Council of Educational Evaluation-Accreditation (CEEA/SEKAP)
 
The Concept of Accreditation
“Accreditation” is the approval for the inclusion of an institution or a programme of study in a list of accredited institutions or accredited programmes of study as a result of an enactment and formally recognises that, the institution or programme has met certain predetermined minimal criteria or standards.

Accreditation in Cyprus
The first attempt to regulate the evaluation process of Private Tertiary Education in Cyprus was initiated in 1987 with the establishment of the law for tertiary education institutions (N1/87). The Department of Higher and Tertiary Education, which is part of the Ministry of Education and Culture, undertook the task of creating an institutional framework for the educational evaluation - accreditation of programmes of study. The process of programmatic evaluation began in 1992, when the Ministry of Education and Culture accepted the first applications from Private Institutions of Tertiary Education (PITE) for the evaluation of their programs.

The competent authority in the Republic of Cyprus for carrying out programmatic evaluation and accreditation of the Private Institutions of Higher Education is the Council of Educational Evaluation–Accreditation (C.E.E.A).

The CEEA is an independent body, appointed by the Council of Ministers upon the recommendation of the Minister of Education and Culture. The Council consists of the Chairman and six members. At least five members must be university professors. The tenure of office of the Council is 5 years and can be renewed only once.

The C.E.E.A/s tasks
In accordance with the provisions of the Laws 67(1)/96 – 1(I)2010 which regulate the establishment, operation and control of the Private Institutions of Tertiary Education (PITE), these institutions submit applications to the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education and Culture for the educational evaluation – accreditation of their programmes of study. The applications are forwarded to CEEA which takes the following actions:

  1. The Council appoints committees of relevant experts for each discipline, depending on the programme of study to be evaluated, with the task to examine the quality of the programme. Each team of experts should: (a) perform on site visits (at the institution whose programme is under evaluation), (b) study the self-evaluation report prepared by the institution, (c) prepare a preliminary report addressed to the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry and made known to the institution, (d) study any comments that the institution might provide on the preliminary report and (e) prepare and submit the final report to CEEA.
  2. The Council, study the final report prepared by the team of experts, and if deemed necessary, consults with the Department of Tertiary Education of the Ministry of Education and Culture, and or the institution.
  3. The Council can take any one of the following decisions:
    (i)Approval of the application and accreditation of the programme.
    (ii)Rejection of the application
    (iii)Postponement of a decision for a defined period of time, during which the institution will try to remedy the specific deficiencies that are identified.
    (iv)Conditional Approval of the application and accreditation of the programme

The decisions for the educational evaluation-accreditation of a programme of study are taken by a majority vote. The Council meets in quorum when at least five out of its seven members are present.

The accreditation of a programme for the first time is valid for four years. After that period the programme has to be submitted for re-evaluation. The re-accreditation is valid for ten years.

A list of the accredited programmes can be seen at the following site:

http://www.highereducation.ac.cy/en/eval-accredited-programmes.html

Main Criteria regulating Evaluation-Accreditation Procedure in Cyprus:
  • Mission and objectives of the educational institution
  • Curriculum of the programmes of study
  • Faculty and Staff
  • Infrastructure and Resources (buildings, laboratories, equipment etc.)
  • Administration
  • Financial resources

Purpose of Evaluation
The purpose of Evaluation is threefold:

  • To build confidence and trust among local and foreign students concerning the quality of the offered programmes.
  • To establish the minimum possible criteria to be fulfilled for the award of an accredited degree from the Cyprus Government.
  • To provide a basis of comparison with degree titles granted from foreign Institutions of Higher Education.

Membership in organisations:
The CEEA is an integral part of the tertiary education in Cyprus and has succeeded in gaining the trust and respect of the Cypriot society and, enjoys recognition in the wider European and international area.

CEEA is a full member of the following bodies:
  • The European Association of Quality Assurance (ENQA),
  • The International Quality Assurance Agency in Higher Education (INQAAHE),
  • The European University Association (EUA) and
  • The European Association of Institutions in Higher Education (EURASHE).
The Council also collaborates with:
  • The Council for Higher Education Accreditation (USA)
  • The International Association of Universities (IAU)
  • The Quality Assurance Project (HRK - Germany).
  • The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA - England) and

  • The Central and Easter European Network for Quality Assurance Agencies (CEE).

Contact Information:
Athalassas Avenue
2023 Lefkosia
Cyprus
Tel: +357-22465850
fax: +357-22305513
Email: sekap@cytanet.com.cy
Website: http://www.moec.gov.cy/sekap/

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