Members

Membership in ENQA is composed of European quality assurance agencies or other quality assurance organisations in the field of higher education that have been operating and conducting actual quality assurance activities for at least two years.

Members meet the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area (ESG) as confirmed by an external agency review (the reports of which are available here).

CHOOSE REGION : National | European

NATIONAL

AUSTRIA

AQ Austria - Agency For Quality Assurance and Accreditation Austria, Vienna

CONTACT PERSON

Achim Hopbach
Director

achim.hopbach@aq.ac.at

CONTACT DETAILS
FOUNDING DATE: 2012
ENQA MEMBERSHIP: 2012
OWNERSHIP

AQ Austria is a legal entity governed by public law

AGENCY QA ACTIVITIES

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

Membership reconfirmed on June 2014.


BELGIUM

AEQES - Agency for Quality Assurance in Higher Education, Brussels

CONTACT PERSON

Caty Duykaerts
Director of the Executive Unit

caty.duykaerts@aeqes.be

CONTACT DETAILS
  • Boulevard Leopold II, 44, 2nd floor
    1080 Brussels
    Belgium
  • +32 (0)2 690 88 08
  • +32 (0)2 690 88 44
  • http://www.aeqes.be
FOUNDING DATE: 2004
ENQA MEMBERSHIP: 2011
OWNERSHIP

AEQES is an independent, public sector agency established in 2002 by a decree of the French Community government. Today it functions on the basis of further legislation voted in 2008. Its steering committee comprises representatives from the four sectors of higher education, as well as individuals from the students’ organisations, the trade-unions, the labour market and the civil society (including quality experts from abroad). AEQES is funded by the government of the French Community of Belgium. It is operationally independent of the institutions of higher education, the ministry of higher education and the government of the French Community.

AGENCY QA ACTIVITIES

AEQES is responsible for assessing the quality of higher education (the four sectors of which include: art academies and conservatories, adult learning institutions, universities, and university colleges or “hautes écoles”) and working for its continuous improvement. The agency practices formative evaluation based on a dialogue between all stakeholders within the French Community. The agency evaluates the programmes via on-site visits and follow-up procedures. In line with its code of ethics, it selects its experts, informs them of their mission and its context, and ensures that they can carry out their work in complete independence. This work is completed by the publication of all reports on AEQES’s website.

The agency aims to stimulate cooperation among HEIs, developing quality culture and disseminating good practices.

METHODOLOGY USED

AEQES autonomously develops its procedures used for assessing the quality of study programmes in the HE institutions authorised by the French Community. The evaluation cycle includes a follow-up procedure with a site-visit to see how well the recommendations have been addressed.

AEQES establishes an evaluation-plan monitoring appropriate clusters of programmes with the aim of fostering the alignment of programme profiles and objectives with the missions of the institutions involved, disseminating good practice and promoting synergies.

The reports produced by the agency are numerous: review reports, system-wide analyses and thematic reports. They aim at providing stakeholders with proposals on ways of enhancing quality.

REFERENCE LIST OF INDICATORS

Available here.

AGENCY'S POOL OF EXPERTS

Available here.

INTERNATIONAL ACTIVITIES

AEQES actively participates in international bodies (EQAR, ENQA, etc.) and events focusing on quality assurance in higher education (EQAForum, ENQA meetings, ENQA’s Board and working groups) with the aim of developing its reflection on quality.

Moreover, by basing its working procedures on the European Standards and Guidelines (ESG), by collaborating with other agencies (so far with AEC- Agence Européenne des Conservatoires, CTI – Commission des Titres d’Ingénieur) to jointly evaluate some of its programmes, and by disseminating information on European developments in higher education, the agency can be seen as being a part of an overall European process.

KEYWORDS

External evaluation, programmes, French community of Belgium, quality enhancement, higher education, collaboration.

REVIEW OUTCOME

Full Membership granted on 9 September 2011.


VLUHR - QAU - Flemish Council of Universities and University Colleges - Quality Assurance Unit, Brussels

CONTACT PERSON

Klara De Wilde
Quality Assurance Coordinator

Klara.Dewilde@vluhr.be

kwaliteitszorg@vluhr.be

CONTACT DETAILS
  • Ravensteingalerij 27 B3&6
    1000 Brussels
    Belgium
  • +32 2 792 55 00
  • +32 2 211 41 99
  • www.vluhr.be
FOUNDING DATE: 1 January 2013
ENQA MEMBERSHIP: 2013
OWNERSHIP

Independent organisation financed by the Flemish universities and university colleges. VLUHR Quality Assurance Unit (VLUHR QAU) is the legal successor and builds upon the structure and procedures of the former agencies of the Flemish Interuniversity Council (VLIR) and the Council of Flemish University Colleges (VLHORA).

AGENCY QA ACTIVITIES

VLUHR - QAU is a quality assurance agency that contributes to the safeguard and the continual improvement of quality in higher education. Through its activities, VLUHR - Quality Assurance Unit stimulates quality culture within higher education institutions. The unit wants to be a leading expertise centre with regard to quality assurance in higher education. It also aims to offer and share its knowledge with stakeholders.

METHODOLOGY USED

Discipline-orientated quality assessment based on self-assessment and peer review.

REFERENCE LIST OF INDICATORS

Available here.

AGENCY'S POOL OF EXPERTS

For each study programme to be assessed; VLUHR QAU select panel members with domain and educational expertise. The composition of each panel is listed in the assessment reports and on the website of VLUHR-QAU.

INTERNATIONAL ACTIVITIES

Staff members of VLUHR QUA participated in ENQA peer review panels (European Chemistry Thematic Nework Association; Unibasq; National centre for Public Accreditation NCPA) and participated in the assessment of MusiQuE - Music Quality Enhancement.

KEYWORDS

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

REVIEW OUTCOME

Membership reconfirmed on 26 November 2014.


BULGARIA

NEAA - National Evaluation and Accreditation Agency, Sofia

CONTACT PERSON

Mila Penelova
Secretary General

mpenelova@neaa.government.bg

CONTACT DETAILS
FOUNDING DATE: 1996
ENQA MEMBERSHIP: 2008
OWNERSHIP

NEAA is an independent specialized body for evaluation, accreditation and quality assurance in higher education. It is authorized by law to adopt a criteria system, internal procedures and standards. It is funded by the state budget and by collecting fees from HEIs for the accreditation procedures. The Ministry of Education is informed on a regular basis about the outcome of each procedure and so is the general public – through publication of the results of the procedures on the agency’s website.

AGENCY QA ACTIVITIES

NEAA is responsible for carrying out institutional and program evaluation and accreditation of all HEIs in Bulgaria. It is looking into opportunities to internationalise its activity. Its role is to establish a quality culture in the HE system by information, consultation and active participation of stakeholders. The IQA system is a functioning mechanism of maintaining internal standards, together with the ethics system and the appeals system. The scope of activity extends to all HEIs at national level, which is an advantage ensuring reliability of decisions. There are two main levels of management – first level: the Accreditation Council elected and appointed by the Prime Minister and second level: eight Standing Committees on study fields elected and appointed by the Accreditation Council.

METHODOLOGY USED

Objectives are achieved by establishing evaluation and accreditation criteria and indicators. Experts are selected and trained in an objective and transparent process. Expert groups are composed of different types of stakeholders – academics, students, employers, international experts, etc. Final decisions on programme accreditation are taken by the Standing Committees and on institutional accreditation and regulated professions – by the Accreditation Council.

REFERENCE LIST OF INDICATORS

Evaluation criteria and indicators are available here.

Procedures are available here.

AGENCY'S POOL OF EXPERTS

Available here.

INTERNATIONAL ACTIVITIES

Regular participation in ENQA events, eg. General Assembly; International cooperation, including bilateral agreements with ARACIS (Romania) and PKA (Poland); Participation in international R&D projects, e.g. ENQA's Good Practices Project (2013).

KEYWORDS

Evaluation, accreditation, post accreditation monitoring, quality assurance, internationalisation

REVIEW OUTCOME

Membership reconfirmed on 16 April 2015.


CROATIA

ASHE - Agency for Science and Higher Education, Zagreb

CONTACT PERSON

Ms Emita Blagdan

medju@azvo.hr

CONTACT DETAILS
FOUNDING DATE: 2005
ENQA MEMBERSHIP: 2011
OWNERSHIP

The Agency was established by the Government of the Republic of Croatia as an independent public body and the only institution tasked with accreditation procedures in higher education and research in the Republic of Croatia. It is independent of both the ministry and the higher education institutions.

It is funded from the state budget and international project funding; it has the legal possibility of charging for its procedures, however, it is currently not doing so for institutions and programmes in the Republic of Croatia.

AGENCY QA ACTIVITIES

The Agency’s scope of authority is accreditation of higher education institutions and research organisations in the Republic of Croatia. Its roles are external quality assurance and quality improvement of higher education and research through evaluation procedures, professional recognition of foreign higher education qualifications and dissemination of information and best practices.

The Agency’s scope of work also includes activities related to applying and meeting the conditions for enrolment to HE institutions. Furthermore, the Agency provides professional and administrative support to strategic and expert bodies in the system of science and higher education.

METHODOLOGY USED

The procedures carried out by the Agency are initial accreditation of study programmes, higher education institutions and research organisations, re-accreditation and audit of higher education institutions and research organisations, thematic evaluation and recognition of foreign higher education qualifications.

REFERENCE LIST OF INDICATORS

Indicators for each of the Agency’s procedures are available here.

AGENCY'S POOL OF EXPERTS

The Agency does not publish its list of experts, but this list or recommendations of experts for specific fields are available upon request from akreditacija-visoko@azvo.hr.

INTERNATIONAL ACTIVITIES

The Agency is listed in EQAR, and has the legal possibility of carrying out QA activities abroad.

It is a member and actively participates in the activities of the ENIC - NARIC network, and is a member of INQAAHE (International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education), CEENQA (Network of Central and Eastern European Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education), ECA (European Consortium for Accreditation) and OECD IMHE forum, and has an observer status in APQN ( Asia-Pacific Quality Network).

It has participated in a number of international projects, funded by bilateral cooperation, programmes such as UNESCO GIQAC, European Union CARDS, IPA, TEMPUS and Lifelong Learning Programme, and others.

KEYWORDS

Croatia, accreditation, quality improvement, evaluation, data collection, dissemination of information

REVIEW OUTCOME

Membership granted 5 October 2011.


THE CZECH REPUBLIC

Accreditation Commission Czech Republic, Prague

CONTACT PERSON

Jiri Smrcka
Secretary General of the Accreditation Commission

Jiri.Smrcka@msmt.cz
Martina.Vidlakova@msmt.cz

CONTACT DETAILS
FOUNDING DATE: 1990
ENQA MEMBERSHIP: 2002
OWNERSHIP

Independent body taking care of quality in higher education, consisting of 21 members appointed by the government. Material and financial resources for the activities of the Accreditation Commission are provided by the Ministry.

AGENCY QA ACTIVITIES

Standpoints on the applications of HEIs for accreditation of study programmes (every study program must be accredited), Standpoints on the applications of HEIs for accreditation of the fields for proceedings towards appointment of professors and associate professors, Evaluation of HEIs and their accredited activities, Evaluation of the internal control mechanisms of HEIs, Assessment of applications for state approval to operate as private HEI.

METHODOLOGY USED

All applications are assessed on three levels: by experts, after that in permanent working groups and after that by the ACCR at its meetings (which take place five times a year), minutes are published at the ACCR’s website.

Evaluations of HEIs and their accredited activities are carried out by ad-hoc working groups. It is realized in three steps: self-evaluation report, site-visit, draft report which is discussed at the ACCR’s meeting with the representatives of the HEIs, after that the final report is published.

REFERENCE LIST OF INDICATORS

To view the standards of the ACCR for assessment of applications, click here.

AGENCY'S POOL OF EXPERTS

To view ACCR's permanent working groups, click here.

INTERNATIONAL ACTIVITIES

ACCR is a full member of ENQA and CEENQA (Central and Eastern European Network of Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education). Members of the ACCR and experts in working groups mainly participate in cooperation on regional level – with agencies from Slovakia, Austria and Germany, but also Croatia and Russia. The closest cooperation is carried out with the Slovak Accreditation Commission – cooperation on common principles of accreditation procedure and quality assurance, methodology of internal evaluation, engagement of experts from both countries for evaluation of HEIs, exchange of experience at joint meetings, etc.

KEYWORDS

Quality assurance, accreditation, evaluation, Accreditation Commission, Czech Republic, ACCR

REVIEW OUTCOME

Membership reconfirmed 29 June 2010.


DENMARK

The Danish Accreditation Institution, Copenhagen

CONTACT PERSON

Ms. Anette Dørge
Executive Director

andj@akkr.dk

CONTACT DETAILS
  • Bredgade 38
    1260 Copenhagen K
    Denmark
  • +45 3392 6910
  • www.akkr.dk
FOUNDING DATE: 2007
ENQA MEMBERSHIP: 2010
OWNERSHIP

Independent public institution established September 1st 2007. Duties are regulated by the Accreditation Act of 27th of March 2007. The institution is funded by and falls under the auspices of the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Higher Education. The institution performs accreditations independently of the Ministry and HEIs.

AGENCY QA ACTIVITIES

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 performs pre-accreditation, accreditation and approval of programmes at a higher educational level. Furthermore, 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 contributing to the further development of the accreditation concept.

METHODOLOGY 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.

INTERNATIONAL ACTIVITIES

The Accreditation Institution is a member of INQAAHE, EQAR, NOQA, ENQA and EUA. We have ongoing projects with ENQA, NOQA and EUA. Furthermore, we are in the process of delivering data to the Qrossroads database.

KEYWORDS

Accreditation, approval, university, programmes, bachelor, master, candidatus, dissemination, QA, analysis

REVIEW OUTCOME

Membership granted on 2 September 2010.


