The university’s quality assurance practices are currently being reviewed, and a Quality Assurance Committee has been created for that purpose. Currently, the Quality Assurance mechanisms encompass the following:
1 Course Evaluation
Students are invited to provide their assessment of each module taken through our intranet anonymously. The feedback is then shared with the respective teacher and with the management team.
2 Procedure for New Programme Application and Programme Amendment
The current needs for new programmes as well as the performance of existing programmes are assessed based on criteria such as analysis of demand (which includes feedback from relevant parties) and financial feasibility, in the context of the overall strategy of the university. Based on these assessments, Coordinators propose to the respective Dean the launch of a new programme or the amendment of an existing one. This step is formalised by filling in the application form and the relevant attachments. Subsequently, the proposal is discussed in the Deans’ Council to obtain consensus and then submitted to the Academic Council for a recommendation. The application documents as well as the financial analysis of the newly proposed programme or programme amendment are finally submitted to the Executive Council for a decision.
3 Other Internal Assessment
3.1 Academic Council
The Academic Council meeting gathers all faculty members with a Doctorate degree. It is the main forum for discussion of all scientific and academic matters at the university and the Council is responsible, among other things, for proposing the juries for graduate defences, to nominate supervisors for Doctoral students, to deliberate on Doctoral thesis proposals and to evaluate all new programme and programme revision proposals.
3.2 Pedagogical Council
The Pedagogical Council meeting consists of a maximum of 15 students (including 1 student representative per cohort), at least 1 faculty member from each programme, and representatives from the Office for Student Affairs. It aims to set up direct dialogue between teaching staff and students, to review the past semester/year and come up with ideas and ways for improvement in the future. The outcome of this meeting is to stabilise the teaching quality, to evaluate the satisfaction of course content and to harmonise the operational procedures for different programmes within the faculty.