96th German Federal Deans Conference of Economic Sciences

From left to right: Prof. Dr. Rainer Ziegler (Managing
Member of the Board of Directors of German Federal
Deans Conference of Economic Sciences),
Prof. Dr. Uwe Rössler (Dean at the University of
Applied Sciences Bielefeld, Department of Economics
and Health), Dr. Heinz-Ullrich Schmidt (FIBAA
Special Representative)

In October 2019, FIBAA took part in the 96th Federal Deans Conference in Bielefeld. The event focused on the role and significance of universities of applied sciences (Fachhochschulen) in the area of conflict between transfer, application-oriented education and academic understanding. At the conference, the transfer of knowledge between universities and industry was highlighted using best-practice examples. Another focus was the question of how universities can adapt to the requirements of new working environments in their study programmes.

FIBAA Special Representative Dr. Heinz-Ullrich Schmidt took part in the interesting event and used the opportunity to discuss the topic with various stakeholders from the education and economic sector. FIBAA attaches great importance to the transfer of knowledge between universities and the world of work. Employability counts as a major quality feature in FIBAA’s accreditation procedure.

Expert Training Webinar 2019

From left to right: Anna Hadwiger (Project Manager for Expert Management), Elisabeth Rosenthal (Division Head for Programme Accreditation) und Dr. Tino Shahin (Division Head for Expert Management)

On 24 October 2019, FIBAA held one of its regular expert training sessions, this time in the form of a webinar. Numerous experts from science and practice took part in the interactive event.

Dr. Tino Shahin (Division Head for Expert Management) and Anna Hadwiger (Project Manager for Expert Management) informed the participants about the formal requirements for an expert activity for FIBAA as well as the composition of the expert committees in accordance with the guidelines of the German Rectors' Conference. Elisabeth Rosenthal (Division Head for Programme Accreditation) explained the expert activities within the framework of an accreditation procedure and explained in particular the process and objectives of the procedure.

Prior to the event, there was the opportunity to send open questions to FIBAA, which could be clarified and discussed during the webinar. The participants were also able to ask their questions directly during the training. This gave the opportunity to discuss the tasks and requirements of the experts in accreditation procedures with the referees of FIBAA, but also with their colleagues.

The webinar enabled a good exchange between FIBAA and the participants and promoted interesting discussions and exchange of views. The next expert trainings are planned for the first quarter of 2020.

FIBAA at the webinars of the Russian media platform HED - Higher Education Discovery

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On October 10 and November 5, 2019, Jana Bekker, Special Representative of FIBAA, took part as a speaker in two webinars of the media platform HED - Higher Education Discovery (Russia) under the aegis of the Asia-Pacific Quality Network (APQN).

The webinar series, which will continue until May 2020, is focusing on issues of internationalisation of higher education, cooperation with quality assurance networks and agencies, attraction of foreign students and academic mobility, as well as development of partnerships between higher education institutions.

Participants and speakers, including in each case more than 100 representatives from universities, quality assurance agencies and other educational organisations, came from Armenia, Australia, Brazil, Germany, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Spain, Tajikistan, Turkey and Belarus.

Jana Bekker gave two speeches highlighting the major aspects of the international programme accreditation by FIBAA. In her first presentation, she reported on how employers and representatives of professional practice participate in FIBAA accreditation procedures and how the graduate employability is taken into account at different levels of these procedures. In her second speech, she presented a detailed overview of the FIBAA quality criteria. The webinar participants expressed great interest in the accreditation process as well as the Assessment Guide of FIBAA.

Excellent quality: FIBAA awards its premium seal to the ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences

FIBAA has conferred its Premium Seal to the study programmes Business Economics (B.Sc.) and Business Informatics (B.Sc.) of the ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences. With this seal, the agency recognises the Bachelor programmes' outstanding quality of teaching and studies. In the re-accreditation process, the expert team identified a number of criteria that exceeded the quality requirements for both study programmes. The experts were particularly impressed by the further development of the study programmes and the implementation of recommendations from previous accreditations.

In October 2019, FIBAA CEO Professor Dr. Kerstin Fink travelled to Winterthur and personally bestowed the premium seal to ZHAW. Prof. Dr. Reto Steiner (Director of ZHAW), the study programme managers and the quality management team also took part in the festive ceremony and were very delighted about the Premium Seal.

"ZHAW can be very proud of the excellent quality of its Bachelor's programmes," said Professor Dr. Fink. "The students are provided with an excellent education that optimally prepares them for their professional careers."

