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Quality Assurance in Higher Education: Empirical Evidence from Bosnia and Herzegovina

Version 1 : Received: 20 May 2021 / Approved: 21 May 2021 / Online: 21 May 2021 (17:20:56 CEST)

How to cite: Figurek, A.; Abebe, S.T.; Goncharuk, A.G.; Iortyom, E.T.; Vaskovic, U.; Cirella, G.T. Quality Assurance in Higher Education: Empirical Evidence from Bosnia and Herzegovina. Preprints 2021, 2021050532 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202105.0532.v1). Figurek, A.; Abebe, S.T.; Goncharuk, A.G.; Iortyom, E.T.; Vaskovic, U.; Cirella, G.T. Quality Assurance in Higher Education: Empirical Evidence from Bosnia and Herzegovina. Preprints 2021, 2021050532 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202105.0532.v1).

Abstract

Education is the bedrock of any nation. It is essential for individual and societal growth and development. This triggers the demand for quality education which simultaneously increases with a growing demand for quality assurance. This study investigated the role of quality assurance in achieving the expected outcome of education in Bosnia and Herzegovina’s higher education system. Comparative development is looked at by examining other National Qualification Frameworks. The study was based on textual reviews and descriptive analysis on student enrollment and programs of studies. Unlike the global trend, it can be seen that student enrollment is on the decline in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It was found that quality assurance is an indispensable tool for strengthening the higher education system and for achieving the desired change and outcomes, that education offers. It was also found that study programs and curricula are pivotal for teaching and learning processes, and that a unified qualification framework is essential for achieving set objectives of education at all levels. The study recommended, among other things, that sound quality assurance systems as well as appropriate structure for monitoring and accreditation be put in place and be judiciously followed in order to achieve the desired outcomes in conjunction with the set objectives of higher education. Moreover, vital thoroughly analyzed pressures (i.e., democratic, economic, and systemic) barriers show signs of epistemological, political, and institutional barriers in the country.

Subject Areas

National Qualification Framework; education performance; university barriers; edu-cation system; Bosnia and Herzegovina

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