Accreditation meeting at Mari State University, September 2017

An expert panel for professional public accreditation made a site visit to Mari State University – MarSU. The review was implemented within the PACAgro project.

The bachelor’s programs: Agriculture (35.03.04) and Animal Science (36.03.02) underwent external review.

The experts from Kabardino-Balkarian State Agricultural Academy after V.M. Kokov – KBSAU, Russian State Agrarian University - Timiryazev Moscow Agricultural Academy, Saint-Petersburg State Agrarian University – SPbSAU, Federal State Budgetary Scientific Institution “Institute for Engineering and Environmental Problems in Agricultural Production – IEEP, Kazan State Agrarian University - Kasan SAU, managers from "Rusmarketconsulting" Ltd., the Center for Professional Public Accreditation of Study Programs and Carrier Development – Agency of Employers and Students in the sphere of Agriculture – APSA as well as foreign representatives from Aleksandras Stulginskis University – ASU (Lithuania) and Estonian University of Life Sciences – EMU took part in the review.

Based on the analysis of the self-evaluation report, the submitted documents and information, as well as interviews with representatives of professional communities, students, employees and the management of MarSU, the expert panel came to the conclusion that the programs Agriculture and Animal Science in substantial (significant) degree meet the standards and criteria of professional public accreditation developed by ARSA.

The expert panel noted that the development and updating of study programs was carried out in line with the recommendations of the leading agricultural enterprises and organizations (Ministry of Agriculture and Food of Mari El, ZAO Plemzavod "Semenovsky", OOO Poultry Farm "Akashchevskaya", Agricultural Production Co-operative "Named After Lenin" of the Soviet district, Agricultural Production Co-operative "Prigorodny" of Medvedevsky district, the " Pervoye Maya " collective farm, the "U Ilysh" collective farm, ZAO "Shoybulaksky", Federal State Budgetary Scientific Institution "Mari Agricultural Research Institute", branch of Federal State Institution "Rosselkhozentr" for Mari El, Federal State Budgetary Institution "Station of Agrochemical Service" Mariyskaya ", etc.). This fact was mentioned as the key strengths of the accredited programs.

The employers take an active part in the improvement of the curricula, syllabuses of disciplines, practice programs, state final examination. The majority of syllabuses of disciplines that disclose professional competences have employers’ reviews. The program Agriculture has a review report with recommendations from the collective farm "Pervoye Maya". The academic staff involved in delivery of the program Animal Science as well as students studying the program "Modern technologies of poultry products production" undergo professional certification.

 

The academic staff has sufficient competence in the areas of knowledge covered by the study program.

The study program is implemented with the involvement of employees from the leading agricultural enterprises and staff of the field-oriented scientific organizations.

The expert panel recommended the Accreditation Council of ARSA to accredit the bachelor’s programs: Agriculture (35.03.04) and Animal Science (36.03.02).

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