The Hellenic Quality Assurance and Accreditation Agency (HQA)
The review will evaluate the way in which and to what extent the Hellenic Quality Assurance and Accreditation Agency (HQA) 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 July 2020.
Background and context
The Hellenic Quality Assurance Agency (HQA) is an independent institutional body established by Law 3374/2005 (initial operation). In year 2011, by virtue of Law 4009, HQA was renamed to “Hellenic Quality Assurance and Accreditation Agency” and was assigned additional responsibilities. These new responsibilities were related to the accreditation of the internal quality assurance system and the study programmes of the HEIs of the country.
HQA is the supervisory and coordinating agency of the quality assurance framework applied in the Hellenic Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). HQA is located in Athens, has management and administration autonomy, and the Minister of Education and Religious Affairs monitors the legality of its actions.
The mission of HQA is to ensure high quality in higher education. As part of its mission, HQA supports the State and the HEIs in the formulation and implementation of the national strategy for higher education and accredits the quality of the operations of the HEIs. HQA guarantees the transparency of all its actions in the area of the evaluation and accreditation of the quality of the HEIs.
In the period between the adoption of the Law 4009/2011 and the first semester of 2016, HQA, following the transitional provisions provided, worked upon the completion of the previous stage of quality assurance. Consequently, till today HQA has implemented the evaluation of the academic units of the HEIs (2008 – 2015) and the institutional external evaluation of the HEIs (2015-2016). Currently, HQA has almost completed the accreditation of the internal quality assurance systems of the HEIs and is in the middle of the academic accreditation of the undergraduate study programmes of the HEIs across the country.
HQA has been a full member of ENQA since June 2015 and is applying for ENQA renewal of membership.
HQA is applying for the registration in the European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education (EQAR) for the first time.
This review will evaluate the way in which and to what extent HQA 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 HQA should be reconfirmed and to EQAR to support HQA application to the register.
The panel is composed of the following members:
- Bernard Coulie, Full Professor and Honorary Rector, Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium – Chair, academic (EUA nominee)
- Marion Coy, President emerita, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, and higher education consultant, Ireland – Secretary, quality assurance professional (ENQA nominee)
- Inge Enroth, Director of Operations – Professional, Vocational and Maritime institutions, The Danish Accreditation Institution, Denmark – Quality assurance professional (ENQA nominee)
- Francisco Gonzalez, Student of Master in Science and Technology in Architecture, Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena, Spain – Student (ESU nominee, member of the European Students’ Union Quality Assurance Student Experts Pool)
This review is being coordinated by Goran Dakovic.