FIBAA is the only accreditation agency that awards a Premium Seal for programme accreditations. It highlights study programmes, which became established in practice and which are distinguished by their excellent performance on their own initiative."

Prof. Dr. Fink (FIBAA CEO) and Prof. Dr. Steiner (ZHAW Director) with the FIBAA Accreditation Seal surrounded by the study programme managers and the QM team

FIBAA at the conference of the German Rectors' Conference (HRK) in Mainz: Project nexus – Designing Academic Transitions, Improving Academic Success

From left to right: Dr. Heinz-Ullrich Schmidt (FIBAA Special Representative) and Prof. Dr. Uwe Schmidt (member of the FIBAA Accreditation Commission for Institutional Procedures and head of the Centre for Quality Assurance and Development at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz)

On 26 and 27 September 2019, a HRK conference of the project nexus on "Recognition and Transfer of Academic Performance in the Context of (Institutional) Accreditation" took place at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. Around 100 participants from various fields of higher education took part in this conference.

The background of the event was to strengthen and further develop the quality culture in the area of recognition of academic performance and transfer of non-academic competences.

In the view of the participants, the new accreditation law has given additional room, which opens up the possibility of development of higher education institutions in joint dialogue.

Representatives from universities, accreditation agencies and the Accreditation Council Foundation opened the event. Prof. Dr. Uwe Schmidt, member of the FIBAA Accreditation Commission for Institutional Procedures and head of the Centre for Quality Assurance and Development at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, gave a lecture on "Accreditation as a contribution to quality development? Opportunities and risks from the perspective of University Research" and stressed that competence orientation as a currency is an important basis for recognition and transfer, that is not yet sufficiently operationalised.

FIBAA Special Representative Dr. Heinz-Ullrich Schmidt also participated in the conference and contributed on the topic as a whole as well as on individual detailed aspects from the perspective and experience of FIBAA. FIBAA's practice is characterised by the fact that it takes steps in advance of the on-site visit in order to avoid any conditions in this area.

In the subsequent workshops, the conference topic was discussed from different perspective such as management, subject-specific relation and administration. The conference offered an opportunity to bring actors from different types of higher education institutions into conversation. It has contributed to raise problem awareness of the topic and to find impulses for further quality development.

German-Chinese Exchange on Internal and External Quality Assurance in Higher Education

In August 2019, Viktoria Tischanski (FIBAA Division Specialist for International procedures) visited the FOM University (FOM) in order to present accreditation processes from the European perspective to a Chinese delegation of a long-standing partner university of the FOM.

The partnership between FOM and Shanxi University of Finance and Economics (SXUFE) has existed for more than seventeen years and is dedicated to the university education of Chinese students. As a landmark milestone in this cooperation, the Sino-German Institute at SXUFE was founded in 2012 and the German-Sino School of Business & Technology at FOM in 2013. This partnership enables students to obtain an internationally recognised degree.

The delegation, led by Prof. Naijun Chang, Party Secretary of SXUFE and Head of the Committee for University Affairs, consisted of six participants, including Prof. Yunhui Fan, Director of the Sino-German Institute. Among the FOM participants were Prof. Dr. Burghard Hermeier (Rector), Dr. Harald Beschorner (Chancellor), Lin Liu (Director of the German-Sino School of Business & Technology) and Bernhard Minke (Head of Quality Management).

The event in Essen focused on internal and external quality assurance and quality development in higher education. FOM, SXUFE and FIBAA exchanged their knowledge and experience on this subject from different perspectives.

As an institutionally accredited university, the FOM presented its current accreditation status as well as its internal quality management system to its partner. Viktoria Tischanski presented the process of international accreditation procedures from the perspective of an internationally oriented accreditation agency. Prof. Yunhui Fan enriched the exchange by presenting the Chinese accreditation system and its quality assurance instruments as well as their implementation at SXUFE.

The event was characterised by a lively interest of the participants and offered an opportunity for an inspiring exchange on accreditation systems in Germany and China. FIBAA was very pleased to receive this invitation and wishes the two universities further successful cooperation, especially with regard to quality assurance and quality enhancement.

