Central Evaluation and Accreditation Agency (ZEvA)

The review will evaluate the way in which and to what extent the Central Evaluation and Accreditation Agency (ZEvA) fulfills the criteria for ENQA membership and thus the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area. The evaluation is scheduled to finish in October 2021.

Background and context

ZEvA has been established in 1995 as an evaluation agency of the state of Lower Saxony and has started to engage in accreditation procedures in 1998. Since 2008, ZEvA acts as an independent foundation under civil law. Its mission is to further the quality of teaching and learning in higher education in Germany and abroad.

ZEvA offers a wide range of quality assurance procedures such as programme accreditation, institutional or systems accreditation, evaluation of academic subjects, institutional evaluation, thematic evaluation, institutional audits, certification of further education and validation of non-academic tertiary education. Most of these procedures are offered in Germany and other countries of the EHEA but also in countries outside of the EHEA.

ZEvA has been a member of ENQA since 2000 and is applying for ENQA renewal of membership.

ZEvA has been registered on the European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education (EQAR) since 2008 and is applying for renewal of EQAR registration.

Review process

This review will evaluate the extent to which ZEvA fulfils the requirements of the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area (ESG). Consequently, the review will provide information to the Board of ENQA to aid its consideration of whether membership of ZEvA should be reconfirmed and to EQAR to support ZEvA application to the register.

Review panel
The panel is composed of the following members:

  • Melita Kovacevic, Full Professor, Head of the Laboratory for Psycholinguistic Research, Director of Doctoral programme, University of Zagreb, Croatia – Chair, academic (EUA nominee)
  • Dan Derricott, Head of Academic Policy and Quality Assurance, University College London (UCL), UK – Secretary, quality assurance professional (ENQA nominee)
  • Mark Frederiks, Coordinator International Policy, Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO), The Netherlands – Quality assurance professional (ENQA nominee)
  • Marija Vasilevska, Bachelor’s degree student in political science, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University, North Macedonia – Student (ESU nominee, member of the European Students’ Union Quality Assurance Student Experts Pool)

This review is being coordinated by Milja Homan.