About Us

QAA International

QAA International (QAA) is one of the international quality assurance agency for higher education that offers wide-ranged accreditation. It offers universities and other higher education institutions international institutional accreditation and programme accreditation.

QAA is operating strictly in line with the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the EU & UK, which have been developed in the context of the Assurance Process. Moreover, QAA offers accreditation to universities and higher education institution worldwide.

QAA is operating in the public interest, offering its services so that universities and higher education institutions, their current and future students as well as society at large benefit. Nevertheless, QAA is fully independent from any government or national authority and any university or higher education institution.

QAA places a great focus on the development and further improvement of a quality culture within universities and higher education institutions. QAA sees its role as a guide and advisor, stimulating and encouraging the improvement of the quality of teaching and learning, research and other activities of an institution. This is achieved through focussing on the institutional systems and their strategic management.

Why choose us

QAA is able to offer its accreditation with full commitment

In recent years, a growing number of universities and higher education institutions seek international accreditation. Yet, such an accreditation could not be obtained. The choice was limited to foreign standards and procedures as well as experts from usually one country. QAA, however, is international and provides international services. All policies, procedures and standards have been designed with an international focus from the beginning. QAA offers a truly international accreditation.

QAA understands the context within which a university or higher education institution is operating. QAA only works with experts who have wide-ranging international experience and knowledge of different higher education systems. QAA also respects national regulations and ensures that these regulations are adequately reflected in the assessment.

QAA ensures that each accreditation process is given full attention and maximum support. Universities and higher education institutions applying for accreditation can be sure that they will receive the best that QAA can offer.

QAA puts an emphasis on the continuous enhancement of quality and relevance. Therefore, QAA does not use a simple checklist approach as to whether standards are met. QAA offers each university and higher education institution comprehensive suggestions and recommendations for its further improvement, focusing on its individual characteristics.

QAA understands the context within which a university or higher education institution is operating. QAA only works with experts who have wide-ranging international experience and knowledge of different higher education systems. QAA also respects national regulations and ensures that these regulations are adequately reflected in the assessment.

QAA recognises the diversity of institutions, their missions and strategies. Therefore, the standards QAA uses differentiate between universities and other higher education institutions in order to undertake an assessment against criteria that are more befitting to and aligned with the institutional reality and the specific objectives and the modus operandi of the institution.

QAA Award

  • We set standards for QAA awards (qualifications)
  • We assess the fitness of providers to offer QAA awards
  • We validate programmes of education and training leading to QAA awards
  • We award qualifications and issue certificates
  • We maintain the statutory learner protection fund for learners enrolled in private education and training providers

Quality assurance of education and training

  • We issue quality assurance guidelines
  • We approve providers’ quality assurance procedures
  • We monitor and review providers
  • We promote awareness and maintenance of academic integrity
  • We award the International Education Mark to higher education and English language education providers

The qualifications system

  • We issue quality assurance guidelines
  • We approve providers’ quality assurance procedures
  • We monitor and review providers
  • We promote awareness and maintenance of academic integrity
  • We award the International Education Mark to higher education and English language education providers

Engagement, insights and knowledge-sharing

  • We consult, inform and collaborate with national and international stakeholders
  • We conduct research and report on quality and qualifications in the tertiary education system
  • We consult with learners and learner groups and involve them in carrying out our core functions
  • We develop enhancement initiatives and host events to learn from and share best practice with stakeholders

Supporting Higher Education
IN THE ASEAN REGION

The project aims to strengthen regional cooperation and enhance the quality, regional competitiveness and internationalization of Association of
South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) higher education institutions and students.

Our vision

We are committed to a vision of EU & UK that offers diverse high-quality further and higher education opportunities, enabling learners to reach their full potential through achieving qualifications that are widely valued nationally and internationally.

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Our mission

We sustain public confidence in the quality, integrity and reputation of EU’s & UK’s further and higher education providers and provide authoritative information on the diverse range of qualifications included in the National Framework of Qualifications.

Our values

Our approach to our own work and how we work with our partners is governed by clear values.

We believe we have a shared responsibility with others to ensure confidence in and continuous improvement of the quality of education and training. We believe that the attainment of our priorities and objectives is best pursued in a consultative, collaborative and inclusive manner with our diverse set of partners and providers. We value and respect partnership for mutual benefit.

We are committed to working with objectivity, transparency and sustainability. This underpins our decision-making and our policies, procedures and activities. These are evidence-based, informed by national and international good practice, authoritative and conducted with integrity in a manner which is openly transparent and engenders trust.

We are committed to making a difference to our partners, providers and our people. We value information, insight and impact – the successful pursuit of goals and objectives which culminate in impacting positively, confidently and substantively on our operating environment.

We are a learning organisation. We are committed to innovation and excellence.

QAA International Provides Excellent Horizon on
the EU & UK Quality Assurance for You

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