The Association for Transnational Higher Education Accreditation (ATHEA) was formed during a meeting and ceremony in Vienna Austria on 11 May 2015. At this meeting, the name of the organisation was finalized, the executive director was appointed, board members identified, and a strategy was outlined relative to legally establishing the association in Vienna Austria.
During the formation event, discussion focused on the need to separate the name of the association (ATHEA) from the service provided (institutional accreditation). The participants felt strongly that it is important to keep these two identities separate and distinct in order to protect the image and brand of the association.
The first annual conference of ATHEA took place in Brussels, Belgium 21-October-2015. At this meeting, the association finalized its bylaws and formalized its candidacy and accreditation processes.
Board of Directors at the 1st Annual Conference in Brussels