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The Minister for Universities, Joan Subirats, meets at ANECA with the Spanish Network of University Quality Assurance Agencies

Publication date: 28/04/2022

REACU intervención ministro Joan Subirats

The meeting served to discuss the role of quality assurance agencies in the future Organic Law of the University System (LOSU)."There is space to guarantee the quality of university education in a more agile way, retaining only the processes that add value," Subirats said.

The role of the quality agencies in the future Organic Law of the University System (LOSU) has been the focus of the intervention of the Minister of Universities, Joan Subirats Humet, at the meeting of the Spanish Network of University Quality Agencies (REACU, as per its Spanish acronym) which opened today at the ANECA headquarters in Madrid. 

The minister pointed out that "there is space to ensure the quality of universities in a more agile way, retaining only the processes that add value". He added: "Universities have an important and proper role to play in lifelong learning and quality agencies can help to fulfil this role.

For her part, the director of ANECA, Mercedes Siles Molina, thanked Joan Subirats for accepting the invitation of the National Agency for Quality Assessment and Accreditation to participate in the REACU meeting and stressed that "it is essential that the LOSU is supported by a technology capable of facilitating the credentials of both individuals and degrees and to streamline procedures".

Siles Molina said that "partnerships between European universities,   European degrees and micro-credentials are essential". In this sense, ANECA has just carried out a study on quality assurance on "partnerships between European universities,   European degrees and micro-credentials in the Spanish university system, which will be released shortly. Besides, in the field of micro-credentials, the Agency has applied for an Erasmus+ project together with UNESCO, Telefonica, trade unions and students, among others.

This meeting of the Spanish Network of University Quality Assurance Agencies, which ANECA is coordinating for 2022, is the first face-to-face event this year after the virtual sessions during the pandemic. The directors of the Spanish agencies met for two days to discuss the regulatory framework for quality assurance in higher education institutions and to promote initiatives to help universities deploy their training programmes, guaranteeing their quality and addressing opportunities for improvement.

The inaugural session on the 28th was attended by the Minister of Universities, who shared his vision of the Organic Law of the University System (LOSU) and listened to the approaches being taken by the quality assurance agencies. The Ministry and REACU have agreed to continue advancing in the co-responsibility model, in which administrations, agencies and universities share the management and guarantee of quality, helping to reinforce society's confidence in universities.

University quality agencies have also addressed the key role of learning outcomes in shaping university education programmes, which should be student-centred.

One of the main topics was the evaluation of the quality of teaching and the process to set up a 'Teaching Professional Development Framework' which ANECA presented as a benchmark for quality and a horizon for continuous improvement.

Tomorrow, 29th, the meeting will close with the Meeting of REACU agency directors to continue making progress in the development of evaluation protocols, as well as in the definition of guidelines and orientations on different aspects of the organisation of university education. Specifically, it is scheduled to address:

- The evaluation protocol for the inclusion of specific teaching innovation methodological strategies, which will be presented by ANECA.

- Guidelines and orientations for the development and evaluation of international joint university degrees according to the European Approach for Quality Assurance of Joint Programs, based on the paper prepared by DEVA.

- The guidelines in the configuration of the IACS of universities for the quality assurance of lifelong learning masters and the preparation of the report for registration in the RUCT, which will be presented by UNIBASQ and Madri+d as speakers.