Germany

Accreditation Agency for Study Programs in Health and Social Science (AHPGS)

Contact Information

Street name: Sedanstraße 22
Postal code and City: 79098 Freiburg
Country: Germany
Phone/Fax: +49 761 208 533 0 / +49 761 208 533 16
E-mail: reschauer@ahpgs.de
Website: http://www.ahpgs.de/
Contact person: Hendrik Epe
Function of contact person: Project manager
Founding date: 2001

Legal Bases/ Membership

Q: What is the legal basis for your agency (non-profit organization, for-profit organization, foundation, association etc.)?
A: The AHPGS is a non-profit registered association (e.V). Its founding members are the “German Coordinating Office for Health Sciences” (DKGW) at the University of Freiburg, the Conference of Deans of Health Care, the Faculty Conference of Social Work and the Faculty Conference of Therapeutic Pedagogy.

Q: Who are the members of your agency?
A: AHPGS has about 50 members. Its founding members were the “German Coordinating Office for Health Sciences” (DKGW) at the University of Freiburg (promoted with funds of the founder association for German sciences), the Conference of Deans of Health Care (33 higher education institutions), the Faculty Conference of Social Work (73 higher education institutions) and the Faculty Conference of Therapeutic Pedagogy (6 higher education institutions).

Services Provided

Q: Is evaluation/accreditation by your agency a national requirement? What procedures are mandatory – if any and what are chosen voluntarily/additionally?
A:
Accreditation is a national requirement for study programs or on institutional level (System Accreditation). All study programs and higher education institutions in Germany must be accredited. The AHPGS performs the accreditation of both programs and institutions (System Accreditation) according to the regulations applied on the national and state level, since every State (Land) of Germany may have its own specific requirements with regard to the process and structure of higher education.

Q: Is the agency involved in programme or institutional evaluation/accreditation or both? What are the consequences of evaluation/accreditation outcomes?
A: The AHPGS implements accreditations of higher education programs and institutional audit of higher education institutions. On the national level, the consequences of accreditation procedures are determined by different regulations (e.g. u higher education institutions in some of the “Länder” of Germany are only then allowed to run the program if it has been accredited in advance). On the international level, accreditation may be awarded with conditions, which must be fulfilled within a certain period of time. By means of accreditation procedures, the AHPGS carries out an extensive assessment of the current quality of education and organisational processes in study programs and institutions. Furthermore, the AHPGS provides them with a solid orientation with regard to opportunities for further improvement and development.

Q: Please describe the structure and the activity periods of the decision-making body and state who delegates/appoints its members.
A: The AHPGS has a clearly defined system of actions applied in accreditation procedures. Final decision about accreditation, accreditation with conditions or non-accreditation is taken by the Accreditation Commission of the AHPGS based on the Self-Evaluation of the University, the Expert Report as well as the response opinion of the University regarding the expert report. The members of the Accreditation Commission of the AHPGS are appointed by the Board of the AHPGS.

International

Q: Can HEIs in your country choose international services from EQAR listed agencies?
A: No, only agencies approved by the German Accreditation Council (Akkreditierungsrat) are allowed to conduct accreditation activities in Germany.

Q: Please mention the international links of your agency and especially list the international organizations your agency is a member in.
A: The AHPGS is connected both nationally and internationally, and uses these relations in order to maximize the quality of its own work processes. Thus, the AHPGS has established constructive cooperation with foreign accreditation agencies, e.g. the Swiss Agency AAQ.

Since 2004, the AHPGS is a member of the “European Consortium for Accreditation” (ECA). In 2006, the AHPGS has joined ENQA (European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education). Since 2009, the AHPGS is listed in the “European Quality Assurance Register” (EQAR) and in the same year it became a member of INQAAHE (International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education). Since 2012, the AHPGS is a member of the “Network of Central and Eastern European Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education” (CEENQA).

 

Accreditation, Certification and Quality Assurance Institute (ACQUIN)

Contact Information

Street name: Brandenburger Straße 2
Postal code and City: 95448 Bayreuth
Country: Bavaria/Germany
Phone/Fax: + 49 921-530390–77
E-mail: handke@acquin.org
Website: www.acquin.org
Contact person: Dr. Stefan Handke
Function of contact person: Managing Director
Founding date: 2001

Legal Bases/ Membership

Q: What is the legal basis for your agency (non-profit organization, for-profit organization, foundation, association etc.)?
A: ACQUIN has the legal status of an independent non-profit organization (Eingetragener Verein, e.V.)

