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Hungarian Accreditation Committee International Advisory Board Meetig Welcome and introduction György BAZSA President, H AC Budapest, 2 3-24 November 2008. Welcome and thanks: we are grateful and proud. The meeting was prepared to our best knowledge and with high expectations.

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Hungarian Accreditation Committee

International Advisory Board Meetig

Welcome and introduction

György BAZSA

President, HAC

Budapest, 23-24 November 2008


  • Welcome and thanks: we are grateful and proud.

  • The meeting was prepared to our best knowledge and with high expectations.

  • HAC: 15 years of continuous activity, without dramatic breaks, but with necessary changes

  • Legal base:

    • HE Acts: 1993 and 2005, some amandments

    • Goverment decree(s)

    • HAC’s own by-laws

  • HE Act 109. § (1) HAC is an independent national body of experts assesing quality of education, research and artistic acctivities in higher education and examining the operation of the institutional quality development scheme.


  • National body but with

    • international tradition of HHE and

    • actual European context

  • International elements:

    • original formulation of the concepts

    • non-Hungarian members at the beginning

    • HAC membership in INQAAHE

    • renewed membership in ENQA

    • initialisation of CEEN

    • personal participations in CRE/EUA audits

    • ESG is accepted and applied in all respects and at all levels.


  • Some actual characteristics of Hungarian HE:

    • Formally to many institutions (70), but reason-albe number (30) and size of state funded ones.

    • Full implementation of Bologna process.

    • Decreasing young population.

    • Not enough state support.

    • Various actions, even fight for students.

    • Quantity and institutional interests are stronger than quality and common values.

    • Quality culture in this situation is slowly developing: HAC has to function for a longer period before meta-accreditation could exist.

    • High quality sector of HHE is at good and accepted international level.


  • Some (conceptual) characteristics of HAC (‘s activity)

    • Quality is the duty and responsibility of highereducation institutions.

    • HAC contributes to this quality by formulating normes, requriments, conditions and

    • evaluating (accrediting) their fulfilments.

    • Result of evaluation is an „expert opinion”, legally not licensing. Except: doctoral schools.

      • In case of „positive expert opinion” the Senate has the right of decision.

      • In case of „negative expert opinion” the Senate has the rigth of appeal to the HAC’s Appeal’ Board or to the Minister.


  • HAC is strong in evaluation of input conditions (ex ante), less strong in the evaluation of the process and weak in output’s evaluation (ex post).

  • HAC, like the Law on HE and itself the Hungarian HE is strongly „academic”, less „professional” oriented and determined. It’s true for quality aspects, too: we have academic conditions.

  • HAC, like the whole HHE still has not enough strong bonds to the society at large: this is well ref-lected in the introduction of the Bologna process.

  • One often critised character of HAC: domestic experts are representing institutional pro or contra interests. But there is no other expert pool in the country. HAC’s mechanism is the key factor.


  • International Advisory Board’s programme:

    • we expect objective advises,

    • including both positive evaluation and criticism,

    • proposals for organisation, function, activity etc.

      Targeted could be

    • HAC in general,at present its „action plan”,

    • HEIs (if you have a „message”),

    • stakeholders, including Ministry …

      HAC is ready to accept and to realise them in the near future.


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