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AUSTRIA

FINHEEC - Finnish Higher Education Evaluation Council

CONTACT PERSON

Achim Hopbach
Director

achim.hopbach@aq.ac.at

CONTACT DETAILS
FOUNDING DATE: 1996
ENQA FULL MEMBERSHIP: 2000
OWNERSHIP

AQ Austria is a legal entity governed by public law

AGENCY QA ACTIVIES

Developing and carrying out external quality assurance procedures such as audits for higher education institutions and accreditation procedures for higher education institutions and degree programmes, according to national and international standards; continuously supervision of accredited higher education institutions and degree programmes regarding the accreditation requirements; conducting studies and system-wide analyses, performing evaluations, and carrying out projects; providing information and advice in matters related to quality assurance and quality enhancement.

Institutional and programme accreditation, audit, evaluations, studies and projects, information and supervision. AQ Austria includes the competences and activities of three previous existing organisations, namely the Österreichischer Akkreditierungsrat (Austrian Accreditation Council – ÖAR) the Fachhochschulrat (FH Council - FHR) and the Austrian Agency for Quality Assurance (AQA). AQA will complete ongoing evaluations and therefore keep its functions until mid 2013.

KEYWORDS

External quality assurance aiming at quality improvement and
accountability.

REVIEW OUTCOME

Following the amalgamation of ÖAR and FHR, AQ Austria was granted the same membership status as the previous member agencies since it is deemed to meet the membership criteria. Full membership was granted on 23 April 2012 for a period of two years.


BELGIUM

AEQES - Agence pour l’Evaluation de la Qualité de l’Enseignement Supérieur organisé ou subventionné par la Communauté française, Brussels

CONTACT PERSON

Caty Duykaerts
Head of Executive Unit

caty.duykaerts@aeqes.be,

eva.jaroszewski@aeqes.be,

geraldine.carette@aeqes.be,

axelle.piret@aeqes.be,

alexis.vermote@aeqes.be,

michael.marion@aeqes.be

CONTACT DETAILS
  • Rue Adolphe Lavallée, 1 - 5ème étage
    B-1080 Brussels
    Belgium
  • +32 (0)2 690 88 09 / 87 73
  • +32 (0)2 690 88 44
  • http://www.aeqes.be
FOUNDING DATE: 1996
ENQA FULL MEMBERSHIP: 2000
OWNERSHIP

AEQES has new legislation since February 2008. AEQES is funded by the Ministry of the French Community of Belgium. It is independent of both the institutions of higher education and the government of the French Community.

AGENCY QA ACTIVIES

AEQES is responsible for the external evaluation of the quality of higher education in the French Community in Belgium. The agency evaluates universities, “hautes écoles” (non-university HEIs), art academies and conservatoires, higher institutes of architecture and adult learning institutions.

AEQES is the only agency officially recognised in the French Community. It aims at stimulating co-operation among HEIs, developing quality culture and disseminating good practices. It is in charge of the policies and guidelines concerning the external evaluation of HEIs and their programmes in the area.

KEYWORDS

External evaluations of curricula, quality enhancement

METHODS USED

On-site visits, peer reviews, publication of reports and follow-up plans.

REVIEW OUTCOME

Full Membership granted on 9 September 2011


VLHORA - Council of Flemish Institutions of Higher Education,
Brussels

CONTACT PERSON

Marc Vandewalle
Secretary General

marc.vandewalle@vlhora.be

CONTACT DETAILS
  • Ravensteingalerij 27 B3
    1000 Brussels
    Belgium
  • +32 02 211 41 90
  • +32 02 211 41 99
  • http://www.vlhora.be
ENQA FULL MEMBERSHIP: 2000
REVIEW OUTCOME

Full Membership reconfirmed on 23 January 2009.

VLIR - QAU - Flemish Interuniversity Council Quality Assurance Unit, Brussels

CONTACT PERSON

Mieke Vanderstappen
Head of Executive Unit

mieke.vanderstappen@vlir.be

marleen.bronders@vlir.be

administratie@vlir.be

CONTACT DETAILS
  • Ravensteingalerij 27 B3
    1000 Brussels
    Belgium
  • +32 2 792 55 00
  • +32 2 211 41 99
  • http://www.vlir.be
FOUNDING DATE: 1976
ENQA FULL MEMBERSHIP: 2000
OWNERSHIP

Independent organisation financed by the Flemish universities.

AGENCY QA ACTIVIES

VLIR is a consultative body representing the 6 Flemish universities.

Stimulate co-operation among the universities and between the universities and the public authorities. Act as a common voice on university management, development, legislation, research, quality assessment and evaluation etc.

KEYWORDS

External quality assessment aiming at quality improvement and accountability. Educational programme assessment.

METHODS USED

Discipline orientated quality assessment based on self-assessment and peer review. Evaluation of programmes in development co-operation. Joint reviews with VSNU of various educational programmes.

REVIEW OUTCOME

Full membership reconfirmed 7 September, 2009


BULGARIA

NEAA - National Evaluation and Accreditation Agency, Sofia

CONTACT PERSON

Mila Penelova
Secretary General

mpenelova@neaa.government.bg

CONTACT DETAILS
FOUNDING DATE: 1996
ENQA FULL MEMBERSHIP: 2008
OWNERSHIP

NEAA was established in 1996 by ordinance of the Council of Ministers as a specialised state body of the Council of Ministers for quality assurance in higher education.

AGENCY QA ACTIVIES

NEAA itself establishes and approves criteria and procedures for evaluation, accreditation and post-accreditation monitoring in compliance with the HEA and the state standards.

