What is Accreditation?



Accreditation is a formal and transparent process of quality control, during which an independent body, based on internationally recognized defined standards, examines whether institutions and/or programmes offered at university level comply with minimum quality requirements.

The accreditation process decides on the status and recognition of institutions and academic programmes for a certain period of time. Accreditation in the field of higher education guarantees to society and to all involved stakeholders, the security that the quality of teaching and learning meets the minimum international standards. At the same time, accreditation increases the transparency in the increasingly complex offers of national and international educational providers. 

 

Core Functions of Accreditation are the following:

  • Protection of students against offers which are not provided to lead in achieving the foreseen results (employability, international recognition of degrees etc.);
  • Transparency, comparability and therefore increased opportunities for choices in the educational and the labour market both at home and abroad;
  • Facilitation of international mobility through mutual recognition of studies and improvement of opportunities for the graduates at the European labour market; 
  • Establishment of a fair basis of competition between institutions of higher education for students, namely for public and private funds. 
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