Q: Who are the members of your agency?
A: Members are around 200 HEIs.

Services Provided

Q: Is evaluation/accreditation by your agency a national requirement? What procedures are mandatory – if any and what are chosen voluntarily/additionally?
A:
Programme accreditations are mandatory for German HEIs. However, HEIs are able to choose among the accreditation agencies in Germany and foreign agencies.

Q: Is the agency involved in programme or institutional evaluation/accreditation or both? What are the consequences of evaluation/accreditation outcomes?
A: ACQUIN conducts programme accreditations (national+international), institutional accreditations abroad and the so-called “Systemakkreditierung” in Germany.

Q: Please describe the structure and the activity periods of the decision-making body and state who delegates/appoints its members.
A: Main decision making bodies are (besides peer groups) standing expert committees and the accreditation commission. Members of the accreditation commission are elected by the member’s conference. The commission meets four times per year. The nine standing expert committees comprise different subjects and give a vote (on the basis of HEI’s self-report and peer report) to the accreditation commission. Members of the standing expert committees are appointed for four years by the accreditation commission.

International

Q: Can HEIs in your country choose international services from EQAR listed agencies?
A: HEIs in Germany are allowed to choose services from EQAR listed agencies. Their accreditation decision is recognised upon application by the German Accreditation Council.

Q: Please mention the international links of your agency and especially list the international organizations your agency is a member in.
A: ACQUIN is an internationally active agency, especially in countries like Egypt, Oman, Kazakhstan, Russia and Bulgaria. Therefore, ACQUIN is also involved in ENQA, INQAHEE, EUA, AROQA and CEENQA.

 

Akkreditierungsagentur für Studiengänge der Ingenieurwissenschaften, der Informatik, der Naturwissenschaften und der Mathematik e. V. (ASIIN)

Contact Information

Street name: Mörsenbroicher Weg 200
Postal code and City: 40470 Düsseldorf
Country: Germany
Phone/Fax: +49 211 900977-0/+49 211 900977-99
E-mail: info@asiin.de
Website: https://www.asiin.de/
Contact person: Dr. Iring Wasser
Function of contact person: Managing Director
Founding date: 1999

Legal Bases/ Membership

Q: What is the legal basis for your agency (non-profit organization, for-profit organization, foundation, association etc.)?
A: ASIIN e. V. is a registered association in accordance with the law of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Q: Who are the members of your agency?
A: The ASIIN association consists of four member groups. The universities comprise two groups holding one membership each. ASIIN e. V. maintains an exchange with the faculty conferences and associations of the universities in Germany, which participate in the realisation of the accreditation agency’s tasks in particular via the coordination groups of universities (AVI) and the coordination group of the universities of applied sciences.

Group 1: Technical and scientific associations and trade organisations

  • Berufsverband Deutscher Geowissenschaftler e. V. (BDG)
    German Professional Association of Geoscientists
  • Bund der Öffentlich bestellten Vermessungsingenieure e. V. (BDVI)
    German Association of Certified Surveyors
  • Bundesingenieurkammer
    Federal Chamber of Engineers
  • Deutsche Mathematiker Vereinigung e.V. (DMV)
    German Mathematical Society
  • Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft e. V. (DPG)
    German Physical Society
  • Deutscher Verein für Vermessungswesen e. V. (DVW) – Gesellschaft für Geodäsie, Geoinformation und Landmanagement
    German Association for Surveying
  • Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker e. V. (GDCh)
    German Chemical Society
  • Gesellschaft für Informatik e. V. (GI)
    German Society for Informatics
  • ProcessNet an Initiative of DECHEMA and VDI – GVC
    Verband Angestellter Akademiker und Leitender Angestellter der Chemischen Industrie e. V. (VAA)
    Executives’ Association of the Chemical Industry
  • Verband Biologie, Biowissenschaften und Biomedizin in Deutschland e. V. (VBIO)
    German Life Sciences Association
  • Verband der Elektrotechnik Elektronik Informationstechnik e. V. (VDE)
    VDE Association for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies
  • Verein Deutscher Ingenieure e. V. (VDI)
    VDI The Association of Engineers
  • Zentralausschuss der Deutschen Landwirtschaft (ZDL)
    Central Committee of German Agriculture
  • Zentralverband der Ingenieurvereine e. V. (ZBI)
    Umbrella Organisation of German Engineering Associations
  • Zentralverband Deutscher Ingenieure e. V. (ZDI)
    Institute of German Engineers

