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Quality Management

Quality Management

A new Federal Act for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (Hochschul-Qualitätssicherungsgesetz), which came into force by March 2012, sets a common frame for quality assurance in all sectors of higher education in Austria. For the permanent perpetuation of the institutional accreditation, universities are going to be audited every seven years. Such peer reviews focus on an educational institution as a whole (or on separate assessment areas) and rate the operational capability of the institutional quality management system for specific core/key processes. 

The certification of the quality management system shall be based on an audit of the following assessment areas (§ 22 para. 1 Federal Act for Quality Assurance in Higher Education):

  • Quality strategy and its integration into the management tools of the higher education institution; structures and procedures of quality assurance in the areas of degree programmes and teaching, research or advancement and appreciation of the arts or applied research and development, organisation and administration and staff; 
  • integration of internationalization and societal objectives into the quality management system; 
  •  information systems and involvement of stakeholder groups; 
  • quality-assurance structures and procedures for certificate programmes for further education offered by providers of University of Applied Sciences degree programmes according to § 9 University of Applied Sciences Studies Act (Fachhochschulstudiengesetz) as well as certificate programmes for further education that are run jointly in the meaning of § 3 para. 2 subpara. 11 of the University of Applied Sciences Studies Act.
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