Press Release

    

The first accreditation process for the providers of English Language courses has been completed. 

The National Qualification Authority in cooperation with British Council organized a media conference which was held in the Students’ Center in Prishtina, wherein the results of accreditation process for private English language courses in Kosovo have been presented.   
In this press conference, Mr. Ragip Gjoshi Chairman of the Steering Council of NQA, Mr.Ian Cliff, Ambassador of United Kingdom, Ms. Teuta Danuza, Director of National Qualification Authority and Ms. Arjeta Emra, Director of British Council presented the entire flow of the accreditation process.   
Initially, Mr.Gjoshi spoke about the role and importance of the Steering Council of National Qualification Authority in the accreditation process of providers of English language courses in Kosovo. Mr. Gjoshi emphasized that inclusion of these providers, for the first time under the umbrella of quality assurance and external quality assessment by a public institution of the Republic of Kosovo was a good opportunity to increase the credibility of English language courses. 

Mr. Ragip Gjoshi, on behalf of the Steering Council of NQA thanked the British Council and the British Government for the support and stressed that NQA did a remarkable job in increasing the quality in Vocational Education and Training by providing qualitative and efficient services for VET providers in Kosovo.     
Meanwhile, Mr. Ian Cliff, the Ambassador of Great Britain, during his speech, expressed the sense of privilege to have supported the NQA as a new institution in Kosovo, and stated that the establishment of the system of qualification in line with European Qualification Framework is a step towards the European Union. Mr.Cliff emphasized that he feels honored that the British Council has supported the NQA in terms of professional rather than political aspect. 
Afterwards, Ms. Teuta Danuza, the director of NQA thanked the British Council and British Government for the support provided to the NQA since its establishment in all activities, both in terms of professional and capacity building of NQA staff. She also explained that the cooperation of NQA and British Council has started back in 2009, initially the standards of English language have been set in accordance with Common Framework for Languages, in Kosovo, as a result of comprehensive work of the stakeholders from the English language sector.      
The accreditation process for the courses started in February and ended in March 2013; where in total 22 visits were conducted. For the evaluation of these courses in total 7 experts have been engaged, from whom 3 internationals and 4 local experts. Ms. Danuza presented a list of providers which according to the Decisions of NQA Steering Council are accredited:  
- Employment Promotion Agency in Kosovo “EPAK”, Prishtina; - “Britannica”, ELT, Prishtina;- “London Eye”, Prizren;- “New Age School”, with a sub-branch, Prishtina;- “Oxford Studio” with 10 sub-branches within Kosovo, 4 branches in Prishtina, 2 branches in Gjilan, 2 branches in Prizren, 1 branch in Klina, 1 branch in Istog and 1 branch in Gurrakoc;- Training and Development Center – “PTK”, Prishtina; - “The Cambridge School”, Prishtina; 
* The names of providers are listed alphabetically.  

To conclude, Ms. Danuza stated that from now on the accredited providers of English language courses bear the quality stamp through the institutional sustainability, teachers and qualified staff, as well as qualitative content of programs in accordance with the European Framework of Foreign Languages. 
Ms. Arjeta Emra, Director of British Council in Kosovo expressed her satisfaction regarding NQA work and emphasized that the British Council will continue its support and work jointly with NQA in order to enable the accredited courses to meet the requirements and recommendations from NQA assessment. Moreover, the British Council, in the coming months, will commence with the methodology that will be used for teaching English language in the courses and schools that will be in accordance with the Common European Framework of Languages.      

Respectfully, National Qualification Authority