ESTONIA

EKKA - Estonian Quality Agency for Higher and Vocational Education, Tallinn

CONTACT PERSON

Ms. Heli Mattisen
Director

heli.mattisen@archimedes.ee

CONTACT DETAILS
FOUNDING DATE: 2009
ENQA MEMBERSHIP: 2013
OWNERSHIP

Estonian Quality Agency for Higher and Vocational Education (EKKA) is a structural unit of the Archimedes Foundation which is an independent body established by the Estonian government with the objective to coordinate and implement different international and national programmes and projects in the field of training, education and research. EKKA was set up in 2009 to continue the work of the Estonian Higher Education Accreditation Centre.

EKKA is funded by the Ministry of Education and Research and supervised by the Supervisory Board of the Archimedes Foundation. EKKA is independent in developing its principles and procedures for quality assessment and in adopting assessment decisions.

AGENCY QA ACTIVITIES

The Estonian Higher Education Quality Agency (EKKA) is a leading competence center in the field of external evaluation of educational institutions in Estonia. EKKA acts in accordance with agreements and trends in the European Education Area, retains information about trends and best practices also outside Europe, applies up-to-date know-how tailored for a local context, and employs analyses of the results of external evaluations to enhance competitiveness of the Estonian educational system.

EKKA’s mission is, in cooperation with its partners, to promote quality in the field of education and thereby increase the competitiveness of the Estonian society.

The key responsibilities of EKKA are:

  1. organising and conducting institutional accreditation in educational institutions providing higher education; and quality assessment of their study programme groups and
  2. performing other functions assigned to it by legislation, including providing accreditation of study programme groups in vocational education and training.
METHODOLOGY USED

To achieve its objectives, EKKA uses a peer review system consisting of self-evaluation report of HEIs and assessment report by the international (or mixed) panel (academic experts, student and labour market representatives).

EKKA Quality Assessment Council uses these reports as a basis for its assessment decisions. The Council`s decisions are final concerning the institutional accreditation and the assessment of study programme groups.

REFERENCE LIST OF INDICATORS

Institutional accreditation

Quality Assessment of Study Programme Groups

Procedure for accreditation of curriculum groups of vocational education and training

AGENCY'S POOL OF EXPERTS

No separate public pool is available on EKKA’s website.

INTERNATIONAL ACTIVITIES

An overview of the international activities and references to the QA activities abroad is available here.

EKKA is included in the European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education – EQAR.

KEYWORDS

institutional accreditation, quality assessment of study programme groups, accreditation of VET

REVIEW OUTCOME

Membership granted 25 April 2013.

FINLAND

FINEEC - Finnish Education Evaluation Council, Helsinki

CONTACT PERSON

Helka Kekäläinen
Head of Unit

fineec@fineec.fi

helka.kekalainen@karvi.fi

CONTACT DETAILS
  • P.O. BOX 28, Mannerheiminaukio 1 A
    FI-00101 Helsinki
    Finland
  • +358 295 335 513
  • +358 9 1607 7602
  • http://www.fineec.fi
FOUNDING DATE: 1996
ENQA MEMBERSHIP: 2000
OWNERSHIP

Under new legislation, enacted on 1 May 2014, the Finnish Education Evaluation Centre (FINEEC) has been established as the single body with responsibility for external quality assurance in Finland. The new agency incorporates the competences and activities of three existing organisations: the Finnish Higher Education Evaluation Council (FINHEEC), the Finnish Education Evaluation Council and the National Board of Education’s Unit for Evaluation of Learning Outcomes. According to the new legislation, FINEEC, which is established as a government agency under the Ministry of Education and Culture, is the legal successor of the three aforementioned QA bodies.

AGENCY QA ACTIVITIES

A co-ordinating and implementing expert organisation independent of both educational administration and institutions of higher education. FINEEC does not make administrative decisions. FINEEC conducts evaluations of higher education institutions. It also supports HEIs in matters related to quality assurance and evaluations and develops its evaluaton activities.

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.

METHODOLOGY USED

Audits of quality systems of HEIs, thematic evaluations and reviews of engineering programmes.

INTERNATIONAL ACTIVITIES

FINEEC is an ENQA full member, registered in EQAR and very active in the Nordic NOQA network and the Quality Audit Network.

KEYWORDS

Quality audit, engineering programme review.

REVIEW OUTCOME

Membership reconfirmed 2 September 2010.

FRANCE

CTI - Commission des Titres d'Ingénieur, Paris

CONTACT PERSON

Marie-Jo Goedert
Director of international relations

marie-jo.goedert@cti-commission.fr

CONTACT DETAILS
FOUNDING DATE: 1934
ENQA MEMBERSHIP: 2005
OWNERSHIP

The “Commission des Titres d’Ingénieur (CTI)” was established in 1934 by the French law as an independent commission whose members are both professionals from industry and academics. CTI is managed by its permanent staff and an administrative operator that became in 2009 an association of public interest.

Concerning its financial resources, 45% of its funds come from the Ministry of Higher Education and 55% comes from a direct contribution from the higher education institutions.

AGENCY QA ACTIVITIES

CTI’s mission is the accreditation of engineering programmes in France. CTI also accredits engineering programmes abroad upon demand. The objective of CTI’s accreditation is twofold:

  1. To guarantee that engineering degrees are delivered according to appropriate quality standards.
  2. To ensure that the final competence profile of engineering graduates enables entry to the engineering profession.

In order to fulfill its mission, CTI has established a general engineering graduate profile and minimum quality standards that all engineering degrees should fulfil.

METHODOLOGY USED

CTI applies a standard 5-step accreditation process:

  1. Preparation of the self-evaluation report by the higher education institution. CTI has published a self-evaluation guide for the HEIs and organizes a HEI information session on a yearly basis.
  2. Site visits (programme evaluation)
  3. Preparation of an evaluation report which can be amended by the institution if necessary as regards facts and figures
  4. Accreditation phase (the programmes are accredited upon decision of CTI’s plenary assembly on the basis of the evaluation)
  5. Publication of the accreditation decision
REFERENCE LIST OF INDICATORS

Available here.

AGENCY'S POOL OF EXPERTS

Available here and here.

INTERNATIONAL ACTIVITIES

CTI is authorized by French law to accredit programmes abroad. These programmes obtain a recognition by the French government. Currently, CTI is active in several European and non-European countries (Belgium, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, China, Switzerland, and Vietnam).

Apart from international accreditation activities, CTI is a member of ENQA (full member), ECA (European Consortium for Accreditation) and FrAQ-Sup (francophone network of quality assurance agencies). CTI is also a member of ENAEE (European Network for Accreditation of Engineering Education) and one of the 14 agencies entitled to deliver the EURACE label (a European quality label for engineering studies).

KEYWORDS

Programme accreditation, engineering education, EUR- ACE label, international accreditation.

REVIEW OUTCOME

Membership reconfirmed 15 September 2014.


HCERES - High Council for the Evaluation of Research and Higher Education, Paris

CONTACT PERSON

Michel Cosnard
President

president@hceres.fr

solange.pisarz@hceres.fr

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

Created by the Law No. 2013-660 of 22 July 2013 relative to higher education and research, HCERES has replaced the AERES as from 17 November 2014. Its organization and its functioning are specified in the decree No.2014-1365 of 14 November 2014.

HCERES has independent administrative authority status and is directly funded by Parliamentary vote and is not financially monitored: only the French Court of Auditors is authorised to keep a tab on HCERES’expenses once they have been made.

AGENCY QA ACTIVITIES

The law tasks the HCERES with the following missions:

  • evaluating higher education institutions and groupings, research bodies, scientific cooperation foundations and the French National Research Agency, or, where applicable, overseeing the quality of evaluations carried out by other bodies;
  • evaluating research units on request from the overseeing institution, in the absence of validation of evaluation procedures or in the absence of a decision by the overseeing institution to use another evaluation body, or, where applicable, to have research unit evaluation procedures validated by other bodies. If a unit is overseen by more than one institution, only one evaluation shall be carried out. If the institutions jointly decide to use another evaluation body, HCERES shall validate the evaluation procedures used by this body. In the absence of a joint decision by the institutions to use another body, or in the event that the evaluation procedures are not validated, HCERES shall evaluate the research unit;
  • evaluating the programmes and degrees offered by higher education institutions or, where applicable, validating evaluation procedures developed by other bodies;
  • ensuring that all missions defined by law and the specific status of higher education and research personnel is taken into account in their evaluations;
  • ensuring that activities relating to the dissemination of scientific, technical and industrial culture are properly taken into account in the career progression of higher education and research personnel;
  • conducting a posteriori evaluation of investment programmes and private bodies receiving public funding intended for research or higher education.

HCERES may take part in evaluating foreign or international research and higher education organisations. It also includes an Observatory of Science and Technologies (OST) responsible for strategic research and analysis.

METHODOLOGY USED

Each evaluation is based on a self-evaluation prior to the assessment of the entity by the agency (institution, research body and degree programme) in a global process of integrated evaluation.

All assessments are peer review system (experts) for qualitative evaluation completed by analysis of quantitative data and use of indicators with an on-site visit.

Each entity is evaluated every 5 years.

Assessments aim to identify strengths, weaknesses and recommendations for the improvement of higher education and research.

Each report with the observations of evaluated entities is published on the website of the agency.

REFERENCE LIST OF INDICATORS

Links to data requirement assessments (only in French):

AGENCY'S POOL OF EXPERTS

Available here.

INTERNATIONAL ACTIVITIES

HCERES’ international activities are organised around four strategic areas:

  1. Evaluate agencies or foreign institutions in Europe and at international level (examples in Saudi Arabia, Armenia, Vietnam) and provide expertise to foreign agencies in creation or development (Lebanon, Morocco).
  2. Actively participate in European and international networks (ENQA, INQAAHE, G8 research, EUA) and develop a network of cooperation with equivalent foreign agencies (NIADE-UE in Japan, CNA in Colombia, CONEAU in Argentina, CONSUAN in Andin countries, CEEC in Québec, VISTEC in Vietnam).
  3. Provide our methodologies with a European and international benchmarking in the field of quality assurance in higher education and research, including internationalisation processes, and learn to improve French practices.
  4. Evaluate the activities carried out abroad by French institutions and research organizations (including cross border education and joint degrees).
KEYWORDS

Integrated evaluation, quality, performance, institution, research, degree programme, international cooperation.

REVIEW OUTCOME

Membership reconfirmed 2 September 2010.


GERMANY

ACQUIN - Accreditation, Certification and Quality Assurance Institute, Bayreuth

CONTACT PERSON

Thomas Reil
Managing Director

sekr@acquin.org

CONTACT DETAILS
FOUNDING DATE: 2001
ENQA MEMBERSHIP: 2003
OWNERSHIP

Registered organisation governed by HEIs.

AGENCY QA ACTIVITIES

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.

METHODOLOGY USED

Accreditation.

KEYWORDS

Fitness for purpose

REVIEW OUTCOME

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 MEMBERSHIP: 2009
OWNERSHIP

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

AGENCY QA ACTIVITIES

The aim of program accreditation is to evaluate subject-specific concepts on which the programmes are based and to judge the quality of the programmes and 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.

Regarding institutional audits, the aim is to provide higher education institutions (HEIs) with the possibility of enhancing their internal mechanisms and quality management processes. It determines whether, and to what extent, higher education structures and control functions serve to achieve the set aims. The procedure also provides an improved management tool for the management of the HEI and can be used as a non-binding precursor to institutional accreditation or system accreditation and to increase competitiveness.

METHODOLOGY USED

The accreditation procedures of AHPGS include a self-assessment report by the programme or the HEI 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.

REFERENCE LIST OF INDICATORS

Available here.

INTERNATIONAL ACTIVITIES

The AHPGS conducts its activity alongside various institutions of higher education. The subject of its work regards especially particular competences related to study programs in the fields of health and social sciences. Presently, the AHPGS has successfully accredited more than 500 national and international study programs at about 100 higher education institutions.

The AHPGS is connected both nationally and internationally, and uses these relations in order to maximize the quality of its own work processes. From its beginning, the AHPGS has made an effort to promote constructive cooperation not only with the Accreditation Council, but also with other accreditation agencies in Germany. AHPGS also holds excellent relations with foreign accreditation agencies as well as the relevant international networks for quality assurance. Currently, the AHPGS' international activities count accreditation and evaluation procedures in Austria, Lithuania, The Netherlands, Romania, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Switzerland.

KEYWORDS

Health Sciences, Social Sciences, Program Accreditation, Institutional Audit, International, Germany, Quality Assurance

REVIEW OUTCOME

Membership reconfirmed on June 2014.


AQAS - Agency for Quality Assurance through Accreditation of Study Programmes, Cologne

CONTACT PERSON

Doris Herrmann
General Manager

herrmann@aqas.de

CONTACT DETAILS
  • Hohenstaufenring 30-32
    50674 Köln
    Germany
  • +49 221 995 006 21
  • +49 221 995 006 99
  • http://www.aqas.de
FOUNDING DATE: 2002
ENQA MEMBERSHIP: 2008
OWNERSHIP

AQAS is a non-profit, registered organization that is independent from HEIs and functions outside of HEIs. The board and the three commissions comprise members of higher education institutions, members from professional practice and student representatives. The office of AQAS is based in Cologne.

AGENCY QA ACTIVITIES

AQAS provides accreditation for study programmes from all academic disciplines not only in Germany but also internationally. Moreover it carries out accreditation procedures for quality assurance systems of HEIs in Germany. Programmes are accredited for a limited period of time and then need to be re-accredited. AQAS has wide experience in the accreditation of joint and double degree programmes.

AQAS is one of currently eleven accreditation agencies in Germany. It first received accreditation from the German Accreditation Council (Akkreditierungsrat) on February 14th, 2002 for the duration of five years. Since then, the accreditation was renewed twice and is valid until February 2017.

KEYWORDS

Accreditation, quality assurance, system accreditation

REVIEW OUTCOME

Membership granted 29 November 2013.