NEAA’s mission is to assist the HEIs to maintain and improve the quality of education in the Republic of Bulgaria. The agency aims at stimulating and improving the quality of the educational and research services as well as at raising their competitiveness.

METHODS USED

The core activity of NEAA is the evaluation, accreditation and control of the quality of education and research activities.

REVIEW OUTCOME

Full membership granted 25 September 2008.


CROATIA

ASHE - Agency for Science and Higher Education, Zagreb

CONTACT PERSON

Ms Emita Blagdan

medju@azvo.hr

CONTACT DETAILS
FOUNDING DATE: 2005
ENQA FULL MEMBERSHIP: 2011
OWNERSHIP

Independent public institution.

AGENCY QA ACTIVIES

Higher education institutions and research organisations in the Republic of Croatia.

Quality improvement of higher education and research through evaluation procedures and dissemination of information and best practices.

KEYWORDS

Croatia, quality improvement, evaluation, dissemination of information.

METHODS USED

Initial accreditation and re-accreditation, thematic evaluation, audit, recognition of foreign higher education qualifications.

REVIEW OUTCOME

Full membership granted 5 October 2011.


THE CZECH REPUBLIC

Accreditation Commission Czech Republic, Prague 1

CONTACT PERSON

Jiri Smrcka
Secretary of the Accreditation Commission

Jiri.Smrcka@msmt.cz

CONTACT DETAILS
  • Karmelitska 7
    118 12 Prague 1
    The Czech Republic
  • +420 2 57193457
  • +420 2 57193457
FOUNDING DATE: 1990
ENQA FULL MEMBERSHIP: 2002
OWNERSHIP

Independent body taking care of quality in higher education.

AGENCY QA ACTIVIES

Evaluation and accreditation of all existing study programmes.

Accreditation of study programmes, complex institutional accreditation.

KEYWORDS

Quality assurance of the higher education system, accreditation.

REVIEW OUTCOME

Full membership reconfirmed 29 June 2010


DENMARK

EVA - Danish Evaluation Institute, Copenhagen

CONTACT PERSON

Ms. Agi Csonka
Executive Director

Ms. Tine Holm
Director of Projects

eva@eva.dk

CONTACT DETAILS
  • Ostbanegade 55, 3rd Floor
    DK-2100 Copenhagen
    Denmark
  • + 45 35 55 01 01
  • + 45 35 55 10 11
  • http://www.eva.dk
FOUNDING DATE: 1992
ENQA FULL MEMBERSHIP: 2000
OWNERSHIP

Independent, but funded by the Ministry of Education.

AGENCY QA ACTIVIES

All levels of education.

Quality assessment of education. Systematic evaluation of education. Accreditation. Development of relevant methods and techniques for evaluation and quality assurance.

KEYWORDS

Evaluation: examining quality of process and result of education. Quality assurance: establishing procedures for stimulating and furthering quality.

REVIEW OUTCOME

After the second external review of the Agency conducted in 2010, the ENQA Board re-confirmed Full membership of EVA in ENQA on 12 April 2011.


The Accreditation Institution, Copenhagen

CONTACT PERSON

Ms. Anette Dørge Jessen
Executive Director

andj@acedenmark.dk

CONTACT DETAILS
FOUNDING DATE: 2007
ENQA FULL MEMBERSHIP: 2010
OWNERSHIP

Independent public institution. Duties are regulated by the Accreditation Act of 27th of March 2007.

AGENCY QA ACTIVIES

Pre-accreditation, accreditation and approval of programmes at higher educational level.

The Accreditation Institution is composed of two entities: the Accreditation Council, which is tasked with the accreditation and approval of university study programmes; and the agency, ACE Denmark, which is responsible for the analysis and preliminary assessment of programmes. The institution is inter alia working on developing methods and techniques for quality assurance, gathering and disseminating of relevant national and international accreditation experiences, and contributions to the further development of the accreditation concept.

KEYWORDS

Accreditation and approval of new and existing university programmes at bachelor, master’s (candidatus) and master level.

METHODS USED

Self-evaluation by the programme, appointment and training of expert panels, site visit and reporting by external reviewers, production of public assessment report by the agency, followed by decision of approval/conditional approval/disapproval by the Accreditation Council.

REVIEW OUTCOME

Full membership granted 2 September 2010.


FINLAND

FINHEEC - Finnish Higher Education Evaluation Council

CONTACT PERSON

Helka Kekäläinen
Secretary General

finheec@minedu.fi

CONTACT DETAILS
  • P.O. Box 133 / Meritullinkatu 1
    00171 Helsinki
    Finland
  • + 358 9 1607 6913
  • + 358 9 1607 6911
  • http://www.finheec.fi
FOUNDING DATE: 1996
ENQA FULL MEMBERSHIP: 2000
OWNERSHIP

Funded by the Ministry of Education, but independent of the Ministry and the HEIs.

AGENCY QA ACTIVIES

A co-ordinating and implementing expert organisation independent of both educational administration and institutions of higher education. Does not make administrative decisions.

The Council organises evaluations of quality work and institutional, programme and thematic evaluations. It provides advisory and consultancy services in the implementation of the evaluations, develops evaluation methodology and disseminates good Finnish and international practices to HEIs and the Ministry of Education.

KEYWORDS

Main focus on development of HEIs and education. Evaluation of university and polytechnic programmes of a certain discipline are carried out within one project.

METHODS USED

Audits of quality assurance systems of HEIs and evaluations for the accreditation of new polytechnics; Programme and thematic evaluations; Evaluations of quality units in education and adult education in the university sector, and quality units in education and centres of excellence in regional impact in the polytechnic sector; Accreditation of professional courses offered by HEIs.