From left to right: Dr. Suntrup-Andresen (FOM, Scientific Coordinator), Dr. Beschorner (FOM, Chancellor), Prof. Yunhui Fan (SXUFE, Director of the Sino-German Institute), Prof. Naijun Chang (SXUFE, Head of the Committee for Higher Education Affairs, Party Secretary of SXUFE), Viktoria Tischanski (FIBAA Division Specialist for International procedures), Prof. Hermeier (FOM, Rector), Lin Liu (FOM, Director of the German-Sino School of Business & Technology), Bernhard Minke (FOM, Head of Quality Management)

Recognition by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine

In July 2019, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine decided to include FIBAA to the Register of foreign Accreditation Agencies. This means that FIBAA's decisions on accreditation of Ukrainian higher education institutions and study programmes are thus officially recognised by the Ministry of of Education and Science.

FIBAA is more than pleased about the recognition and the possibility to support Ukrainian Higher Education Institutions in quality assurance and quality enhancement.

Thus, FIBAA's international network continues to grow dynamically: From the Russian-speaking and Central Asian markets to the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region FIBAA collaborates with stakeholders from tertiary education sector.

Festive awarding of the Institutional Accreditation seal at the Professional School of the Middle Class

Prof. Dr. Fink and Prof. Dr. Dreier during the festive ceremony

FIBAA is more than pleased to announce the successful institutional accreditation at the Professional School of the Middle Class (FHM).

The quality management system of FHM was confirmed by FIBAA’s expert team according to the criteria of the German Accreditation Council. The expert team was particularly impressed by the structured approach for study programme conception, the wide-ranging evaluation and survey system that has been tested and proved over many years, and the commitment of the FHM quality management staff.

During a festive ceremony in Bielefeld, FIBAA’s CEO Professor Dr. Kerstin Fink personally presented the accreditation seal. Professor Dr. Anne Dreier, FHM’s Rector and CEO, Professor Dr. Walter Niemeier, FHM’s Vice Rector for Academic Affairs, as well as other representatives and stakeholders of the FHM attended the event and were very delighted about the successful institutional accreditation.

"The excellent level of your quality management system is the result of a quality culture at your university that is lived and supported by your entire team", Professor Dr. Fink praised in her speech and congratulated all stakeholders who were involved in this accreditation procedure.

Erasmus+ - Jean Monnet Project "EQAS": Experience exchange with university representatives, accreditation agencies and students from the Russian Federation

From left to right: Dr. Birger Hendriks (FIBAA Special Representative), Mikhail Shvetsov (Rector of the Mari State University) and Dr. Lemka Izmaylova (Director of the NAA)

Mikhail Petropavlovskiy (Deputy Director of the NAA – third from left), Jana Bekker (FIBAA Special Representative – in the middle) and Christopher Bohlens (FIBAA‘s student expert – second from right) surrounded by the forum participants

In summer 2019, FIBAA participated in very interesting events within the Erasmus+ - Jean Monnet - project "European Quality Assurance for Students (EQAS)" as project partner in Joshkar-Ola and Irkutsk (Russian Federation).

FIBAA Special Representative Dr. Birger Hendriks, Prof. Dr. Volker Gehmlich (Professor at Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences and FIBAA expert) and Mr. Christopher Bohlens (FIBAA’s student expert) were invited by Mari State University to a workshop in Joshkar-Ola in May 2019. The German guests presented the involvement of students in internal and external quality assurance processes in higher education from a European perspective. This was followed by an inspiring exchange on objectives, methods and best practices in these processes with the National Accreditation Agency (NAA), Russian university representatives and students as well as student organisations such as the Russian Union of Youth.

In addition, in June 2019, FIBAA Special Representative Mrs. Jana Bekker and again FIBAA’ student expert Mr. Christopher Bohlens were invited to a student forum in Irkutsk, attended by over 500 young people from different regions of Russia and abroad. Participants included among others managers and activists from student unions and initiatives, who are committed to integrating students into quality assurance at universities.

Various lectures and workshops were organised for them to promote successful implementation of their initiatives. Mrs. Bekker and Mr. Bohlens used this opportunity to give a lecture on the role of students in FIBAA accreditation processes for the young and ambitious participants and to introduce them to European accreditation practice.

Both events enabled a significant experience exchange on quality assurance and quality enhancement in the tertiary sector. FIBAA has been a partner in the "EQAS" project since January 2019 and is very impressed by the interest and commitment of the various stakeholders from the Russian higher education sector.

Successful partial Institutional accreditation at the School of International Business and Entrepreneurship (SIBE) of Steinbeis University Berlin

FIBAA is pleased to announce the successful partial Institutional accreditation at the School of International Business and Entrepreneurship (SIBE) of the Steinbeis University Berlin.

