Who we are

The consortium is composed of 9 European institutions working in the field of Higher Education: Universities, Quality Assurance agencies, and Innovative cooperation institutions.

Universitat Internacional de Catalunya (Spain) 

The Universitat Internacional de Catalunya (UIC Barcelona) is a non-profit private foundation that provides service to the wider society by undertaking teaching, research and transfer activities. The academic programs offered at UIC Barcelona include a total of 14 Bachelor’s Degrees and more than 80 official and professional Masters and Postgraduate courses. UIC is highly committed with its social mission, undertaking activities to promote culture, social inclusion and sustainable innovation.

The people involved in this project are: Marta Mas-Machuca, Jasmina Berbegal, Laia Pujol, Anna Akhmedova, Mª Dolors Giland Frederic Marimon

Contact: fmarimon@uic.es

AQU –Agencia per a la Qualitat del Sistema Universitari de Catalunya (Spain)

The Catalan University Quality Assurance Agency, AQU Catalunya, is the main instrument for the promotion and assurance of quality in the Catalan higher education system. AQU Catalunya is entrusted with the assessment, accreditation and certification of quality in the universities and higher education institutions in Catalonia. the Agency is full member of the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA), the Spanish Network of Spanish Quality Assurance Agencies (REACU) and of the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE), of which the Agency hosts the Secretariat since 2013.

The people involved in this project are: Esther Adot (Quality technician); Martí Casadesús (Director of AQU Catalunya) and Dani Torrents (Data technician)

Contact: international@aqu.cat

A3ES – Agency for Assessment and Accreditation of Higher Education (Portugal)

The Agency for Assessment and Accreditation of Higher Education (A3ES) has as main purpose promoting and ensuring the quality of higher education in Portugal. Its mission is the assessment and accreditation of higher education institutions and study programmes, and the auditing and certification of internal quality assurance systems. It also provides expertise and research in matters of quality assurance, having, for this purpose an Office of Research and Analysis. A3ES is registered in the European Quality Assurance Register (EQAR), is a full member of the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA) and integrates the CHEA International Quality Group (CIQG), a forum established by CHEA – Council for Higher Education Accreditation (United States).

The people involved in this project are: Sónia Cardoso, Ana I. Melo (University of Aveiro  and CIPES, collaborating with A3ES) and Vera Miguéis (University of Porto, collaborating with A3ES)

Contact: sonia.cardoso@a3es.pt

Universidade do Minho (Portugal) 

Founded in 1973, UMinho is nowadays one of the most important and prestigious HEIs in Portugal. It is renowned for the competence and quality of its faculty and for the level of excellence in research as well as the wide range of undergraduate and graduate courses offered and the remarkable degree of interaction with other institutions and the society in general.

Located in the north of Portugal, UMinho has a campus in the city of Braga and two other in the city of Guimarães, which cover a student population of around 20000, 40% of which are master or PhD students. The University has 1200 teaching and research staff and around 800 technical and administrative staff. All 12 Schools/Institutes are quite comprehensive and are a reference for their academic and scientific quality at national and international level.

The people involved in this project are: Paulo Sampaio, Pedro Domingues, Ricardo Machado and Sofia Barbosa Pereira

Contact: paulosampaio@dps.uminho.pt

Politecnico di torino (Italy) 

For 160 years, the Politecnico di Torino has been one of the most prestigious public institutions at both the International and the Italian levels concerning education, research, technological transfer and services in all sectors of architecture and engineering. The Politecnico di Torino was founded in 1859 as Scuola di Applicazione per gli Ingegneri (Technical School for Engineers), and it became Regio Politecnico di Torino in 1906. A long history, which bore out the University as a reference point for education and research in Italy and in Europe, a Research University of international level which attracts students from more than 100 countries and which activates about 800 collaborations per year with industries, public institutions and local organizations.

The people involved in this project are: Fiorenzo Franceschini, Domenico Maisano and Luca Mastrogiacomo

Contact: fiorenzo.franceschini@polito.it

CONNEX-EU (Belgium)

CONEXX-EU is a non-profit organisation based in Brussels (Belgium), which promotes research, cooperation and development activities within the EU and between Europe, Latin America, and other regions worldwide. The organization has 10 year of experience in writing and managing European funded projects, delivering trainings, offering advocacy and communication services, and assisting organizations in their internationalization processes.

Contact: info@conexxeurope.eu

Studiju kokybes vertinimo centras (Lithuania) 

The Centre for Quality Assessment in Higher Education (SKVC) is a public administration institution, acting as external quality assurance agency for higher education and an academic information centre, responsible for recognition of foreign qualifications. The mission of SKVC is to contribute to the improvement of quality of studies through mutual accountability and fostering of a quality culture, and to create conditions for the free movement of persons in the world by increasing transparency of qualifications and the realization of value. SKVC was established in 1995, and is an active member of professional networks, such as ENIC and NARIC, CEENQA, ENQA, INQAAHE, also listed as a trustworthy agency on EQAR.

Contact: skvc@skvc.lt

Universidade de Aveiro (Portugal)

Created in 1973, the University of Aveiro (UAVR) quickly became one of the most dynamic and innovative universities in Portugal. Now a public foundation under private law, it continues to develop and implement its mission to provide undergraduate and postgraduate education, to generate research and promote cooperation with society. Attended by about 13,700 students on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, the UAVR has achieved a significant position amongst higher education institutions in Portugal, being one of the top universities regarding the quality of its infrastructures, the strength of its research and the excellence of its staff. The UAVR is a highly regarded institution of research led education, constituted by university departments, research units, polytechnic schools, interface units, and a vocational education network.

The people involved in this project are: Maria João Rosa, Helena Alvelos and Ana Raquel Xambre

Contact: m.joao@ua.pt

Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium) 

The Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) is a Dutch- and English-speaking research university located in Brussels, Belgium. It has four campuses: Brussels Humanities, Science and Engineering Campus, Brussels Health Campus, Brussels Technology Campus and Brussels Photonics Campus (in Gooik). The university is organised into 8 faculties that accomplish the three central missions of the university: education, research, and service to the community. The faculties cover a broad range of fields of knowledge including the natural sciences, classics, life sciences, social sciences, humanities, and engineering. The university provides bachelor, master, and doctoral education to about 8,000 undergraduate and 1,000 graduate students. It is also a strongly research-oriented institute, which has led to its top-189th position among universities worldwide. Its research articles are on average more cited than articles by any other Flemish university.

Contact: info@vub.ac.be