IQAA’s mission is to contribute to the improvement of quality of education, to increase the competitiveness of educational institutions of Kazakhstan at national and international levels and to promote a culture of quality among educational institutions and public consciousness.
IQAA conducts institutional and programme accreditation of higher education institutions, scientific research institutions, TVET institutions, and professional development organisations. The Agency has Accreditation Committees for institutional accreditation and programme accreditation by the fields of studies. Appeals and Complaints commissions function to ensure the transparency of accreditation results. The Agency has an internal quality assurance system, and regularly collects feedback from all types of stakeholders to improve quality assurance procedures and ensure continuous development. The accreditation standards and other documents are publicly available.
IQAA is a leading quality assurance agency in Kazakhstan in the terms of accredited higher education institutions and study programmes.
Other types of IQAA’s activities include research on quality assurance of education, including participation in research projects and publication of thematic analyses, provision of latest information and news on quality assurance nationally and worldwide, participation and contribution in the matters related to legislation and policy in the field of quality assurance on national level, organisation of national, regional and international conferences and trainings on quality assurance, international cooperation, etc.
IQAA pioneered publication of independent academic rankings of higher education institutions in Kazakhstan in 2008, and publishes them under the provision of a separate entity IQAA-Ranking.