REVIEW OUTCOME

Full membership reconfirmed 2 September 2010.

FRANCE

AERES - Evaluation Agency for Research and Higher Education, Paris

CONTACT PERSON

Didier Houssin
President

didier.houssin@aeres-evaluation.fr

lydie.akplogan@aeres-evaluation.fr

CONTACT DETAILS
FOUNDING DATE: CNÉ 1985 (AERES 2006)
ENQA FULL MEMBERSHIP: CNÉ 2000 (AERES 2007)
OWNERSHIP

Independent body.

AGENCY QA ACTIVIES

All institutions of higher education and research bodies in France.

Evaluation of HEIs and research bodies, research activities of research units, education and degrees of HEIs. Review and evaluation of quality of the main "missions of public service" of HEIs and research bodies and of the strategies they developed to carry out their teaching/research tasks and results.

KEYWORDS

Evaluation, quality, performance, government (accountability).

METHODS USED

Analysis of quantitative data and use of indicators. Peer review system (experts) for qualitative evaluation.

REVIEW OUTCOME

Full membership reconfirmed 2 September 2010


CTI - Commission des Titres d'Ingénieur, Neuilly-sur-Seine

CONTACT PERSON

Teresa Sánchez
Programme Manager

direction.programmes@cti-commission.fr

CONTACT DETAILS
FOUNDING DATE: 1934
ENQA FULL MEMBERSHIP: 2005
OWNERSHIP
REVIEW OUTCOME

Full membership reconfirmed 2 June 2009.


GERMANY

ACQUIN - Accreditation, Certification and Quality Assurance Institute, Bayreuth

CONTACT PERSON

Thomas Reil
Managing Director

sekr@acquin.org

CONTACT DETAILS
FOUNDING DATE: 2001
ENQA FULL MEMBERSHIP: 2003
OWNERSHIP

Registered organisation governed by HEIs.

AGENCY QA ACTIVIES

Quality assurance accreditation in higher education teaching and studying.

Evaluation of the reasons for the introduction of the new programme, its objective and relevance, contents and curricular design, examination procedures and standards, quality assurance measures, teaching and learning methods, successfulness and institutional support, infrastructure and resources.

KEYWORDS

Fitness for purpose.

METHODS USED

Accreditation.

REVIEW OUTCOME

Full membership reconfirmed 14 September 2012.


AHPGS - Accreditation Agency for Study Programmes in Health and Social Sciences, Freiburg

CONTACT PERSON

Georg Reschauer
Head of Office

sekretariat@ahpgs.de

CONTACT DETAILS
  • Sedanstrasse 22
    79098 Freiburg
    Germany
  • +49 (0)761/203-5529
  • +49 (0)761/203-5516
  • http://www.ahpgs.de
FOUNDING DATE: 2001
ENQA FULL MEMBERSHIP: 2009
OWNERSHIP

AHPGS is a legally recognised, independent and non-profit accreditation agency.

AGENCY QA ACTIVIES

Accreditation of study programmes in health and social sciences.

The aim of the accreditation is to evaluate subject-specific concepts on which the programmes are based and to judge the quality of the programmes and of teaching. Additional goals are to ensure the quality of the study programmes, to promote flexibility and coherence within them, and to improve the transparency of the German HE system.

KEYWORDS

Accreditation of study programmes, quality assurance.

METHODS USED

The accreditation procedures of AHPGS include a self-assessment report by the programme under evaluation; systematic analysis of the report by the review committee; a site-visit by the committee; the production of the final report by the committee; and a final accreditation decision by the AHPGS Commission based on the aforementioned reports.

REVIEW OUTCOME

Full membership granted 12 June 2009.


AQAS - Agentur für Qualitätssicherung durch Akkreditierung von Studiengängen, Bonn

CONTACT PERSON

Doris Herrmann
General Manager

herrmann@aqas.de

CONTACT DETAILS
  • Hohenstaufenring 30-32
    50674 Köln
    Germany
  • +49 228 / 90 96 010
  • +49 228 / 90 96 019
  • http://www.aqas.de
FOUNDING DATE: 2002
ENQA FULL MEMBERSHIP: 2008
OWNERSHIP

AQAS is a non-profit organisation that is independent of HEIs and functions outside of HEIs.

AGENCY QA ACTIVIES

AQAS provides accreditation for study programmes from all academic disciplines and throughout Germany. Programmes are accredited for a limited period of time and then need to be re-accredited.

AQAS is one of currently six accreditation agencies in Germany. It received its accreditation from the German Accreditation Council (Akkreditierungsrat) on February 14th, 2002 for the duration of five years.

KEYWORDS

Accreditation.

REVIEW OUTCOME

Full membership granted 19 November 2008.


ASIIN - Accreditation Agency Specialised in Accrediting Degree Programmes in Engineering

CONTACT PERSON

Jana Möhren
International Office

info@asiin.de

moehren@asiin.de

CONTACT DETAILS
FOUNDING DATE: 1999
ENQA FULL MEMBERSHIP: 2007
OWNERSHIP

Non-profit, registered association.

AGENCY QA ACTIVIES

Organised as a membership-based not-for-profit association under German law, ASIIN e. V. is carried by a broad coalition of academic and professional associations and higher education institutions. All activities of ASIIN e. V. are aimed at securing and further expanding high standards and the quality of higher education - within Germany and internationally. ASIIN operates internationally on a private-law base but is located in Germany and authorized as agency under the respective national public law in Germany, Switzerland and The Netherlands.