Group 2: Industrial and business associations

  • Bundesarbeitgeberverband Chemie e. V. (BAVC)
    German Federation of Chemical Employers Associations
  • Bundesverband Informationswirtschaft, Telekommunikation und Neue Medien e. V. (BITKOM)
    German Association for Information Technology, Telecommunications and New Media
  • GESAMTMETALL
  • Industriegewerkschaft Bergbau, Chemie, Energie (IG BCE)
    German Chemical, Mining and Energy Workers Union (representing the German Trade Union Confederation)
  • IG Metall (für den Deutschen Gewerkschaftsbund)
    German Metal Workers Union (representing the German Trade Union Confederation)
  • Verband der Chemischen Industrie e. V. (VCI)
    Association of the German Chemical Industry
  • Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau e. V. (VDMA)
    Association of German Mechanical and Plant Engineering
  • Zentralverband Elektrotechnik- und Elektronikindustrie e. V. (ZVEI)
    German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers’ Association

Group 3. Coordination group and Fakultätentage of the universities

  • Coordination Group of Universities (AVI)
  • Fakultätentage der Ingenieurwissenschaften und der Informatik an Universitäten e. V. (4ING)

Group 4. Coordination group of the universities of applied sciences within the universities of applied sciences in Germany

Services Provided

Q: Is evaluation/accreditation by your agency a national requirement? What procedures are mandatory – if any and what are chosen voluntarily/additionally?
A: Accreditation is a national requirement in Germany. ASIINis one of the ten German agencies authorized to execute accreditation.

Q: Is the agency involved in programme or institutional evaluation/accreditation or both? What are the consequences of evaluation/accreditation outcomes?
A: ASIIN e. V. offers institutional accreditation procedures as well as programme accreditation procedures.

Q: Please describe the structure and the activity periods of the decision-making body and state who delegates/appoints its members.
A: Structure ASIIN

International

Q: Can HEIs in your country choose international services from EQAR listed agencies?
A: Yes.

Q: Please mention the international links of your agency and especially list the international organizations your agency is a member in.
A: ASIIN e. V. pursues European and international networking with the following methods:

  • Projects for thedevelopment of subject-related, at least European-wide coordinated requirements for the accreditation of degree programmes of individual fields. Such projects lead to sustainable structures and joint quality seals, which are evidenced by the labels EUR-ACE®, Eurobachelor®/Euromaster, and Euro-Inf®.
  • Cooperation with organisations actively involved in the networking of national HEI area for the mutual recognition of quality standardsand accreditation decisions or directly involved in the quality review of a country.
  • Memberships in the following leading European and international umbrella organisations for quality work in higher education from a disciplinary and cross-subject perspective:
    • Central and Eastern European Network of Quality Assurance Agencies (CEENQA)
    • International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education
      (INQAAHE)
    • European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA)
    • Asia-Pacific Quality Network (APQN)
    • International Federation of Engineering Education Societies (IFEES)
    • European Chemistry Thematic Network Association (ECTNA)
    • European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education (EQAR)
    • European Quality Assurance Network for Informatics Education (EQANIE)

Besides the Secretariat for CEENQA, ASIIN e.V. further carries out the Secretariat for EASPA and EQANIE.

 

Evaluierungsagentur Baden-Württemberg (evalag)

Contact Information

Street name: M7
Postal code and City: 68161 Mannheim
Country: Germany
Phone/Fax: +49 621 128545-10 / +49 621 128545-99
E-mail: evalag@evalag.de
Website: www.evalag.de
Contact person: Dr. Anke Rigbers
Function of contact person: CEO
Founding date: 2000

Legal Bases/ Membership

Q: What is the legal basis for your agency (non-profit organization, for-profit organization, foundation, association etc.)?
A: evalag (Evaluationsagentur Baden-Württemberg) is a centre of excellence for quality assurance. It was established in 2000 by the state of Baden-Württemberg as a foundation under public law and has its registered office in Mannheim.

