The External Evaluation is the last phase of each cycle of the procedure for Quality Assurance and consists of the critical and analytical Evaluation of the results of the Internal Evaluation procedure by a Committee of Independent Experts.
The purpose of the External Evaluation procedure is to determine the completeness, transparency and objectivity of the Internal Evaluation, its documentary data and the formulation of an objective neutral opinion with the following objectives:
- to point out good practices and areas for improvement
- to highlight and provide documented support for the logical requests of the Unit made at the level of the Institution or the State
- to collect and promote the best practices nationwide.
The External Evaluation procedure is initiated by the submission of the Internal Evaluation Report to the HQA. Based on the Internal Evaluation Report and following a direct meeting with the Academic Unit (visit and exchange of views), the External Evaluation Committee prepares the External Evaluation Report.
The External Evaluation Report is invited to analyse in depth the findings and the results of the internal evaluation in respect of:
- the achievements of the Academic Unit (or Institution)
- the areas for improvement or corrective actions
- the effectiveness of the actions already taken by the Unit in order to assure and improve the quality of the work performed, and
- in general, the adherence of the Unit to its mission and objectives.
According to the law, "The External Evaluation Committee consists of five members, who are on the Register of External Experts, which is maintained by the HQA. The Register of External Experts is compiled following the suggestions of higher education institutions and the HQA, and it is updated every four years". The HQA has already invited the Academic Units and Institutions to recommend experts in their respective fields to be included in the Register of External Experts that is being prepared by the Authority.