In 2016, the MA program of East Asia Region Studies (EARS) went through a detailed inner and outer evaluation process coordinated by the Centre for Quality Assessment in Higher Education and a special committee that was comprised of such program stakeholders as lecturers, students and social partners. The evaluation culminated with the visit of independent experts’ group that visited VMU on November and gathered information necessary to prepare the final report.

This week the evaluation report was presented to CAS with very favorable results – the EARS program received high points in all six evaluation areas, such as program aims, curriculum design, teaching staff, facilities, study process and management. As a result, the program was accredited for the maximum period of 6 years. In the report, experts also proposed direction for further improvements in the program. The EARS committee will take these suggestions into consideration and strive to maintain high quality of East Asian studies at VMU.

The Centre for Quality Assessment in Higher Education coordinates evaluation of all university programs on a regular basis. After evaluation programs can be accredited up to 6 years indicating how well they meet all criteria. Study programs with at least one evaluation area evaluated as “unsatisfactory” are not accredited at all.