Q: Who are the members of your agency?
A: N/A

Services Provided

Q: Is evaluation/accreditation by your agency a national requirement? What procedures are mandatory – if any and what are chosen voluntarily/additionally?
A:
In Germany, accreditation is regulated by the German Accreditation Council and mandatory for all HEIs. Only agencies accredited by the German Accreditation Council – among them evalag – can offer accreditation services in Germany. In Germany programme accreditation – which certifies an individual study programme – and system
accreditation – which certifies the internal quality assurance system of an HEI – are offered.

Q: Is the agency involved in programme or institutional evaluation/accreditation or both? What are the consequences of evaluation/accreditation outcomes?
A: Apart from accreditation, evalag also offers voluntary quality assurance services to HEI in Germany and worldwide such as evaluations, audits, accreditations (programme and institutional), consulting services, services for the promotion of sciences and carries out applied research in quality assurance.

Q: Please describe the structure and the activity periods of the decision-making body and state who delegates/appoints its members.
A: evalag is a foundation under public law. An international Foundation Board ensures that the operation of the agency complies with internationally recognized standards and controls the agency’s strategic development. The Accreditation Commission of evalag includes representatives of all stakeholder groups in higher education  (academics, students, employers) and takes the final decision regarding all certifying procedures during its three yearly meetings. The members of the commission are appointed by the evalag Foundation Board.

International

Q: Can HEIs in your country choose international services from EQAR listed agencies?
A: Only agencies accredited by the German Accreditation Council can offer accreditation in Germany. Higher education institutions may choose eqar listed agencies for the realisation of voluntary services like evaluations.

Q: Please mention the international links of your agency and especially list the international organizations your agency is a member in.
A: evalag is a member of DeGEval, ENQA and INQAAHE and is listed in eqar. evalag has been granted an Erasmus Multilateral Project within the Lifelong Learning Programme by the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency. The project has a duration of three years (2013-2016) and will be carried out by 11 partners from six European countries.

Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation (FIBAA)

Contact Information

Street name: Berliner Freiheit 20 – 24
Postal code and City: 53115 Bonn
Country: Germany
Phone/Fax: +49 228 280 3560/ +49 228 280 356 20
E-mail: info@fibaa.org
Website: www.fibaa.org
Contact person: Kerstin Fink
Function of contact person: Managing Director
Founding date: 1994

Legal Bases/ Membership

Q: What is the legal basis for your agency (non-profit organization, for-profit organization, foundation, association etc.)?
A: FIBAA is a non-profit foundation according to Swiss law.

Q: Who are the members of your agency?
A: FIBAA is not a member’s organization.

Services Provided

Q: Is evaluation/accreditation by your agency a national requirement? What procedures are mandatory – if any and what are chosen voluntarily/additionally?
A:
Accreditation is a national requirement in Germany. HEIs may, however, choose between the ten accreditation agencies in Germany and whether to aim for programme accreditation or system accreditation. On voluntary base HEIs may apply for the certification of continuing education courses and evaluation procedures.

Q: Is the agency involved in programme or institutional evaluation/accreditation or both? What are the consequences of evaluation/accreditation outcomes?
A: FIBAA is involved in both programme and institutional accreditation (national and international). In Germany HEIs has to prove successful accreditation of their programmes.

Q: Please describe the structure and the activity periods of the decision-making body and state who delegates/appoints its members.
A: The FIBAA Foundation Council is the leading board on the Foundation. It defines and represents the comm
on interests of the founders and decides on the economic and strategic baselines of FIBAA’s work. It appoints the members of FIBAA’s decision-making bodies: the FIBAA Accreditation Committee forProgrammes (F-AC PROG), consisting of twenty members, and the FIBAA Accreditation Committee for Institutional Procedures (F-AC INST), consisting of 15 members. The committees meet two to four times a year.

International

Q: Can HEIs in your country choose international services from EQAR listed agencies?
A: Only agencies approved by the German Accreditation Council (Akkreditierungsrat) are authorised to conduct accreditation services in Germany. This may also include international services from EQAR listed agencies.

Q: Please mention the international links of your agency and especially list the international organizations your agency is a member in.
A: FIBAA has a strong international orientation and works with internationally
recognised quality requirements. When awarding the FIBAA quality seal, particular emphasis is placed on internationality. In addition to its co-operation with a number of international networks, FIBAA is a member of the following international organisations and networks:

  • EQUAL–European QUAlity Link
  • European University Association (EUA)
  • Central and Eastern European Network of Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (CEENQA e.V)
  • International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE)