The European Humanities University (EHU) has been reaccredited as a university for three years by Lithuania’s Centre for Quality Assessment in Higher Education (SKVC). EHU received positive evaluations in the following four out of five areas of assessment: academic studies and life-long learning, research and artistic activities, impact on regional and national development, and learning resources and infrastructure as evaluated by Lithuania’s Research and Higher Education Monitoring and Analysis Centre (MOSTA).
EHU received high marks in particular for the employability of its alumni and alumni relations; a wide range of foreign language instruction; effective use of staff skills, including those acquired in other countries; its system of research planning and reporting; active participation in mobility programs and use of other international opportunities; and the civic engagement of faculty and staff.
Due to deficiencies identified in one area of assessment—strategic management—accreditation is granted for three years rather than the standard six. Accreditation beyond 2018 will, therefore, depend on further improvements in this area. Consequently, most of the SKVC’s recommendations focus on issues of strategic management, governance, and quality enhancement.
“For a university that was forcefully uprooted from its home, to successfully reestablish itself in another country and meet all requirements within ten years would be no mean feat,” notes EHU’s Acting Rector Prof. David Pollick. “We are encouraged by the positive overall assessment and are fully aware of the work that remains to be done.”
According to Pollick, EHU is committed to closing the remaining gap and meeting all of the requirements of the Lithuanian higher education system within the next two years.
“Having recently begun a significant review and improvement of institutional practices and programs, much has been accomplished in a relatively short period of time: significant and ongoing improvements to shared-governance and management are being made, including the recent overhaul of the University’s Statutes and financial procedures. There is no doubt that it will require a consolidated effort by the entire EHU community—faculty, staff, and students—to successfully meet the remaining challenges.”
The SKVC evaluation was a two-part process that began with a self-assessment in spring of 2014 and continued in October with an assessment by an international six-member group of experts led by Prof. David Timms, a higher education consultant from the United Kingdom.
The SKVC evaluation report is available here.