European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education

AAQ - Swiss Agency of Accreditation and Quality Assurance

Schweizerische Agentur für Akkreditierung und Qualitätssicherung / Agence suisse d’accréditation et d’assurance qualité / Agenzia svizzera di accreditamento e di garanzia della qualità

Notes: Name: The agency was named "OAQ - Swiss Center of Accreditation and Quality Assurance in Higher Education" until 31/12/2014.
Admission valid until: 2021-07-31 (listed since 2012-05-08)
Based in*: Switzerland
HE systems where agency conducted reviews**: Austria, Germany, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Switzerland
Reports by the agency: http://aaq.ch/en/procedural-reports/
External review reports and EQAR decisions:

Contact details

Website: www.aaq.ch
Address: Effingerstrasse 15
P.O. Box
3001 Bern
Contact Person: Laura Beccari (International Affairs)
Phone: +41 31 380 11 62
Fax: +41 31 380 11 55
Email: laura.beccari@aaq.ch

Information on the agency's work

Founded in 2001, the OAQ has been renamed Agency for Accreditation and Quality Assurance (AAQ), as a consequence of the entry into force of the Federal Act on Funding and Coordination of the Swiss Higher Education Sector (Higher Education Act, HEdA 414.20) on January 1st 2015. The AAQ safeguards and promotes the quality of teaching and research at higher education institutions in Switzerland. It is independent, uses internationally recognised methods and is able to draw upon the knowledge and experience of leading experts. The AAQ develops guidelines and quality standards, conducts accreditation and evaluation procedures, and works at an international level. It perceives its role as an external partner for quality assurance and development, and provides a range of supporting services. The AAQ acts under the authority of the Swiss Accreditation Council

External quality assurance activities in the scope of the ESG:
  • Institutional accreditation in Switzerland
  • Programme accreditation in Switzerland
  • Evaluations in Switzerland
  • System accreditation in Germany
  • Certification procedures in Austria (institutional Q-audit)
  • Institutional assessments abroad
ENQA membership: Full member


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