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New Euro-Inf Framework Standards
The Board of EQANIE adopted the new Euro-Inf Framework Standards and Accreditation Criteria.
New Programme Outcomes for Accreditation
At its meeting in October 2015 the EQANIE Board has approved the new version of the Euro-Inf Programme Outcomes for Accreditation.
New members of EQANIE Committees
In October 2016, a few new members were appointed to EQANIE's Accreditation Committee and Board.
The European Quality Assurance Network for Informatics Education (EQANIE) is a non-profit association seeking to enhance evaluation and quality assurance of informatics study programmes and education in Europe. It was founded on January 9th, 2009 in Düsseldorf, Germany. It has around a dozen institutional members from countries across Europe. Each institution nominates a representative to the General Assembly, the governing body of EQANIE. The General Assembly appoints members of an Executive Board, responsible for the management of EQANIE activities. The Executive Board appoints a Secretary General who supports these activities.
EQANIE develops criteria and procedures for the evaluation and quality assurance in informatics study programmes and education. Furthermore, it develops and maintains a system for the award of a European quality-label (Euro-Inf) for informatics degree programmes as well as its protection and continued further development. EQANIE provides information about events, activities and publications relevant to quality assurance in informatics education and lists study programmes that have been awarded the Euro-Inf quality label. It maintains contacts and relationships with other European and non-European organisations with similar goals. EQANIE also promotes the development of national and regional accreditation bodies and organises events, seminars, workshops and conferences in its field of activities.
EQANIE was established in response to the broader political context of the Bologna Process, aimed at the creation of a European Higher Education Area (EHEA) and the more economically focussed Lisbon-Strategy with its objective of developing a “European Knowledge Society“. As a precursor to this, the EU-funded Euro-Inf project established and tested the Framework Standards and Accreditation Criteria for Informatics Programmes in Europe.
The main objectives of EQANIE in the area of accreditation and quality assessment are:
Consistent with the framework of the Bologna process, accreditation distinguishes between first and second cycle study programmes; it covers informatics degree programmes offered by all types of Higher Education Institutions (HEI).
The Statutes of EQANIE can be found here.
A degree programme may be accredited directly by EQANIE or indirectly by an EQANIE Authorised Agency. Currently ANECA in Spain, ASIIN in Germany and the BCS in the UK are EQANIE Authorised Agencies.
A direct accreditation procedure is initiated when a Higher Education Institution submits a request containing preliminary information about the degree programme(s) it wishes to have considered. An initial evaluation is made by the EQANIE Secretariat and members of the Accreditation Committee.
If the evaluation is positive, an Audit Team is assembled from among EQANIE's Panel of Experts and the Institution is invited to submit a self-assessment report. This report is studied by the Audit Team which later visits the Institution. Each programme is assessed in terms of the extent to which the expected programme learning outcomes of the programme match the Euro-Inf programme outcome requirements, the resources available for its implementation, the prior qualifications expected of students entering the programme, the methods of assessment, and quality control procedures.
After the visit, the Audit Team submits a report to the Accreditation Committee together with its recommendation regarding the outcome. The Accreditation Committee decides on the outcome which can be:
An accredited programme is awarded the Euro-Inf Bachelor or Euro-Inf Master label as appropriate and is added to the list of accredited courses maintained on the EQANIE website.