The International Programme Accreditation by ACQUIN is a structured external audit of study programmes on a tertiary level.
As an external quality assurance instrument, the international programme accreditation aims both at assessing the study programmes’ existing quality and at recommending improvements. Accountability and enhancement are at the core of the accreditation. The accreditation is performed by independent external reviewers who evaluate and assess the study programmes. To guarantee impartiality, the reviewers scrutinize the study programmes against a set of criteria. The competence of the reviewers in their respective field of expertise assures the quality of the external audit.
ACQUIN’s accreditation procedures comply with the “Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area” (ESG). The ESG defines both assessment criteria and criteria for the accreditation process.