AQA works in cooperation with European and international agencies for quality assurance. AQA was a full member of international networks for quality assurance (ENQA, CEE network, and INQAAHE) and registered in the European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education (EQAR) until 2013.
External evaluation of the agency by ENQA
As one of the first European agencies AQA has undergone an external evaluation co-ordinated by ENQA in 2007. A group of international experts examined AQA’s methods. The evaluation confirmed the strategic orientation of the agency and the organisation of different business areas (certification/accreditation, evaluation, counselling, studies and system analysis).
External evaluation of the agency by the German Accreditation Council
Since June 2009 AQA is recognised for the accreditation of quality management systems at German universities, since 2010 also for the accreditation of study programmes. A thorough review of the agency has been a precondition for its recognition by the German Accreditation Council. The review team acknowledged the professional work of the agency and its broad competences in the area of quality assurance.
Quality Audit Network - QAN
The Norwegian quality assurance agency NOKUT and AQA have initiated an audit network. The purpose of the meetings is to exchange experience and discuss the different audit approaches.
The following agencies take part in the meetings of the network: Akkreditierungsrat (Germany), ANECA (Spain), AQA (Austria), AQU (Spain), EVA (Denmark), FINHEEC (Finland), HSV (Sweden), NOKUT (Norway), OAQ (Swizz), QAA (England/Northern Ireland), QAA (Scotland).
The first meeting of QAN took place in April 2008, Vienna. Details to be found here.
The European Standards and Guidelines (ESG) for quality assurance in the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) that were designed in the course of Bologna process form a reference for quality assurance procedures established by AQA. The Scientific Steering Group of AQA provides for international expertise throughout the development and implementation of quality assurance procedures. Experts from several European countries are members of the Scientific Steering Group.
In its evaluation and certification procedures AQA systematically appoints peers from other countries.
AQA is participating in international project partnerships (Lifelong Learning Programme, Sokrates, Tempus).