Background and requirements of the quality audit

The reference point for the quality audit is section 14 of the 2002 Universities Act, which requires all Austrian universities to develop an internal quality assurance system. The purpose of the audit is the assessment of this quality assurance system.

The Act on Quality Assurance specifies the following assessment areas (section 22, para. 2):

  1. quality strategy and its integration into the management tools of the higher education institution;
  2. quality-assurance structures and procedures in the areas of degree programmes and teaching, research or advancement and appreciation of the arts or applied research and development, organisation and administration and staff;
  3. integration of internationalisation and societal objectives into the quality management system;
  4. information systems and involvement of stakeholder groups;
  5. quality-assurance structures and procedures for certificate programmes for further education offered by providers of University of Applied Sciences degree programmes according to § 9 University of Applied Sciences Studies Act as well as certificate programmes for further education that are run jointly in the meaning of § 3, para.2, sub-para 11 of the University of Applied Sciences Studies Act;
  6. quality-assurance structures and procedures for degree programmes for teacher training for schools and elementary educational institutions, in particular for the evaluation of the academic and professional requirements for the provision of degree programmes.

 Audit procedure:

  • The University presents a self-evaluation report on the internal quality assurance system and its effectiveness.
  • An international group of experts carries out the audit.
  • The agency conducting the audit makes a decision.

 The agency conducting the audit decides on the certification:

  • Certification without conditions (including, if applicable, recommendations for a revision/further development of the quality assurance system)
  • Conditional certification (including recommendations, if applicable). If the certification is issued subject to conditions, the University has to make sure that it has fulfilled the conditions at the latest two years after the certification. The certifying agency then has to adopt a follow-up procedure.
  • No certification is issued. If no certification is issued, the University is re-audited by the Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation Austria after two years.

According to the Act on Quality Assurance, the certification is limited to a 7-year period after which the University has to perform a re-audit.


Mag. Dr. Michael Hofer

T: +43-1-4277-18010

Dipl.-Pol. Jürgen Roth

T: +43-1-4277-18005