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AEI (Agencia Estatal de Investigación – Spain)

The Spanish State Research Agency is a public law entity attached to the Ministry for Science,  Innovation and Technology through the auspices of the Secretariat of State for Universities, Research, Development and Innovation.
The AEI purpose is to finance, evaluate and track scientific and technical research activities intended to generate, exchange and exploit knowledge, as fostered by the Central State Government. The AEI may act on either its own initiative or together with other Spanish Administrations or entities or with other countries and international bodies.

ANVUR (Italian National Agency for the Evaluation of Universities and Research Institutes – Italy)

ANVUR is an independent public body which, among its various tasks, oversees the quality evaluation system for universities and research bodies in Italy. It is responsible for the quality assessment of the activities carried out by universities and research institutes, recipients of public funding. It is also entrusted with steering the Independent Evaluation Units’ activities, and with assessing the effectiveness and efficiency of public funding programmes or incentive programmes for research and innovation activities. The Agency may adopt the most appropriate evaluation criteria and methods to identify universities’ strengths and weaknesses, according to national and international standard.

ANVUR is a member of the European Association for Quality Insureance in Higher Education (ENQA) and is applying  for registration on EQAR.


Hcéres (High Council for the Evaluation of Research and Higher Education, France)

Hcéres is the independent administrative body responsible for evaluating all higher education and research entities in France (clusters, institutions/bodies, research entities, doctoral schools, study programmes), as well as approving the evaluation procedures implemented by other organisations. Through its analyses, evaluations and recommendations, Hcéres accompanies, advises and supports the process of continuously improving the quality of higher education and research in France. Hcéres is a member of the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA) and is listed in the EQAR European register.

evalag (Evaluationsagentur Baden-Württemberg - Germany)

evalag, a foundation established under public law in 2000, operates at the Länder level – focusing  on activities carried out in Baden-Württemberg, in particular – and also at the federal and international level. The agency operates independently and in accordance with internationally recognised standards. As an active member of international European organisations (CEENQA, ENQA, DeGEval, INQAAHE) promoting the development of quality assurance in European and international higher education and research institutions, evalag has been awarded the approved accreditation agency status by the German Accreditation Council and is listed on the EQAR register.

QANU (Quality Assurance Netherlands Universities – Netherlands)


QANU is an independent quality agency that conducts activities in the field of external quality assurance in higher education and research, commissioned by universities in the Netherlands. It organises and co-ordinates assessments of degree programmes and research programmes on the basis of formal frameworks established by the relevant authorities. QANU is full member of ENQA, the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education, and is the only Dutch evaluation bureau to be included in EQAR, the European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education.

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