In the field of programme accreditation, ASIIN e. V. is specialised in reviewing degree programmes in engineering, informatics, mathematics and the natural sciences and all interdisciplinary combinations to these subject. At the institutional level, ASIIN e. V. undertakes reviews of quality management systems at higher education institutions. The areas of expertise are reflected in the composition of its boards and committees which consist of national and international experts in the respective fields.

KEYWORDS

Accreditation of degree programmes, accreditation of quality management sytems in higher education, labels, certifications, engineering, computer science/informatics, natural sciences, mathematics, architecture.

METHODS USED

The certification procedures carried out by ASIIN e. V. are based on the peer review principle as well as on the prinicples of transparency, comparability and international compatibility - respecting the ESG in any case. They focus on the outcomes of the process under review and combine a fitness-for-purpose approach (checking the coherence of objectives and results) with a fitness-of-purpose approach (as the objectives must be demonstrated to reflect the interests of the stakeholders in the respective process). Further requirements stipulated by national legislation are duly considered.

REVIEW OUTCOME

Full membership reconfirmed 8 February 2012


EVALAG

CONTACT PERSON

Dr. Anke Rigbers
Chief Executive

evalag@evalag.de

CONTACT DETAILS
FOUNDING DATE: 2000
ENQA FULL MEMBERSHIP: 2001
OWNERSHIP

Foundation under the terms of Public Law, non-governmental body, partly endowed by the Government.

AGENCY QA ACTIVIES

Quality assurance agency for higher education in Germany and outside Germany.

EVALAG is a centre of excellence for quality assurance and enhancement. It has supported higher education institutions and other scientific institutions with their commitment for good quality in teaching and learning, research and services since October 2009. EVALAG is accreditated as an accreditation agency.

KEYWORDS

Quality assurance, quality improvement, quality management.

METHODS USED

Evaluation (based on peer review and empirical data), audit procedures (based on peer review), accreditation (based on peer review), peer review procedures for research proposals, consultancy.

REVIEW OUTCOME

Full membership reconfirmed 5 February, 2010.


FIBAA

CONTACT PERSON

Mr. Daisuke Motoki
Managing Director

motoki@fibaa.org

CONTACT DETAILS
  • Berliner Freiheit 20-24
    D-53111 Bonn
    Germany
  • + 49 228-280356-0
  • + 49 228-280356-9
  • http://www.fibaa.org
FOUNDING DATE: 1994
ENQA FULL MEMBERSHIP: 2001
OWNERSHIP

Swiss-German non-profit foundation for quality assurance with managing office in Bonn, Germany. Board and commission representatives from universities and HEIs, business and student associations and industry.

AGENCY QA ACTIVIES

Accreditation and quality assurance agency for universities and HEIs. Certified by the German accreditation council since 2000 (re-accreditation in 2007), Nederlands-Vlaamse Accredita-tieorganisatie (NVAO) in the Netherlands (2006 re-accreditation in 2008) and the Federal Office for Professional Education and Technology (BBT) in Switzerland (2008). FIBAA mainly operates in Germany, Austria and Switzerland but also in other European Countries as well as in Africa, Asia and the USA.

FIBAA accreditation processes are aiming to assure required quality of study programmes in line with national and international standards and guidelines. It supports the validity of the final qualification with employability requirements, ensures the diversity and transparency of study programmes for students, and promotes international mobility. Furthermore FIBAA consults and supports universities and HEIs in their efforts to develop and improve in their quality security management.

KEYWORDS

Accreditation, MBA & BBA programmes, Bachelor & Master programmes, PhD programmes, Fitness for purpose.

METHODS USED

Programme Accredititation, Audit, Evaluation, Process Accreditation, Institutional Audit, PhD programmes, Support and consulting services.

REVIEW OUTCOME

Full membership reconfirmed on 12 June 2012.


GAC

CONTACT PERSON

Dr. Olaf Bartz
Managing Director

bartz@akkreditierungsrat.de

CONTACT DETAILS
FOUNDING DATE: 1999
ENQA FULL MEMBERSHIP: 2000
OWNERSHIP

Established by Kultusministerkonferenz (Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder in the Federal Republic of Germany) and Hochschulrektorenkonferenz (Association of Universities and Other Higher Education Institutions in Germany). Financed by the Länder of the Federal Republic of Germany.

AGENCY QA ACTIVIES

Accrediting Accreditation Agencies.

The GAC has been set up in accordance with the resolution of the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder in the Federal Republic of Germany (Kultusministerkonferenz - KMK) adopted on 3 December 1998. The main purpose of the GAC is to contribute to the development in the quality of teaching and learning in Germany and, with this in mind, to cooperate in the realisation of the European Higher Education Area. To this end, on behalf of the German Federal States, the Foundation takes care that the agencies certified to carry out processes of accreditation of study programmes demonstrate that they do this to the highest degree of quality, comparability and transparency. Before any agency is given the authority to award the quality seal of the Foundation for study programmes that have successfully accomplished an accreditation process, it must itself be subject to an accreditation process. On application from the agency, the accreditation process is carried out by the Accreditation Council which, as the central decision-making body of the Foundation, decides on the accreditation or reaccreditation of agencies. The accreditation of agencies is carried out on the basis of the Criteria for the Accreditation of Accreditation Agencies that have been developed by the Accreditation Council. In accordance with a total of twenty individual test areas for such criteria, the agencies are required, for example, to furnish proof of the legitimacy and function of its institutions, to formulate their understanding of quality based on an evaluation of Learning Outcomes, to explain their personnel structure and other resources or to prove the managerial independence of the agency or its accreditative Institutions. Furthermore, the agencies commit themselves to the deployment of the Criteria for the Accreditation of Study Programmes not just during the accreditation process but also on a contractual basis. This part of the criteria applies equally to agencies and Higher Education Institutions, in that it names the quality elements of the accreditation programme to be checked by the agency where documents have to be presented by the Higher Education establishments as part of the accreditation process. With a view to the realisation of the European Higher Education Area, the recognition of the German Quality Seal, and thus also guaranteeing the recognition and study achievements and degrees awarded from German Higher Education Institutions and promoting their reputation outside Germany, also falls within the remit of the Foundation. By taking the European Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area of the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (the ENQA) wholly into account in their own relevant regulations, the Accreditation Council has made an important contribution to the development of the European Higher Education Area.