ASIIN e.V - Accreditation Agency, Düsseldorf

CONTACT PERSON

Jana Möhren
International Office

info@asiin.de

moehren@asiin.de

CONTACT DETAILS
FOUNDING DATE: 1999
ENQA MEMBERSHIP: 2007
OWNERSHIP

Non-profit, registered association. Established in 1999 by its members, an alliance of universities, universities of applied sciences, chambers of engineering, technical and scientific associations and professional organisations, specialists and businesses as well as umbrella organizations of the social partners. ASIIN is funded solely through membership fees and accreditation fees.

AGENCY QA ACTIVITIES

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 an agency under the respective national public law in Germany and Kazakhstan. ASIIN is authorized to award European quality labels in engineering (EUR-ACE®), informatics (Euro-Inf®) and chemistry (Eurobachelor®/Euromaster®).

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 for these subjects. 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.

METHODOLOGY USED

The accreditation procedures carried out by ASIIN e. V. are based on the peer-review principle as well as on the principles 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.

REFERENCE LIST OF INDICATORS

The ASIIN General Criteria describe the principles according to which the accreditation procedures are designed as well as the requirements for the accreditation of degree programmes. They can be accessed on this webpage.

The criteria for institutional accreditation are available here.

AGENCY'S POOL OF EXPERTS

The expert teams are formed by the relevant Technical Committee(s). The subject-related accuracy of fit of the Audit Team is a major concern of ASIIN e. V. and part of the agency’s quality principles. Principles for the selection of experts are determined in the ASIIN General Criteria for programme accreditation, found here.

The respective principles for institutional accreditation are published here.

INTERNATIONAL ACTIVITIES

The international activities of the agency include the offer of quality reviews or accreditation procedures outside of Germany, support in shaping European or international networks and organisational forms for a mutual coordination of (subject-related) quality expectations, criteria and procedures and the mutual recognition of the relevant quality seal as well as cooperation with other national or international players in the area of quality assurance of higher education for an information exchange and mutual reflection, and for the generation of joint quality concepts. In these areas, ASIIN is active in western, central and eastern Europe, the Balkans, the Caucasus and Central Asia, the Arab region, Africa, Latin America as well as Southeast Asia. ASIIN has been a partner or grantholder in several EU-financed projects.

KEYWORDS

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

REVIEW OUTCOME

Membership reconfirmed 8 February 2012.


EVALAG - Evaluation Agency of Baden-Württemberg, Mannheim

CONTACT PERSON

Dr. Anke Rigbers
Chief Executive

evalag@evalag.de

CONTACT DETAILS
FOUNDING DATE: 2000
ENQA MEMBERSHIP: 2001
OWNERSHIP

Evalag was established in 2000 as a foundation under the terms of Public Law, a non-governmental body which is partly endowed by the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts of Baden-Württemberg. In its activities, evalag is independent from government as well as from higher education institutions.

AGENCY QA ACTIVITIES

Evalag is a centre of excellence for quality assurance and enhancement. It supports higher education institutions and other scientific institutions with its broad range of external quality assurance procedures, workshops and consulting services. The procedures used are based on the fitness for purpose approach and oriented towards quality enhancement of the institution. Evalag is active as a quality assurance agency for higher education within Germany and outside Germany. It is accredited as an accreditation agency for programme and system accreditation in Germany.

METHODOLOGY 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, workshops, consultancy.

REFERENCE LIST OF INDICATORS

Audits of quality management: key points of quality management; study programmes: rules and criteria for programme accreditation; quality assurance systems in study and teaching: rules and criteria for system accreditation; evaluation: criteria developed with regard to object, objectives and purpose of the procedure.

AGENCY'S POOL OF EXPERTS

Evalag has a pool of more than 800 experts. For each quality assurance procedure, evalag selects a team of (international) experts tailored to the procedure and the institution to be reviewed.

INTERNATIONAL ACTIVITIES

Since 2010, evalag is registered with EQAR and offers all its services internationally. Special international services are programme accreditation, which accredits study programmes according to the respective national criteria, and institutional accreditation, which accredits an institution based on the fitness for purpose approach and evalag’s criteria for institutional accreditation. Upon successful accreditation evalag awards its institutional quality label.

Evalag has carried out projects in Austria, Lebanon and Lithuania.

Evalag is an active member of ENQA and INQAHEE and cooperates with European quality assurance agencies.

KEYWORDS

quality assurance, quality enhancement, quality management, pro-gramme accreditation, institutional accreditation, quality audit, evaluation, consulting

REVIEW OUTCOME

Membership reconfirmed 26 November 2014.


FIBAA - Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation, Bonn

CONTACT PERSON

Dr. Birger Hendriks
Managing Director

hendriks@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 MEMBERSHIP: 2001
OWNERSHIP

The leading organisations of Swiss, Austrian and German industry established FIBAA in autumn 1994 as an international foundation. Right from Day One, the intention was to develop a strict Assessment Guide for quality assurance in the field of higher education.

AGENCY QA ACTIVITIES

The purpose of FIBAA is to promote the quality and transparency in education and science by awarding quality certificates to educational programs and education institutions in the areas of higher education and continued professional development.

FIBAA pursues this objective specifically by developing suitable methods and tools, and by applying them. It defines guidelines for the respective qualification target of educational programs and providers of educational resources, and sets up internationally qualified commissions for the purpose of accrediting, certifying and evaluating both domestic and foreign educational programs and providers of educational resources.

FIBAA is internationally networked and works closely within the framework of international bodies to enhance the comparability of quality standards and quality management procedures.

METHODOLOGY USED

Peer-Review Procedure and accreditation according to international oriented quality criteria

REFERENCE LIST OF INDICATORS

www.fibaa.org

AGENCY'S POOL OF EXPERTS

FIBAA has a pool of assessors at its disposal made up of more than 400 proven international experts in their respective fields (the list of experts can not be viewed because of data protection). Further information are available here.

INTERNATIONAL ACTIVITIES

FIBAA is actively networked with relevant bodies and working groups in the field of quality assurance in higher education at national and European level in order to advance the development of quality standards for its clients and to make the experience it has gained in the higher education and accreditation scene in various countries productive for its accreditation processes.

The acquired development status of the specialist know-how and the FIBAA Tool Kit makes it highly inter-connectable with various national agencies operating across many countries. FIBAA's clients profit from this. They can be sure that a FIBAA Quality Seal will serve as a sign of cross-border qualification.

FIBAA is recognised as a quality assurance agency in:

  • Germany – Accreditation by the German Accreditation Council
  • Switzerland – Recognition by the Federal Department of Economics Affairs FDEA
  • Netherlands – Recognition by the Nederlands Vlaamse Accreditatie Organisatie (NVAO)
  • Europe-wide – Membership in European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA)
  • Europe-wide-Listed in the European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education (EQAR)

FIBAA is member of:

  • European Consortium for Accreditation (ECA)
  • International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE)
  • Central and Eastern European Network of Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (CEENQA e.V)

FIBAA cooperates with:

  • European Health Management Association (EHMA)
  • Russia – Agency for Higher Education Quality Assurance and Career Development (AKKORK)
  • FIBAA – National Partnership
  • CHE Consult GmbH

KEYWORDS

Program Accreditation, Institutional Accreditation, Institutional Evaluation, Certification of Continuing Education Courses, Certification of Corporate Learning Units, Consult

REVIEW OUTCOME

Membership reconfirmed on 12 June 2012.


GAC - German Accreditation Council, Bonn

CONTACT PERSON

Dr. Olaf Bartz
Managing Director

bartz@akkreditierungsrat.de

CONTACT DETAILS
FOUNDING DATE: 1999
ENQA 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 ACTIVITIES

Certifying accreditation agencies is GACs core business. The certification (accreditation or re-accreditation) is based upon set criteria and rules of procedure, which are aligned with the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area (ESG). Successful accreditation entitles the agencies to accredit Bachelor's and Master's study programmes and internal quality assurance systems within higher education institutions and to award them the quality seal of the Accreditation Council. This kind of quality control ensures that the procedures carried out by accredited agencies are highly comparable, transparent and reliable, which is an essential prerequisite for accreditation decisions being recognised at an international level. Currently ten certified accreditation agencies are entitled to award the Council's quality seal.

METHODOLOGY USED

On application from the agency, the accreditation process is carried out by GAC on the basis of the Rules for the Accreditation of Agencies. The assessment is based on the following steps:

  1. the analysis of the application rationale,
  2. a progress report of the agency about its activity during the expired accreditation term, and
  3. an on-site visit at the agency, which includes the participation in a meeting of the decision-making committee, as well as separate discussions with the management of the agency, the employees, experts and - if necessary - students and representatives of Higher Education Institutions, which have already gone through the accreditation procedures of the agency.

Evaluations by GAC since the last accreditation are also taken into consideration. In case of a first accreditation, the participation in an on-site visit of the agency for a quality assurance procedure is included.

REFERENCE LIST OF INDICATORS

Available here.

INTERNATIONAL ACTITIVIES

The advancement of international cooperation is one of the most important tasks of GAC. The efforts to further the mutual understanding of the systems of quality assurance, to develop comparable criteria, methods and standards of quality assurance and to improve the transparency of the study programmes and the qualifications related to them aim at the advancement of student mobility. The international layout of the German accreditation system stands out in a structural respect, for instance in the representation of international experts in the Accreditation Council or the rules for the formation of expert groups. Equally important in this context is the cooperation in the pertinent European and international quality assurance networks, which is indispensable for concordance of common standards in quality assurance. As an active member of ENQA and INQAAHE, the Accreditation Council is closely connected with the most important quality assurance networks.

KEYWORDS

Accreditation, accreditation agency, standards and criteria, quality assurance, Bachelor's/Master's degrees, internal quality assurance systems, system accreditation, accreditation of study programmes

REVIEW OUTCOME

Membership reconfirmed 19 September 2013.


ZEvA - Central Agency for Evaluation and Accreditation, Hannover

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 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 ACTIVITIES

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 advise 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.

METHODOLOGY 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.

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

REVIEW OUTCOME

Membership reconfirmed 19 October 2012.


GREECE

HQA - Hellenic Quality Assurance and Accreditation Agency, Athens

CONTACT PERSON

Katerina Tsaliki
Head of Quality Assurance and Accreditation Department

k.tsaliki@hqa.gr
quality-assurance@hqa.gr

CONTACT DETAILS
  • 44 Syngrou Avenue
    11742 Athens, Greece
  • +30 210 922 0944
  • +30 210 922 0143
  • http://www.hqa.gr
FOUNDING DATE: 2005
ENQA MEMBERSHIP: 2015
OWNERSHIP

The Hellenic Quality Assurance and Accreditation Agency (HQA/ADIP) was established in 2005, according to Law 3374/2005, as an independent administrative Agency responsible for quality assurance in HEIs, under the legal supervision of the Minister of Education and Religious Affairs. Later, Law 4009/2011 provided for HQA to take over additional responsibilities in relation to accreditation of internal quality assurance systems of HEIs and study programmes. The Agency is governed by its President and the Council which is comprised of 10 HEI professors, a representative of the research centres and a common representative of the Technical, Geotechnical and Economic Chambers of Greece.

AGENCY QA ACTIVITIES

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

The goal of HQA is to establish and implement a uniform quality assurance system to be used as a reference system for the work and achievements accomplished by HEIs. Furthermore, HQA’s objective is to collect and codify all crucial information which will enable the State to effectively support higher education in Greece. In order to accomplish its objectives, HQA collaborates with and supports HEIs in their effort to maintain good quality in higher education, thus boosting the confidence of Greek society in the educational system.

The evaluation and accreditation procedures, the regulations, and the procedure of quality assurance over the Agency itself are transparent and open to public scrutiny.

METHODOLOGY USED

To achieve its objectives, HQA’s evaluation procedures are based on the following: self-evaluation report of HEIs, site visit and review report by an international panel of experts (members of academic staff and labour market representatives) as well as on the principles of transparency and international compatibility, particularly with regards to ESG.

AGENCY'S POOL OF EXPERTS

The HQA compiles and maintains a register of 6,000 international experts and specialists of quality assurance on the basis of criteria defined in article 8 of Law 3374/2005 and forms committees of external evaluators in order to review the HEIs.

INTERNATIONAL ACTIVITIES

HQA became a full member of ENQA on June 16th 2015 after an 8-year period under the affiliate status. It is also a full member of INQAAHE since 2014. The members of HQA’s Council and administrative staff participate in numerous conferences and workshops led by ENQA and other associations for quality assurance in higher education. The Council Members also participate in international committees of external evaluation and undertake professional or research collaborations with HEIs worldwide.

KEYWORDS

Evaluation, accreditation, quality assurance, higher education, ADIP, Greece

REVIEW OUTCOME

Membership granted on 16 June 2015.


HOLY SEE

AVEPRO - Agency for the Evaluation and Promotion of Quality in Ecclesiastical Faculties, Rome

CONTACT PERSON

Riccardo Cinquegrani
Director

avepro@avepro.va

CONTACT DETAILS
FOUNDING DATE: 2007
ENQA MEMBERSHIP: 2014
OWNERSHIP

In accordance with the agency’s independent nature, it collaborates with all actors interested in the life and progress of ecclesiastical universities and faculties: the institutions themselves, the Congregation for Catholic Education, the Episcopal Conferences, all regional, national and international authorities, and all those who work in the various dioceses of countries in which ecclesiastical academic institutions are based.

The agency, established by the Supreme Pontiff Benedict XVI on September 2007, is an institution connected to the Holy See.

AGENCY QA ACTIVITIES

The agency’s duty is to promote and develop a culture of quality within the academic institutions that depend directly on the Holy See and ensure they possess internationally valid quality criteria.

The Agency collaborates with academic institutions in defining internal procedures to evaluate the quality of teaching, research and services, which is done through the development and use of appropriate operational tools (guidelines, questionnaires, databases, information networks, etc.). AVEPRO also organises external evaluation procedures for individual academic institutions and arranges visits to them by experts. Moreover, AVEPRO is developing guidelines to support the institutions in producing their strategic plan.

