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HCERES is the official member of European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA) and The Standards and guidelines for quality assurance in the European Higher Education Area (ESG) under the European Higher Education Area (EHEA). HCERES is known as a prestigious education quality accreditation organization in not only France but also in Europe.
HCERES was established under law number 2013-660 dated 22/7/2013 on the basis of the French Agency for Evaluation of Research and Higher Education (AERES) and inherited the activities of this agency. HCERES is an independent higher education assessment and accreditation organization that evaluates higher education institutions, research institutions and training programs.
HCERES's set of standards used to evaluate higher education and research institutions abroad includes 6 areas: Strategy and governance (mission, development strategy, organization of strategy implementation, communication). ); training and scientific research (training policy, research, training types to meet learners' needs); training process and career integration orientation (learning environment and training management); foreign regulations; management and administration (financial systems, assets, human resources, information systems); quality and ethics (quality assurance policy, ethics in training and research).
ASEAN University Network (AUN) recognizes the importance of quality in higher education, and the need to develop a holistic quality assurance system to raise academic standards and enhance education, research and service among its member universities. In 1998, it mooted the AUN-QA Network which led to the development of AUN-QA models. Since then, the network has been promoting, developing, and implementing quality assurance practices based on an empirical approach where quality assurance practices are tested, evaluated, improved and shared.
The fundamental principles described in the ISO 19011 standard are relevant to self-assessment and AUN-QA assessment: Three of the principles that relate to the conduct of the assessors are:
- Ethical conduct – the foundation of professionalism;
- Fair presentation – the obligation to report truthfully and accurately; and
- Due professional care – the application of diligence and judgment to assessment.
Two other principles that relate to the assessment process are:
Independence – the basis for the impartiality and objectivity of the assessment conclusions; and Evidence – the rational basis for reaching reliable and reproducible assessment conclusions in a systematic assessment process. Evidence are based on records and statements of fact or information which are relevant to the assessment criteria and are verifiable.
The Commission des titres d’ingénieur (CTI) was established by Law in 1934 (French Education Code, Article L.642-2 and following). The CTI is the French relevant body in charge of carrying out periodical evaluation procedures that lead to the accreditation of the French institutions to award the engineering degree “titre d’ingénieur diplômé” in France and abroad.
CTI undergoes periodical external reviews in order to check the compliance of its procedures with the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area (ESG) or their compliance with the standards and guidelines of the relevant organizations.
The Accreditation Agency for Study Programmes in Engineering, Informatics, Natural Sciences and Mathematics (ASIIN e.V.) is a non-profit association founded in July 1999. Since then it has provided expert support to German and international universities in the implementation of accreditation procedures on the programme and institutional level. It is a leader nationally and internationally in the accreditation of programmes in engineering, the natural sciences, mathematics, computer sciences as well as in medicine and economics.
ASIIN is supported by an alliance encompassing universities, faculty associations, technical and scientific societies, professional organizations and business associations that are jointly committed to quality development in higher education. The ASIIN Industry Advisory Board supports the formulation of the requirements of professional practice for a modern university education.
Within ASIIN, universities and the business communities work together on an equal footing to develop internationally recognized quality standards; our subject-specific criteria are continuously developed and internationally coordinated in strategic partnership with university faculty associations. ASIIN thereby makes a decisive contribution to ensuring high educational standards and market transparency, while facilitating academic and professional mobility both nationally and internationally.
ASIIN Consult GmbH was founded in 2007 and is 100% owned by ASIIN e.V. It is integrated into the overall ASIIN organization and builds on its experience and expertise. ASIIN Consult complements the range of services of the association by certifying institutions and continuous education programmes, conducting evaluations, providing consulting services to universities, quality assurance agencies and ministries as well as offering workshops and organizing conferences. Furthermore, it is involved in the development of universities and educational systems worldwide.