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The Management Board of the Agency for the Higher Education Republic of Srpska on its 28th regular session on July 7, 2021, adopted the Decision on the appointment of the members of the Committee for Appeals and Complaints.

The Law on Quality Assurance in Higher Education of Republic of Srpska ("Official Gazette of  Republic of Srpska", No. 67/20) provides for the establishment of the Committee for Appeals and Complaints as an independent body of the Agency that reviews appeals and decides on complaints of higher education institutions.

In accordance with the Agency's Statute, the Committee has three members: two representatives of the RS/B&H academic community, of which at least one is a legal expert, and one student representative. The members of the Committee are appointed by the Management Board on the proposal of the Director of the Agency, after the public competition procedure for members of the Committee from the academic community, or on the proposal of the Student Union for a member of the Committee from among students. The term of office of the members of the Committee is four years with the possibility of another election, except for a student who is elected for a period of one year with the possibility of another election.

The third seminar for representatives of higher education institutions of Republic of Srpska and stakeholders within the project of ranking higher education institutions in Republic of Srpska was held on June 22, 2021, organized by the Agency for Higher Education of Republic of Srpska.
In the introductory part of the seminar, in addition to the director of the Agency and the head of the Expert Team, the representatives of higher education institutions were addressed by prof. Enes Hasic, PhD, Director of the Agency for Development of Higher Education and Quality Assurance in Bosnia and Herzegovina, who stressed the importance of ranking higher education institutions and stressed that the ranking, as an additional quality assurance mechanism, should be extended to the Federation of BiH and regionally.

In the period from June 17 to 19, 2021, the twelfth research and expert conference with international participation "Quality 21" was held in Neum, with the participation of representatives of the Agency for Higher Education of Republic of Srpska.
On that occasion, Assistant Director for Accreditation and International Cooperation, Duska Radmanovic, MA, presented the expert paper entitled "Accreditation of study programs – fitness for purpose" within the thematic unit "Quality in Education", authored by Assoc. Prof. Biljana Vojvodic, PhD, Duska Radmanovic, MA, Tatjana Radakovic, MA and Jugoslav Vuk Tepic, PhD.
Presentations and discussions within the panel dedicated to quality in higher education thematically included the process of accreditation of higher education institutions and study programs, as well as experiences related to distance learning in the context of the corona virus pandemic.

The Rectors' Conference of the Republic of Srpska (RCRS) at its 35th regular session, held on June 22, 2021, considered and adopted the RKRS Financial Report for the last year.
At the invitation of RKRS, the session was attended by a representative of the Agency for Higher Education of Republika Srpska, Duska Radmanovic, Assistant Director for Accreditation and International Cooperation, who informed RCRS members about the project of ranking higher education institutions in Republic of Srpska.
During the session held in the premises of the Rectorate of the University of Banja Luka, RCRS members were informed about the activities of the Council for Higher Education of the Republic of Srpska, and about the preparations of the round table organized by RCRS.

 

Director of the Agency for Higher Education of the Republic of Srpska (AVORS) Biljana Vojvodic presented the scientific paper "Ranking of higher education institutions as a quality assurance mechanism" at the Fifth International Congress on Teacher Education and Accreditation held from June 4 to 6, 2021.

The congress was held in the organization of the Association for Evaluation and Accreditation of Teacher Education Programs from Turkey (EPDAD / EPDAD) and Gazi University from Ankara.

The congress gathered a large number of participants from Turkey and abroad, and Vojvodic was one of the panelists in the part of the congress that referred to international experiences in the field of accreditation.

The scientific paper, whose authors are Biljana Vojvodic and Duska Radmanovic, presents the basic principles of ranking, as well as global ranking systems and their effect on higher education institutions and students.

In her presentation, Vojvodic referred to the most famous global ranking systems, citing examples of universities that traditionally occupy the top of all rankings, as well as positions held by universities from the former Yugoslavia and Turkey.

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