METHODOLOGY USED

AVEPRO’s activities are regulated by the Apostolic Constitution “Sapientia christiana”, and it conforms to the European Standards and Guidelines, as well as other international agreements concerning rules and procedures for the evaluation of quality in higher education.

REFERENCE LIST OF INDICATORS

General documents:

Internal evaluation documents:

External evaluation documents:

INTERNATIONAL ACTITIVIES

The agency assists ecclesiastical institutions in Europe - 180 Faculties inserted in more than 100 institutions scattered across 18 countries - to position themselves in the new higher education landscape by developing an effective and coherent QA process. The institutions vary widely in size, organization, specific mission, cultural background and national context.

KEYWORDS

Ecclesiastical Institution, promotion of Quality culture, institutional evaluation

REVIEW OUTCOME

Membership granted 19 February 2014.


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 MEMBERSHIP: 2002
OWNERSHIP

HAC was founded in 1993 and became a full ENQA member in 2002. It is an independent professional body, financed through Parliament (c.a. 80%) and accreditation fees (c.a. 20%). Of its 20 members, the minister delegates 9, the Hungarian Rectors’ Conference 3, the Hungarian Academy of Sciences 2, the Hungarian Academy of Arts 1, religious legal entities maintaining higher education institutions 2 members, the Hungarian chamber of Commerce and Industry 1, the National Union of Students 1, and the Association of Hungarian PhD Students 1 member.

AGENCY QA ACTIVITIES

HAC is a national expert body promoting the supervision, assurance, and evaluation of the quality of higher education. Its scope of activity comprises the accreditation and re-accreditation of universities and colleges, the accreditation of new and operating degree programmes, doctoral schools, new two-year higher education vocational programmes, new universities and colleges applying for operating licences, and evaluates national qualification requirements, and university professorial applications.

METHODOLOGY USED

Ex ante evaluation of new institutions, qualification requirements, new programs, doctoral schools and university professorial appointments based on extensive applications based on HAC guidelines; ex post institutional evaluations and program evaluations in disciplinary groups every five years that involve self-evaluations in line with HAC guidelines, site visits by external experts and their report, which are published on the HAC website. Follow-up and appeals procedures are also part of the system. Disciplinary evaluations include in-depth analyses of the particular fields evaluated. With the exception of applications for professorial appointments, which are submitted to the HAC by universities, all applications are submitted to the Hungarian Educational Authority, which requests the HAC’s expert opinion.

REFERENCE LIST OF INDICATORS

Available here (in Hungarian).

Available here (in English, selection).

POOL OF EXPERTS

Available here via database (in Hungarian).

Doctoral schools (in English).

INTERNATIONAL ACTIVITES

HAC is a member of ENQA and continues its memberships in INQAAHE and the Central and Eastern European Network of Quality Assurance Agencies CEENQA.

Several HAC members participate as experts in foreign institutional and programme evaluation procedures (Lithuania, Estonia, Romania, etc.).

Staff member Christina Rozsnyai continues as CEENQA Secretary General, and is on the Boards of AQ Austria as well as ENQA. She participates regularly in institutional evaluations for EUA/IEP and in agency evaluations.

In 2011 the National Committee on Foreign Medical Education and Accreditation, NCFMEA, in the U.S. has again examined the HAC’s accreditation practices relating to medical schools. At its October 2011 meeting NCFMEA has accepted the HAC’s procedure and continues to re-confirm HAC.

HAC has participated in numerous international projects.

KEYWORDS

Institutional accreditation, program accreditation, accreditation of doctoral schools, evaluation of professorial appointments

REVIEW OUTCOME

Membership reconfirmed on 16 April 2015.


IRELAND

QQI - Quality and Qualifications Ireland, Dublin

CONTACT PERSON

Dr Padraig Walsh
Chief Executive

pwalsh@qqi.ie

CONTACT DETAILS
FOUNDING DATE: 2012 (following merger of 4 agencies)
ENQA MEMBERSHIP: 2014
OWNERSHIP

QQI (Quality and Qualifications Ireland) is an independent state agency established by the Quality Assurance and Qualifications (Education and Training) Act 2012 with a board appointed by the Minister for Education and Skills. The Board includes an international member and two learner representatives.

AGENCY QA ACTIVITIES

QQI has a broad range of functions relating to the external quality assurance of further and higher education and training in Ireland; the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ); and the awarding of the International Education Mark (IEM).

QQI is responsible for establishing quality assurance (QA) guidelines and for reviewing the effectiveness of QA at the level of the institution across further and higher education in Ireland. This includes the universities, institutes of technology, Education and Training Boards (ETBs) and providers in the private further and higher education and training sectors.

QQI validates programmes (ex-ante programme accreditation) for independent providers in further education (public and private providers) and higher education (mainly private providers) and we set standards and make awards on the NFQ in respect of those validated programmes.

In the area of qualifications, we maintain the ten-level NFQ and any associated recognition. We are the NARIC centre for Ireland (NARIC Ireland) and provide recognition advice on foreign qualifications.

METHODOLOGY USED

  • Institutional evaluation of quality assurance and capacity for new (private) providers seeking QQI programme level recognition.
  • Ex-ante Programme validation and periodic programme review (provider-led revalidation) for established providers, including research accreditation.
  • Authorisation of the International Education Mark (IEM) following institutional QA evaluation and periodic evaluation of compliance with the statutory Code of Practice for providers of English language training to international students.
  • Annual monitoring and reporting activities with a range of providers - A programme of dialogue and engagement with autonomous providers.
  • QQI publishes all of its policies, procedures and guidelines and all evaluation reports including external institutional reviews (and follow-up reports) and programme validations.
  • INTERNATIONAL ACTIVITIES

    QQI takes a leading role in international developments in higher education, standards and quality. We have established good working relationships with other national quality assurance and qualifications agencies and international networks for qualifications recognition and for quality assurance activities. We continue to establish Memoranda of Understanding with agencies from other jurisdictions (including the UK, Honk Kong and Malaysia).

    As many Irish higher education providers makes awards outside of Ireland (mainly in Asia), QQI is responsible for the external quality assurance of these providers wherever they are operating.

    QQI advises government departments and other international stakeholders on quality assurance and qualifications matters in Irish higher and further education and training. QQI facilitates visits from international delegations for quality assurance and qualifications agencies and other national bodies. QQI continues to establish policies and arrangements for dealing with Irish provision delivered through transnational education (TNE).

    KEYWORDS

    Quality Assurance, Quality Enhancement, institutional review, programme accreditation, International Education Mark

    REVIEW OUTCOME

    Membership reconfirmed 15 September 2014.


KOSOVO

KAA - Kosovo Accreditation Agency, Pristina

CONTACT PERSON

Prof. Assoc. Dr. Blerim Rexha
President of the KAA Board

blerim.rexha@uni-pr.edu

Ms. Furtuna Mehmeti
Acting Director

furtuna.mehmeti@rks-gov.net
kaaoffice@gmail.com

CONTACT DETAILS
FOUNDING DATE: 2008
ENQA MEMBERSHIP: 2014
OWNERSHIP

KAA is a public independent agency established in 2008 by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MEST) in accordance with the Law on Higher Education in Kosovo. It is established as the agency that guarantees the quality of educational and scientific research work at higher education institutions in Kosovo. The National Council of Quality (Accreditation Board) consists of local and international experts in higher education.

AGENCY QA ACTIVITIES

The Kosovo Accreditation Agency has a legal basis for the accreditation of all higher education institutions that offer or propose to offer higher education programs that lead to the award of academic degrees. KAA’s primary responsibilities are: the accreditation of public and private institutions of higher education; the accreditation of new institutions of higher education and their study programs; the accreditation of new programs at those institutions of higher education that already are accredited; controlling of quality assurance at accredited institutions and their programs.

METHODOLOGY USED

KAA undertakes the accreditation of institutions and academic programs through formal and transparent procedures that ensure internationally comparable standards. Institutions and the programs which they offer are evaluated to ensure that they meet minimum requirements for quality. An accreditation procedure consists of four steps:

  1. Internal evaluation by the applicant institution which results in the production of a Self-Evaluation Report.
  2. Site visit to the institution under evaluation – Devaluation by an expert team composed of international experts.
  3. Decision by the NCQ and the report publication.
  4. Follow-up procedure. Evaluation report produced by the expert team and decisions of the KAA are always published on KAA’s website.

REFERENCE LIST OF INDICATORS

The Administrative Instruction on Accreditation of Higher Education Institutions is available here.

The Standards of Accreditation is available here.

The Regulation on Accreditation of PhD study programs is available here.

AGENCY'S POOL OF EXPERTS

The pool of experts is available here.

INTERNATIONAL ACTIVITIES

KAA has been a full member of ENQA since 15 September 2014. KAA is also a full member of CEENQA, INQAAHE and has applied for registration in EQAR as well. KAA staff are actively engaged in international activities organized by international networks of quality assurance. Establishment of the KAA has been supported by European partners such as Austria and Germany, and therefore KAA has shared and translated all their procedures and practices into its own system.

KEYWORDS

Kosovo, evaluation, program/institutional accreditation, program/institutional re-accreditation, quality assurance, external evaluation, follow-up procedures, European standards

REVIEW OUTCOME

Membership granted 15 September 2014.


LITHUANIA

SKVC - Centre for Quality Assessment in Higher Education, Vilnius

CONTACT PERSON

Ms. Nora Skaburskiene
Acting Director

nora.skaburskiene@skvc.lt

aurelija.valeikiene@skvc.lt

skvc@skvc.lt

CONTACT DETAILS
  • A. Gostauto g. 12
    01108 Vilnius
    Lithuania
  • +370 5 210 47 78
  • +370 5 213 25 53
  • http://www.skvc.lt
FOUNDING DATE: 1995
ENQA MEMBERSHIP: 2012
OWNERSHIP

The SKVC is an independent organisation, founded in 1995, established by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Lithuania and partly financed from the State budget.

AGENCY QA ACTIVITIES

Agency’s role: to increase awareness of the quality of higher education and promote its improvement. Evaluation of the quality of higher education (by institutions and by programmes), credential evaluation (of foreign HE qualifications and qualifications giving access to HE); provision of information on HE systems and qualifications’ recognition; other functions in accordance with legal acts.

Scope of authority: All higher education institutions in Lithuania (universities (academies) and colleges of higher education, state and private institutions).

METHODOLOGY USED

Institutional evaluation and accreditation is based on evaluation of learning resources, self-evaluation report, site visit, review report by independent international experts, follow-up. Evaluation of study programmes and accreditation is based on self-evaluation report, site visit and review report by independent experts. Evaluation and accreditation of new study programmes is based on documentation review, and in some cases – by experts’ visit to the institution and a review report.

REFERENCE LIST OF INDICATORS

Available here.

AGENCY'S POOL OF EXPERTS

The list of experts is not publicly available because of personal data protection. Recommendations provided by request, upon consent of a person.

INTERNATIONAL ACTIVITIES

SKVC is a member of these international networks:

  1. ENQA (the Centre was associated member since 2000; since the network’s registration as an association, SKVC was a candidate member in the period 2008-2012, member since September 2012);
  2. CEENQA (the Centre is one of the founders of the network predecessor organization CEENet in 2000, and full member);
  3. INQAAHE (the Centre is a full member since 1997);

Favourable mobility conditions are ensured by the Centre's active participation in ENIC/NARIC networks (full membership since 1999).

KEYWORDS

Quality assurance, external evaluation of study programmes/ institutions; accreditation; qualifications’ recognition

REVIEW OUTCOME

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 MEMBERSHIP: 2003
OWNERSHIP

NVAO is the independent and binational accreditation organisation set up by the Dutch and Flemish governments, whose primary goal it is to provide an expert and objective judgement of the quality of higher education in Flanders and the Netherlands.

AGENCY QA ACTIVITIES
  • Recognition of new higher education institutions in which NVAO looks at the potential quality of higher education provision alongside national authorities appraisal of legal and organisational issues of the new provider;
  • Institutional audits in which NVAO assesses the institutional quality assurance system;
  • Initial accreditation of new programmes (i.e. programmes that want to offer a recognised degree);
  • Accreditation of programmes that already offer a recognised degree;
  • Assessment of distinctive (quality) features of programmes and institutions at the request of the relevant institution;
  • Publication of decisions (and officially recognised degrees) in the NVAO database; and
  • Internationalisation activities related to quality assurance in higher education.
METHODOLOGY USED

Assessment frameworks, peer reviews including site visits.

REFERENCE LIST OF INDICATORS

Available here.

AGENCY'S POOL OF EXPERTS

A list of NVAO certified secretaries is available here.

INTERNATIONAL ACTIVITIES

International objectives:

  1. Playing an active membership role in international networks of accreditation and quality assurance organisations. NVAO is providing the secretariat for the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE) and the European Consortium for Accreditation (ECA) and is also a member of INQAAHE, ECA and the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA).
  2. Occupying an international leading position in promoting the Dutch and Flemish accreditation and higher education systems so as to strengthen the international position of the Dutch and Flemish higher education institutions;
  3. Cooperating with other accreditation organisations in order to achieve mutual recognition of accreditation decisions;
  4. Contributing to the creation of a European Qualifications Area where the competent authorities automatically recognise degrees from accredited programmes and institutions; and
  5. Pro-actively following up on international developments in quality assurance and higher education. NVAO is included in the European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education (EQAR) which means that NVAO substantially complies with the European Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance (ESG).
KEYWORDS

Accreditation, binational, Dutch, Flemish

REVIEW OUTCOME

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 MEMBERSHIP: 2005
OWNERSHIP

Private, non-profit organisation.

AGENCY QA ACTIVITIES

Universities

External quality assessment.

METHODOLOGY USED

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

KEYWORDS

External quality assessment / assurance, aiming at quality improvement, self regulation and accountability; educational programme assessment and assessment of research

REVIEW OUTCOME

Full Membership reconfirmed on 9 September 2011.


