The Legal Entity of Public Law (LEPL) – National Center for Educational Quality Enhancement was founded on 1 September, 2010 under the Law of Georgia on Educational Quality Enhancement. The EQE is the legal successor of the LEPL - National Center for Educational Accreditation.
As a result of amendments made to the Law of Georgia on Higher Education and the Law of Georgia on General Education the same September 2010, mandatory licensing and institutional accreditation were substituted by the authorisation procedure. The content of accreditation was also modified – it establishes the compatibility of an educational programme with accreditation standards and aims at introducing regular self-evaluation for the improvement of educational quality and promotion of further development of quality assurance. Authorisation is a mandatory procedure for educational institutions, whilst accreditation – is a voluntary one.
Until these amendments the licensing and accreditation were not mandatory for the acquisition of the status of an educational institution. The licensing procedures were administered by the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia and accreditation –by the LEPL - National Center for Educational Accreditation.
The Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia launched the institutional accreditation in 2004 and on 27 March 2006 the Legal Entity of Public Law – the State Service for the Accreditation of Educational Institutions of Georgia, later the National Center for Educational Accreditation was founded to this end by Order №222 of the Minister of Education and Science of Georgia. The Center was authorised to carry out the institutional and programme accreditation in higher, vocational and general education institutions of Georgia.
The goals of the National Center for Educational Quality Enhancement are:
Promotion of the formation of internal mechanisms of educational quality assurance, implementation of external mechanisms and their further improvement in cooperation with educational institutions and other stakeholders;
Creation of the integrated database of educational programmes of educational institutions, of the personnel implementing these programmes and persons enrolled for the programmes concerned;
Promotion of free movement of school, vocational and university students and academic personnel with a view to ensure their participation in learning, teaching and research activities;
Promotion of the integration of Georgian educational institutions into international educational space and improvement of confidence in them;
Ensuring the reliability of credentials and interconnection between awarded qualifications and labour market;
Assessment of the importance of learning outcomes of acquired education and their compatibility with qualifications, recognised by the state;
Promotion of development of the Georgian language and establishment of a common scientific-technical terminology.
The EQE is independent in its activities. It operates according to publicity and transparency principles and is guided by the Constitution of Georgia, international treaties and agreements of Georgia, the Law of Georgia on Educational Quality Enhancement and other legislative acts, NCEQE Statute, approved by the Ministry and other legal acts.