A quarterly publication of AQU Catalunya


January 2016

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Twenty years!

On 29 October 2016 it will be twenty years that AQU Catalunya has been in existence.

The regulations that have shaped the Agency are: Legislative decree 355/1996, 29 October, whereby the Agency was established as an instrument for the external review of quality assurance and enhancement in the universities and higher education system in Catalonia; Act 1/2003, 19 February, concerning the universities in Catalonia (LUC, the Catalan Universities Act), which transformed the Agency from a consortium into a public entity and granted it the powers and jurisdiction to undertake the review and assessment of teaching staff; and, Act 15/2015, 21 July, on the Catalan University Quality Assurance Agency/AQU Catalunya (AQU Catalunya Act), which provided for better compliance with European standards, a more flexible structure and further underpinned its powers as a QA agency.

Many people have contributed their talent to making AQU what it is and making it bigger and better.

The Agency has been fortunate to have been led by various important academics, for example, as president, Dr. Antoni Serra Ramoneda (1997-2008) and Dr. Joaquim Prats Cuevas (2008-2013); as director, Dr. David Serrat Congost (1997), Gemma Rauret Dalmau (1998-2006), Javier Bará Temes (2006-2009), Josep Anton Ferré Vidal (2009-2013) and Martí Casadesús Fa (2013-present); as chairpersons of the teaching assessment committees, Dr. Joan Rodés (2003-2014), Dr. Lluís Torner (2014-act.), Dr. Teresa Garcia-Milà (2003-2005), Dr. M. Lluïsa Hernanz (2005-2014) and Dr. Joan Nogué (2014-present), and many other recognised academics who have been involved in review panels and contributed with their knowledge and understanding to the growth of AQU Catalunya.



  • The Institutional and Programme Review Commission (CAIP)
    Pursuant to Law 1/2003, 19 February, concerning the universities in Catalonia (LUC), the present-day AQU Catalunya was established with specific functions as the main instrument for the promotion and assurance of quality in the system of higher education in Catalonia. In order to facilitate the adaptation of AQU Catalunya to the new scenarios resulting from developments in the culture of quality and new requirements at European level concerning quality assurance bodies, and also to encourage innovation in teaching, research and management, the Parliament of Catalonia recently passed new legislation specifically dealing with the Agency, for which there was broad consensus both in the universities and at political level.
    Josep Manel Torres - Coordinator of Quality Assessment department
  • The AQU Catalunya Appeals Committee
    One of the main new developments introduced by Law 15/2015, 21 July, on the Catalan University Quality Assurance Agency (AQU Catalunya), is that all review of decisions related to quality review and assurance, certification and accreditation is to be carried out by a collegiate body called the Appeals Committee.
    Jordi Escolar Bañeres - Legal advisor


  • We came to university to learn

    Lluís Forcadell Díez
    Coordinator, CEUCAT (the Union of Students at Catalan Universities/Consell de l'Estudiantat de les Universitats Catalanes) and member on the Governing Board, AQU Catalunya

    The Faculty of Geography and History, University of Barcelona (UB), Monday, 8.30 a.m. I'm having a coffee before heading into the library. January is a nasty month for exams because you still have a mince pie in one hand and a glass of cava in the other. January is not the best month for anybody.

    I huffed, drank the remains of my coffee and was getting ready to enter the library when I saw a Faculty Assembly banner that said, in big red capital letters: "Graduating doesn't mean learning." This made me smile. How many times have my classmates and I said, "I don't know why I study so much if, one week after the exam, I've forgotten everything"? And how often have I heard graduates say, "this won't be any use at all to you when you start working"? Whatever Bachelor's or Master's degree you are taking, it's all the same, the feeling that is common among students is that "you don’t come to university to learn", although it is true there are subjects where this is more extensive.




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