NORWAY

NOKUT - Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education, Oslo

CONTACT PERSON

Øystein Lund
Deputy Director General

oystein.lund@nokut.no

CONTACT DETAILS
  • P.Box 1708 Vika
    N-0121 Oslo
    Norway
  • (snail mail)
    Postboks 578
    1327 Lysaker
    Norway
  • +47 21 02 18 30 / + 47 41 22 31 99
  • + 47 21 02 18 01
  • http://www.nokut.no
FOUNDING DATE: 1998
ENQA MEMBERSHIP: 2000
OWNERSHIP

Ministry of Education and Research.

AGENCY QA ACTIVITIES

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.

METHODOLOGY 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.

KEYWORDS

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

REVIEW OUTCOME

Membership reconfirmed 19 September 2013.


POLAND

PKA - Polish Accreditation Committee, Warsaw

CONTACT PERSON

Izabela Kwiatkowska-Sujka
Deputy Director General

sujka@pka.edu.pl

CONTACT DETAILS
FOUNDING DATE: 2002
ENQA MEMBERSHIP: 2009
OWNERSHIP

Independent statutory body established by the Higher Education Act.

PKA is financed from the state budget.

AGENCY QA ACTIVITIES

PKA performs programme and institutional assessment as well as gives 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.

METHODOLOGY USED

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

REFERENCE LIST OF INDICATORS

Available here.

INTERNATIONAL ACTIVITIES

Member of ECA, ENQA, INQAAHE, listed in EQAR. PKA concluded mutual agreements of recognition of qualifications with FH Council (FHR), Commision des Titres d'Ingénieurs (CTI), Austrian Accreditation Council (ÖAR), Organ für Akkreditierung und Qualitätssicherung der Schweizerischen Hochschulen (OAQ), Nederlands-Vlaamse Accreditatieorganisatie (NVAO), Agencia Nacional de Evaluación de la Calidad y Acreditación (ANECA) and cooperation agreements with Centre for Quality Assessment in Higher Education (SKVC) and National Center for Professional Education Quality Assurance (ANQA).

KEYWORDS

Quality, assessment, accreditation, institutional, programme, ex ante

REVIEW OUTCOME

Membership reconfirmed 19 February 2014.


PORTUGAL

A3ES - Agency for Evaluation and Accreditation of Higher Education, Lisbon

CONTACT PERSON

Dr. Alberto Amaral
President of the Management Board

alberto.amaral@a3es.pt

CONTACT DETAILS
  • Praça de Alvalade, n. 6 – 5º Frente
    1700-036 Lisbon
    Portugal
  • +351 21 351 1690
  • +351 21 351 1691
  • http://www.a3es.pt/
FOUNDING DATE: 2007
ENQA MEMBERSHIP: 2014
OWNERSHIP

A3ES was created by Decree-Law 369/2007, of 5th November, as a private law foundation, established for an indeterminate period of time, with legal status and recognised as being of public utility.

A3ES is independent in its decisions, subject to the general requisites fixed by the State. The Management Board has full capacity to make final decisions on the definition and approval of guidelines for assessment of institutions and programmes, the nomination of review panels and the decisions on individual accreditation processes.

A3ES is not State-financed, apart from an initial endowment. Its income is generated through services provided to institutions.

AGENCY QA ACTIVITIES

A3ES is responsible for promoting quality provision in higher education, assessing and accrediting higher education institutions (HEIs) and their degree programmes, and promoting the integration of Portugal in the European system of quality assurance of higher education.

Current processes include compulsory ex-ante accreditation and ex-post assessment and accreditation of all degree awarding study programmes (1st, 2nd and 3rd cycles), as well as a voluntary institutional audit programme aiming to certify internal quality assurance systems within higher education institutions.

Following the first 5-year assessment/accreditation round, a process of institutional evaluation will be carried out covering all HEIs.

The Agency has a R&D unit responsible for producing information and analyses about the Portuguese HE system and for developing research in the field of QA.

A3ES is the sole Agency with the authority to accredit higher education institutions and study programmes in Portugal.

METHODOLOGY USED

The assessment process includes the submission of a self-assessment report in the Agency’s electronic platform, a site visit, a preliminary assessment report, the possibility of a response by the HEI and a final assessment report by the panel with a recommendation to the Management Board to "accredit" / "not accredit" / "accredit with conditions" the degree programme.

The decision on accreditation is made by the Management Board. It may follow or not the recommendation from the review panel, on a grounded basis.

The HEI may appeal to the Appeals Council, which is an independent body within the Agency.

REFERENCE LIST OF INDICATORS

The methodologies, norms and indicators used in the assessment/accreditation processes are available in the Assessment Handbook.

AGENCY'S POOL OF EXPERTS

The list of experts and their CVs may be viewed here.

INTERNATIONAL ACTIVITIES

A3ES is an ENQA member since 18 June 2014 and is listed in the European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education (EQAR).

Pursuing its internationalisation policy, A3ES is also a member of the European Consortium for Accreditation (ECA) since June 2012 and is an invited partner of the CHEA International Quality Group (CIQG).

A3ES is involved in several research and development activities in cooperation with ENQA and other relevant international entities, participates in Work Groups led by ENQA and every two years organises an International Conference on quality assurance themes. Information on the ongoing research projects, publications authored by A3ES researchers and its international conferences is available in the Agency’s website.

A3ES cooperates with ANECA (Spain) and SKVC (Lithuania) in exchanging experts, has performed assessment of programmes in Macau in cooperation with the Local Administrative Authority, and cooperates with QA Agencies in Portuguese-Speaking African Countries and East Timor.

KEYWORDS

Quality assurance in HE, programme assessment/accreditation, institutional audit, institutional assessment.

REVIEW OUTCOME

Membership granted on 18 June 2014.


ROMANIA

ARACIS - Agency for Quality Assurance in Higher Education, Bucharest

CONTACT PERSON

Radu Damian
Director, QA Evaluation Department

radu.damian@aracis.ro

CONTACT DETAILS
  • Bd. 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 MEMBERSHIP: 2009
OWNERSHIP

ARACIS was established in 2005 by Government Emergency Ordinance, approved by the Parliament as Law in 2006, to enhance QA in Higher Education according to the ESG 2005. ARACIS took also over accreditation of study programs and institutions from the former Romanian National Council for Academic Evaluation and Accreditation. ARACIS is an independent, autonomous public institution of national interest, funded from evaluation fees paid by HE institutions on contract-based relations, and from projects. The external evaluation Methodology was developed by ARACIS and approved by Governmental Decision No.1418/2006, initiated by the Ministry of National Education and Scientific Research.

AGENCY QA ACTIVITIES

ARACIS’ mission is to carry out the external quality evaluation of education provided by higher education institutions and by other organizations providing higher education study programs, operating in Romania, with the aim of:

  • Evaluating, according to quality criteria and standards, the capacity of education providers to fulfill the beneficiaries’ expectations;
  • Contributing to the development of an institutional culture of higher education quality;
  • Assuring the protection of direct beneficiaries of study programs at higher education level by producing and disseminating systematic, coherent and credible information, publicly accessible, about education quality;
  • Proposing to the Ministry of National Education and Scientific Research strategies and policies of permanently improving higher education quality, in close correlation with pre-university education.

METHODOLOGY USED

The current activity is performed according to the “Methodology for quality assurance, provisional authorization and accreditation of study programs and of higher education institutions”, which includes four parts: I. Principles of Quality Assurance in Higher Education; II. Criteria, Standards and Performance Indicators for Quality Assurance and Accreditation; III. External Quality Evaluation of Higher Education Institutions; IV. Applications Differentiated by Cycles of Academic Studies. Quality evaluation activities are detailed in the 4 parts of the Guide approved by the Council. Evaluation of master Study Domains has been initiated following a procedure which is still in progress to be finalized. The Methodology and Procedures follow the ESG 2005, transition to ESG 2015 in progress.

REFERENCE LIST OF INDICATORS

Methodology for external evaluation, standards, standards of reference, and list of performance indicators of the Romanian Agency for Quality Assurance in Higher Education available here.

Methodology for accrediting master study domains on the basis of accredited master study programs (in Romanian) available here.

Specific Procedure for the External Periodic Evaluation of Accredited Master Study domains approved by Ministerial Order, published in the Official Gazette, Part I nr. 236/2014 (in Romanian) available here.

ARACIS Procedure for master study domains, approved by ARACIS Council (in Romanian) available here.

AGENCY'S POOL OF EXPERTS

Registrul National de Evaluatori RNE (National Register of Evaluators) available here.

Registrul National de Evaluatori_Studenti RNE_S (National Register of Evaluators_Students) available here.

INTERANTIONAL ACTIVITIES

International projects: IMPALA _EACEA _LLL Project: Impact Analysis of Quality Assurance

AQUA-TS: exchange of good practice in VET quality indicators, EACEA_LLL Project

Participation in ENQA Working Groups on Staff Development and Excellence

Collaboration with other agencies:

  • agencies members of CEENQA within the framework of the project “Qualitas” (2014-2015)
  • agencies members of Quality Audit Network (QAN)

Evaluation of 17 Study Programs in Law studies in the Republic of Moldova (2014) finalized by a transversal report in 2015

Cooperation with AUF for Training ANACIP Evaluators and Staff, R. of Moldova, 2016

Cooperation with ANACIP and ARACIP – Romania for Training Evaluators and Staff – ProDidactica Project, R. of Moldova 2016-2018

KEYWORDS

Evaluation, Accreditation, Study Programs, Master Study Domains, Higher Education Institutions

REVIEW OUTCOME

Membership reconfirmed 28 October 2013.


RUSSIA

AKKORK - Agency for Quality Assurance in Higher Education and Career Development, Moscow

CONTACT PERSON

Erika Soboleva
Director General

esoboleva@akkork.ru
akkork@akkork.ru

CONTACT DETAILS
  • Spartakovskaya ploschad, 14, bldg. 4, office 4206
    105082 Moscow
    Russia
  • +7 (495) 663-93-47
  • +7 (495) 663-93-47
  • http://www.akkork.ru
FOUNDING DATE: 2005
ENQA MEMBERSHIP: 2015
OWNERSHIP

AKKORK was founded in 2005 as an autonomous non-profit organization. There are Supervisory Council, Advisory Council, Accreditation Council and International Accreditation Council in AKKORK structure. Councils include members of HEIs in Russia and abroad as well as members of professional practice.

AGENCY QA ACTIVITIES

AKKORK is seeking to contribute to the development of education institutions and to improve quality of the whole higher education system in Russia. AKKORK helps Russian HEIs to optimize the management and internal control systems, as well as to discover HEIs potential and competitiveness.

The key fields of AKKORK activity:

  • Independent evaluation of education quality/li>
  • Participation in professional-public accreditation of education programmes
  • International Accreditation of education programmes
  • International e-learning accreditation
  • Internal quality assurance system development and certification (IQAS)
  • Assessment of administrative and teaching staff
  • Seminars and trainings for administrative and teaching staff
  • METHODOLOGY USED

    During the evaluation and accreditation procedures AKKORK employs multistandard approach taking into account:

    • Federal state educational standards of the Russian Federation;
    • Professional standards and qualification requirements;
    • Standards of Moscow education quality model;
    • European standards and guidelines on internal and external education quality assurance of European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ESG ENQA);
    • European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) Excellence Model criteria;
    • International Standards Organization quality management standards (ISO 9001);
    • The best Russian and foreign practices in the sphere of organization and management of realization of educational programmes.

    The Procedure of evaluation and accreditation includes the following general steps: self-evaluation by an educational institution; desk review of the self-evaluation report; on-site visit to the educational institution; submission of the reviewer's reports to the AKKORK Advisory council and their approval; accreditation decision by the AKKORK Accreditation Council members; issuance of accreditation certificates to an educational institution in case of positive decision of International Accreditation Council.

    AGENCY'S POOL OF EXPERTS

    AKKORK team numbers more than 300 experts, who are united by common values and adherence to the quality of rendering services. AKKORK experts help execute purposes by close collaboration with education institutions. AKKORK experts have good knowledge and understanding of pressing issues that face an education institution today, as well as of secondary, higher, postgraduate and additional education field peculiarity.

    INTERNATIONAL ACTIVITIES

    AKKORK’s quality and activity conscientiousness is recognized by such leading international networks of quality assurance as:

    • European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA)
    • European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education (EQAR)
    • International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE)
    • Central and Eastern European Network of Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (CEENQA e.V)
    • Asia-Pacific Quality Network (APQN)
    • International quality group of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

    Also AKKORK cooperates with FIBAA, ZeVA, Deva-AAC, TWAEA.

    KEYWORDS

    program accreditation, institutional accreditation, institutional evaluation, education quality assurance, quality improvement

    REVIEW OUTCOME

    Membership granted 6 March 2015.


NCPA - National Centre of Public Accreditation, Yoshkar-Ola

CONTACT PERSON

Prof. Vladimir Navodnov
Director

accred@mail.ru

CONTACT DETAILS
  • 206A Volkova St.
    424000 Yoshkar-Ola
    Russia
  • +7 (8362) 42-19-88
  • +7 (8362) 42-18-79
  • http://ncpa.ru
FOUNDING DATE: 2009
ENQA MEMBERSHIP: 2014
OWNERSHIP

NCPA is an autonomous nonprofit organization. It was established in 2009 on the initiative of the Guild of Experts in the Sphere of Professional Education. The procedure is financed by the HEIs.

AGENCY QA ACTIVITIES

  • Recognizing the best educational programmes, determined on the basis of the results of external evaluations as best in the particular region, and in regard to specific fields of study.
  • Accrediting the best educational programmes in alignment with ESG-ENQA, Federal State Educational Standards, and requirements of professional associations and regional labour market.
  • Providing Russian HEIs with information and methodological support on the quality issues.
  • Publishing information about the accredited educational programmes.
  • Training experts in the field of higher education quality assessment in alignment with ESG-ENQA.
  • Collaborating internationally with the purpose of promoting public accreditation in education.

