in Engineering, Informatics, the Natural Sciences and Mathematics.
ASIIN е. V. was constituted in 2002 through a merger of the Accreditation Agency for Degree Programmes in Engineering and Informatics (ASH) and the Accreditation Agency for Degree Programmes in Chemistry, Biochemistry and Chemical Engineering (ACBC). With this merger, our highly successful accreditation activity was extended to the area of the natural sciences and mathematics. Under the roof of ASIIN е. V., a specialised accreditation agency developed, characterised by an exemplary co-operation of representatives from science and the academia as well as from business and the industry.
ASIIN Accreditation Agency is a member of European Network for the Accreditation of Engineering Education (ENAEE), the European Chemistry Thematic Network Association (ECTNA) and the EURO-INF Project for the field of informatics.
ASIIN observes the quality concept through the evaluation of study programs not in isolation but in dynamics and through learners’ perception within concrete educational program. On the view of ASIIN, quality can be succeeded in case of: how educational process is functioning, how its elements are linked, and how set objectives of speciality are realized.
4. Russian Association of Engineering Education (RAEE) (http://www.ac-raee.ru) - is a full member of European Network for Accreditation of Engineering Education (ENAEE). KazNTU has established collaboration with RAEE since 2008.
RAEE awards accredited programs with 2 certificates: certificate of RAEE and ENAEE. These certificates are added with EurACE label that it is recognized by 16 European countries of the world.
The “European Network for Accreditation of Engineering Education” (ENAEE) is a network of accrediting agencies. It was established with the purpose of building confidence in systems of accreditation of engineering degree programmes within Europe. ENAEE was established on the basis of the “European Standing Observatory for the Engineering Profession and Education” (ESOEPE) which headed the implementation of Project of the EUR-ACE® quality label awarding to distinguished highly qualified programs. The ENAEE includes engineering organizations of Germany, France, England, Ireland, Italy, Portugal and other countries.
The EUR-ACE Project resulted in creation of frame standards and the European system of accreditating engineering programmes. Russia is represented by the RAEE which is one of cofounders of the ENAEE.
Currently, seven national accrediting agencies including the RAEE and being the members of the ENAEE, have the right to award EUR-ACE® quality label.