|Types and levels of studies |
The activity of higher education is performed through academic and professional studies based on granted/accredited study programs for the achievement of high education. At the academic studies, the academic study program is carried out. This program enables students for the development and practical use of scientific, professional and artistic achievements.
At the professional studies, the professional study program is carried out. This program enables students to apply knowledge and skills necessary for participating in the working process.
First level studies are:
1. Basic academic studies
2. Basic professional studies
Second level studies are:
1. Graduate academic studies-master
2. Specialist professional studies
3. Specialist academic studies
Third degree studies are doctor academic studies.
Accreditation is used to establish if an institution of higher education and study programs fulfill the standards established by the National Council. It is also used to establish if an institution of higher education has the right to issue public documents, all in accordance with the Law of higher education.
In the process of accrediting an institution of higher education, it is established if the institution fulfills certain conditions which are, according to the Law of higher education, specified for the given institutions which perform the higher education activity. In the process of accrediting a study program, it is established if conditions of introducing such a program are being fulfilled, in accordance with the law. The process of accrediting is conducted at the demand of the Ministry, founder i.e. the institution of higher education itself.
At the process of accrediting, the Accreditation and Quality Control Commission does the following:
1. Issues a certificate of accreditation to an institution of higher education or study program 2. Issues an act of warning to an institution of higher education. This act points out the weaknesses concerning conditions, quality of work of an institution of high education or a study program, and gives a deadline for removing the weaknesses. When the deadline is over, it decides about the request.
3. Issues a decision which denies the accreditation demand. In the process of deciding about the accreditation, the Commission takes into account the results of the quality assessment and self-assessment defined by the Law of higher education. If the board reaches a decision to deny the accreditation, the founder/ institution of high education can file a complaint to the National Council within 30 days from the day the decision was received.
There could not be a legal process against the decision of the National Council. Founder/institution of higher education has the right to repeat the request for accreditation after the period of one year after the decision to deny the accreditation request was received. The institution of higher education can start working and performing its activities after it receives the working license.
Working license is issued by the Ministry, at the demand of the institution of higher education. At the territory of A.C. Vojvodina, the license is issued by the organs authorized for the delegated affairs.