Address by the Minister of Education at the Conference on Quality Assurance in Higher Education

It is my pleasure to address today’s Conference on the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in Medical and Health Professions Education, organized by the Cyprus Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation in Higher Education, under the auspices of the Ministry of Education and Culture.

The Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture welcomes and encourages the organization of conferences on Quality Assurance in Higher Education, conferences that are set within the framework of the Bologna Process and the EU modernization agenda for Higher Education.

The Cyprus Agency of Quality Assurance and Accreditation in Higher Education was established by the Ministry of Education and Culture in November 2015. The Agency is now the competent authority for quality assurance and accreditation in Higher Education in the Republic of Cyprus and aims at the enhancement of internal and external quality assurance procedures in Higher Education Institutions, according to the European Standards and Guidelines.

Quality Assurance in Medical and Health Professions Education is of paramount importance. At present, Universities in Cyprus operate medical schools and programs of study in nursing, whereas premedical education and programs of study relevant to medical and health education are offered by universities as well as a number of institutions of higher education, at non-university level.

The Council of the Agency, wishing to enhance the quality of medical education in Cyprus and to promote the highest standards, has adopted the ‘Standards for Master’s Degrees in Medical and Health Professions Education’, as these have been developed by the World Federation for Medical Education. The Council has also adopted the World Federation’s ”Global Standards for Quality Improvement in Basic Medical Education. Both sets of standards are sound frameworks for quality assurance and play a key role in our efforts to achieve the highest levels of quality in the fields of medical and health education.

I am confident that this Conference will improve our knowledge in the area as we will have the opportunity to listen to Professor David Gordon, the President of the World Federation for Medical Education, and find out more about the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in Medical and Health Professions Education.

Concluding, I would like to congratulate the Cyprus Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation of Higher education, the distinguished keynote speaker, Professor David Gordon, the Deans of the Medical Schools of Cyprus as well as everyone who contributed to the organization of this Conference.

I am convinced that the conference and its conclusions will be very useful in our efforts to create a solid quality assurance framework and sound criteria for the external evaluation and accreditation of quality in medical and health education.

I wish you all a productive and stimulating conference.

Source: Press and Information Office