SIBE has established a comprehensive and convincing internal and system-wide quality management system. Its effectiveness has been confirmed by FIBAA's team of experts in accordance with the requirements of the Accreditation Council Foundation.

The partial Institutional accreditation was awarded without any conditions. The expert team praised the fact that all essential aspects relevant to accreditation are taken into account and that all processes are provided with defined and regularly updated target figures. Fixed reporting and information obligations enable all parties involved to fulfil their management responsibilities.

During a festive ceremony in Stuttgart, FIBAA CEO Professor Dr. Kerstin Fink personally awarded the accreditation seal and congratulated all stakeholders involved in this comprehensive accreditation process: "SIBE and FIBAA have already been working together for 22 years. SIBE can be very proud of the university's successful development. The outstanding performance of its quality management system is the result of the consistent quality work of the entire team."

From left to right: Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Werner G. Faix (SIBE CEO), Prof. Dr. Kerstin Fink (FIBAA CEO), Hanna Bollmann (Director Curriculum and Quality Management), Christine Wendel (Head of Quality Management & Controlling) and Marlene Köhler (Specialist Curriculum and Quality Management)

Procedures and requirements for Institutional accreditation – under the new legal basis

Ms. Guzmán, FIBAA Project Manager for Programme and Institutional accreditation (left) and Mr. Weber, FIBAA Division Manager for Institutional and International Procedures (right)


In May 2019, FIBAA Consult organised another workshop on the new accreditation law – this time with a view to the procedures and requirements of Institutional accreditation.

Mr. Lars Weber, FIBAA Division Manager for Institutional and International Procedures, led the workshop at the FIBAA Head Office with the support of Ms. Estefanía Guzmán, FIBAA Project Manager for Programme and Institutional accreditation. In his presentation he gave an overview of the formal and content-related criteria for Institutional accreditation as well as the procedure according to the new accreditation law and explained how the responsibilities of the stakeholder Higer Education Institution – Accreditation Agency(s) – Foundation Accreditation Council are divided. Together with numerous HEI representatives, the practical challenges and opportunities of the new law in Institutional accreditation were discussed.

The event offered HEIs a good opportunity to network and exchange experiences. FIBAA is pleased about the lively interest of the participants and supports the HEIs as their partner on the way to the new accreditation law.

FIBAA and AACSB conduct a joint workshop for Quality Assurance Professionals

From left to right: Dr. Stephanie Morgan (Kent Business School, UK), Dr. Shahin (FIBAA Consult and Division Head for Expert Management) and Adam Thomas (ZHAW)

For the third time, FIBAA and AACSB are holding the successful workshop together. FIBAA is very pleased about this cooperation. The event allows to show decision-makers and quality managers at HEIs how they can integrate employability into their quality enhancement activities

In April 2019, in cooperation with the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), FIBAA organised a workshop for Quality Assurance Professionals in Edinburgh. The event took place as part of the annual AACSB conference for Europe, the Middle East and Asia and was aimed at leaders and stakeholders in quality management at leading international Business Schools.

On behalf of FIBAA CEO Professor Dr. Kerstin Fink, Dr. Tino Shahin (FIBAA Consult and Division Head for Expert Management) led the workshop sessions together with Dr. Stephanie Morgan from the Kent Business School (United Kingdom) and Adam Thomas from the Switzerland-based Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW).

In his presentation on "Impact of Employability on Stakeholders in Accreditation" Dr. Shahin presented how employability is promoted in accreditation and how it can be integrated into HEI’s daily operations. By using concrete practical case studies, the participants were able to apply the acquired knowledge, present their solutions and discuss them with their colleagues.

Successful Recognition of FIBAA as an international accreditation agency in Turkey

At its meeting on 3 April 2019, the Higher Education Quality Council of Turkey (HEQC) officially recognised FIBAA as an international accreditation agency in Turkey.

In the application process FIBAA has successfully proven that its quality standards meet the HEQC requirements for foreign accreditation agencies. Today, FIBAA is one of only three international agencies, among them AACSB, that have been awarded recognition for five years.

HEQC is a public Turkish institution that evaluates the quality of education and research activities as well as administrative services of Higher Education Institutions according to national and international quality standards and is responsible for the recognition of external accreditation agencies.

FIBAA is more than pleased about the recognition and the possibility to support Turkish Higher Education Institutions in quality assurance and quality enhancement.