KEYWORDS

Accreditation, accreditation agency, basic standards and criteria, quality assurance, Bachelor's/Master's degrees.

METHODS USED

External quality assessment, peer review.

REVIEW OUTCOME

Full membership reconfirmed 04 September 2008.


ZeVA

CONTACT PERSON

Hermann Reuke
Managing Director

Torsten Futterer
Head of Evaluation Department

Florian Fischer
Head of Accreditation Department

reuke@zeva.org

CONTACT DETAILS
  • Lilienthalstraße 1
    D-30179 Hannover
    Germany
  • + 49 511 762 8284
  • + 49 511 762 8289
  • http://www.zeva.org
FOUNDING DATE: 1995
ENQA FULL MEMBERSHIP: 2000
OWNERSHIP

Common foundation of all Lower Saxon HEIs. Boards comprise members of HEIs in Germany and abroad as well as members of professional practice.

AGENCY QA ACTIVIES

All universities and HEIs in the Federal Republic of Germany. All subjects and scientific fields. The first German agency accredited by the Accreditation Council in Bonn.

To assure and improve quality in higher education, to advice HEIs and governments on evaluation and accreditation procedures. Evaluation: Recommendations to HEIs concerning the improvement of teaching and learning as well as performance, publication of evaluation reports. Accreditation: Recommendations to ministries of science and education regarding the approval of Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes, awarding accreditation certificates, discussion and definition of minimum standards.

KEYWORDS

Evaluation: quality assurance, quality improvement, educational programme assessment. Accreditation: minimum standards, modularisation, credit and grading systems, curriculum transparency, internationalisation, distance learning, further education, entry.

METHODS USED

Evaluation: self-assessment, external evaluation, audit teams. Accreditation: Peer review, quantitative and qualitative data analysis, site visits, assessment at the institutional and programme level, re-accreditation.

REVIEW OUTCOME

Full membership reconfirmed 04 September 2008.


HUNGARY

HAC - Hungarian Accreditation Committee, Budapest

CONTACT PERSON

Christina Rozsnyai
Programme Officer for foreign affairs

rozsnyai@mab.hu

titkarsag@mab.hu

CONTACT DETAILS
  • Krisztina krt. 39/B
    H-1013 Budapest
    Hungary
  • +36 1 344 0314 / +36 1 344 0315
  • +36 1 344 0313
  • http://www.mab.hu
FOUNDING DATE: 1993
ENQA FULL MEMBERSHIP: 2002
OWNERSHIP

Independent professional body, financed through Parliament.

AGENCY QA ACTIVIES

Evaluation of universities and colleges, new degree programmes, national qualification requirements, doctoral schools, specialised postgraduate programmes, accredited two-year postsecondary vocational programmes, new universities and colleges applying for operating licences, new faculties applied for by colleges and universities, licence applications of foreign HEIs, credit system regulations. Also, drafting of international agreements on diploma recognition and equivalence and stating opinions regarding the appointment of university and college professors.

Responsibility for the supervision of the quality of Hungarian higher education.

KEYWORDS

Evaluation of HEIs, programmes and operating licences

METHODS USED

Self-evaluation, peer review visits, published reports.

REVIEW OUTCOME

Full membership reconfirmed 04 September 2008.


IRELAND

QQI

CONTACT PERSON

Dr Padraig Walsh
Chief Executive

pwalsh@qqi.ie

CONTACT DETAILS
FOUNDING DATE: 2012
ENQA FULL MEMBERSHIP: -
OWNERSHIP

Statutory body, the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act of 2012.

AGENCY QA ACTIVIES

Qualifications and Quality Assurance authority for Higher Education and Further/vocational (including English language Training) institutions. To act as custodian of the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ). QQI is the legal successor of HETAC – Higher Education and Training Awards Council- FETAC; Further Education and Training Awards Council and NQAI – National Qualifications Authority of Ireland. QQI also incorporates the external quality assurance functions of IUQB – Irish Universities Quality Board.

A broad regulatory role in the recognition and periodic review of institutions and programmes. Encourage, facilitate and promote quality enhancement in Ireland. To establish fit-for-purpose guidelines and procedures. To Maintain the National Framework of Qualifications for the development, recognition and award of qualifications. To award qualifications. To assign the International Education Mark to institutions offering programmes to international learners. To Maintain a register of programmes offered by institutions.

METHODS USED

Periodic institutional level quality reviews. New provider recognition and new programme accreditation. Programmatic review. Assignment of the International Education Mark following institutional evaluation. Publication of policies, procedures and guidelines promoting the enhancement of quality assurance in Irish education and training institutions - in accordance with international best practice and European Standards and Guidelines for education and training at all levels.

