On 27 June 2013 in Palais Pallavicini
The first AQ Austria annual conference addressed the demands on quality assurance in the higher education sector and its impacts. With over 200 guests, the conference was well attended. The results of the 74 feedback forms for the conference showed a very positive feedback regarding concept, organisation and the different presentations.
Since the nineties, external and internal quality assurance at HEIs has become a natural task of HEIs. Not least in the context of the Bologna process and due to the formation of the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area (ESG), an approach to quality assurance developed which was accepted Europe-wide and also influenced the reforms in Austria in the course of enacting the Act on Quality Assurance in Higher Education (HS-QSG).
In the last few years, there has been a clear differentiation of demands on quality assurance: Alongside the "traditional" functions such as quality improvement and accounting, further functions such as informing a broad public, marketing support and evaluating broader reform processes of the higher education policy become apparent.
During the conference, discussions were focussed on the diversity of functions and in that context, participants looked into the questions, which outcomes can be expected in the light of this diversity.
Please find the conference publication here.