Workshop Accreditation for Degree Programmes in Informatics
EQANIE will implement a workshop about the requirements, procedures and experiences for a European informatics accreditation.
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EQANIE will offer a workshop for Higher Education Institutions interested in a European accreditation of their informatics programmes.
BCS authorized to award the Euro-Inf Quality Labels
As second European agency, the BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT in the UK, has been authorized to award the Euro-Inf Quality Labels.
The Euro-Inf Quality Label is awarded to degree programmes at Bachelor’s and Master’s level that comply with the Euro-Inf Framework Standards and Accreditation Criteria.
The objectives of the Euro-Inf Quality Label are
The quality of informatics degree programmes, according to EQANIE e. V., derives from a functioning qualification process, the interaction of its elements and the level of achievement of objectives – i.e. the attainment of the intended learning outcomes by the graduates of a programme.
Accreditation with EQANIE aims to review the logics and efficacy of a qualification process within a degree programme in the field of informatics. Central to the overall assessment is the effective attainment of the educational objectives set by the institution applying for the Euro-Inf Quality Label.
The basis for accreditation with EQANIE are the Euro-Inf Framework Standards and Accreditation Criteria in conjunction with the European guidelines (European Standards and Guidelines of ENQA). The key element of the Euro-Inf Framework are its learning outcomes statements at Bachelor's and Master's level (p. 3-5).
The Euro-Inf learning outcomes statements were developed, tested and refined in several rounds in the context of the Euro-Inf Project 2006-2008. They reflect the expectations of the European labour market and required entrance qualifications for entering higher levels of studies in the field of informatics.
What are the benefits of the Euro-Inf Quality Label for the stakeholders?
The Euro-Inf system is internationally recognised and facilitates both academic and professional mobility.
This procedure is conducted for individual Bachelor’s or Master’s degree programmes and/or consecutive Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes.
The Euro-Inf Quality Label is awarded to the individual degree programme. A final individual decision takes place for each degree programme.
The procedure is conducted for a cluster of degree programmes of related disciplines. An Audit Team evaluates several degree programmes within the same procedure.
The accreditation certificate applies to one degree programme. A final individual decision takes place for each degree programme.
Whether or which degree programmes are joined in one procedure is applied for by the HEI and evaluated in each individual case by the Accreditation Committee of EQANIE.
As a first step, the applicant institution should submit a request for accreditation including a curriculum overview on each programme to the EQANIE head office. The request form includes some essential information on the degree programmes for which accreditation is requested, such as
The curriculum overview is intended to help the EQANIE Accreditation Committee to gain a first overview on the subjects covered.
The preparation of the self-assessment report is usually inititiated at the latest after the accreditation contract has been signed.
As a rule of thumb, the period between the date of submission of the self-assessment report and the date of the accreditation decision is about six months.
All necessary information on the preparation of the self-assessment report is contained in the Procedural Principles for the Accreditation of Degree Programmes. They are currently being updated. Please contact the EQANIE Secretariat (firstname.lastname@example.org) for information and up-to-date templates.
Additional helpful information may be found in the Frequently Asked Questions that are regularly updated.
FAQ on Accreditation with EQANIE (Version 2012-01-24)
See the information on EQANIE Accreditation Fees.
See which degree programmes have been awarded the Euro-Inf Quality Label.