The Accreditation, Certification and Quality assurance Institute (ACQUIN)
In May 2000, the Bavarian Rectors’ Conference passed a resolution to establish an accreditation agency, which performs accreditation for all types of higher education institutions taking into account all types of programmes and disciplines. The Accreditation, Certification and Quality assurance Institute ACQUIN was founded on January 26, 2001 and accredited by the German Accreditation Council on March 22, 2001 for the first time.
The objective of (ACQUIN) is to contribute to the shaping of the European Higher Education Area and to ensure the comparability of the quality of university degrees. The core task of ACQUIN is to promote the quality of higher education programmes and to support the establishment of a culture of quality at higher education institutions. ACQUIN carries out accreditations of Bachelor and Master programmes of all disciplines on a national level and across all types of higher education institutions in order to ensure the high quality of study programmes, create market transparency, enhance the attractiveness of higher education to students and promote comparability of academic qualifications. In this sense, the accreditation of entire universities, their quality management systems in teaching and learning, as well as other performance areas contribute to the further promotion of the academic quality and to the support of the higher education development. ACQUIN sees itself as a partner of higher education institutions abroad that want to offer Bachelor, Master and PhD programmes at European level.