SPP is in the process to secure AQ Austria Accreditation

March 30, 2020

The School of Public Policy at Central European University is currently going through the process to secure Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation Austria (AQ) for its programs.

CEU holds an absolute charter from the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York, for and on behalf of the New York State Education Department. In addition, all CEU degree programs are registered with the New York State Education Department. The list of all registered degree programs is available at http://www.ceu.edu/academics/degrees.

In Austria CEU is authorized to operate all of its US degree programs by the decision of the Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation Austria (AQ Austria). For further information on the Description of the procedure, the Review report of the Expert Panel and the Statement of applicant institution (CEU PU), please visit the CEU website for the documents.

In 2012, the Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation Austria (AQ Austria) was established as an agency for quality assurance for Austrian higher education institutions on the basis of the Act on Quality Assurance in Higher Education (HS-QSG).According to AQ Austria's legal remit, AQ Austria is responsible for the entire higher education sector in Austria (with the exception of university colleges of teacher education). In carrying out its responsibilities, AQ Austria follows these basic principles:

  • The higher education institutions (HEIs) bear the main responsibility for the quality of their activities and for quality assurance and improvement.
  • AQ Austria understands its procedures as supplementary to an HEI's internal quality assurance. It is independent in what it does and not bound by any instructions Decisions in quality assurance procedures are made exclusively in accordance with quality criteria.
  • Quality assurance procedures are modelled on international good practice standards, especially the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area (ESG).
  • Cooperation with HEIs and other interested parties is the basis for the development of procedure rules and standards or criteria.

The above information is taken from the AQ Austria website.