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ANECA reconfirmed Full Membership in ENQA

Publication date: 12/02/2013

ENQA evaluation panel

The National Agency for Quality Assessment and Accreditation of Spain (ANECA) has successfully undergone an ENQA coordinated external review, which confirms its belonging as a full member to this European organization responsible for the external quality assurance in the European Higher Education Area.

This has been ANECA´s second review, as the Spanish Agency was already granted Full Membership in 2007. In order to obtain ENQA´s approval for the fulfillment of the ESG, all members must undergo every five years a self-evaluation process followed by an external review undertaken by an international expert group. Throughout the process, the assessed agency must prove that it is in compliance with the standards, procedures and guidelines established by quality assurance agencies in the EHEA.

This second review for ANECA took place in 2012. The process started with the self-evaluation report, drafted after a deep self-analysis. Afterwards, the review panel appointed by ENQA visited the offices of ANECA. Members of the review panel were:

  • Peter Findlay (Chair), Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA), UK
  • Stephanie Maurer (Secretary), Swiss Center of Accreditation and Quality Assurance in Higher Education, Switzerland
  • Michèle Wera, Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO), the Netherlands
  • Dionyssis Kladis, University of the Peloponnese, Greece, nominated by the European University Association (EUA)
  • Olav Øye, nominated by the European Students’ Union (ESU)

Professor Abdullah al Mussallam, Secretary General of the National Organisation for Assessment and Accreditation of Saudi Arabia (NCAA) attended the site visit as an observer.

The panel had the chance to meet the Agency´s Board of Directors, members of the Board of Trustees, of the Advisory Board and staff members. Besides, they were afforded the opportunity to interview all stakeholders involved in the activity of the Agency: representatives of the Ministry of Education, rectors, university teachers, representatives of teachers union and students union, and others.

On the basis of the review panel’s findings, the external review report was drafted, pointing out the strengths and weaknesses of the Agency as well as recommendations for ensuring fulfillment of quality standards.

Finally, ENQA Board granted Full Membership at its meeting of 19 December 2012, confirming ANECA´s full compliance with the standards that maintain our Agency within ENQA.

 

This second positive evaluation means a strong international support which guarantees ANECA´s reliability to assess the quality of the Spanish University System. And just as it happened in 2007, on the basis of ENQA´s recommendations ANECA will develop a quality enhancement plan in order to keep its policy of continuous improvement towards excellence.