FIBAA is led by a new Managing Director

Mag.a Diane Freiberger, MBA
(Managing Director of FIBAA)

Since May 1, 2020, Mag.a Diane Freiberger (MBA) is the new Managing Director of FIBAA and replaces Prof. Dr. Kerstin Fink.

FIBAA could attract an experienced and strong leadership personality for its management. Mag.a Diane Freiberger has been working in the higher education sector for almost 20 years and has spent 10 years working on quality assurance. As Vice Rector at the University of Applied Sciences Kufstein Tirol, she was particularly responsible for the area of quality in studies and teaching and was also Head of Programme and Quality Management at the Business School.

Her academic education biography began with a master's degree at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. She then taught for nine years at the Catholic Foundation Academy for Social Pedagogy, Munich. After completing an additional qualification as a PR specialist at the Bavarian Academy for Advertising and Communication in 2000, Mag.a Diane Freiberger worked for seven years in the field of marketing and public relations in the private sector. Finally, she decided to return to the higher education area, where she has been active in University Management since 2007. In 2011, Mag.a Diane Freiberger completed the Master of Business Administration (MBA) at the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg.

The new Managing Director of FIBAA has valuable experience in the field of accreditation from various perspectives. In the course of her professional career she worked at the Austrian quality assurance agency AQA Austria and was responsible for project management for national and international institutional evaluations, audits and programme accreditations. As a quality manager, she built up the internal process and quality management at the University of applied sciences Kufstein Tirol and subsequently, as Vice Rector, successfully led the University through external audits and accreditation of study programmes. As a scientific assessor in institutional accreditation procedures, she is also familiar with the perspective of peer review experts.

Her profound and cross-sectoral knowledge and experience in quality development in higher education and the multi-perspective of internal and external quality assurance is a profitable enrichment for FIBAA. With her broad-based leadership experience, outstanding management skills and her expertise in national and international higher education policy developments, Mag.a. Diane Freiberger (MBA) will continue FIBAA's success together with the FIBAA team, the Accreditation Committee members, the clients and the Foundation Board, and will continue to shape it in an innovative and future-oriented way.

Expert training: Webinar on system accreditation

Ms. Estefanía Guzmán (Division Manager for Institutional Procedures in the German-speaking area) and Dr. Tino Shahin (Division Manager for Expert Management)

FIBAA again chose the digital way to train its experts and has held a webinar on system accreditation procedures according to the requirements of the Accreditation Council in March 2020.

The online event was aimed at experts who work for FIBAA within the scope of system accreditation procedures.

Ms. Estefanía Guzmán (Division Manager for Institutional Procedures in the German-speaking area) informed the participants about the legal basis of the procedure and addressed in particular the Interstate Agreement on Accreditation, the Specimen Law Regulation and the country-specific regulations. She also explained the procedure and highlighted individual relevant evaluation criteria. Dr. Tino Shahin (Division Manager for Expert Management) informed the participants about the formal requirements of the expert activity as well as the composition of the expert committees in accordance with the guidelines of the German Rectors' Conference. The webinar chat enabled participants to ask questions and discuss among themselves.

The webinar met with a good response and provided an interactive platform for the exchange between FIBAA and experts from science and practice. It is an important concern of FIBAA to prepare them in the best possible way for the accreditation procedures and to inform them about all current developments in the accreditation area.

FIBAA Premium Seal goes to the Egyptian Arab Academy for Science and Technology and Maritime Transport

From left to right: Prof. Dr. Khaled El Sakty (CITL Dean), Prof. Ismail Abdel Ghafar Ismail Farag (AASTMT President) and Dr. Heinz-Ulrich Schmidt (FIBAA Special Representative)

In February 2020 FIBAA Special Representative Dr. Heinz-Ulrich Schmidt travelled to Cairo in order to ceremonially bestow the FIBAA Premium Seal to the Arab Academy for Science and Technology and Maritime Transport (AASTMT) for the Bachelor programme "Trade Logistics and International Transport Management", which belongs to the College of International Transport and Logistics (CITL) of the AASTMT.

The FIBAA expert team reviewed the programme in summer 2019 and was able to identify a number of criteria that exceed the quality requirements. The experts were particularly impressed by the academic level of the programme, the employability of the graduates and the promotion of personal development and civil engagement of the students. The students are thus offered an excellent education that optimally prepares them for their professional career. Overall, a large number of indicators showed the quality culture lived at CITL, which is supported and promoted by all departments.

FIBAA is the only accreditation agency that awards a Premium Seal for programme accreditation. It highlights study programmes which, due to their own motivation, are characterised by outstanding performance.

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