National Commission for Further and Higher Education of Malta

The National Commission for Further and Higher Education (NCFHE) was officially launched on the 14th September, 2012 and is legislated by the revised Education Act which came into force on the 1st August 2012.

The NCFHE focuses on: 
  • providing accreditation to further and higher educational institutions;
  • providing accreditation to programmes or courses of studies at further and higher education levels;
  • quality assurance of both educational institutions and programmes or courses;
  • recognition of obtained national or international qualifications as well as prospective qualifications;
  • validation of informal and non-formal learning;
  • research and policy recommendation on issues related to further and higher education.

BWSE FORward

EURASHE is a partner in the BWSE FORward project on Bologna with Stakeholders’ Eyes for a Stronger Future of the Bologna Process.

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The main objective of BWSE FORward project is to update the latest version of the Bologna with Students Eyes publication (2018), with the scope of analysing the new scenario, requirements for education and training and implementing it from the students’ perspective in cooperation with stakeholder’s. Students across EHEA still believe in the Bologna process but is necessary to provide a critical overview in order to bring more coherence to HE systems. The Project is framed by the 2018 Bologna Implementation Report and Paris Communiqué and the well-known ESU’s BWSE publication produced by surveying ESU’s national unions, since 2003.

The project intends to support external researchers, technicians and experts required to analyse/verify the information collected in assembling BWSE 2020. Subsequently, respectively peer-learning activities will be organised with the involvement of different actors that play a role within the Bologna Process (20-year crossroad) to discuss the problem areas and seek solutions beyond 2020. A final conference, bringing together the experience of EU Institutions and Bodies, Ministries and Students will address the results of BWSE and the outcomes of the mutual learning to identify which topics require particular attention and present suggestions for a stronger future of the Process.

The consortium of this project will organise peer-learning activities with the involvement of different actors that play a role within the Bologna Process. They will discuss the areas that students identified as challenging and seek solutions. A final conference, gathering experts from EU institutions and bodies, as well as from ministries, together with students, will discuss the results of BWSE publication and the outcomes of the peer-learning activities. Participants will also identify the topics that require particular attention in the future.

Following are the partners of the project:

  • European Students’ Union (ESU) - The European Students’ Union (ESU) is an umbrella organisation of 47 National Unions of Students from 39 countries. The aim of ESU is to represent and promote the educational, social,... Read more
  • European University Association (EUA) - The European University Association (EUA) has over 850 members across 47 countries, making it the largest and most comprehensive organisation representing universities and national university associations in Europe. As the... Read more
  • Ministry of Education and Science (Armenia) - The Republic of Armenia Ministry of Education and Science is a republican body of executive authority, which elaborates and implements the policies of the Republic of Armenia Government in the... Read more
  • Ministry of Science and Education (Croatia) - The Ministry of Science and Education performs administrative and other tasks related to preschool education, elementary and secondary education in the country and abroad; develops the National Curriculum; approves textbooks... Read more
  • National Commission for Further and Higher Education of Malta - The National Commission for Further and Higher Education (NCFHE) was officially launched on the 14th September, 2012 and is legislated by the revised Education Act which came into force on the 1st... Read more
  • Ministry of Science and Education (Croatia)

    The Ministry of Science and Education performs administrative and other tasks related to preschool education, elementary and secondary education in the country and abroad; develops the National Curriculum; approves textbooks and introduces regulations and standards as well as other requirements regarding educational work; fosters the development of the school system; works on improving the student standard; conducts inspections; establishes educational institutions and supervises the legal aspects of their activities; provides funding and facilities for educational work; enables children, young adults and adults to acquire technical skills and competences; supports organizations invested in education.

    The Ministry also performs administrative and other tasks related to: the development of higher education; the implementation of national strategies and higher education programmes; the provision of funding and facilities for higher education institutions and monitoring their activities; the preparation of reports on the activities and evaluation of higher education institutions and study programmes, and their recommendation for approval; the subsidization of study costs; the improvement of the student standard; monitoring success rates of study programmes and other higher education processes; administering the implementation of the Croatian Qualifications Framework; administering the Registry of Higher Education Institutions and the Registry of Study Programmes; managing databases on higher education; fostering lifelong learning and higher education for adults; the administrative supervision of higher education institutions.

    Ministry of Education and Science (Armenia)

    The Republic of Armenia Ministry of Education and Science is a republican body of executive authority, which elaborates and implements the policies of the Republic of Armenia Government in the education and science sectors.

    European Students’ Union (ESU)

    The European Students’ Union (ESU) is an umbrella organisation of 47 National Unions of Students from 39 countries. The aim of ESU is to represent and promote the educational, social, economic and cultural interests of students at the European level towards all relevant bodies. For ESU it is key that change-leading quality assurance is implemented with a holistic approach according to the needs of the students. It should lead not only to ensure the delivery higher education, in whatever form of delivery, according to agreed standards but also to enhance higher education provision within the continuous improvement cycle. It is vital that all higher education stakeholders enjoy ownership over quality assurance, and thus there is a stakeholders’ close cooperation.

    European University Association (EUA)

    The European University Association (EUA) has over 850 members across 47 countries, making it the largest and most comprehensive organisation representing universities and national university associations in Europe. As the voice of Europe’s universities, EUA supports and takes forward the interests of individual institutions and the higher education systems as a whole. With respect to quality assurance, EUA seeks to ensure that the views of the university sector are taken into account in European and national level policy discussions on internal and external quality assurance while it also supports its members in developing internal quality systems aiming to promote institutional “quality cultures”.