Centre for MONITORING, Assurance, Improvement and Development of Quality of Study Programs, Teaching, and Research

QUALITY ASSURANCE STRATEGY

University of Niš Faculty of Medicine has been explicitly and intentionally guided towards systematical and organized improvement of quality of studies in order to become a modern, flexible, effective, comparable, and competitive institution of higher learning. The level of quality of all the activities is being permanently raised in accordance with the Bologna Declaration, involving teaching, ECTS-based grading system, research, academic doctoral studies, specialist and subspecialist studies, teaching quality assessment by the students, quality of textbooks and reference literature, publishing activities, equipment, procedure of election of teachers and associates, non-academic support, governance processes and permanent education.

Since 2002, University of Niš Faculty of Medicine has constantly been carrying well thought out activities in the areas of teaching reform and quality improvement. Evolution of this process could be comprehended through its continual organizational improvements, starting from the Commission for Teaching Reform (established in 2002) and the Commission for Quality Control (2003), via the creation of the Centre for Monitoring, Assurance, Improvement and Development of Quality of Study Programs, Teaching and Research, the activities of which are directed towards quality assurance of all the Faculty activities.

Pursuant to the new Law on Higher Education, at the session held on November 15, 2005, the Assembly for Education and Science adopted the decision on the establishment of the Centre for Monitoring, Assurance, Improvement and Development of Quality of Study Programs, Teaching and Research. Academician, prof. dr Vladisav Stefanović was elected president of the Centre.

Quality assurance system is reflected in an appropriate organizational structure of the Centre for Monitoring, Assurance, Improvement and Development of Quality of Study Programs, Teaching and Research, with clearly defined assignments and tasks for the teachers, associates, students and expert commissions in the adoption and execution of quality assurance strategies, standards and procedures. The number of Centre members, its composition and structure, reach, rights and responsibilities, are regulated by the Faculty Statute, Regulations on the Assurance, Control and Improvement of Quality and the Rules of Procedure of the Commission for Teaching Quality Control at the University of Niš Faculty of Medicine.

The Centre has been assigned the task of formulating the rules and regulations and other relevant documents in the domain of quality assurance and, if necessary, to update and develop them further.

The Statute of the Faculty (Article 11) stipulates that in order to effectuate its tasks, the Centre is to form the following commissions: Commission for Control and Assurance of Quality of Teaching, Commission for ECTS, Credit Accumulation and Student Workload, Commission for Efficiency Analysis of the Studies, Commission for Monitoring, Improvement and Control of Research, and other commissions as required.

The Centre aims to integrate the functions of the Commission for Teaching Control, founded at the session of the Assembly for Education and Science on October 28, 2003, and to represent the institutional basis for the full implementation of a quality assurance and control system, in order to generally improve the function of the Faculty and enable more precise assessment of individual contributions of the participants in the processes of education and research.

At the session of the Assembly for Education and Science held on February 2, 2007 the following commissions were appointed:

bullet

Commission for ECTS, Credit Accumulation and Student Workload

bullet

Commission for Efficiency Analysis of the Studies

bullet

Commission for Control and Assurance of Quality of Teaching

bullet

Commission for Monitoring, Improvement and Control of Research Work

In accordance with the Bologna Declaration, University of Niš Faculty of Medicine has undertaken reform based on most up-to-date requirements for medical studies in the EU. At the same time, the programs/curricula of all Serbian faculties of medicine have been harmonized and brought into harmony with most European medical faculties as well. International co-operation is an important element of the Faculty strategy in the times to come. With the strategy for control and improvement of quality, i.e. the program of institutional evaluation, strong and weak points of the Faculty will be defined in the light of Faculty mission:

bullet

By way of its educational, research and health care activities, the Faculty contributes to high quality education of doctors of medicine, doctors of dentistry, pharmacists and professional nurses/technicians, the knowledge and skills of which represent an adequate response to wider community demands. In order to preserve and improve the health of general population, the Faculty is functionally and institutionally connected with all regional health centres (especially with its educational bases), not to mention the top national and international health care institutions as well.

bullet

The Faculty will produce students with the competences matching the earned titles and make provisions for its students to continue their education through Ph.D. studies, academic and health care specializations and through various forms and levels of continued education.

bullet

The Faculty will make the necessary efforts to realize the interweaving of educational, research and health care domains of work through much more active didactic approaches in everyday teaching, promoting creativity, constructive criticism and synthesis of acquired knowledge and skills.

The Faculty intends to create a teaching/learning environment in which the students, teachers and associates will feel free to fulfill their professional interests and improve their knowledge; every attempt at quality assurance in that regard will be recognized, appreciated and validated.