REVIEW OUTCOME

Full membership of former agencies - IUQB was granted full membership in 2009; NQAI was granted full membership in 2008; HETAC was reconfirmed with full membership in 2006; QQI will be reviewed by ENQA in 2014.


LITHUANIA

SKVC

CONTACT PERSON

Dr Arturas Grebliauskas
Director

arturas.grebliauskas@skvc.lt

aurelija.valeikiene@skvc.lt

CONTACT DETAILS
  • A. Gostauto g. 12
    01108 Vilnius
    Lithuania
  • +370 5 2104777
  • +370 5 2132553
  • http://www.skvc.lt
FOUNDING DATE: 1995
ENQA FULL MEMBERSHIP: 2012
OWNERSHIP

Operationally independent public authority, established and funded mainly by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Lithuania.

AGENCY QA ACTIVIES

Higher education system in Lithuania.

To increase awareness of the quality of higher education and promote its improvement. Evaluation of the quality of higher education (by institutions and by programs), credential evaluation (of foreign HE qualifications and qualifications giving access to HE); provision of information on HE systems and qualifications recognition; information provision to mobile researchers; other functions in accordance with legal acts.

KEYWORDS

External evaluation of study programs, institutions; accreditation; qualifications’ evaluation.

METHODS USED

Institutional evaluation and accreditation (based on survey of resources, self-evaluation report, site visit, review report by independent experts). Evaluation of study programs and accreditation (based on self-evaluation report, site visit, review report by independent experts). Evaluation and accreditation of new study programs (based on documentation review, expert’s review report). Public reports.

REVIEW OUTCOME

Full membership granted 14 September 2012.


THE NETHERLANDS

NVAO - Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders, The Hague

CONTACT PERSON

Dr Anne Flierman
Chairman

info@nvao.net

CONTACT DETAILS
  • Parkstraat 28 / Postbus 85498
    2508 CD The Hague
    The Netherlands
  • +31 70 312 23 00
  • +31 70 312 23 01
  • http://www.nvao.net
FOUNDING DATE: 2002
ENQA FULL MEMBERSHIP: 2003
OWNERSHIP

NVAO is created by treaty between the Netherlands and Flanders as an independant quality assurance agency. There is no influence of universities, university colleges or the Dutch or Flemish Ministry of Education.

AGENCY QA ACTIVIES

Accreditation of all programmes in Dutch and Flemish Higher Education, i.e. universities, university colleges and other institutes of higher education.

The organisation is responsible for accreditation of existing degree courses and the assessment of new degree courses.

KEYWORDS

Accreditation.

REVIEW OUTCOME

Full membership reconfirmed 19 December 2012.


QANU - Quality Assurance Netherlands Universities, Utrecht

CONTACT PERSON

Sietze Looijenga
Director

Looijenga@qanu.nl

CONTACT DETAILS
  • Catharijnesingel 56 / P.O. Box 8035
    3503 RA Utrecht
    The Netherlands
  • +31 30 230 3100
  • +31 30 230 3129
  • http://www.qanu.nl
FOUNDING DATE: 2004
ENQA FULL MEMBERSHIP: 2005
OWNERSHIP

Private, non-profit organisation.

AGENCY QA ACTIVIES

Universities

External quality assessment.

KEYWORDS

External quality assessment / assurance, aiming at quality improvement, self regulation and accountability. Educational programme assessment and assesment of research.

METHODS USED

External quality assessment is based on a critical self-study and on external programme review by experts (visiting committee). Accreditation by the NVAO.

REVIEW OUTCOME

Full Membership reconfirmed on 9 September 2011.


NORWAY

NOKUT - Nasjonalt organ for kvaliet i utdanningen

CONTACT PERSON

Tove Blytt Holmen
Deputy Director General

tbh@nokut.no

CONTACT DETAILS
  • P.Box 1708 Vika
    N-0121 Oslo
    Norway
  • +47 21 02 18 30 / + 47 41 22 31 99
  • + 47 21 02 18 01
  • http://www.nokut.no
FOUNDING DATE: 1998
ENQA FULL MEMBERSHIP: 2000
OWNERSHIP

Ministry of Education and Research.

AGENCY QA ACTIVIES

Professional and independent governmental agency.

NOKUT is an internationally recognised quality assurance agency. The agency serves to create public trust in the quality of Norwegian higher education, tertiary vocational education and recognised foreign education qualifications. NOKUT's responsibility also covers general recognition of foreign higher education qualifications.

KEYWORDS

Audit-evaluations, institutional evaluations, thematic evaluations, evaluations of study programmes. Recognition of foreign higher education qualifications.

METHODS USED

Evaluate the institutional systems for quality assurance (audits), accreditation of institutions and programs, revision of accredited institutions and programs and carry out other evaluations.

REVIEW OUTCOME

Full membership reconfirmed 11 June 2008.


POLAND

PKA - The Polish Accreditation Committee, Warsaw

CONTACT PERSON

Izabela Kwiatkowska-Sujka
Deputy Director General

sujka@pka.edu.pl

CONTACT DETAILS
FOUNDING DATE: 2002
ENQA FULL MEMBERSHIP: 2009
OWNERSHIP

Independent statutory body established by the Higher Education Act.

AGENCY QA ACTIVIES

To assess the quality of education in individual fields of study; and to give opinions on applications for the establishment of new higher education institutions, the extension of permits for the establishment of non-public institutions, and for the authorisation for higher education institutions to establish new degree programmes.

Support Polish public and non-public higher education institutions in the development of educational standards matching the best models adopted in the European and global academic space. Act as a platform for co-operation and dialogue between all parties interested to work with a view to ensuring high quality of higher education.