METHODOLOGY USED

All educational programmes delivered in Russian HEIs participate in the project “The Best Educational Programmes of Innovative Russia”. Programmes recognized as the best in the region, and with respect to specific fields of study, receive the status of “candidates for public accreditation”. A programme holding this status submits an application for public accreditation. Internal and external evaluations involving review panels of experts consisting of representatives of academic community, foreign experts, employers and students are conducted. A final accreditation decision is made by the National Accreditation Board. The information on the accredited programmes is published in the Russian and English languages.

REFERENCE LIST OF INDICATORS

Available here.

INTERNATIONAL ACTIVITIES

NCPA is actively involved in the global dialogue on quality assurance in Higher Education through participation in the work of the leading international quality assurance networks. NCPA is formally recognized as an organization with responsibilities for external quality assurance by several international quality assurance networks:

  • the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education – INQAAHE (full member; personal participation of the members of NCPA’s staff since 2000);
  • the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education - ENQA (member; personal participation of the members of NCPA’s staff since 2004);
  • the Central and Eastern European Network of Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education – CEENQA Network (full member; personal participation of the members of NCPA’s staff since 2000);
  • the Asia-Pacific Quality Network – APQN (full member; personal participation of the members of NCPA’s staff since 2003);
  • Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence – IREG (full member since 2013).

Since 2015 NCPA has been officially listed in the European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education (EQAR).

NCPA is actively engaged in bilateral cooperation with quality assurance and accreditation agencies of Europe and Asia.

KEYWORDS

professional-public accreditation, quality assurance, independent evaluation

REVIEW OUTCOME

Membership granted 26 November 2014.


SERBIA

CAQA - Commission for Accreditation and Quality Assurance, Belgrade

CONTACT PERSON

Prof dr Sofija Pekic Quarrie
Contact person for international cooperation

pekicq@gmail.com

CONTACT DETAILS
  • 2 Boulevard Mihajla Pupina, Palace of Serbia
    Eastern entrance, room 477
    11070 Belgrade
    Serbia
  • +381 11 3130948
  • +381 11 3130963
  • www.kapk.org
FOUNDING DATE: 2006
ENQA MEMBERSHIP: 2013
OWNERSHIP

The Commission for Accreditation and Quality Assurance (CAQA) is formed as an independent body of the National Council for higher education. It is the only formally recognised agency responsible for external quality assurance for higher education in Serbia. It is financed by the accreditation fees and ministry provides technical and administrative support. CAQA has operational and decision-making independence from all stakeholders (Ministry, National Council, HEIs).

AGENCY QA ACTIVITIES

CAQA carries out the accreditation procedure for higher education institutions and study programmes, decides on the application for accreditation and issues a certificate of accreditation which is a prerequisite for licencing higher educational institutions in Serbia.

CAQA has a mandate to develop accreditation and quality assurance standards, and to run the processes of initial accreditation, periodic accreditation of study programmes and institutions as well as process of external quality control at the institutional level (auditing).

CAQA has also the role of advising HEIs on how to implement standards of internal quality control, how to do self-evaluation report and how to prepare for external quality control. CAQA runs seminars for the new peer-reviewers. CAQA has developed international cooperation with agencies within region and at European level.

METHODOLOGY USED

Applications for accreditation are first sent to the reviewers, then on-site visits to the institution is organised with the participation of CAQA members, students and labour market representative. Reports are prepared for adoption at the CAQA meeting. Accreditation decisions are: accreditation if all quality standards are met, act of warning if standards are partially met and rejection if the standards are not met. Reports on the decisions are then publicised. External quality control (auditing) is based on the self-evaluation reports that are peer reviewed and after the site visit expert team prepares the extensive report for the CAQA meeting. Positive report is publicised and in the case of the substantial problems in the quality, institution is submitted to the follow-up procedure.

REFERENCE LIST OF INDICATORS

Available here.

AGENCY'S POOL OF EXPERTS

Available here.

INTERNATIONAL ACTIVITIES

CAQA has developed cooperation with agencies in the region (Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Slovenia, Macedonia, and Albania) and in Europe (Russia, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Romania, France, Spain, UK, Finland, and Norway). At the regional level links are developed though the numerous Tempus projects. At many meetings and workshops we could exchange good practice, reviewer pools, visit each other etc. Through the cooperation with the other European agencies, CAQA has sent several our reviewers to other countries to take part in the evaluations of various study programs and institutions. CAQA is actively participating in ENQA events, once being the organiser.

KEYWORDS

Quality Assurance, Accreditation, External quality control/audit, Cooperation

REVIEW OUTCOME

Membership granted 25 April 2013.

SLOVENIA

SQAA-NAKVIS - Slovenian Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, Ljubljana

CONTACT PERSON

Dr Ivan Leban
Director

ivan.leban@nakvis.si

CONTACT DETAILS
  • Slovenska cesta 9
    SI-1000 Ljubljana
    Slovenia
  • +386 1 400 5771
  • +386 40 636 923 (GSM)
  • http://www.nakvis.si
FOUNDING DATE: 2010
ENQA MEMBERSHIP: 2015
OWNERSHIP

The Slovenian Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (SQAA) is a public body established by the Republic of Slovenia to assure quality in higher education and to carry out development and consulting activities in this field. The agency took over the tasks of the Council for Higher Education of the Republic of Slovenia and started operations on 5 March 2010. In carrying out its work, SQAA is independent and autonomous; it operates according to the principles of professionalism, impartiality, legality, and political neutrality. SQAA is developing its principles and procedures for quality assessment in accordance with all stakeholders and adopting assessment decisions.

AGENCY QA ACTIVITIES

SQAA is a monitoring institution in the Slovenian higher education area. It performs accreditations and external evaluations, which are part of the external system of quality assurance in higher education and higher vocational education. This is a fundamental activity of SQAA - on which quality assessment of a higher education institution as a whole, an individual study programme, or a higher vocational college - is based. SQAA establishes whether an institution or a college complies with the standards defined by the law, the agency's criteria, and European standards. The external quality assurance system is based on self-evaluation, which is part of the internal quality assurance system in a higher education institution or a higher vocational college.

METHODOLOGY USED

SQAA uses a review system consisting of a self-evaluation report of HEIs and an assessment report produced by the independent panel of trained experts (a student member and an expert from abroad are mandatory). SQAA Council uses these reports as a basis for its accreditation and assessment decisions. There is a possibility to appeal the Councils' decisions on several levels.

REFERENCE LIST OF INDICATORS

The legislation of SQAA assessment procedures in quality assurances is available here.

AGENCY'S POOL OF EXPERTS

SQAA does not publish its list of trained experts, but this list or recommendations for experts for specific subjects are available upon request from info@nakvis.si.

SQAA keeps a register of local experts, organises periodical trainings and conferences for them, and cooperates with foreign quality assurance agencies or experts.

INTERNATIONAL ACTIVITIES

SQAA has been listed in the EQAR register since 2013 and has signed MULTRA agreement with ECA.

SQAA is a member and actively participates in the activities of INQAAHE (International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education), CEENQA (Network of Central and Eastern European Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education), and ECA (European Consortium for Accreditation).

KEYWORDS

quality enhancement, study programme evaluation, institutional evaluation, accreditation agency, counselling in quality assurance, quality culture

REVIEW OUTCOME

Membership granted on 6 March 2015.


SPAIN

AAC-DEVA - Andalusian Agency of Knowledge, Department of Evaluation and Accreditation, Córdoba

CONTACT PERSON

Francisco Gracia Navarro
Director

deva.aac@juntadeandalucia.es

CONTACT DETAILS
  • c/ Doña Berenguela s/n, 3ª planta
    14006 Córdoba
    Spain
  • +34 957 35 50 37
  • +34 957 35 50 39
  • http://deva.aac.es/
FOUNDING DATE: 1998
ENQA MEMBERSHIP: 2000
OWNERSHIP

In Order 92/2011 the Statutes of the Andalusian Agency of Knowledge are approved. With their entry into force on April 30th, 2011 the Andalusian Agency of Knowledge (AAC) is constituted as a government-run public entity with legal personality, as pronounced in the Regional Andalusian Law on Science and Knowledge 16/2007, December 3rd. According to the Statutes, it corresponds to the Evaluation and Accreditation Division (DEVA) within the Agency of Knowledge “the competences of evaluation and accreditation of university activities; develop, manage, evaluate and accredit research activities.”

AGENCY QA ACTIVITIES

The main activities of the Agency are:

  • Develop, promote and manage research.
  • Evaluate and accredit universities, teaching staff and the research activities conducted within the Andalusian System of Knowledge (SAC).
  • Establish criteria, standards, indicators and methodologies of evaluation and improvement of the Andalusian System of Knowledge.
  • Develop the implantation, in an objective and independent manner of follow-up, control and excellence systems in quality and research.
  • Evaluate and conduct follow-up assessments of I+D+i programs, establishing mechanisms of joint accreditation with other quality assurance agencies.
  • Promote innovation in higher education.

METHODOLOGY USED

In general, the method used by the agency follows this path:

  1. All agents filing an application will have to send a SER with detailed description and analysis of the features and circumstances of their applications.
  2. Reports are evaluated by Commissions formed by members outside the Andalusian regional community.
  3. In the case of institutional evaluations a site visit is mandatory.
  4. All the information (except for personal data) is available online.
  5. The protocol of the evaluation programmes conducted by the DEVA includes a follow-up process.
  6. Detailed information regarding these processes is publicly available.

REFERENCE LIST OF INDICATORS

The DEVA has developed different programs and procedures of evaluation according to the criteria for quality established by ENQA and making public all the information useful for the agents of the Andalusian System of Knowledge. Initially ad hoc groups were formed with members from the quality units operating in different universities and external experts with the purpose of developing and revising the criteria ruling the procedures of diverse programs. A data bank was created with the contributions of Vice-chancellors of quality, Vice-chancellors of innovation, Vice-chancellors of research and the Permanent Commissions appointed by the DEVA for each specific program. Once evaluation processes were finished, in order to guarantee that programs and procedures fulfilled the purposes they were designed for, the DEVA conducted satisfaction surveys. Results, useful inasmuch as they continue to help in the revision and updating of processes, guidelines and manuals, are posted on the DEVA’s webpage. More information is available here.

AGENCY'S POOL OF EXPERTS

Available on DEVA's webpage, under the “Evaluation and Accreditation Bodies” heading.

INTERNATIONAL ACTIVITIES

In 2014 the Evaluation and Accreditation Division (DEVA) of the Andalusian Agency of Knowledge (AAC) renews its presence as full member in ENQA. In this way it reconfirms its engagement with the European Standards and Guidelines and the principles of independence, objectivity, transparency, efficiency and equity in the service rendered to the Andalusian community. DEVA is member of INQAHHE and is listed in EQAR.

Currently the agency has signed an agreement of collaboration with the Chilean Agency ACREDITACCIÓN and the Russian Agency AKKORK to develop joint activities in review and research. DEVA is also part of the “Alianza Internacional de Mutuo Reconocimiento de la Acreditación en Turismo, Hospitalidad y Gastronomía” established in Yucatán, Mexico, in March 2014.

KEYWORDS

Andalusia, assessment, review, improvement, accountability, independence

REVIEW OUTCOME

Membership reconfirmed 15 September 2014.


ACPUA - Aragon Agency for Quality Assessment and Accreditation, Zaragoza

CONTACT PERSON

Antonio Serrano González
Director

acpua@aragon.es

CONTACT DETAILS
FOUNDING DATE:
ENQA MEMBERSHIP: 2016
OWNERSHIP

AGENCY QA ACTIVITIES

METHODOLOGY USED

REFERENCE LIST OF INDICATORS

AGENCY'S POOL OF EXPERTS

INTERNATIONAL ACTIVITIES

KEYWORDS

REVIEW OUTCOME

Membership granted 15 June 2016.


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

CONTACT PERSON

Salvador Rus
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 MEMBERSHIP: 2010
OWNERSHIP

ACSUCYL is independent from the regional government, directed by a Board of Directors.

ACSUCYL was legally set up in November 2001 as the external assessment body for the university system in Castilla y León and is aimed at the assessment, accreditation and certification of quality at universities and research and higher education institutions in Castilla y León.

In 2010, Law 12/2010 of 28 October updated its legal framework, adapting the regulation of its functioning and structure to the requirements set at European level for quality assurance agencies in the university area.

More information is available here.

AGENCY QA ACTIVITIES

ACSUCYL's mission is to ensure quality in the university system in Castilla y León, contributing to its ongoing improvement, and thereby creating value for society.

Since its establishment, the agency has focused its activities on the development of programmes for quality assessment of the universities in the Autonomous Region and enhancing the processes that lead to its improvement.

ACSUCYL also collaborates in the processes of assessment, accreditation and certification of universities and higher education institutions outside the Autonomous Region of Castilla y León in the context of the European Higher Education Area.

The main role of the agency is the 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 both at national and international level.

More information is available here.

METHODOLOGY USED

To achieve its objectives, ACSUCYL defines the evaluation process for each area of activity. The first evaluation of any evaluation processes is carried out by a panel of external experts from outside the Autonomous Region. After this evaluation, final decisions are taken by the Assessment Commissions in charge of the evaluation process. To guarantee the independence of the process, members from the Assessment Commissions are also from outside the Autonomous Region.

Final reports include recommendations for improvement that are evaluated periodically; the period in which the follow-up is carried out depends on each process. ACSUCYL also develops, in some processes, on-site visits. When the evaluations are finished, the final reports are published on the website, and processes are reviewed in order to improve them.

REFERENCE LIST OF INDICATORS

The list of indicators ACSUCYL uses to control its processes is available here.

AGENCY'S POOL OF EXPERTS

General information about experts working in ACSUCYL and access to the members of the Assessment Commissions are available here.

The pool of experts for each of the evaluation programmes can be viewed on ACSUCYL´s website in the section corresponding to each evaluation programme under the title 'Assessment Bodies'.

INTERNATIONAL ACTIVITIES

Available here.

KEYWORDS

Assessment, quality assurance, continual improvement, accountability and proactivity

REVIEW OUTCOME

Membership reconfirmed 6 March 2015.