Erasmus+ - Jean Monnet project "EQAS" enters second round: FIBAA as project partner and keynote speaker in Moscow

From left to right: Jana Bekker (FIBAA Special Representative), Dr. Lemka Izmaylova (Director of the NAA), Prof. Dr. Kerstin Fink (CEO of FIBAA), Mrs. Natalya Naumova (Deputy Director of the Federal Service for Supervision in Education and Science), Olga Yakimchuk (Federal Service for Supervision in Education and Science) and Mikhail Shvetsov (Rector of Mari State University)

Round table within the Jean Monnet project "EQAS" in Moscow.

Cooperation between FIBAA, the National Accreditation Agency of the Russian Federation (NAA) and Mari State University within the framework of the Jean Monnet project "European Quality Assurance for Students" (EQAS) continued end of March in Moscow.

The two-day event was attended by representatives of the Federal Service for Supervision in Education and Science, Russian universities, student representatives as well as Russian and Kazakh accreditation agencies.

The intensive exchange provided a good opportunity to discuss with the participants the best practices and methods for involving students in internal and external quality assurance processes in the Higher Education Area.

Professor Dr. Kerstin Fink was the keynote speaker and presented from the point of view of FIBAA and the European perspective how the involvement of students in accreditation procedures is practiced and what added value this creates for quality assurance and quality enhancement in the Higher Education sector.

In May 2019, the project will enter its third round. This time, the host will be the Mari State University in Yoshkar-Ola, Russian Federation. At this meeting FIBAA will participate as project partner as well.

Prospects for Accreditation in Germany and Europe: FIBAA at the fifth joint workshop with the German Federal Deans Conference

The organisers of the German Federal Deans Conference: Prof. Dr. Ziegler (BDK), Prof. Dr. Kerstin Fink (FIBAA) as well as Prof. Dr. Dieter Rüth and Prof. Dr. Waller (Bochum University of Applied Sciences) among the speakers and participants of the workshop

In April 2019, the fifth workshop of the German Federal Deans Conference took place at the Bochum University of Applied Sciences in cooperation with FIBAA on the topic "Prospects for Accreditation in Germany and Europe". Numerous decision-makers from Higher Education Institutions and the accreditation system followed the joint invitation.

The event focused on the new legal situation of the German accreditation system. During the workshop, FIBAA CEO Professor Dr. Kerstin Fink represented the point of view of the accreditation agency and spoke about the current status of the accreditation procedures and their operational process.

The event offered the participants a comprehensive view of the current developments, as the topic was exposed from different perspectives – State, Higher Education Institutions, Accreditation Council and Accreditation agency.

Leading speakers such as Michael Ficker, Head of Division at the Ministry of Culture and Science of North Rhine-Westphalia, Professor Dr. Marcelo da Veiga, board member of the Association of Private Universities with a guest seat in the Accreditation Council, Dr. Olaf Bartz, CEO of the Accreditation Council, and Professor Dr. Eva Waller, Vice-President for Studies and Teaching at Bochum University of Applied Sciences, presented to the participants their point of view on the new German accreditation system and its development.

"FIBAA sees itself as a partner for Higher Education Institutions and is very pleased about the active exchange between stakeholders that was made possible by this workshop," sums up Professor Dr. Fink. The sixth workshop is expected to take place in autumn 2019

FIBAA in cooperation with the Association of Private Universities: German accreditation system and its new legal basis

From left to right: Dr. Tino Shahin (Project Manager for FIBAA-Consult and Division Head for Expert Management, Prof. Dr. Marcel da Veiga (VPH Board Member with a guest seat on the Accreditation Council), Prof. Dr. Kerstin Fink (CEO of FIBAA) and Dr. Olaf Bartz (CEO of the Accreditation Council)

In March 2019, FIBAA in cooperation with the Association of Private Universities (VPH) conducted a workshop on the new legal basis of German Accreditation system.

The background to the workshop is the decision of the Federal Constitutional Court of 17 February 2016, which made it necessary to comprehensively reorganise the accreditation system for study programmes at German Higher Education Institutions (HEIs).

As a result, The Interstate Study Accreditation Treaty entered into force on 1 January 2018, which together with the specimen decree, agreed upon by The Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affair (KMK), forms today the legal framework.

The workshop speakers, among them Dr. Olaf Bartz, CEO of the Accreditation Council, Professor Dr. Kerstin Fink, CEO of FIBAA, and Dr. Tino Shahin, project manager for FIBAA-Consult, presented the current status of the new accreditation system to the participants. The representatives of the HEIs received a detailed overview of the changes compared to the previous legal situation as well as the new operational procedure. This includes, among others, the consideration of the time frame, the requirements for self-documentation as well as the division of responsibilities of the stakeholder HEI – agency(s) – Accreditation Council. The workshop was characterised by a very lively interest of the participants and enabled a direct dialogue with all three stakeholders.