KEYWORDS

Assessment, accreditation

METHODS USED

Self evaluation, site visits, written reports, published quality rating, and a follow up procedure.

REVIEW OUTCOME

Full membership granted 23 January 2009


ROMANIA

ARACIS - Agency for Quality Assurance in Higher Education Bucharest

CONTACT PERSON

Radu Damian
Director, QA Evaluation Department

mail@aracis.ro

CONTACT DETAILS
  • Schitu Magureanu nr. 1, sector 5
    050025 Bucharest
    Romania
  • +40 21 206 76 00
  • +40 21 312 71 35
  • http://www.aracis.ro
FOUNDING DATE: 2005
ENQA FULL MEMBERSHIP: 2009
OWNERSHIP

According to the Romanian law, ARACIS is a legal, financially independent and autonomous public institution of national interest. It continues to perform the functions of the former Romanian National Council for Academic Assessment and Accreditation (NCAAA).

AGENCY QA ACTIVIES

ARACIS is an autonomous public institution, with the task of assuring and improving the quality of the higher education system in Romania.

ARACIS is responsible for both accreditation and quality assurance in higher education.

KEYWORDS

Evaluation, review, audit and accreditation.

METHODS USED

ARACIS undertakes on a regular basis the following core activities: evaluation (on an ongoing basis and upon request), review, audit, and accreditation.

REVIEW OUTCOME

Full membership granted 2 June 2009.


RUSSIA

NAA - National Accreditation Agency of the Russian Federation, Yoshkar-Ola

CONTACT PERSON

Alexey Postnikov
Director

imo@nica.ru

CONTACT DETAILS
  • 33 Shabolovka Str.
    115162 Moscow
    Russia
  • +7 (8362) 416194
  • +7 (8362) 413884
  • http://www.nica.ru
FOUNDING DATE: 1995
ENQA FULL MEMBERSHIP: 2009
OWNERSHIP

NAA operates under the authority of the Federal Service of Supervision in Education and Science.

AGENCY QA ACTIVIES

NAA is recognised as the organisation in Russia responsible for dissemination of knowledge and information on procedures of the state accreditation of HEIs.

Develops materials and methodological recommendations for conducting self-evaluations and external reviews, trains experts, conducts research into the development of QA of higher education in Russia, prepares the final reports on the quality of the HEI.

KEYWORDS

Self-evaluation, external reviews, accreditation criteria.

METHODS USED

Methodological recommendations, research, training of experts.

REVIEW OUTCOME

Granted Full membership on 7 September, 2009


SPAIN

AAC - Agencia Andaluza del Conocimiento, Sevilla

CONTACT PERSON

Antonio Ávila Cano
President

aac.ceic@juntadeandalucia.es

CONTACT DETAILS
FOUNDING DATE: 2001
ENQA FULL MEMBERSHIP: 2000
OWNERSHIP

Independent from regional government.

AGENCY QA ACTIVIES

Regional university and R&D systems.

Assessment of teaching and management activities in universities. Assessment of R&D activities (competitive projects, research groups, professors and researchers).

KEYWORDS

Andalusia, assessment, evaluation, experts, independent.

METHODS USED

Peer review, experts review.

REVIEW OUTCOME

Full membership reconfirmed 16 March 2009.


ACSUCYL - Quality Assurance Agency for the University System in Castilla y León, Valladolid

CONTACT PERSON

Elena Tejedor Viñuela
Director

tejvine@acsucyl.es

CONTACT DETAILS
  • Avda. Reyes Católicos nº 2
    47006 Valladolid
    Spain
  • +34 983 41 46 55 / +34 983 41 17 43
  • http://www.acsucyl.es
FOUNDING DATE: 2001
ENQA FULL MEMBERSHIP: 2010
OWNERSHIP

Independent from the regional government, directed by a Board of Directors.

AGENCY QA ACTIVIES

University System in Castilla y León.

Evaluation, certification and accreditation of the activities related to the quality of the university system, and specifically the evaluation of teaching staff, degrees, research, as well as institutional quality. The agency also carries out cooperation and coordination activities.

KEYWORDS

Assessment, quality assurance, continual improvement, accountability and proactivity.

REVIEW OUTCOME

Full membership granted 5 February, 2010


ACSUG - Agency for Quality Assurance in the Galician University System, Santiago de Compostela

CONTACT PERSON

José Eduardo López Pereira
Director

director@acsug.es,

acsug@acsug.es

CONTACT DETAILS
  • C/ Lamas de Abade s/n. Edificio IES “Compostela” 5ª planta
    15702 Santiago de Compostela
    Spain
  • +34 981 53 41 73
  • +34 981 53 41 74
  • http://www.acsug.es
FOUNDING DATE: 2001
ENQA FULL MEMBERSHIP: 2009
OWNERSHIP

The agency is independent and has its own full legal personality. ACSUG has established a clear difference in the structure and functions between the governing bodies (Director, President and Board of Directors), the assessment organs (Galician Committee for Reports, Assessment, Certification and Accreditation (CGIACA)) and the consultative organs (Advisory Board).

AGENCY QA ACTIVIES

Galician University System.

Assessment, certification and accreditation of institutions (programmes, services, teaching activity evaluation, Internal Quality Assurance Systems of the centres and other processes). Labour market insertion analysis and surveys. Evaluation of teaching staff prior to hiring in the Galician universities and evaluation of the teaching staff for the assignment of complementary compensation.

KEYWORDS

Independence, transparency, objectivity, stakeholders, feedback, continuous improvement, accountability.

