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The Network meets the German agency, ASIIN

The Figure Network hosted the German agency ASIIN in its premises at the Maison des Universités on 5 and 6 March 2020 for a workshop on external quality assurance, curriculum development and accreditation; to familiarize and train academic and administrative staff of higher education institutions.

The quality of the programmes in accordance with European standards

The Figure Network attests to the quality of training programmes by means of a reference framework that is used to guide the processes of internal evaluation by programme entities and external evaluation by independent experts. Beyond the diagnosis it authorises, this approach aims to highlight the strong points to be retained and the points that can be improved by formulating proposals in the form of an action plan. Thus, the continuous improvement of the quality of training programs is the primary responsibility of the institution, which contributes to making them comply with the expected level of requirements.

The standard for evaluating the quality of educational programmes, approved by member institutions and implemented for the first time in 2016-2017, complies with the main references and guidelines for quality assurance in the EHEA, and is aligned with the standards of the European Network for Accreditation of Engineering Education (ENAEE), of which the Network has been an associate member since 2014.

 

Meeting the procedures of the German agency

The Figure Network has signed an agreement in 2019 with the German agency Akkreditierungsagentut für Studiengänge der Ingenieurwissenschaften, der Informatik, der Naturwissenschaften und der Mathematik (ASIIN) Within this framework, a workshop was conducted in March 2020 by ASIIN on external quality assurance, programme development and accreditation.

After an exchange of participants’ experiences in quality management and accreditation in higher education, the speakers presented :

  • ASIIN, its accreditation procedures (timetable and guidelines, criteria) and its international accreditation framework;
  • ENAEE, the EUR-ACE® criteria specific to engineering programmes, the EUR-ACE® standards and guidelines and the accreditation framework ;
  • self-assessment, self-assessment report and external evaluation (peer reviews).

ASIIN operates at the global level and is an important player in international mutual recognition agreements based on learning outcomes. Accreditation procedures respect cultural diversity and strictly follow the plan-do-check-act (PDCA) cycle as a development tool. In addition, accreditation results are recorded in the “Database of External Quality Assurance Results” (DEQAR) developed in the framework of an Erasmus + project (https://www.deqar.eu/). This facilitates the international academic and professional mobility of students. For more information: https://www.asiin.de/en/