MedUni Vienna receives internal Quality Management award
(Vienna, 18 November 2015) MedUni Vienna has been awarded the "AQ Austria certified" quality seal by the Quality Assurance and Accreditation Agency. This means that MedUni Vienna's internal Quality Management system has been successfully certified in keeping with the regulation on auditing internal Quality Management systems within higher education establishments.
An audit is a peer review process, whereby the organisation and efficiency of the establishment’s own Quality Management system is assessed in terms of its core activities and cross-sectional activities. The AQ Austria Audit helps to promote and improve Quality Management in all areas of the higher education establishment. The terms of reference for the audit are the European Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the Further Education Sector (ESG), international auditing practice and the relevant version of the Federal Act on External Quality Assurance in Higher Education (HS-QSG).
This certification is valid until 22 September 2022, when it will be re-assessed.
About AQ Austria
The Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation Austria (AQ Austria) was set up in 2012 on the basis of the Federal Act on External Quality Assurance in Higher Education (HS-QSG) as the QA agency for Austrian further education establishments. In keeping with its statutory remit, AQ Austria is responsible for the entire higher education sector in Austria (with the exception of teacher training colleges).
AQ Austria's activities are based on the following principles:
• Further education establishments bear the main responsibility for Quality in all their fields of activity and for Quality Assurance and improving quality.
• AQ Austria regards its process as an extension of the establishment's internal QA system and orients it towards the self-imposed targets of the further education establishment. It has complete freedom and independence of action. Decisions made during the Quality Assurance process are based exclusively on quality considerations.
• Quality Assurance processes are implemented in line with international standards of good practice, primarily the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area (ESG).
• Any changes to procedural rules or standards and criteria shall be made in collaboration with higher education establishments and other stakeholders.
» Results of the audit together with assessment report and comments on the AQ Austria website
» Federal Act on External Quality Assurance in Higher Education