Swiss quality label for further education institutions

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EDUQUA Swiss quality label for further education institutions
AbbreviationEduQua
Legal statusNon-profit organisation founded by the Swiss Confederation
PurposeResponsible for academic quality and standards in Swiss education
Location
Region served
CH
Parent organization
State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation / State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (seco)
WebsiteEduQua

Swiss quality label for further education institutions (EduQua) (in German: Schweizerisches Qualitätszertifikat für Weiterbildungsinstitutionen "EduQua" ), is the Swiss national quality assurance body [1][permanent dead link] [2] and the first Swiss quality label geared towards adult continuing education [1] founded in 2000 [3]. EduQua is an accreditation body recognized and supported by the Swiss Confederate Government; it's the first quality certification for public and private educational institutions in Switzerland. EduQua is the premier quality assurance body accreditation scheme for continuing education (can be general education, further education, professional education).

The Swiss Conference of Cantonal Ministers of Education (EDK) endorses eduQua as an officially recognized quality assurance scheme [4]. EDK highly recommends the institution of higher education accredited by eduQua. In more and more cantons, the certification is a requirement for public funding. The State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) also endorses EduQua as an approved quality assurance for educational institutions in Switzerland.[2] [5], the Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI; SBFI) endorses EduQua as an recognized quality assurance for Higher vocational education and training institutions [6][permanent dead link].

EduQua Structure[edit]

EduQua is an Educational Quality Label under the Swiss Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research (EAER)

Swiss Accreditation Bureau (SAS)[edit]

EduQua quality label can be received only through a recognized inspection body by the Swiss Accreditation Bureau SAS (Schweizerischen Akkreditierungsstelle SAS) [7] under the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO [8] which is part of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research

National Approval[edit]

  • State Approval: EduQua is a recognized quality assurance in Switzerland mainly for public scholarship in Switzerland [9][permanent dead link] [10]
  • State Secretariat for Migration SEM: international students seeking visa are allowed to study in Switzerland and have internship only if the School is EduQua certified [11], [12] [13].
  • State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation approved eduQua on its list of quality labels [14][permanent dead link]
  • The Swiss Conference of Cantonal Ministers of Education (EDK) recognized eduQua as a quality assurance for further education [15]
  • State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) is the founder and main controlling body of EduQua [16]

Control group and publishers[edit]

The following organizations are the Control group and publishers of EduQua [17]

  • State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (seco)
  • Swiss Vocational Training Authority (SBBK)
  • Swiss Conference of Cantonal Ministers of Education (EDK)
  • Association of Swiss Employment Agencies (VSAA)
  • Swiss Association for Continuing Education (SVEB)

Swiss Federation for Adult Learning[edit]

The Swiss Federation for Adult Learning (Schweizerischer Verband für Weiterbildung) SVEB, which was founded in 1951, is the hosting organization for the EduQua administrative work [18] [19].

Notable certified institutes[edit]

Below is a list of notable certified Universities/Schools by EduQua

  • University of Geneva
  • University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland FHNW
  • University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland
  • Schweizerische Hotelfachschule Luzern SHL
  • PHZH Pädagogische Hochschule Zürich

See also[edit]

List of recognized higher education accreditation organizations

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Certificat de qualité suisse". http://www.pnlcoach.com. External link in |journal= (help)
  2. ^ "EDUQUA". http://www.proformations.ch. Archived from the original on 2014-07-14. External link in |journal= (help)

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