What means the decision of the EKKA Council to extend the accreditation of the Euroacademy for the students?
What is institutional accreditation?
The aim of institutional accreditation is to evaluate the functioning and management of a higher education institution as a whole, the effectiveness and management of provision of studies as well as research and development activities and the institution’s service to society. A positive accreditation outcome should give assurance that a higher education institution is reliable and the provision of studies and research activities are of high quality as well as sustainable.
In Estonia, a higher education institution has to undergo institutional accreditation at least once in seven years. Due to problems revealed during previous institutional accreditation, Euroacademy was in 2015 accredited for three years (full accreditation result is seven years). Majority of the problems identified three years ago have not been resolved to date.
What will happen after a negative accreditation decision is adopted?
Decision on the next steps will be taken by the Minister of Education and Research. Pursuant to the Private Schools Act, the Minister has two alternatives:
- to give to the higher education institution a term of up to two years to eliminate the deficiencies detected in the institutional accreditation and undergo a new institutional accreditation, or
- to make a proposal to the Government of the Republic to revoke the right granted to the higher education institution to provide instruction in study programme groups and issue the respective academic degrees and diplomas.
What are the potential implications of these two alternatives on students already enrolled or enrolling at Euroacademy?
- If Euroacademy is given a deadline for remedying the shortcomings, then until the deadline set by the Minister (max two years), Euroacademy will have the right to conduct studies in all study programme groups where this right has been granted (Business and Administration at professional higher education level; Arts at professional higher education level; Languages and Cultures at professional higher education level, Life Sciences at professional higher education level and Master’s studies). All students graduating within this deadline will receive a state recognized diploma. Likewise, Euroacademy is free to admit new students, who should, however, be informed of the fact that Euroacademy will have to undergo institutional accreditation within two years of the Minister’s decision. This institutional accreditation, in worst case scenario, can result in Euroacademy ceasing its operations. Already enrolled students who will not be able to graduate within the deadline, face the same risk. According to Estonian legislation, Euroacademy would then in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Research have to propose corresponding study programmes at other higher education institutions where students could continue their studies. However, the institutions would have a choice whether or not to admit the students (there is no compulsory mechanism) and whether to recognize their prior learning. Language of tuition is another aspect that may be of concern as not all study programmes offered by Euroacademy are taught in English or Russian at other Estonian higher education institutions.
- In case the Minister of Education and Research deems it unnecessary to set a deadline for remedial actions, he or she will launch the government procedure of revoking the right to conduct studies in all authorized study programme groups at Euroacademy. Provided that the Government will support the Minister, in practice this would mean that Euroacademy will cease to function as a higher education institution. Of course, the obligation to propose study programmes at other higher education institutions in cooperation with the Ministry would still apply along with the same conditionalities mentioned above.
Estonian Quality Agency for Higher and Vocational Education
Photos of the graduation ceremony
Photos of the graduation ceremony have been completed. Viewing and downloading pictures can be found at Euroacademy reception.
Please include your flash drive
Students have visited Paldiski nuclear facility
In April students of Faculty of Environmental Protection have visited Paldiski nuclear facility. Two busses with Estonian, Russian and English groups were met by the representatives of the A.L.A.R.A. company Mr. Mart Varvas and Mr. Valeri Badyrkhanov.
This introduction practice is important for Environmental protection faculty students first of all as an example of nuclear waste management and nuclear safety.
New curriculum “Management of International Projects”
Euroacademy will launch a new curriculum “Management of International Projects” in the forthcoming 2018/2019 study years. The program is interdisciplinarily designed, focusing on economics of organization and project management, as well as topical problems of regional and global development. A special attention is paid to communication skills in international environment and in-depth study of two foreign languages. The nominal duration is 3 years (180 EAP). The languages of instruction – English, Estonian and Russian.
Registration and participation in the classroom studies
ALL THE STUDENTS OF EUROACADEMY MUST REGISTER THEIR ATTENDANCE AT EUROACADEMY BY THEIR FINGERPRINT.
Whenever you come to EuroAcademy for classes, please register yourself by your fingerprint. The fingerprint scanners (small black box) are:
– left on the wall beside the front staircase
– on the wall at the reception desk
– at the admission office (room 202)
– portable in the examinations and assessment rooms
For the fingerprint scan:
1. Register your fingerprint at the admission office (room 202)
2. Following times enter the finger you have identified to any available scanner. Wait for the green light for few seconds.
3. In case of red light, the reasons may be following:
a. Your fingerprint is not in the database – please go to the admission office and register your fingerprint
b. Are you trying to register yourself with a finger not identified? – please use the same finger you identified originally at the admission office
c. The contact of the scanner with the finger is not sufficient – try again, change the angle or provide more contact to the scanning area
The rule is set up in order to verify your attendance in the classroom studies at EuroAcademy.
The registration by fingerprint helps you to prove your presence in Estonia once you need to extend your temporary residence permit for studies, and the Police and Boarder Guard Board asks you to verify it.
The attendance of the lectures is compulsory unless the lecturer has not set otherwise.
Euroacademy verifies the enrolment on the regular basis of every second week.
Euroacademy must report the absence of an international student to the Police and Boarder Guard Board within TWO WEEKS since the occurrence of the fact!
In case you need to travel abroad (any personal cause, participation on the ERASMUS or Dora+ programme, internship, conference or training abroad, etc.), fill out the travel declaration (available on our webpage and admission office), and submit it to your Dean.