Poland

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  • Membership in EQAR
    Poland has been a Governmental Member of EQAR since February 2008.

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  • General information on higher education

    Higher education is offered by university-type (uczelnia akademicka) and non-university-type (uczelnia zawodowa) institutions.

    University-type higher education institutions can offer third-cycle degrees, while non-university type may only offer first- and second-cycle degrees.

  • National external quality assurance requirements

    Institutional evaluation was carried out in Poland between 2012-2016. Following the amendments to the Law on Higher Educatiom, institutional evaluations were suspended and changes were made to the programme evaluation criteria for general academic and practice-oriented profile.

    • Programmes evaluations
      may result in an outstanding assessment (awarded for 8 years), a positive assessment (6 years), a conditional assessment (a date of follow-up assessment will be given) and a negative assessment.

  • Cross-border quality assurance

    In Poland higher education institutions may choose a suitable EQAR-registered agency.

    • HEIs are required to be reviewed by an EQAR-registered agency in order to apply for the right to offer doctorate degrees.
    • Foreign higher education institutions (HEIs) that have been accredited by any EQAR-registered agency have the right to establish branch HEIs or departments in Polish.
    • Higher education institutions may have their programme evaluated by EQAR-registered agencies under certain conditions.
    • Eligibility requirements for foreign agencies: EQAR registration

    • Conditions for the agencies’ work (e.g. criteria to be used): own criteria for EQAR registered QA agencies

    • Recognition of reviews carried out by foreign agencies: the Polish Accreditation Commission (PKA, the national QA agency) takes into account the accreditations and certificates obtained through the evaluation by the foreign agency in selected areas of education.

    Read more: countries where higher education institutions may choose a suitable EQAR-registered agency

  • European Approach for Quality Assurance of Joint Programmes

    In Poland the European Approach is available to higher education institutions.

    Read more: countries where the European Approach is available to higher education institutions

  • Further information

Registered agencies operating in Poland