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Quality in the Function of Knowledge

The conference brought together academic staff of different fields, educational leaders and policy makers in one place in the framework of the National Higher Education Conference Quality of Learning and Teaching: Policy and Practice that was held on 12 June 2012, at SEEU in Tetovo. The SEEU Quality Assurance Office was the organizer of the main activities of this conference.

The conference aimed to draw attention to an important topic - quality of teaching and learning. Understanding the importance of introducing new teaching methods in accordance with the Bologna Principles and National Programme for the Development of Education in Macedonia 2005-2015, presents the core of the paradigm shift -from the teacher to the student. Moreover, establishing quality assurance system is also of great importance to help the mission of universities.

“Cooperation about quality assurance and development of common standards, procedures and guidelines for quality assurance, by exchanging experiences between us, will contribute to greater transparency and confidence building, resulting in student mobility and recognition of qualifications, which is essential to the attractiveness and competitiveness of European higher education”, said SEEU’s Rector, Prof. Dr. Zamir Dika.

“Through this conference we want to encourage a more serious commitment to continuous quality improvement in the delivery of knowledge. The defined goals of this conference are aimed to make a contribution to science for a more advanced system of quality management,” noted Rector Dika.

Participants of the conference included professors from Macedonia and European universities as well as the Minister of Education of RM Mr. Pançe Kralev who appreciated the role of such conferences in the service of education in Macedonia, and promised that the ministry he leads will support such projects.

The keynote speaker of the conference was Dr. Pavel Zgaga, Professor of Educational Philosophy Educational Policy at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Prof. Dr. Thomas Olsson from Lund University in Sweden said that “Lund University is one of Scandinavia's largest and strongest institutions for education and research. Since 1666 it has stood for excellence and innovation and it is currently ranked as a top 100 university in the world.”

The conference was aimed to be a good opportunity to share knowledge, best practices and exchange ideas.

Moreover, discussions included international rankings, results of student surveys and evaluation agencies (quality assurance) which clearly demonstrate the importance and continued focus on improving the quality of teaching and learning in higher education in the Republic of Macedonia.