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 MEMBERSHIP: 2009
OWNERSHIP

The Axencia para a Calidade do Sistema Universitario de Galicia (Agency for Quality Assurance in the Galician University System - ACSUG) was legally established in 2001 as a consortium between the Regional Government of Galicia and the three Galician universities: A Coruña (UDC), Santiago (USC) and Vigo (UVI).

The agency is independent and has legal personality to achieve its objectives, fully respecting the university autonomy. ACSUG has established a clear difference in its structure and functions between the governing organs, the decision-making bodies and the advisory bodies.

AGENCY QA ACTIVITIES

The fundamental mission of ACSUG is to contribute to improving the quality of the Galician University System (SUG). To do so, ACSUG takes actions in the areas of drafting reports, evaluation, certification and accreditation for the activities conducted by Galician universities, especially related to teaching, research, knowledge transfer and management.

ACSUG provides constant support for gathering and channeling information for the Galician universities, other institutions and social agents, contributing to help the SUG remain up-to-date and in line with ever-changing social needs at all times.

Some specific activities carried out by ACSUG are the following:

  • 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 compensations.
METHODOLOGY USED

ACSUG carries out its activities following public guidelines and procedures published on its website. The methodology used by ACSUG includes:

  1. A self-evaluation process done by the applicants of the evaluation activity.
  2. Independent and external assessment by review panels appointed by ACSUG.
  3. Appeal procedure.
  4. Final decision about the evaluation.
REFERENCE LIST OF INDICATORS

ACSUG has established an Internal Quality and Environmental Assurance Management System certified externally by AENOR. Information about the system is available here.

AGENCY'S POOL OF EXPERTS

ACSUG has a pool of experts, but the list of members is not public. In case an agency is interested in the ACSUG pool of experts, they may contact us at the following email addresses: acsug@acsug.es and luis.velon@acsug.es.

INTERNATIONAL ACTIVITIES

Since its creation, ACSUG has considered it vitally important to establish relationships and information exchanges with other QA agencies and entities related to the university environment, both national an international.

ACSUG ihas been a full member of ENQA since 16 November 2009, and it is included in EQAR since 18 November 2010. ACSUG has been working in the Internal Quality Assurance Group (IQA group) of ENQA since 2008.

About the performance of Quality Assurance activities abroad by ACSUG:

  • Between 2009 and 2012, ACSUG was involved in the European Union Tempus Project related to the establishment of the Central Asian Quality Assurance and Accreditation Network (CANQA) in Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan.
  • Since 2010, ACSUG has been involved with activities of evaluation and certification for the faculties in the University of San Martín de Porres (Peru).
  • In 2012, ACSUG began the external evaluation of degrees in the “Escola Superior de Actividades Inmobiliarias” in Lisbon.
KEYWORDS

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

REVIEW OUTCOME

Membership reconfirmed 15 September 2014.


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

CONTACT PERSON

Mr. Miguel-Ángel Galindo
Director

secretaria.direccion@aneca.es

CONTACT DETAILS
FOUNDING DATE: 2002
ENQA MEMBERSHIP: 2003
OWNERSHIP

ANECA is a public body funded by the Ministry of Education in charge of the evaluation and accreditation of higher education at the national level in Spain. ANECA acts independently from government through an Executive Director, and governed by a Council of representatives of stakeholders of the Spanish higher education system.

The Agency receives funds from the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport, as established in the State Budget. This income represents most of the Agency’s budget. The rest of the funds comes from its participation in international projects and the organisation of evaluations at the request of regional governments or higher education institutions.

The budget is allocated by ANECA according to its Annual Plan related also to the Strategic Plan 2012-2016. The Annual Plans shows the fulfillment of the Agency’s mandates by the law and identifies the Unit in charge of its development.

ANECA is subject to the audit process defined for the Spanish national Public Administration, as well as provides information to stakeholders and society about the activities undertaking in the Annual Report.

AGENCY QA ACTIVITIES

ANECA’s mission statement is to contribute to improving the quality of the higher education system through the evaluation, certification and accreditation of university programmes, academic staff and institutional-level approach evaluations, as well as to report to the National Ministry and to the Universities Council on the development of its assessment processes. It has also been commissioned with providing information about the quality of the University System and with performing an important role in the relation to Spanish Stakeholders Council.

ANECA’s actions cover the whole country.

The activities performed by the Agency are related to the evaluation of programme degrees, academic staff and institutional-level approach evaluation. These activities are carried out through different ANECA evaluation Programmes.

The independence of the Agency is acknowledged in the Law that created it and is also reflected in ANECA’s new regulations:
...ANECA has its own differentiate legal public status, physical resources and funds and complete legal capacity to act and it shall exert its competences with complete functional independence
...ANECA shall develop its activity according to the principles of legality and legal security, technical and scientific competence, objectivity, independence and transparency and bearing in mind the criteria for its actions in force for these kind of bodies within the European Higher Education Area...

Independent, non-profit body.

METHODOLGY USED

The Strategic Plan was conceived as an instrument for reflection and action that defined the strategic lines of action for ANECA until 2016. The preparation of this Strategic Plan involved an in-depth analysis of both ANECA and its context in order for strategic objectives regarding the optimum use of resources to be defined.

The measures carried out every year are defined in the corresponding action plan and are established so as to comply with the specific objectives given in the Strategic Plan 2016.

REFERENCE LIST OF INDICATORS

A set of indicators has been defined in order to verify the compliance of the strategic objectives included in the Strategic Plan.

Every six months a measurement of these indicators is accomplished to check the performance of the objectives.

The Annual Report of ANECA includes the result of this measurement, as well as its definition, objectives and the methodology.

AGENCY'S POOL OF EXPERTS

The list of experts related to each procedure run byte agency is published on the website of ANECA and updated periodically.

INTERNATIONAL ACTIVITIES

ANECA carries out two kind of international activities:

  • Projects and activities derived from the development of agreements and MoUs with QA bodies and networks
  • Taking part as partner in competitive projects funded by international bodies

Most of the bilateral or networking projects dealing with QA/accreditation issues are accomplished jointly with a fellow QA body or national authority. They can focus on capacity building activities outside Europe or QA problem-solving matters in both Europe and overseas.

ANECA does not conduct either accreditation procedures or consultancy activities. outside Spain.

As a public body any income derived from the international activities should be related to staff-hours invested and expenses related to trips for meetings but in any case linked to profit-revenues.

Besides its active participation in projects within the European Higher Education Area, the regions where ANECA is particularly active internationally are as follows:

KEYWORDS

Accreditation, Internal Quality assurance, Recognition, Evaluation of teaching activity, Evaluation of research activity, International networking, Qualifications framework, Stakeholder involvement, Student orientation to quality of higher education

REVIEW OUTCOME

Membership reconfirmed 19 December 2012.


AQU Catalunya - Catalan University Quality Assurance Agency, Barcelona

CONTACT PERSON

Martí Casadesús Fa
Director

direccio@aqu.cat

CONTACT DETAILS
  • Carrer dels Vergos, 36-42, 2a planta
    08017 Barcelona
    Spain
  • + 34 93 268 89 50
  • + 34 93 268 89 51
  • http://www.aqu.cat
FOUNDING DATE: 1996
ENQA MEMBERSHIP: 2000
OWNERSHIP

The origins of AQU Catalunya lie in the consortium, Agency for the Quality of the University System in Catalonia, which was established on 29 October 1996. In 2003, the consortium became the present-day agency. The agency is an independent body, and it is funded by the government of Catalonia. The Board of the agency is comprised of representatives from different higher education institutions, the government of Catalonia and independent members.

AGENCY QA ACTIVITIES

The Catalan University Quality Assurance Agency, AQU Catalunya, is the main instrument for the promotion and assurance of quality in the Catalan higher education system. The purpose of AQU Catalunya is the assessment, accreditation and certification of quality in the sphere of the universities and higher education centres of Catalunya.

METHODOLOGY USED

AQU Catalunya reviews Catalan university degree courses, faculties and schools, services and institutions. Since 2011, the agency has implemented the Framework for the validation (ex-ante assessment), monitoring, modification and accreditation of recognised awards, the purpose of which is the life-long quality assurance and continuous enhancement of degree courses.

Since 2003, AQU has carried out the pre-selection assessment of academic staff contracted at the public universities in Catalonia; since 2006, the agency has assessed the individual merits in teaching, research and management of teaching and research staff at Catalan universities within the framework of additional remuneration for academic staff.

REFERENCE LIST OF INDICATORS

Available here and here.

AGENCY'S POOL OF EXPERTS

Available here and here.

INTERNATIONAL ACTIVITIES

Available here.

KEYWORDS

Quality assurance, improvement, accountability and cooperation

REVIEW OUTCOME

Membership reconfirmed 14 September 2012.


FCM - Madrimasd Knowledge Foundation, Madrid

CONTACT PERSON

Federico Morán Abad
Director

fundación@madrimasd.org

CONTACT DETAILS
  • C/ Duque de Medinaceli nº2
    28014, Madrid
    Spain
  • + 34 91 781 65 70
  • + 34 91 576 60 52
  • www.madrimasd.org/
FOUNDING DATE:
ENQA MEMBERSHIP: 2015
OWNERSHIP

Fundación para el Conocimiento madri+d is a not-for-profit organization established under the initiative of the regional government of Madrid.

Towards the end of 2013, Fundación para el Conocimiento madri+d absorbed the Agency for Quality, Accreditation and Prospective of the Universities of Madrid, ACAP, which was, up to then, the designated assessment body for the Madrid higher education system.

It is funded by the government of Madrid, and its Board of Trustees is composed by representatives of the Regional Government, the Universities of Madrid, representatives of the Madrid Confederation of Employers and Industries (CEIM), representatives of the IMDEA institutes and the Spanish National Research Council, a representative of the Students Council of Madrid, a representative of a trade union, and other experts.

AGENCY QA ACTIVITIES

As stated in its Articles of Association, FCM aims to improve higher education through evaluation and other reports leading to the accreditation and certification of quality in the university arena, as well as performance measurements of the public higher education service pursuant to objective procedures and transparent processes, considering the Spanish, European, and international framework.

FCM is the designated assessment body of the region of Madrid (DECRETO 63/2014, Madrid region government), and according to this designation, it performs QA evaluations of official degrees, faculties, and institutional programmes.

FCM also performs other activities related to the promotion and enhancement of regional R&D activities.

METHODOLOGY USED

FCM performs evaluation of official degrees, faculties, and institutional programmes of the universities of Madrid.

For each activity, FCM defines a specific evaluation process. The general operation scheme includes the following elements:

  1. Self Evaluation Report (SER), drafted by the applicant.
  2. Evaluation of the SER and related documents by a panel of experts.
  3. A site visit by the panel of experts.
  4. Drafting of a provisional report by the Evaluation and Accreditation Committee.
  5. Approval of the final report by the Evaluation and Accreditation Committee, with conclusions and details about follow-up processes.

All the information about each process is available here.

REFERENCE LIST OF INDICATORS

FCM has implemented an Internal Quality System according to ISO 9001:2008 certified by EQA. This IQS establishes and tracks the key indicators of each process in order to guarantee their correct operation.

Information on the IQS and procedures is available here.

AGENCY'S POOL OF EXPERTS

Candidates access to the pool of experts is here.

The compositions of the designated panels and committees can be viewed here.

INTERNATIONAL ACTIVITIES

The Fundación para el Conocimiento madri+d aims to provide Madrid universities the opportunity to undergo accreditation of excellence and international recognition through foreign accreditors.

The universities of Madrid will be able to obtain international accreditations of beyond the minimum currently offered at national level, with the Foundation acting as the intermediary agent between both and achieving active participation in these evaluation processes, whether in adapting to accreditation criteria or in active participation in the evaluation processes.

Currently FCM has signed a Memorandum of Understanding and active collaboration with the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

KEYWORDS

Quality assurance, evaluation, accreditation, improvement, assessment.

REVIEW OUTCOME

Membership granted 6 March 2015.


Unibasq - Agency for the Quality of the Basque University System, Vitoria-Gasteiz

CONTACT PERSON

Eva Fernandez de Labastida
Evaluation manager

eva.fdzlabastida@unibasq.org

CONTACT DETAILS
FOUNDING DATE: 2004
ENQA MEMBERSHIP: 2014
OWNERSHIP

Unibasq performs its functions under the legal form of a public entity submitted to private law and attached to the Basque Government’s department responsible for universities; it is a legal person of its own, with full capacity to act and full control over its own capital resources for the purpose of performing its functions.

The agency has its own budget, which it administers independently in accordance with the corresponding regulations of the Basque Autonomous Community.

The Act 13/2012 governing Unibasq establishes separation between the functions of governance and evaluation.

AGENCY QA ACTIVITIES

The purposes of the agency are to promote and ensure quality throughout the Basque university system; to provide society with information about the result of its activities and public administrations, universities and other stakeholders with information and guidelines for their decision-making processes.

The object of the agency is the evaluation, accreditation and certification of quality in the Basque university system, taking into consideration its Spanish, European and international dimensions.

The agency may also carry out the aforementioned activities at higher education institutions outside the Basque Autonomous Community within the context of the European Higher Education Area, on the basis of prior agreements with other agencies, universities or educational authorities.

The agency shall be entitled to take part in the evaluation of other activities within the Basque system of Science, Technology and Innovation, and may also perform these same functions outside the Basque Autonomous Community, on the basis of prior agreements.

METHODOLOGY USED

Unibasq reviews Basque Country university study programmes and institutions.

Since 2007, Unibasq has assessed the individual merits of academic staff for additional remuneration at the Basque Public University (UPV/EHU). Since 2008 the agency has carried out the pre-selection evaluation of academic staff contracted at the Basque Country universities.

Unibasq defines the evaluation process for each area of activity. The evaluation is carried out by a panel of external experts.

Final reports can include recommendations for improvement that are evaluated periodically; the period in which the follow-up is carried out can vary. Unibasq also develops, in some processes, on-site visits.

