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ITALIAN NATIONAL AGENCY
FOR THE EVALUATION OF UNIVERSITIES AND RESEARCH INSTITUTES

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Principles

ANVUR guiding principles

ANVUR accomplishes its task in line with the principles underpinning its mission and with the ethical standards defined by the Agency’s Code of Ethics. Notably, ANVUR complies with the principles of independence, impartiality and professionalism.

Independence

ANVUR is a legal entity established under public law and is granted organisational, administrative and financial autonomy, also by way of derogation from provisions on National Accounts. This legal status allows the Agency to adopt the most appropriate evaluation criteria and methods to identify universities’ strengths and weaknesses, according to national and international standards.

Impartiality

ANVUR oversees the national quality evaluation system for universities and research institutes, recipients of public funding. The position as member of the Governing Board is incompatible with any relationship (even indirect) with the institutions ANVUR shall assess. Members of the Governing Board cannot join evaluation committees, nor receiving public funds for research. This ensures the compliance with the fundamental ethical rule regarding the conflict of interest.

Professionalism

ANVUR acts as the national Agency for quality assurance, as laid down in the Europe Agreements for higher education and research. ANVUR cooperates with European and international institutions, as well as with foreign agencies and bodies. The exchange of information and experiences (gained and shared both at national and international level) contributes to the development of the Agency’s institutional strategies.

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