ASHE was established by the Government of the Republic of Croatia as an independent public body and the only institution tasked with accreditation procedures in higher education and research in the country. It is independent of both the ministry and the higher education institutions.
It is funded from the state budget and international project funding; it has the legal possibility of charging for its procedures; however, it is currently not doing so for institutions and programmes in the Republic of Croatia.
The Agency’s scope of authority is accreditation of higher education institutions and research organisations in the Republic of Croatia. Its roles are external quality assurance and quality improvement of higher education and research through evaluation procedures, professional recognition of foreign higher education qualifications and dissemination of information and best practices. The Agency’s scope of work also includes activities related to applying and meeting the conditions for enrolment to HE institutions. Furthermore, the Agency provides professional and administrative support to strategic and expert bodies in the system of science and higher education.
ASHE’s most recent external review report can be found here.
ASHE is registered on EQAR.