REFERENCE LIST OF INDICATORS

At this link you can access information related with every Unibasq evaluation scheme. Under each you will find the corresponding evaluation procedure and criteria.

AGENCY'S POOL OF EXPERTS

At this link you can access the current list of experts working with the agency. In addition, Unibasq has a database of experts where new experts can give their names in order to take part in Unibasq evaluation schemes.

INTERNATIONAL ACTIVITIES

Since 2013 Unibasq is member of INQAAHE.

Since December 2015 Unibasq is member of ECA.

KEYWORDS

Basque country, quality assurance, accreditation, evaluation, continuous improvement

REVIEW OUTCOME

Membership granted 15 September 2014.


SWITZERLAND

AAQ - Swiss Agency of Accreditation and Quality Assurance, Bern

CONTACT PERSON

Laura Beccari
International Affairs Officer

info@aaq.ch

CONTACT DETAILS
  • Effingerstrasse 15, Postfach
    3001 Bern
    Switzerland
  • +41 31 380 11 50
  • +41 31 380 11 55
  • http://aaq.ch/en/
FOUNDING DATE: 2001
ENQA MEMBERSHIP: 2006
OWNERSHIP

Established by the Federal Act on Funding and Coordination of the Higher Education Sector (HEdA) on January 1st, 2015, the Swiss Agency for Accreditation and Quality Assurance AAQ is the successor of the OAQ, which operated from 2001 to 2014.

It receives public funding by the Swiss Confederation and the university Cantons, besides mandate-based funds. The Swiss Accreditation Council (SAC) adopts the budget and financial statement of the AAQ and therefore acts as board of control for the agency. The Accreditation Council is the joint body of the federal government and cantons for accreditation and quality assurance in the Swiss higher education sector and the accreditation authority for the accreditation procedures pursuant to HEdA. The Accreditation Council consists of 18 independent members who mainly represent higher education institutions, the world of work, students, non-professional teaching staff and academic staff.

AGENCY QA ACTIVITIES

AAQ is the only national agency active in the field of quality assurance and accreditation in higher education. The AAQ carries out institutional accreditation procedures in Swiss higher education institutions in accordance with the Federal Act on Funding and Coordination of the Higher Education Sector (HEdA).

Furthermore, the Swiss law on medical and psychology professions assigns to the AAQ the role of accreditation body for training and advanced training in medicine and for advanced training in psychotherapy.

It is listed in the European Quality Assurance Register and can operate beyond the Swiss borders. Since 2011 AAQ carries out system accreditations in Germany, on behalf of the German Accreditation Council. Furthermore, is entitled to conduct Quality Audits in Austria according to the Austrian legislation. International evaluations are also carried out in some specific cases.

The AQA acts as an external partner to help higher education institutions design their quality assurance systems, thus contributing to the development of a culture of quality.

METHODOLOGY USED

In its external quality assurance activities AAQ's methodologies are conform to the European Standards and Guidelines (ESG) for the external quality assurance of higher education. All AAQ instruments, criteria, assessment outcomes, analytical reports are published on its website. AAQ internal quality assurance and accountability measures assure conformity with the ESG for external quality assurance agencies.

REFERENCE LIST OF INDICATORS

The Guidelines and Quality standards are available here.

AGENCIES POOL OF EXPERTS

Annual reports contain the list of conducted procedures, including the experts having carried out the external evaluation. They are available here.

INTRNATIONAL ACTIVITIES

Sharing of good practices and exposure to new developments are essential for the continuous improvement of AAQ’s processes and contribute to shaping and sharing common values within the EHEA. AAQ is an active ENQA full member since 2006, funding member of the Network of French speaking QA agencies (Réseau FrAQ-Sup), member of the European Quality-Audit Network (QAN) and member of the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE). Through these networks, AAQ participates in international projects and working groups. It cooperates with EUA, EURASHE and ESU. The AAQ's procedures comply with the standards of the ENAEE and it is thus entitled to award the EUR-ACE label to engineering courses. It hosts and participates to relevant international events in the field of QA. AAQ staff takes part in external reviews of agencies across Europe. AAQ is recognized by the German Accreditation Council for carrying out procedures in Germany and is well networked with German agencies. Thanks to its EQAR-listing (since 2011), starting from 2012 it conducts quality-audits in Austria.

KEYWORDS

institutional and programme accreditation, evaluation, quality audit, quality assurance, standard development, international recognition

REVIEW OUTCOME

Membership reconfirmed 5 October 2011.


UNITED KINGDOM

BAC - British Accreditation Council, London

CONTACT PERSON

Paul Fear
Chief Executive

Paul.Fear@the-bac.org

CONTACT DETAILS
  • 14 Devonshire Square
    EC2M 4YT London
    United Kingdom
  • +44 0300 330 1400
  • +44 0300 330 1401
  • http://www.the-bac.org
FOUNDING DATE: 1984
ENQA MEMBERSHIP: 2015
OWNERSHIP

BAC is an independent organisation, established to be the national accrediting body for independent post-16 education in the UK. BAC is a not-for-profit charitable organisation and is self-financing through accreditation fees. It receives no public funding. BAC is a non-regulatory body and higher education institutions applying for accreditation approach BAC voluntarily. BAC accreditation is recognised by the UK government in connection with the granting of Student Visitor visas.

AGENCY QA ACTIVITIES

BAC accredits institutions. Institutions applying for accreditation vary greatly in size and in the character of provision. Many are specialist institutions offering only a small number of study programmes. To reflect the diversity of the sector, BAC operates different accreditation schemes to cover all types of providers. There are two schemes for international providers – Independent Higher Education and International Centre. Accreditation is only available to private providers.

BAC offers a consultancy service in all aspects of quality assurance and accreditation.

METHODOLOGY USED

Following a documentation scrutiny exercise, rigorous inspections are carried out by a professional inspectorate. The institutional report is presented to the independent Accreditation Committee which makes all decisions on the award of accreditation. The award of accreditation is subject to an institution meeting standards established and periodically reviewed by BAC. Institutions are subject to regular monitoring, centring on interim visits and the submission of annual returns. Reaccreditation inspections are carried out every three or four years.

REFERENCE LIST OF INDICATORS

The Accreditation Handbook and scheme documents can be found via the following links:

AGENCY'S POOL OF EXPERTS

BAC's pool of experts is available here.

INTERNATIONAL ACTIVITIES

Under the International Higher Education and International Centre schemes, BAC currently accredits institutions in Bulgaria, Greece, Hong Kong, Mauritius, Mongolia, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland and the UAE.

We have been working with the Higher Education Council in Bahrain for the last two years, developing an accreditation framework for higher education institutions. BAC also completed a consultancy project for the Ministry of Education in Albania in connection with the review of Higher Education accreditation and quality assurance.

BAC is a full member of INQAAHE.

KEYWORDS

Institutional, accreditation, inspection, UK, independent, international, consultancy, quality assurance.

REVIEW OUTCOME

Membership granted 6 March 2015.


QAA - Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education,
Gloucester

CONTACT PERSON

Douglas Blackstock
Chief Executive

d.blackstock@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 MEMBERSHIP: 2000
OWNERSHIP

The Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) is an independent body, a company limited by guarantee and a registered charity. Strategy and policy are determined by its Board, which has representatives from the higher education sector, the student body and from industry. The day to day delivery of the agency's strategic aims, as set out in its Strategy 2014-17, is the responsibility of its Directorate, led by Chief Executive Douglas Blackstock.

AGENCY QA ACTIVITIES

QAA's stated mission is to safeguard standards and improve the quality of UK higher education. It reports on standards and quality under contract to government. This is done through peer review, based on the Expectations of the UK Quality Code for Higher Education (maintained by QAA on behalf of the higher education sector).

Different review methods accommodate the range of environments and arrangements through which UK higher education is provided. Since 2011, QAA has been entrusted by the government with reviews of private providers, as required by UK Border Agency regulations. On behalf of the Privy Council, QAA scrutinises applications from institutions wishing to obtain degree-awarding powers and university title. QAA also regulates the Access to Higher Education Diploma.

QAA's main office is in Gloucester, with additional offices in London and Cardiff. Its Scottish work is conducted through a separate office in Glasgow.

METHODOLOGY USED

Universities and other degree-awarding bodies are reviewed through three distinct peer-review methods: Higher Education (England and Northern Ireland); Higher Education Review (Wales) and Enhancement-Led Institutional Review (Scotland). These check how well institutions meet the Expectations of the Quality Code, and what they are doing to enhance their educational provision.

QAA has separate review methods for higher education delivered by private providers and through collaborative arrangements between degree-awarding bodies and other providers operating on their behalf. Such providers include some further education colleges and overseas organisations. QAA also reviews the Access to HE Diploma.

Reports are published on QAA's website.

REFERENCE LIST OF INDICATORS

Available here.

AGENCY'S POOL OF EXPERTS

Available here.

INTERNATIONAL ACTIVITIES

QAA takes a leading role in international developments in higher education standards and quality. We enjoy a close relationship with other national quality assurance agencies, monitoring and reporting on advances around the world.

We advise British government departments and other stakeholders on UK higher education quality assurance, accompanying government ministers on trade missions overseas and participating in bilateral cooperation programmes.

Our international work reviewing UK qualifications delivered through transnational education (TNE) is done by means of country visits to locations with significant numbers of students. In recent years, we have looked at UK higher education delivered in Singapore, Malaysia and India. In 2012, our focus will be on UK TNE in China.

As well as ENQA, QAA is a member of the International Network of Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education. We participate in the Asia-Pacific Quality Network and have links with partner agencies around the world.

KEYWORDS

Quality assurance, higher education, UK, England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland

REVIEW OUTCOME

Membership reconfirmed 19 September 2013.


MEMBERS UNDER REVIEW

ECCE - The European Council on Chiropractic Education

CONTACT PERSON

Mandy Stagg
Executive Secretary

info@cce-europe.com

CONTACT DETAILS
FOUNDING DATE: 1981
ENQA MEMBERSHIP: 2010
OWNERSHIP

Independent, non-governmental organisation.

AGENCY QA ACTIVITIES

Chiropractic education and training in Europe.

Accreditation of Higher Education institutions delivering chiropractic training.

METHODOLOGY USED

Regular evaluation against predetermined Standards and on-site visits.

REFERENCE LIST OF INDICATORS

Accreditation (and reaccreditation of institutions) is determined by the quality of their chiropractic education and training programmes judged against a set of educational standards. The Standards are documented in “Accreditation Procedures and Standards in First Qualification in Chiropractic Education and Training”. The procedures undertaken by an evaluation team in the process of accreditation and reaccreditation is documented in the “Evaluation Team Manual”. Both these documents are available here.

AGENCY'S POOL OF EXPERTS

The evaluation team is international and consists of fully-qualified representatives from ECCE executive, council members, educationalists and students, thus offering a wide spectrum of expertise. A full list of the team members is available here.

INTERNATIONAL ACTIVITIES

The European Council on Chiropractic Education (ECCE) is by definition an international organization with current accreditation activities in the United Kingdom, Denmark, France, Spain and South Africa. Additionally, ECCE participates in meetings of the Council on Chiropractic Education International (CCEI) and collaborates with other national CCE organizations in Canada, the United States, and Australasia.

KEYWORDS

Accreditation, chiropractic, evaluation, HE institutions, review

REVIEW OUTCOME

Member under review since 28 April 2016.


RUSSIA

NAA - National Accreditation Agency of the Russian Federation, Moscow

CONTACT PERSON

Ms Lemka Izmailova
Director

imo@nica.ru

CONTACT DETAILS
FOUNDING DATE: 1995
ENQA MEMBERSHIP: 2009
OWNERSHIP

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

AGENCY QA ACTIVITIES

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.

METHODOLOGY USED

Methodological recommendations, research, training of experts.

KEYWORDS

Self-evaluation, external reviews, accreditation criteria

REVIEW OUTCOME

Member under review since 6 March 2015.


EUROPEAN AGENCIES AND ORGANISATIONS

EUA - Institutional Evaluation Programme

CONTACT PERSON

Tia Loukkola
Director for the Institutional Development unit

tia.loukkola@eua.be

CONTACT DETAILS
  • c/à OGH Expertises
    11 rue du Rhône, Case postale 3174
    CH-1211 Genève
    Switzerland
  • +32 2 230 55 44
  • +32 2 230 57 51
  • http://www.eua.be/iep
FOUNDING DATE: 1994
ENQA MEMBERSHIP: 2000
OWNERSHIP

IEP is a non-governmental organisation functioning on a non-profit basis. It is part of a European-level university association and is independent from governments and other national bodies. It is managed by an independent Steering Committee.

AGENCY QA ACTIVITIES

IEP provides comprehensive, improvement-oriented institutional evaluations to higher education institutions. An IEP evaluation is tailored to the institution’s own goals, objectives and profile, and aims to support the institution in developing its strategic leadership and capacity to manage change. Institutions also have to option to choose a special focus for their evaluation. Follow-up evaluations are offered to institutions who have had a full evaluation within the previous one to three years.

IEP is a voluntary process and does not lead to a summative judgement. In addition to evaluations that are carried out at the request of individual institutions, IEP also conducts coordinated evaluations at national or regional level.

METHODOLOGY USED

The evaluation begins with a self-evaluation process conducted by the institution, followed by two site visits by an evaluation team, and is concluded with a final report by the evaluation team highlighting good practices and providing recommendations for improvement.

REFERENCE LIST OF INDICATORS

The IEP methodology is described here.

AGENCY'S POOL OF EXPERTS

Further information on the IEP pool of experts is available here.

INTERNATIONAL ACTIVITIES

IEP has carried out nearly 400 evaluations in 45 different countries.

IEP operates primarily in Europe, but also carries out evaluations worldwide. Its staff attend international events to keep up with global developments in quality assurance, and are also regularly invited as guest speakers. IEP is also a member of the CHEA International Quality Group.

KEYWORDS

Institutional evaluation, audit, non-profit, voluntary, strategic capacity, improvement-oriented, peer review

REVIEW OUTCOME

Membership reconfirmed on 24 April 2014.