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International accreditation


NCPA helps HEIs enhance the quality and visibility of study programmes, attract international students, and facilitate the recognition of academic credentials for graduates seeking employment abroad. NCPA carries out international accreditation procedures for HEIs in Russia and abroad and collaborates with accrediting bodies worldwide.


NCPA carries out accreditation of all kinds of educational programmes, except for those that contain state secrets.

Focus of accreditation

NCPA combines the related study programmes into clusters and evaluates their quality by one External Review Panel. A cluster may include vocational, bachelor's, master's, specialist, and postgraduate degree programmes.

A typical example of a cluster

Stages of accreditation

The accreditation procedure comprises three stages:

  • #1

  • #2

    External review
    (Site visit)
  • #3


NCPA’s support

A coordinator from NCPA, takes up all the arrangements related to the accreditation procedure, including:

  1. assistance in filling in the e-forms on the online platform

  2. delivery of an orientation workshop

  3. visa support

  4. travel and accommodation arrangements

  5. coordination of the work of the External Review Panel during the site visit

  6. assistance and consultancy throughout the whole accreditation procedure 24/7

Our experts

All our experts are highly qualified in their fields

Since 2011 a total of 1,534 experts have been involved in our procedures
  • Doctors of sciences employed by the leading HEIs in positions

    ranging from the heads of the departments to the rector of a HEI with meaningful scientific achievements
  • Representatives of employers

    from the top management of line ministries and large businesses
  • Representatives of a student community

  • Foreign experts from 28 countries

    In our pool we have experts from China, India, Turkey, Pakistan, and the CIS countries.
  • Due to our extensive worldwide partner network we can employ an expert from a particular country or a particular HEI

Accreditation decision

The National Accreditation Board, an independent collegial body, makes the accreditation decision based on the Self-Evaluation Report and expert assessments. The Board meets twice a year, usually in June and December.

Two weeks after a positive decision is made by the National Accreditation Board, the HEI receives a certificate of accreditation. The maximum accreditation period is 6 years.

In case of international accreditation carried out by NCPA jointly with a foreign accreditation agency, two accreditation certificates are issued: by the National Centre for Public Accreditation, and by a foreign accreditation agency.

Follow up

After the formal accreditation procedure is complete and the decision is made, we extensively disseminate information about the accreditation results and promote the accredited programmes in different media:

  • An “Excellent Quality” badge is awarded depending on the level of accreditation (three stars for undergoing national accreditation, four stars for international accreditation, and five stars for joint international accreditation)

  • We promote the accredited programmes in the journal “Higher Education in Russia”, publish updates in newsletters of the world’s leading quality assurance networks (Newsletter INQAAHE, etc.), on the official websites of the embassies.

  • Information on the accredited programmes is considered when determining the HEI’s admission quotas that are funded by the state and thus tuition-free for students.

  • Information on the accredited programmes is included: :

    • in the Register of Accredited Programmes of NCPA ()
    • in the Register of Accredited Educational Programmesросаккредитация.рф
    • in the Database of External Quality Assurance Results in the Asia-Pacific Region (DAQAR) DAQAR

Recognition and experience

NCPA is included in the List of accrediting organizations of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation. 33 % of all the accredited tertiary education programmes in Russia have been accredited by NCPA. NCPA ranks first among 110 accrediting organisations in the Russian Federation.


Dr. Galina Motova

NCPA Director

Мотова Галина

директор Нацаккредцентра

In order to be eligible to conduct international accreditation and to include information about accredited educational programmes in foreign registers, NCPA has undergone international external review three times to be included in the European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education (EQAR) and the Asia-Pacific Quality Register (APQR). As a President of the Asia Pacific Quality Network (APQN), NCPA’s Director, Dr. Galina Motova, is promoting the system of independent accreditation the Asia-Pacific region.

Accreditation costs

The cost of international accreditation ranges from RUB 700 000 to RUB 1 million. The cost of joint accreditation amounts to RUB 1.6 million. A cluster approach is used to optimize costs.

The more related programmes are included in the cluster (not exceeding the possible maximum limit number), the lower the price of a single programme is.

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