REVIEW OUTCOME

Full membership granted 16 November 2009.


ANECA - National Agency for Quality Assessment and Accreditation of Spain, Madrid

CONTACT PERSON

Rafael van Grieken Salvador
Director

direccion@aneca.es

CONTACT DETAILS
FOUNDING DATE: 2002
ENQA FULL MEMBERSHIP: 2003
OWNERSHIP

Independent from government, directed by a board of trustees.

AGENCY QA ACTIVIES

National.

Independent, non-profit body.

REVIEW OUTCOME

Full membership reconfirmed 19 December 2012.


AQU - Catalan University Quality Assurance Agency, Barcelona

CONTACT PERSON

Josep Anton Ferré Vidal
Director

direccio@aqu.cat

CONTACT DETAILS
  • C. de Sancho de Ávila, 125-129, 1st floor
    08018 Barcelona
    Spain
  • + 34 93 268 89 50
  • + 34 93 268 89 51
  • http://www.aqu.cat
FOUNDING DATE: 1996
ENQA FULL MEMBERSHIP: 2000
OWNERSHIP

The agency is independent, but funded by the Ministry of Education and Universities of the Catalan Government. The Board of the agency is comprised of representatives from different institutions, government and independent members.

AGENCY QA ACTIVIES

All universities in Catalonia.

Evaluation, certification and accreditation of institutions

KEYWORDS

Quality assurance, improvement, accountability and cooperation.

METHODS USED

External assessments based on self-evaluation.

REVIEW OUTCOME

Full membership reconfirmed 14 September 2012.


SWEDEN

NAHE - National Agency for Higher Education, Stockholm

CONTACT PERSON

Ms. Karin Järplid Linde
Head of Unit

karin.jarplid.linde@uk-ambetet.se

CONTACT DETAILS
OWNERSHIP

UK-Ambetet which is the legal successor of HSV - the Swedish National Agency for Higher Education, started operations on 1 January 2013.


SWITZERLAND

OAQ - Swiss Center of Accreditation and Quality Assurance in Higher Education, Bern

CONTACT PERSON

Laura Beccari
International Affairs Officer

info@oaq.ch

CONTACT DETAILS
  • Falkenplatz 9, P.O. Box 7456
    3001 Bern
    Switzerland
  • +41 31 380 11 50
  • +41 31 380 11 55
  • http://www.oaq.ch
FOUNDING DATE: 2001
ENQA FULL MEMBERSHIP: 2006
OWNERSHIP

OAQ operates independently, and bases its work on international practices and research findings.

AGENCY QA ACTIVIES

OAQ is the only national agency active in the field of quality assurance and accreditation in higher education.

OAQ accredits institutions and study courses and carries out evaluation procedures and institutional audits. It defines the quality standards and develops guidelines for assessing the quality. OAQ’s focus is on quality evaluations and on quality improvement. The agency provides services and carries out mandates for the Swiss University Conference and other Federal partners. It also provides information about quality assurance and accreditation.

REVIEW OUTCOME

Full Membership reconfirmed 5 October 2011


UNITED KINGDOM

QAA - Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education,
Gloucester

CONTACT PERSON

Anthony McClaran
Chief Executive

a.mcclaran@qaa.ac.uk

CONTACT DETAILS
  • Southgate House, Southgate Street
    GL1 1 UB Gloucester
    UK
  • + 44 1452 55 7000
  • + 44 1452 55 7070
  • http://www.qaa.ac.uk/
FOUNDING DATE: 1997
ENQA FULL MEMBERSHIP: 2000
OWNERSHIP

Independent organisation. Board comprises representatives of institutions, representatives of government funding agencies, and independent members.

AGENCY QA ACTIVIES

All universities and HEIs in the UK. Collaborative provision between UK HEIs and overseas partners and between HEIs and further education establishments.

To promote public confidence that quality of provision and standards of awards are being safeguard and enhanced.

METHODS USED

Institutional audit; programme review; special scrutinies (eg in relation to applications for degree awarding powers).

REVIEW OUTCOME

Full membership reconfirmed 19 November 2008.


EUROPEAN AGENCIES AND ORGANISATIONS

EUA - Institutional Evaluation Programme

CONTACT PERSON

Tia Loukkola
Head of Unit

tia.loukkola@eua.be

CONTACT DETAILS
FOUNDING DATE: 1994
ENQA FULL MEMBERSHIP: 2000
OWNERSHIP

Independent, non-governmental organisation, self-funded activity.

AGENCY QA ACTIVIES

Higher education.

Institutional evaluation.

KEYWORDS

Evaluation is focused on enhancing the strategic capacity of universities (research, teaching and service to society) and their internal quality processes. Expert teams are European.

METHODS USED

Appointment and training of European external panels. Self-evaluation. Two site visits. Oral report. Final report.

REVIEW OUTCOME

Re-confirmation of Full Membership on 7 September 2009


ECCE - The European Council on Chiropractic Education

CONTACT PERSON

Mandy Stagg
Executive Secretary

info@cce-europe.com

CONTACT DETAILS
FOUNDING DATE: 1981
ENQA FULL MEMBERSHIP: 2010
OWNERSHIP

Independent, non-governmental organisation.

AGENCY QA ACTIVIES

Chiropractic education and training in Europe.

Accreditation of Higher Education institutions delivering chiropractic training.

KEYWORDS

Accreditation, Chiropractic, Evaluation, HE Institutions, Review

METHODS USED

Regular evaluation against predetermined Standards and on-site visits.

REVIEW OUTCOME

Full membership granted 2 September 2010.