The present publication gives the outcomes of and reflections on the review process carried out in March 2008 for the accreditation of six university degree programmes given at the Centro Universitario de la Costa Sur (CUCSUR), in the state of Jalisco, Mexico. The application of the evaluation methodology used by AQU (a recognised European QA agency), together with the use of the European standards for quality assurance stemming from the Bologna Process, represents a unique experience and a new development and also offers new ways to open up cooperation between the university systems in Latin America and Europe.
The 2nd Forum for Quality Assurance, funded by the Socrates Programme and co-organised by ENQA, ESU, EUA and EURASHE, was held on 15-17 November 2007 and hosted by the Sapienza University of Rome.
The present publication is the report of a benchmarking project between ACQUIN (Accreditation, Certification and Quality Assurance Institute), AUQA (Australian Universities Quality Agency) and HETAC (Higher Education and Training Awards Council). Each of these agencies underwent a self-review and external evaluation, which provided the basis for the benchmarking relative to internationally accepted standards. The report also draws on the European Standards and Guidelines and INQAAHE Guidelines of Good Practice as a basis of facilitating organisational exchanges and understanding.