FIBAA was extremely pleased to welcome Dr. Olaf Bartz, CEO of the Accreditation Council, and Professor Dr. Marcelo da Veiga, VPH Board Member with a guest seat on the Accreditation Council, in the head office and to discuss the new developments in the German accreditation system together with the representatives of the HEIs.

The next workshop on the new accreditation law will take place on 21 May 2019 at the FIBAA office in Bonn.

FIBAA at the DIHK working committee "Economy and School/Higher Education Institutions"

At the invitation of the Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK), FIBAA CEO Professor Dr. Kerstin Fink participated as keynote speaker in the DIHK working committee “Economy and School/Higher Education Institutions", which was represented by DIHK, nationwide chambers of industry and commerce as well as by the German Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs.

Entitled "Potentials of accreditation for the promotion of employability at Higher Education Institutions", Professor Dr. Fink presented how employability is realised at various levels of accreditation.

FIBAA promotes employability thanks to its quality and assessment criteria as well as by involving experienced experts from science, industry and student body in each accreditation process. In addition, members with practical experience are an important part of the decision-making body, both in the FIBAA Accreditation Commissions and in the German Accreditation Council. Finally, the leading associations of German, Austrian and Swiss business and industry are represented on the FIBAA Board of Trustees.

"The topics of accreditation and employability have been an inseparable part of FIBAA's identity for 25 years. This also includes direct dialogue with all relevant stakeholder groups," says Professor Dr. Fink. "It was therefore a great pleasure for us to take the opportunity to exchange opinions on the further development of quality and employability for students, graduates and employers with the DIHK working committee "Economy and School/Higher Education Institutions".”

Excellent quality: FIBAA awards its premium seal to ESB Business School of Reutlingen University

Executive Program Advisors Prof. Dr. Schütz (left) and
Prof. Dr. Binder (right) with Prof. Dr. Fink (CEO of FIBAA)
during the festive ceremony

FIBAA has conferred its premium seal to the study programmes Consulting & Business Analytics (M.Sc.) and Strategic Sales Management (M.A.) of the ESB Business School of Reutlingen University. With this seal, the agency recognises the Master programmes' excellent quality of teaching and studies. In the accreditation process, the expert team identified a number of criteria that exceeded the quality requirements for both study programmes.

In March 2019, FIBAA CEO Professor Dr. Kerstin Fink travelled to Reutlingen and personally bestowed the premium seal to Professor Dr. Hendrik Brumme, president of Reutlingen University, and Professor Harald Dallmann, vice-president.
Professor Dr. Andreas Taschner, dean of ESB Business School, as well as the both Executive Program Advisors Professor Dr. Tobias Schütz und Professor Dr. Christoph Binder attended the event and were very delighted about the premium seal.

"ESB Business School can be very proud of the outstanding quality of its Master's programmes," said Professor Dr. Fink. "The students are provided with an excellent education that optimally prepares them for their professional careers."

FIBAA is the only accreditation agency that awards a premium seal for program accreditations. It highlights study programmes, which became established in practice and which are distinguished by their excellent performance on their own initiative."

Indonesia: Knowledge exchange on the European Higher Education Area between FIBAA and Airlangga University

FIBAA CEO Professor Dr. Fink and UNAIR vice-rector
Professor Dr. Santoso

In February 2019, FIBAA CEO Professor Dr. Kerstin Fink travelled to the Airlangga University (UNAIR) in Surabaya, Indonesia. The visit enabled an interesting exchange of experience between the two institutions.

Indonesia's second oldest state university presented its mission as well as its faculties and was highly motivated with regard to the further enhancement of its quality. UNAIR was interested in getting to know a European and internationally oriented accreditation agency such as FIBAA and the standards of the European accreditation system.

"FIBAA offers an extensive knowledge of quality assurance and quality enhancement in higher education and could present the accreditation processes from the European perspective," explains Professor Dr. Fink.

The event was characterized by a lively interest of the participants and offered an opportunity for an exchange between FIBAA and the representatives of the university. On the part of UNAIR, the course directors, university lecturers and vice-rector Professor Dr. Djoko Santoso attended the event.

"FIBAA was very pleased to have the opportunity to get to know the structure and objectives of UNAIR and to bring European accreditation practice closer to the Indonesian university," sums up Professor Dr. Fink. “Thanks to our observer status at the Asia-Pacific Quality Network (APQN), the Asian-Pacific area is one of FIBAA's key target regions.”

