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Free University of Bozen-Bolzano

Quality Assurance


The Quality Assurance (QA) process at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano is based on the European Standard and Guidelines for Quality Assurance (link), which are supported and applied by ANVUR, the National Agency for the Evaluation of the University System and Research (link).

The Quality Committee (Link) and the Evaluation Committee (Link) are the two central bodies: they monitor the compliance with the Quality Assurance processes, define its instruments and verify their suitability. The Quality Committee is an internal body and has the important task of accompanying and supporting all players involved in Quality Assurance. The Evaluation Committee, on the other hand, is an external body that serves as a point of reference for quality assurance and as a link to the Ministry and ANVUR.

Quality in unibz, however, is perceived as a process that involves the entire university community of students, lecturers and the technical administrative staff. Together with the representatives from the territory and the industry, we are working to continuously improve ourselves and to create a transparent and clear Quality Assurance process that is supported by all.

The AVA system

The AVA system (self-evaluation - periodic evaluation - accreditation, ital. Autovalutazione - Valutazione periodica - Accreditamento ) is the Quality Assurance model defined by ANVUR since 2013 and aims to improve the quality of didactics and research at Italian universities.

The model is based on internal processes for the planning, management, self-evaluation and the improvement in didactics and research, as well as on a transparent external audit.

The audit leads to an accreditation verdict in which a university (and its study programmes) is awarded compliance with the required quality requirements (initial accreditation) or their maintenance (periodic accreditation).

The AVA system was thus developed to achieve three main objectives:

  • the assurance from the Ministry and through ANVUR's evaluation activities that higher education institutions in Italy offer a uniform quality standard for their users and for the society as a whole;
  • the responsible and reliable autonomy of universities in the use of public resources and their collective and individual assessment in didactics and research activities;  
  • improving the quality of didactics and research.

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The AVA system as model for Quality Assurance (QA)

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