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PROCEDURES

In its fourth institutional accreditation cycle, the HAC evaluates universities and colleges by focusing on their internal quality assurance systems in order to determine their capacity for ensuring the quality of education, research and artistic activity. The HAC’s criteria [ezt linkelni a bírálati útmutatóhoz, akkor is ha magyar!], based on Part 1 of the ESG, assess how the institution applies the European Standards on all levels of its organization, and how it plans, executes, checks and follows up on its quality assurance activities.

Site-visit panels are composed of experts with experience in institutional leadership, quality assurance, the student perspective and the academic profile of the university or college. A HAC programme officer coordinates the process and participates in the site visit. The panel may suggest three levels of accreditation:

  • Accredited for five years
  • Accredited for a shorter period with a set deadline
  • Not accredited.

The accreditation decision is passed by the HAC Board.

Institutions evaluated by a quality assurance agency registered in EQAR or which is a member of ENQA is are accredited following the HAC Regulation on its Recognition of Accreditation Issued by Another Entity for a Higher Education Institution or Programme.

The HAC started a new accreditation procedure for doctoral schools from autumn 2019, which focuses on their internal quality assurance activities in order to determine their capacity for ensuring the quality of education, research and artistic activity. The HAC’s criteria [ezt linkelni a bírálati útmutatóhoz!], based on Part 1 of the ESG, assess how the doctoral school applies the European Standards on all levels of its organization, and how it plans, executes, checks and follows up on its quality assurance activities.

Site-visit panels are composed of experts with experience in the academic profile of the school, in leadership, quality assurance, the doctoral student perspective. A HAC programme officer coordinates the process and participates in the site visit. The panel may suggest three levels of accreditation:

  • Accredited for five years
  • Accredited for a shorter period with a set deadline
  • Not accredited.

The expert evaluations are discussed in field-specific expert committees and subsequently in the Expert Committee for Doctoral Schools, which ensures the consistent interpretation of the criteria. The accreditation decision is passed by the HAC Board.

Education and learning outcome framework requirements for vocational (VET), bachelor and master programmes are part of a two-step procedure in the quality evaluation for the initial licensing of new programmes. Following the HAC’s evaluation, the framework requirements are issued as ministerial decrees. Any new programme to be launched at institutions has either to fit into the existing framework or, if it does not, an institution has to apply for a new framework before submitting an accreditation request for the programme.

The framework requirements set down the name of the degree; the field; the length of studies; number of total ECTS credits and modules; the knowledge,  competences, attitude, autonomy and responsibility to be attained in line with the Hungarian Qualifications Framework; and the entry requirements.

The evaluation is conducted by experts via the HAC’s databased TIR based on set criteria. [ezt linkelni a bírálati útmutatóhoz!] The expert evaluations are discussed in the field-relevant expert committee and passed on with a proposal for a decision to the HAC Board.

Applications for new vocational (VET), bachelor or master programmes focus on the academic staff, curriculum and infrastructure of the programme, based on the accepted education and learning outcome requirements. [ezt linkelni a fentihez!]

The evaluation is conducted by experts via the HAC’s databased TIR based on set criteria. [ezt linkelni a bírálati útmutatóhoz!]  The expert evaluations are discussed in the field-relevant expert committee and passed on with a proposal for a decision to the HAC Board.

Following the HAC’s accreditation decision, new programmes receive license to operate from the Educational Authority under the Ministry.

The evaluation by HAC of applications for the title of university professor serves to ensure high quality academic staff in leadership positions overseeing research and research-based teaching as well as doctoral education and training at universities.

The evaluation is conducted by experts via the HAC’s databased TIR based on set criteria [ezt linkelni a bírálati útmutatóhoz] on the applicant’s academic teaching, research and publishing background on the national and international level. The expert evaluations are discussed in field-specific expert committees and subsequently in the Expert Committee for University Professor Applications, which ensures the consistent interpretation of the criteria. The decision is passed by the HAC Board.

Appeals may be lodged by higher education institutions against any evaluation or accreditation decision by HAC. Complaints against any part of the evaluation process or the experts involved may be submitted by internal and external stakeholders. Complaints are dealt with internally or are forwarded to the HAC Ethics Committee or the Board of Appeals, depending on the case.

The HAC Board of Appeals is a statutory, three-member body independent of the HAC.