Agència per a la Qualitat del Sistema Universitari de Catalunya

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Catalogue of services

The catalogue establishes AQU Catalunya's main action principles and identifies the activities and services that it offers, which are structured according to the Agency's main activities:

  • Programme and institutional review
  • Assessment of teaching staff
  • Knowledge generation
  • Internationalisation




Strategic Plan 2015-2018

Pla estratègic 2015-2018 The main new development in this Strategic Plan is the alignment with a mission and overview ("the big picture") within which the Agency's intended model for quality assurance and enhancement is defined. The Plan takes on a more concise form than the previous one, while retaining six main areas of strategic thrust: the quality assurance (QA) of institutions (institutional review); the quality assurance of teaching (teaching staff assessment); knowledge generation and transfer; internationalisation; strategic management; and internal organisation.

This Strategic Plan covers a series of dynamic ideas for the improvement and enhancement of both the university system in Catalonia and the Agency itself, which include an increasingly greater commitment to institutional review over (study) programme review.

The objectives of the Strategic Plan for 2015-2018 are as follows:

  • Technical quality assurance of the Agency’s activities
  • Familiarity, consistence and compliance with international best practices
  • To increase the engagement of universities and HEIs
  • To enhance the reputation and visibility of AQU Catalunya among the various different stakeholders, while maintaining the rigour of the Agency

PDF PDF AQU Catalunya Strategic Plan 2015-2018


The Catalan University Quality Assurance Agency (Agència per a la Qualitat del Sistema Universitari de Catalunya, hereinafter AQU Catalunya) is a public entity with an internationally recognised status. Its mission is to assure the quality of higher education through compliance with international standards of quality and to safeguard the interests of society in the quality of higher education.

The Agency's activities are developed through:
  • External quality assurance procedures involving analysis, review, certification, audit and accreditation.
  • International benchmarks and an innovation-based perspective.
  • Transparency and public availability.
  • The involvement of the educational community and social stakeholders.
  • People who are competent, motivated and satisfied with their work and that of AQU Catalunya.
  • Respect for established values.


AQU Catalunya operates in accordance with the following series of values:
  • Integrity and independence: The activities of AQU Catalunya demonstrate its independence, flexibility and equanimity, and judgments and decisions made by the Agency are fundamentally evidence-based.
  • Quality assurance: AQU Catalunya assures the quality of its activities through regular internal and external review and evaluation of its procedures in accordance with international standards.
  • User orientation: AQU Catalunya offers an efficient, personalised and fast service that is sensitive to user requirements, and it enforces the rights of users by providing information on the corresponding mechanisms.
  • Transparency and accountability: AQU Catalunya provides for transparency and has an information system that provides accessible, comprehensible and usable data on its activities and methodologies.
  • Fostering of cooperation: AQU Catalunya jointly promotes actions with higher education institutions, government authorities and other national and international agencies and bodies with similar interests.
  • Respect for diversity and university autonomy: AQU Catalunya is attentive to the pluralistic nature of higher education institutions, their full freedom to organise and run themselves and their capability for self-governance.
  • Proactivity: AQU Catalunya is proactive in developing and carrying out its actions, it anticipates the necessary requirements for its actions and it provides solutions that are in the public interest.
  • Efficacy and efficiency: AQU Catalunya achieves its objectives through the optimisation of its available human and physical resources.

Strategic areas of priority

Activities and annual reports

The activities of AQU Catalunya are based on an annual Action Plan that is endorsed by the Governing Board. This document sets out the strategic plan for the Agency in the form of activities and projects. The activities that are undertaken and the outcomes are set out in the Annual Report, which is also endorsed by the Governing Board.

2019 PDF Action plan [ca]  
2018 PDF Action plan [ca]  
2017 PDF Action plan [ca] PDF Summary annual report
2016 PDF Action plan [ca] PDF Summary annual report
2015 PDF Action plan [ca] PDF Summary annual report
2014 PDF Action plan [ca] PDF Summary annual report
2013 PDF Action plan [ca] PDF Summary annual report
2012 PDF Action plan [ca] PDF Annual report
2011 PDF Action plan [ca] PDF Annual report
2010 PDF Action plan [ca] PDF Annual report
2009 PDF Action plan [ca] PDF Annual report
2008 PDF Action plan PDF Annual report
2007 PDF Action plan PDF Annual report
2006 PDF Action plan [ca] PDF Annual report
2005 PDF Action plan PDF Annual report
2004 PDF Action plan [ca] PDF Annual report