The Estonian Entrepreneurship University of Applied Sciences (EUAS) successfully passed external evaluation and earned institutional accreditation for the next seven years.
The Estonian Quality Agency for Higher and Vocational Education (EKKA) assessed the compliance of EUAS management, work procedures, study and research activities and study and research environment to the relevant legislation and the goals and development plan of the university.
By unanimous decision of the 13-member quality assessment council, EUAS was granted a new accreditation for the maximum period of time, until 7 June 2028.
“We are sincerely grateful that our efforts in developing the school, preparing the self-assessment report and meeting with the international committee were crowned with success,” said Mait Rungi, rector of EUAS. “We have deliberately remained a small so-called boutique private school for the distinctive strengths in innovation and flexibility this offers. It is of significant value that our activities have been assessed as worthy and equal to large universities by the same standards used to evaluate them. This happened thanks to cooperation between the school family, students, alumni, businesses and partners. No one was left out, with everyone contributing to our activities on a daily basis.”
In the final report, the committee outlined the strong and trust-based relations of EUAS with companies and the school’s rapid response to employers' needs, which is also reflected in the preparation of curricula. It was also concluded that the trilingual education offered provides a good opportunity to increase the number of international students. EUAS students highly value the professionalism, practical output and flexibility of the curriculum.
Among the areas for improvement, the committee drew attention to the need to focus on research and development and strengthening the relevant support processes, monitoring the improvement of lecturers more effectively and the increased need to internationalise staff, including in the development of curricula.
“Considering the importance of education in shaping the country’s future, evaluations are absolutely necessary and genuinely useful,” added Mait Rungi. “Institutional accreditation provides a unique opportunity to receive an expert opinion on the school’s activities and proposals for development from an independent international committee. As this assessment was carried out virtually for the first time and during a period of distanced learning due to the coronavirus pandemic, there was also a welcomed additional opportunity to receive feedback on how we managed with this unique situation.”
The Estonian Entrepreneurship University of Applied Sciences, founded in 1992, is the largest private higher education institution in Estonia with 1600 students and more than 5000 alum. You can study in Estonian, English and Russian at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The university has the right to teach in business and administration, information technology, personal service and arts curriculum groups.
Rector of the Estonian Entrepreneurship University of Applied Sciences