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.
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).
The AAQ 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.
AAQ is now undergoing an ENQA-coordinated external review. More information can be found here.
AAQ’s most recent external review report can be found here.
AAQ is registered on EQAR.