Accreditation is a special instrument for quality assurance and control in terms of academics and content. Successful program accreditation confirms that a study program meets specified requirements and applicable quality criteria. It is a multi-stage procedure based on the principle of peer review. Its aim is to ensure quality in teaching and learning by establishing minimum standards for bachelor's and master's degree programs.
The German accreditation system stipulates that all bachelor's and master's degree programs are subject to an initial accreditation prior to commencement of studies or in the initial phase, which focuses on the assessment of the concept. Thereafter, re-accreditations must take place at intervals of several years, during which the implementation of the concept and the further development of the study program are reviewed.
In order to fulfill principles and quality aspects in accordance with the requirements of the Higher Education Act of North Rhine-Westphalia and the Common Structural Guidelines of the Federal States for the Accreditation of Bachelor's and Master's Programs (2010) as well as RWTH Aachen University, continuous quality assurance is understood as a central responsibility.
Accreditation procedures at RWTH International Academy are defined by:
- the combination of self-assessment and external assessment
- the use of review teams that combine expertise and the view of relevant stakeholders ("peer-review principle")
- predefined quality criteria & procedural principles on which a seal is based on
- a defined committee within RWTH Aachen University and/or the accreditation agency until the seal decision is made
- continuous, professional procedural support by the Development, Accreditation, Quality team of the RWTH International Academy.
As the professional further education academy of RWTH Aachen University, we are happy to support you in the development and quality assurance of further study programs.