Fundación para el Conocimiento madrimasd (madri+d)

October 2019

The review will evaluate the way in which and to what extent the Fundación para el Conocimiento madrimasd (madri+d) 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 February 2020.

Background and context

The Fundación para el Conocimiento madrimasd (madri+d) is a non-profit organization established in 2002 on the initiative of the Regional Government of Madrid. Its objectives are strengthening and coordinating the Madrid R&D and Innovation Regional System through joint projects and actions in the areas of:

  • Quality Assurance of the Madrid Higher Education System
  • Technology-based entrepreneurship
  • Technology transfer
  • Promotion of the European Research Area
  • Scientific dissemination

madri+d aims at promoting the development of science and technology knowledge and, enhancing technology innovation and consolidating joint actions between the scientific and business communities, supporting technology transfer and commercialization activities, developing a framework to encourage start-ups from R&D and Innovation projects, fostering the participation in European R&D and Innovation programmes, and improving the quality of the Higher Education system in the Region of Madrid.

The Decree 63/2014, of 29 May, which designates the Fundación para el Conocimiento madrimasd as the official assessment body for the Madrid Higher Education System.

Regarding the Quality Assurance of the Madrid Higher Education System, the Foundation’s objective is to contribute to the improvement of higher education by means of evaluation reports and others leading to accreditation and quality certification in the university environment, as well as to the measurement of the performance of the public service of higher education in accordance with objective procedures and transparent processes, considering the Spanish, European and international framework.

The Region of Madrid is located in the centre of Spain, it holds fifteen universities in its territory, both public and private, most of them with a long tradition and history. Thirteen of them are evaluated by madri+d, while UNED (National Online Teaching University) and Universidad Pontificia Comillas (Catholic Church owned) are evaluated by the national agency ANECA. More than 280.000 students are enrolled in the over 1400 official programmes provided by the Madrid Universities, according to last data available (2017).

madri+d has been an ENQA member since March 2015 and is applying for renewal of its membership.

madri+d has been registered on EQAR since June 2015 and is applying for renewal of registration.

Review process

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

The review panel is not expected, however, to make any judgements as regards granting membership.

Review panel
The panel is composed of the following members:

  • Norma Ryan, Independent QA consultant, Retired from position of Director, Quality Promotion Unit, University College Cork, Ireland – Chair, quality assurance professional (EUA nominee)
  • Nieves Pascual, Professor, Valencian International University and University of Jaén, Spain – Secretary, academic (ENQA nominee)
  • Almantas Šerpatauskas’, Acting director, Center for Quality Assessment in Higher Education (SKVC), Lithuania – Quality assurance professional (ENQA nominee)
  • Aleksandar Susnar, PhD student in Philosophy, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Rijeka, Croatia – Student (ESU nominee)

You can read madri+d’s self-assessment report on their website here.
This review is being coordinated by Anaïs Gourdin.

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