Quality Teaching in Higher Education – a Lengthy Process

On 17 November, the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology hosted a seminar Quality Teaching in Higher Education. Determining quality teaching represents a challenge for higher education institutions and agencies responsible for their accreditation and evaluation. The aim of the seminar was to answer the following questions:

- How does the national framework of higher education through legislation and accreditation/evaluation procedures influence the quality of study programmes implementation and the quality of teaching?
- What mechanisms of encouraging quality work of higher education teachers and associates need to be established by higher education institutions?
- How do contemporary teaching methods and forms, technology, etc. influence teaching?
- How is quality affected by internationalisation, teacher and student mobility?


The introductory lecture by Fabrice Hénard, in charge of the project Supporting Quality Teaching in Higher Education in the frames of the OECD Programme on Institutional Management in Higher Education (IMHE), was followed by a panel moderated by mag. Franci Pivec, President of the Council for Higher Education of the Republic of Slovenia. Views of various higher education stakeholders on quality teaching in higher education were represented by Dr. Maja Makovec Brenčič, President of the Council of Slovenian Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, Dr. Lučka Lorber, Vice-Rector for Quality Development at the University of Maribor, and Mitja Urbanc, Deputy President of Slovenian Student Union. This was followed by a discussion with seminar participants, mainly including representatives of higher education institutions in charge of quality and study affairs, and Ministry and Cmepius representatives.


The seminar found that the establishment of a system supporting and promoting quality teaching in higher education is a lengthy process, and there aren’t any uniform rules and criteria to measure it. However, it should be noted that a quality assurance system does not equal quality teaching. Primary responsibility for quality teaching therefore lies with higher education teachers and the management of higher education institutions.