ECA Training “Assessing Joint Programmes” took place on 10 and 11 October 2019 in Colognepp.
Quality Assurance Agency in the field of Higher Education
How to get to AQAS:
AQAS can be reached by three international airports.
Your final destination is the station „Zülpicher Platz“. AQAS is situated at Hohenstaufenring 30-32 (7th floor).
… Cologne/Bonn airport (30 minutes away)
Take S 13 from Cologne Bonn-Airport to Hansaring. (This takes about 15 to 20 minutes.) Please go downstairs and change to U 12 or 15 (direction: Zollstock or Ubierring). Leave the train at Zülpicher Platz. (It will take about five minutes from Hansaring.) Please cross the rails and the street. You will find AQAS in the same building as the fitness studio Healthcity.
… Düsseldorf airport (60 minutes away)
Take the regional train from Düsseldorf airport to Cologne tradefair/Deutz. (It will take about 35 minutes). Take the tram U9 (direction: university or Sülz) to Zülpicher Platz. . You will find AQAS in the same building as the fitness studio Healthcity
… Frankfurt Airport (90 minutes away)
Please go to the long distance train station and take an ICE to Cologne central station or Cologne tradefair/Deutz. (It takes about one hour, depending on the connection).
→ from Cologne tradefair/Deutz
Take the tram U9 (direction: university or Sülz) to Zülpicher Platz. . You will find AQAS in the same building as the fitness studio Healthcity
→ from Cologne central station:
Take any train (regional or local) from platform 11 to Hansaring (one stop). Please go downstairs and change to U 12 or 15 (direction: Zollstock or Ubierring). Leave the train at Zülpicher Platz. (It will take about five minutes from Hansaring.) Please cross the rails and the street. You will find AQAS in the same building as the fitness studio Healthcity.
Alternatively, you can take U 16 or 18 to Neumarkt (direction: Klettenberg, Bonn Hauptbahnhof or Brühl). Go upstairs and change in U 9 (direction: Universität or Sülz). Leave the train at Zülpicher Platz. You will find AQAS in the same building as the fitness studio Healthcity.
AQAS is an independent and professional agency for external quality assurance in the field of Higher Education with a long-standing tradition and vast experiences mainly in programme and institutional accreditation in Germany and on international level. AQAS is supported by more than 80 member institutions, both higher education institutions (HEIs) and academic associations, and is service-oriented towards HEIs. AQAS was founded in 2002 and has accredited more than 5,500 study programmes at universities and universities of applied sciences so far, including numerous programmes outside of Germany. Since January 2009, AQAS has also accredited quality assurance systems of higher education institutions both in Germany and abroad.
AQAS is divided into two organisations: AQAS e. V. and AQAS ARCH GmbH. AQAS (Agency for Quality Assurance) e. V. is a non-profit oriented organisation focussed on programme and institutional accreditation in Germany. AQAS ARCH (Accreditation, Reviews and Consulting) GmbH is a fully owned subsidiary of AQAS e. V. and offers consulting and services in addition to accreditation projects.
For HEIs that wish to strengthen their internationalisation efforts, AQAS can be a partner and facilitator. AQAS is an institution involved in the creation of the European Higher Education Area. We are a full member of the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA), which represents various European organisations validating or developing quality assurance in HEIs. Therefore, AQAS is committed to act according the „European Standards and Guidelines“, approved by ENQA in 2005 and in 2015. AQAS is also a founding member of the European Consortium for Accreditation (ECA). In 2004, all members signed a „Code of Good Practice“ to ensure fair and transparent accreditation procedures. AQAS is listed in the European Quality Assurance Register (EQAR).
With its international commitment, AQAS contributes to the development of new methodologies in the EHEA and can therefore offer wide experience and support for smoother procedures e.g. for the accreditation of Joint Programmes. In addition, through broad experiences in external quality assurance projects in various regions and countries, AQAS also offers external quality assurance procedures and consulting to HEIs abroad.
Internationality is included in AQAS’s work on the operational level as well: In the accreditation commissions and expert panels, frequently there are international members.
The activities of AQAS in accreditation are not limited to specific academic disciplines or degrees. AQAS developed a methodology that allows carrying out accreditation procedures for study programmes in all academic disciplines as well as in interdisciplinary fields. Our methodology proved successfully in national and international accreditation procedures. We also have a large experience in accrediting teacher education programmes.