What are the benefits of an international accreditation?

Achieving an international accreditation certifies that the individual programme complies with the quality standards of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA). Upon successful completion of the procedure, universities will receive a certificate as well as report on the quality of the programme.

Depending on national regulations, an international accreditation may be obtained in addition to a national accreditation or it may substitute national requirements.

An international programme accreditation is also a quality enhancement tool; external reviews from experts outside the national higher education system provide expertise and guidance. The focus is thus put on quality enhancement and the further development of programmes. It may be initiated as a strategic means by the university management or may be motivated by individual institutes or programme coordinators.

An international accreditation may also increase international acceptance of degrees and foster mobility of students, staff and research activities. A positive result may have effects on the scope and composition of cooperation projects as well as on the general visibility of the higher education institution. By raising the profile of a programme an increase in student numbers and projects may be envisaged.

AQAS offers programme accreditation at Bachelor, Master and PhD-level across all disciplines.