The Faculty is dedicated to the aims which involve broadening of the spectrum of educational and research experience, with special stress put upon the acquisition of knowledge and skills necessary to the active and informed members of the community for intellectual and technologic adjustment to the demands of a constantly changing environment. In the next ten years or so, the Faculty intends to become a part of the integrated European area of education and research in medicine and to be one of the well organized Faculties of the South Eastern Europe. As a public institution of higher learning, the Faculty must adhere to the following principles:

bullet

To uphold and preserve autonomy, but also to take full responsibility for the development of all faculty resources;

bullet

To offer to the students the professional knowledge harmonized with local, national and iternational demand of the moment;

bullet

To adopt international standards and to educate students which would fit well into the global community, promoting both student and teacher mobility;

bullet

To apply new, technologically demanding teaching aids and to promote acquisition of knowledge in general;

bullet

To develop a quality assurance system which would involve each and every domain of work of the Faculty, abiding by the principles of permanent improvement and implementation of contemporary achievements;

bullet

To develop excellence in all forms of research, including multidisciplinary areas, in order to preserve and improve knowledge, especially at the regional level.

In accordance with both mission and vision of the Faculty, the Centre for Monitoring, Assurance, Improvement and Development of Quality of Study Programs, Teaching and Research is permanently and systematically engaged in raising the level of quality of all activities of the Faculty (teaching/learning, grading system, research, postgraduate studies, system of control of quality of teaching and research, continued education).

Fundamental principles of the function of the Centre, as an integral part of quality assurance strategy, are as follows:

bullet

 Inclusion of quality culture into all domains of work of the Faculty;

bullet

In addition to monitoring, the Centre devises institutional mechanisms which guarantee continual improvements;

bullet

The Centre presents to the Assembly for Education and Science for adoption its yearly and long-term activity plan;

bullet

After the suggestion of the Centre, the Assembly for Education and Science adopts the standards and procedures of quality assurance;

bullet

Procedures of quality assurance are established per each area of quality assurance, defining in detail the actions of various agents in the system of quality assurance.

At least once a year, the Centre submits its report to the Assembly for Education and Science.

After the suggestion of the Centre, the University of Niš Faculty of Medicine adopted the Standards and Procedures for Self-Evaluation and Quality Assurance of the University of Niš Faculty of Medicine as a publicly available document containing defined quality standards and procedures for quality assurance per each area of quality assurance, defining in detail the actions of various agents in the system of quality assurance of this institution.

Strategy of quality assurance of the University of Niš Faculty of Medicine defines the following priorities:

bullet

Quality of study programs,

bullet

Quality of teaching/learning process,

bullet

Quality of research and professional work,

bullet

Quality of teachers and associates,

bullet

Quality of students,

bullet

Quality of textbooks, literature, library and information resources;

bullet

Quality of facilities and equipment,

bullet

Quality of financing

bullet

Student involvement in self-evaluation and quality check-ups,

bullet

Systematical monitoring and regular, periodic quality check-ups.

University of Niš Faculty of Medicine, through the activities of the Centre and all agents in quality assurance, implements the following quality assurance measures:

bullet

Continued updating of the contents and improvement of quality of all study programs in close co-operation with national and international accredited medical, dentistry and pharmaceutical faculties and institutions of higher learning performing professional education;

bullet

Transition from teacher-oriented to student-oriented education, making students the partners in their own education;

bullet

Objective, public and controlled examinations;

bullet

Periodical monitoring of the way examinations are performed; student success at particular courses and in general; quality of textbooks; and measures to eliminate the observed shortcomings;

bullet

Analysis of the causes of too long, low quality and inefficient studying;

bullet

Continual monitoring of quality of teaching, realization of teaching plans, with opinions of the students on the quality of teaching obtained by way of regular student inquiries on the quality of teaching and performance of teachers and associates;

bullet

Provision of feedback information from the students, their suggestions and critics, making provisions that they should be involved in the adoption and execution of strategies, standards and procedures for quality assurance;

bullet

Abiding by the high election criteria for teachers and associates, in accordance with the recommendations of the National Council and international criteria;

bullet

 Provision of additional education of teachers and associates in the fields of teaching methodology, psychology, communication skills and IT;

bullet

Establisment of the standards and procedures for quality assurance in its own domain of work; these are publicly available;

bullet

Periodical self-evaluations and publishing of the results in accordance with the legislation;

bullet

Creation of organizational quality culture;

bullet

Management quality provision;

bullet

Improvement of quality of extracurricular activities and occupational and teaching/learning environment;

bullet

 Permanent accumulation of information from all parties (students, teachers, administration, management, public) with regular debates on quality issues and development of evaluation procedures aiming to assess various aspects of quality of teaching/learning and research;

bullet

Periodical assessment and advancement of the strategy of quality assessment.

Activities of the Centre are open to public.

Related links:

 

Visit of the Council of Europe experts to the Faculty of Medicine, University of Nis, on July 21, 2009.

 
 

 

Send mail to suncica@medfak.ni.ac.rs  with questions or comments about this web site.
Copyright © 2009 FACULTY OF MEDICINE UNIVERSITY OF NIS
Last modified: 01/22/09