ENQA review of the accreditation and quality assurance practices in the Portuguese higher education (EPHE) (02. Feb. 2006)
ENQA participated in the overall assessment and quality review of the Portuguese higher education system together with OECD, EUA and EURASHE. The project was financed by the Portuguese Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education (MCTES). ENQA reviewed the present accreditation and quality assurance practices in the Portuguese higher education. The exercise took place between December 2005 and November 2006.
In the framework of the EPHE project, ENQA reviewed the quality assurance and accreditation practices of the Portuguese quality assurance agency Conselho Nacional de Avaliação do Ensino Superior (CNAVES) as well as the related QA activities and procedures of institutions representing Portuguese higher education sub-systems: the Foundation of Portuguese Universities (FUP), the Portuguese Association of Polytechnic Institutes (ADISPOR) and the Portuguese Association of Private Higher Education (APESP). The review covered also major professional accreditation associations, for instance Technical Engineers', Lawyers' Professional Association and Architects' Professional Associations. The final review report concentrated on the strenghts and challenges of the Portuguese quality assurance system as well as gave recommendations for future developments. The review process followed the practice presented in the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area (p. 36). The members of the review panel were:
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