Festive awarding of the Institutional Accreditation seal at the International University of Applied Sciences Bad Honnef

from left to right: Prof. Dr. Bornemeyer (Prorector Teaching Quality). Prof. Dr. Fink (CEO of FIBAA), Prof. Dr. Peter Thuy (Rector of IUBH), Mr. Thorsten Schomann (Quality Management Officer)

FIBAA is more than pleased to announce the successful first institutional accreditation at the International University of Applied Sciences Bad Honnef (IUBH).

The excellent quality management system of the university was confirmed by FIBAA’s expert team according to the criteria of the German Accreditation Council. The institutional accreditation was awarded without any conditions.

The expert team emphasised that in the field of study and teaching all essential accreditation aspects are considered and that all important stakeholders are regularly involved. The IUBH actively lives its culture of quality enhancement.

During a festive ceremony in Bad Honnef, FIBAA’s CEO Professor Dr. Kerstin Fink personally presented the accreditation seal to the IUBH. Professor Dr. Peter Thuy, Rector of the IUBH, Prof. Dr. Claudia Bornemeyer, Prorector in the field of Teaching Quality, as well as other representatives and stakeholders of the IUBH attended the event and were very delighted about the successful system accreditation.

"The excellence of your quality management system and your study programmes is the result of the consistent quality work of your entire team in recent years", Professor Dr. Fink praised in her speech and congratulated all stakeholders who were involved in this accreditation procedure.

Students at the centre of accreditation: FIBAA is the partner of the National Accreditation Agency of the Russian Federation in an Erasmus+ project

From left to right: Prof. Dr. Kerstin Fink (FIBAA CEO), Dr. Lemka Izmaylova (director of the NAA) and Mr. Mikhail Shvetsov (rector of the Mari State University)Prof. Dr. Kerstin Fink, Dr. Lemka Izmaylova and Mr. Mikhail Shvetsov surrounded by the project participants in the head office of FIBAA

In January 2019, the director of the National Accreditation Agency of the Russian Federation (NAA), Dr. Lemka Izmaylova, visited together with the university management and students of Mari State University as well as representatives of the Russian Union of Youth the head office of FIBAA as part of the Erasmus+ – Jean Monnet – Project „European Quality Assurance for Students (EQAS)“.

The aim of this project is gathering, analyzing and disseminating European good practice in involving students in external and internal higher education quality assurance. In the Russian Federation, the interests of students are taken into account through surveys conducted and analysed by independent institutions such as the Russian Union of Youth. One of the purposes of the project is to optimise and to enhance the integration of students in external and internal higher education quality assurance processes.

FIBAA was pleased to present its expertise in systematically involving students at all levels of the accreditation process in the form of a two-day workshop: Beginning with the experts system via on-site visits up to the decision committee - the students are represented at all essential steps of the accreditation process.

The project enabled a very interesting exchange on quality assurance and quality enhancement in the tertiary sector between the two countries. Dr. Lemka Izmaylova, director of the NAA, enriched this exchange with a lecture on current developments in accreditation in the Russian Federation.

"This project once again emphasized that accreditation in the higher education sector promote both quality assurance and, in particular, further quality enhancement. FIBAA is very pleased to be involved in the quality development process of our Russian colleagues and to support them with our expertise," summarized Professor Dr. Kerstin Fink, CEO of FIBAA.

Further co-operations within the framework of Erasmus+ – Jean Monnet – Project “EQAS” are planned for March, May, June and November 2019 in Russia.

Successful Institutional Accreditation at FHDW

Left to right: Georg Herrmann (FHDW’s chancellor), Prof. Dr. Nieland (FHDW’s president), Prof. Dr. Fink (FIBAA’s CEO), Hartmut Klein (vice president for studies and quality assurance), Prof. Dr. Eckhard Koch (vice president for research, development and transfer)

FIBAA is extremely pleased to congratulate the FHDW to its first institutional accreditation.

The successful institutional accreditation distinguishes the excellent quality of FHDW according to the criteria of the German Accreditation Council, which was confirmed by FIBAA’s expert team.

During a festive bestowing ceremony in Paderborn, FIBAA’s CEO Professor Dr. Kerstin Fink personally presented the accreditation seal to the university. Among others, Professor Dr. Stefan Nieland, president of FHDW, Georg Herrmann, FHDW’s chancellor as well as the vice presidents Professor Dr. Eckhard Koch and Hartmut Klein attended the event and were very delighted about the award.

