A bimonthly publication of AQU Catalunya


November 2013


On the shoulders of giants

Looking back now, AQU Catalunya is a quality assurance agency that right from the very beginning has had Europe and the world at large as a main point of reference. Proof of this is the fact that in 1998 it registered with the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE) and in 1999 it was one of the founding agencies of the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA).

More than ten years later, the INQAAHE Board has chosen AQU Catalunya to host up until 2015 the Secretariat of this international organisation, which brings together more than 200 higher education institutions around the world, and as such it has taken over from the NVAO, the Netherlands QA agency.

Needless to say, this recognition of the track record and capabilities of AQU Catalunya is yet another reason for us to feel proud of the work of an organisation that, as the first of its type to be set up in Spain seventeen years ago and in the hands of various different managerial teams, has successfully carried out the work that is the constant of its activities as a QA agency.



  • New INQAAHE Secretariat
    In July AQU Catalunya was chosen by the Board of INQAAHE (the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education) to host the Secretariat for the organisation between 2013 and 2015.
    Editorial board - AQU Catalunya
  • IMPALA: impact analysis of external quality assurance of higher education institutions
    AQU Catalunya carries out all quality assurance and accreditation activities according to international standards and it promotes joint projects with higher education institutions (HEIs) and other national and international agencies and bodies.
    Anna Prades Nebot - Project manager


  • Reminiscences of the INQAAHE Secretariat in The Hague

    Guido Langouche
    Outgoing secretary, INQAAHE and emeritus professor at the University of Leuven – KULeuven

    The time has come for us at NVAO to say goodbye to the INQAAHE Secretariat, which we hosted for almost 6 years. As outgoing secretary I was invited to write down a few reminiscences. The first thing that comes to my mind is the many daily INQAAHE e-mails that arrived in my mailbox. By this I mean the non-standard e-mails. They came on top of the daily mails that arrived in the mailbox "secretariat@inqaahe.org" and were handled skilfully by Carolien Hennekam, and before her by Esther van den Heuvel.




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