Andalusian Agency of Knowledge, Department of Evaluation and Accreditation (AAC-DEVA, Spain)
The Department of Evaluation and Accreditation (DEVA) is an independent unit of the Andalusian Agency of Knowledge (AAC). It came into legal existence by Legislative Decree 92/2011, April 19th, wherein the Statutes of the Andalusian Agency of Knowledge were approved, in compliance with the provisions laid out in the Andalusian Law 16/2007 of Science and Knowledge.
The aim of AAC-DEVA is the assessment, accreditation and certification of quality within the terms of reference of the Universities and higher education institutions in Andalusia. It covers the fields of institutional quality assessment, teaching staff accreditation and research evaluation.
Provide service to the Andalusian Higher Education and Research System (SAUI) concerning all the actions requested regarding evaluation and accreditation of Higher Education and Research, Development and Innovation (RDI) activities, adapting the actions to the social demands and quality standards established for University Education and Research within the framework of the European Higher Education Area.
It aims to become an institution of both national and international reference for the evaluation, certification and accreditation activities, relating to University quality assessment.
All DEVA´s actions are based on the principles of transparency, objectivity, independence, equality and equity, confidentiality, public service and social commitment, legality, coordination and cooperation, efficiency, environmental commitment, security and labour health.