Statement of the coordinator

This project investigates and supports the development of a QA system in HE institutions of the Republic of Moldova under the conditions of a transition society and the involvement of a large number of exogenous actors in this process. A needs analysis conducted in January 2011 has demonstrated that the newly established quality management structures at the Moldovan universities are not functional because of the lack of training of the staff involved, the low profile of students in QA, the low level of communication between the QA structures and the academic staff involved, the missing link between quality assurance and HE institutions’ strategy development and the lack of a body that brings QA activities together and helps to implement common standards in the Republic of Moldova.

The project addresses all these challenges through (i) a series of trainings for all the actors involved in the quality cycle (quality management officers, deans, professors, students, universities’ central administration) that are tailored to the specific needs in Moldova, (ii) the creation of peer networks for all the actors’ groups, (iii) the internal evaluation and the international accreditation of three pilot study programmes, (iv) the creation of a pool of experts (professors and students trained and actively involved in the process of international accreditation of the selected study programmes) for the future accreditation body of Moldova and (iv) the link between quality assurance, internationalization and strategy development of HE institutions.

Apart from its pragmatic goals—to make the existing QA structures in Moldova functional and to prepare the accredited study programmes for participation in joint and double degree programmes within Erasmus for All starting in 2014—the project aims at the scientific assessment of this process in the broader context of HE institutions’ transformation and the current debates on QA worldwide. In the meantime the University of Leipzig regards this project as a joint and mutually beneficial learning process for all the partners involved.