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VISIT OF THE MILITARY ENGINEERING CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE DIRECTOR
The current international institutional evaluation process is developed in the context of major reforms in Romanian higher education, according to the Law of National Education provisions.
Representatives of the "Nicolae Balcescu" Land Forces Academy from Sibiu participated in the workshops organized for universities by the Romanian Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding and the European Universities Association, the agency selected by Romanian authorities to perform international institutional evaluations.
In order to successfully accomplish the self-evaluation process, the Council of Administration appointed a self-evaluation workgroup, coordinated by LTC SR I Vasile Carutasu, PhD, the Vice Rector for scientific research, on the 30th of June 2012. The mission of this workgroup consisted of managing the process and drafting the Self-Evaluation Report in accordance with the provisions of the “Guidelines for Institutions – Institutional Evaluation Programme: Performance in Research, Performance in Teaching – Quality, Diversity, and Innovation in Romanian Universities Project ", drafted by the EUA, full member of the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education and listed in the European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education.
As a consequence of the Academy’s efforts and the agreement concluded, between the 21st and the 23rd of November, a EUA committee performed a first visit for evaluation, an ample process that deals in detail with the management of the institution. The delegation comprised four experts, from France, Norway, Germany and Bulgaria, each covering various fields of expertise in higher education, each with thorough legislative knowledge.
Previous to the actual visit, each member of the committee studied the self-evaluation report, especially drafted for the activity, the day before the activity being destined for the harmonization of ideas resulted from the report analysis and the structuring of the visit schedule, as well as drafting a list with the issues to be discussed during the preliminary visit.
The second day was a busy one with meetings planned with Academy representatives for the full understanding of the structure of the institution, the management of the institution and the quality system in education and scientific research in the Academy, of the national higher education system policies and, last but not least, the issues that the institution is facing. The delegation had meaningful discussions with the members of the workgroup that drafted the self-evaluation report, researchers, faculty members, students’ representatives and representatives of the Academy’s beneficiaries. The presence of BG Nicolae Ciuca, other Ministry of National Defence representatives, as well as representative of the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of Justice, contributed to the full understanding of the educational process in the Romanian LFA.
Our guests visited the campus, as well as all the resources available to our students and a training camp destined for the future Land Forces officers’ training. All these helped our distinguished guests understand the organization, mission and managerial system that are at the basis of the proper functioning of the Academy, although they were in a military higher education institution for the first time.
The final part of the visit consisted of drawing up the final conclusions and the sketching up of a draft programme for the next evaluation visit. The committee will file an evaluation report for the preliminary visit and plan the second visit in the Academy, according to EUA procedures.