European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education

Quality Assurance Agencies Registered on EQAR

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Austria has been a Governmental Member of EQAR since 2008.

Focus of external quality assurance

  • Public universities: Institutional audit
  • Universities of applied sciences: Institutional and initial programme accreditation; Institutional audit (after an uninterrupted accreditation period of 12 years)
  • Private universities: Institutional and initial programme accreditation
  • University colleges of teacher education:own methodology

Can higher education institutions choose a suitable EQAR-registered agency?

  • Public universities: yes.
  • Universities of applied science: after having been re-accredited by the national Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation Austria (AQ Austria)
  • Private universities & university colleges of teacher education: no.
  •  Eligibility requirements for foreign agencies:
    • Registration on EQAR
    • QA agencies have to submit an expression of interest to the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy.
  • Condition for the agency's work: compliance with the criteria by the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy.
  • Further information/regulations: Act on Quality Assurance in Higher Education (HS-QSG) (§ 19.) (page 14) & BMWF Presentation

Can HEIs employ the European Approach for the Quality Assurance of Joint Programmes?

  • Public universities: yes (due to “self-accrediting” status of their programmes they are able to employ the European Approach).
  • Universities of applied sciences: no
  • Private education providers & university colleges of teacher education: no.

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Countries where registered QA agencies are based (and number of agencies)

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