The expert team was particularly pleased with the offer of Bachelor's and Master's programmes, which are also suitable for full-time and part-time working students and whose duality is closely linked to theory and practice.

 "This has great benefits for students, but also for companies: Students thus receive the best professional entry and career opportunities and are optimally prepared for their future professional life," explained Professor Dr. Fink in her speech.

The successful institutional accreditation opens future prospects for further collaboration of FIBAA and FHDW.

Successful Institutional Reaccreditation at FOM University

Prof. Dr. Hermeier, rector of the FOM University, (left) and Prof. Dr. Fink (right) during the festive ceremony © FOM/Tom Schulte

FIBAA is more than pleased to announce the successful institutional reaccreditation at FOM University.

This has been the second time the FOM University was institutionally accredited by FIBAA. The expert team has confirmed the excellent quality of the university’s management system according to the standards of the German Accreditation Council. The team especially acknowledged the increased professional maturity since the last institutional accreditation. The FOM University received the reaccreditation without any conditions.

FIBAA’s CEO Professor Dr. Kerstin Fink personally bestowed the accreditation seal to the FOM University during a festive ceremony in Essen. Numerous representatives and stakeholders, among them Professor Dr. Burghard Hermeier, rector of the FOM University, attended the bestowal event.

In her speech, Professor Dr. Fink congratulated all the representatives who took part in the accreditation procedure and praised the HEI’s focus on employability: “FIBAA and FOM University have many points of contact in this area: The HEI offers study programmes, which  are tailored to the needs of the economy. This is an excellent example of the promotion of employability in higher education.”

Professor Dr. Fink emphasized that the university’s continuously improving quality management system opens future prospects for further successful collaboration of FIBAA and the FOM University.

Festive awarding of two seals: FIBAA Premium Seal and institutional accreditation at Hamburg School of Business Administration

Prof. Dr. Fink (left) presents Prof. Dr. Schmidt-Trenz (right), president of HSBA, the institutional accreditation seal © Jana Tolle

Professor Dr. Fink (left) awarding the FIBAA Premium Seal to Prof. Dr. Oretis Schinas, Head of the MBA programme Shipping, (right) © Jana Tolle

FIBAA is pleased to congratulate the Hamburg School of Business Administration (HSBA) on two successful accreditations.

The successful institutional accreditation distinguishes the excellent quality of HSBA according to the criteria of the German Accreditation Council, which was confirmed by the expert team.

Additionally, FIBAA has conferred its own Premium Seal to the MBA programme Shipping of HSBA. It is the third study programme of HSBA that has been given this special award for a programme’s excellent quality.

In December 2018, FIBAA’s CEO Professor Dr. Fink traveled to the HSBA to personally bestow both seals during a festive ceremony.

Professor Dr. Hans-Jörg Schmidt-Trenz, president of HSBA, Dr. Uve Samuels, HSBA’s CEO as well as the vice-presidents Professor Dr. Goetz Greve and Professor Dr. Inga Schmidt-Ross were very delighted about the double award.

In her speech, Professor Dr. Fink congratulated all the persons, who took part in these accreditation procedures and praised especially the international outlook of HSBA and its promotion of employability.

“Both accreditation seals are very special to FIBAA,” emphasized Professor Dr. Fink, “as they confirm the continuous and remarkable quality assurance and quality enhancement of the institution.”

FIBAA at the XIV Forum of the Russian Expert Guild

On 16th November 2018, FIBAA’s Special Representative Ms. Jana Bekker participated in the XIV forum of the Russian Expert Guild for Professional Education, which is the largest and oldest independent expert pool in Russia. For the first time, the annual All-Russian event with international participation took place in the format of an online forum entitled "International Standards and Modern Approaches to the Assessment of Educational Quality - 2018".

At the invitation of the National Center for Public Accreditation (NCPA), FIBAA's partner agency in Russia, Ms. Bekker presented a lecture on the recent developments in the German accreditation system to around 150 HEI representatives and education experts from various regions of Russia.

“The enhancement of the national accreditation system in Russia is a broadly discussed topic in the academic community, as a reform in this area is planned,” remarks Ms. Bekker. “In this context, the participants were interested in current developments in the German accreditation system.”

The participation in the forum has become a good tradition: FIBAA already participated for the fifth time. This shows both the continuing reliable cooperation with the colleagues from the NCPA and the good connections between FIBAA and the academic expert community in Russia.

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