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RWTH Aachen University and University of Bonn first HEIs to receive the Euro-Inf Quality Label

Apr 15 2011
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As first Higher Education Institutions in Europe, RWTH Aachen and the University of Bonn were awarded the Euro-Inf Quality Label for their jointly offered Master’s degree programmes “Media Informatics” and “Life Science Informatics”. Also the Master’s degree programme “Software Systems Engineering”, which is offered exclusively by RWTH Aachen University received the label.

The Euro-Inf Label is awarded by the European Quality Assurance Network for Informatics Education e.V. (EQANIE) to degree programmes in the field of informatics. Since April 13th, 2011, the German Accreditation Agency ASIIN is authorized to award the Euro-Inf Label on behalf of EQANIE as a label complementing national accreditation.

RWTH Aachen University and the University of Bonn had undergone a kind of double accreditation in the past winter: Apart from a regular on-site-visit by an ASIIN-team of experts, they received an international team of observers from EQANIE, which had the task of monitoring the work of the ASIIN team and assess its compliance with the Accreditation Criteria developed by EQANIE. The positive “side-effect” of this process was the award of the Euro-Inf Label to all three Master’s degree programmes along with the authorization of ASIIN by EQANIE.

Accreditation visits have taken place earlier this year in Italy, Latvia and North Cyprus in the context of the Euro-Inf Spread Project supported by the Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Commission. Further EQANIE reviews are scheduled for the second half of 2011. The first round of Euro-Inf Quality Labels will be officially awarded at the upcoming Euro-Inf Spread Conference at Lake Como – interested parties are invited to visit www.eqanie.eu for more information.

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