Reasons to Join ATHEA

Reasons to Join ATHEA

ATHEA focuses on institutional accreditation with a transnational approach in compliance with the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area (ESG).

Which Higher Education Institutions (HEI) should join ATHEA?

  • HEIs (Universities, Colleges, Business Schools, etc.) who would like to
    strengthen their internal and external Quality Assurance System based on the ESG
  • HEIs who seek institutional accreditation in a specific country in the European Higher Education Area
  • HEIs who are degree granting
  • HEIs who seek institutional accreditation
  • HEIs who operate in more than one country (cross-border, international, transnational)

Institutions that qualify for Institutional Membership are welcome to join.

The three steps for accreditation are:

  • Institutional Membership
  • Candidate for Accreditation
  • ATHEA Accredited

VALUE PROPOSITION AND BENEFITS FOR HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS (HEI)

ATHEA intends to be listed on the EQAR European Quality Assurance Register in the near future. Benefits for higher education institutions (HEI) were identified as follows:

Before ATHEA is listed on EQAR As soon as ATHEA is listed on EQAR
Institutions benefit by a strengthened institutional quality assurance system in line with the ESG and the Bologna Process.

This includes

  • internal and external quality assurance,
  • compliance with educational frameworks based on the Dublin descriptors,
  • the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS),
  • stakeholder focus,
  • outcome-based performance evaluation,
  • and an appropriate governance system of the institution.
  • networking and topic oriented collaboration (e.g. faculty and student exchange, research, publications) between institutions are additional benefits.
In some countries, this will fulfill the requirement for a license to operate for the HEI.

Depending on the country an HEI is operating in,

  • this should translate into recognition as a locally operating HEI without further national accreditation or auditing,
  • with full recognition of the degrees according to the European Network of Information Centres – National Academic Recognition Information Centres (ENIC/NARIC),
  • securing local recognition of degrees and upward mobility for students within the Bologna system.

 

 

 

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