A bimonthly publication of AQU Catalunya


November 2014


New legislation governing AQU Catalunya

On 29 October 2014 the Government of Catalonia's Executive Council (Govern) presented a bill to the Catalan Parliament (Parlament de Catalunya) regulating AQU Catalunya (the Catalan University Quality Assurance Agency, or Agència per a la Qualitat del Sistema Universitari de Catalunya). The issue of the reform of the Agency is a long-standing one. In 2009 and 2012, the respective governments of the Generalitat de Catalunya initiated legislative reform that, due to the parliamentary calendar, could not be concluded. This is the third time therefore that impetus is being to the modification of this body by way of changes to the prevailing legislation.

Before going on to explain why different governments of varying hues, with the support of the successive management teams of AQU Catalunya, have felt it necessary to set in motion the reform of the Agency, an explanation is necessary of the main legislation governing AQU Catalunya, which is the Universities of Catalonia Act (Llei d'universitats de Catalunya, or LUC) passed by the Catalan Parliament in 2003.



  • Internationalization of education
    There is no recipe or one set of indicators for an internationalized university. Internationalization is a process of change which is tailored to meet the individual needs and interests of each higher education entity. Consequently, there is no 'one size fits all' model of internationalization. Adopting a set of objectives and strategies which are 'in vogue' and for 'branding' purposes only negates the principle that each program, institution, or country needs to determine its individual approach to internationalization based on its own clearly articulated rationales, goals and expected outcomes. This recognizes that the internationalization process is driven by an assessment of individual needs and priorities and that a 'formulaic' or latest fad approach is not appropriate, beneficial or sustainable.
    Jane Knight - Adjunct Professor, Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education in OISE (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education), University of Toronto
  • The quality of evidence in accreditation
    The commitment of AQU Catalunya to improving the effectiveness and efficiency of quality assurance takes the form of regular meta-evaluation actions, which act as feedback and deliberative mechanisms for QA development and improvement. In the context of the accreditation of recognised First and Second Cycle (undergraduate and Master’s level) university degree programmes, on 17 September AQU Catalunya organised a meta-evaluation session, based on the experience gained from the nine external site visits carried out so far in relation to programme accreditation between April-July 2014.
    Albert Basart Capmany - Project manager, AQU Catalunya


  • Appraisal of the activities of AQU's CAR Commission, eleven years on

    Joan Rodés Teixidor
    Chairman of AQU Catalunya's CAR Commission from 2003 to 2014

    The activities carried out by the Research Assessment Commission have been highly important for the Agency itself and the system of universities and higher education as a whole in Catalonia as they deal with the quality assurance of people being recruited as teaching and academic staff. All together, there have been twenty-one (21) calls for applications, with a total number of 6,283 applications, of which 77.8% were for the acceditation of research and 22.2% for advanced research. 55% of the applications for the accreditation of research and 59% of those for advanced research received a favourable evaluation.

  • Appraisal of the activities of AQU's CLiC Commission, eleven years on

    Maria Lluïsa Hernanz Carbó
    Chairwoman of AQU Catalunya's CLiC Commission from 2005 to 2014

    The interdisciplinary nature of the CLiC has constituted a unique opportunity to create an open and pluralistic forum for discussion that encourages the exchange of different points of view, the contrasting of sensitivities that are not always necessarily uniform in the face of problems and, in short, the possibility of sharing good practices and learning from others how to do things better. Meeting discussions have resulted in valuable input as regards the different dimensions – research experience, educational background and teaching activity – that are taken into account and dealt with in quality assurance.




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