The Association for Transnational Higher Education Accreditation (ATHEA) is a membership non-profit association registered in Vienna, Austria (ZVR-Zahl 378490525). ATHEA is governed by a Board of Directors who are elected by the membership. The association’s daily operations are managed by the Executive Director.
ATHEA promotes the following activities:
- The promotion of education and continuing education for adults, as well as life-long learning in the area of higher education.
- To provide educational accreditation and quality assurance to its member institutions, comprised of degree/diploma granting post-secondary educational institutions offering higher education and located inside or outside the European area, including, but not limited to, the countries who are signatories of the Bologna Protocols.
- To serve as an accrediting agency that is included on the European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education. As such the organization will conduct voluntary, non-governmental peer review and make decisions concerning the accreditation or pre-accreditation status of member institutions, programs, or both.
- To promote quality assurance and improvement through voluntary accreditation via peer evaluation, and instill public confidence in its institutional members’ missions, goals, performance, and resources through its rigorous accreditation standards and their enforcement.