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First ENQA accreditation

ANVUR was formally accredited as an ENQA member on June 20, 2019, for a duration of five years (Letter ENQA to ANVUR). ANVUR’s registration in ENQA is an international recognition of fundamental importance for the Agency’s activities, as an independent institution for evaluating the quality of teaching and research.

On September 13, 2021, the Agency voluntarily underwent a Progress visit (an intermediate evaluation between obtaining membership and the start of the procedures for renewing the accreditation at the end of the 5 years). This visit aimed to monitor the effectiveness of the actions taken since the first external review of ANVUR by ENQA in 2018, in order to ensure full and continuous consistency with European principles on quality assurance. The Commission of International Experts appointed by ENQA recognized and appreciated the efforts made by the Agency and the progress achieved since 2019 to significantly increase adherence to European principles on quality assurance. In their statement, the experts encouraged the Agency to continue the initiatives undertaken and to follow up on those planned, summarized in the Follow-up report ratified with an official communication from the ENQA Board at the end of December 2021.

Having successfully completed the intermediate phase of ENQA accreditation, ANVUR has initiated the preparation phase for the renewal accreditation procedure (whose conclusion is expected in 2024), as well as for the application for registration in the EQAR register.

 

Stages of the ENQA accreditation process:

  • November 2017 – ANVUR announces its intention to undergo the procedures for accreditation as a Member Agency by ENQA and for inclusion in the EQAR register.
  • March 19, 2018 – Publication of the document “Terms of Reference”.
  • September 26, 2018 – ANVUR publishes the Self-Assessment Report (Self-Assessment Report – SAR).
  • November 19-22, 2018 – On-site visit by the ENQA Expert Panel.
  • June 20, 2019 – Publication of the External Review Report (External Review Report – ERR).
  • June 20, 2019 – Notification by the ENQA Board of ANVUR’s admission as an ENQA member with a validity of 5 years (ENQA Board’s decision on ANVUR’s review).
  • September 13, 2021 – ENQA Progress visit.
  • October 19, 2021 – Report on the Progress visit by the ENQA Expert Panel (Report of ENQA Experts on the progress visit).
  • October 27, 2021 – Sending the ANVUR 2021 follow-up report to ENQA (ANVUR 2021 follow-up report).
  • December 9, 2021 – Approval letter of the Follow-up report by the ENQA Board (ENQA Board’s letter regarding ANVUR’s 2021 follow-up report).

 

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