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Membership in EQARLatvia has been a Governmental Member of EQAR since May 2011.
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General information on higher education
Higher education in Latvia is offered by academies (akadēmijas), universities (universitātes), colleges (koledža) and universities of applied sciences (augstskolas).
The body overseing the national network of educational institutions, setting the educational standards and determining teacher training content and procedures is the Ministry of Education and Science.
National external quality assurance requirements
Accreditation of study directions (groups of study programmes in a field or discipline)
Licensing of study programme
grants rights to a higher education institution or its branches to implement a new study programme.
Accreditation of an institution of higher education or college
Higher education institutions are accredited under this process for an indefinite term.
Cross-border quality assurance
In Latvia higher education institutions may not choose among EQAR-registered agencies.
In August 2017 Latvian government has approved an amendment to the Law on HEIs. The amendment will allow the agencies registered with the EQAR will operate in Latvia as of 2018 and submitted to the Parliament for ratification.
European Approach for Quality Assurance of Joint Programmes
In Latvia the European Approach is not available to higher education institutions.