Hellenic Quality Assurance and Accreditation Agency

The Hellenic Quality Assurance and Accreditation Agency (HQA) was established by Law 3374/2005. It is the supervisory and coordinating agency of the quality assurance framework applied in Hellenic Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). Its mission is to assure high quality in higher education.

It is an independent institutional body whose goal is to establish and implement a uniform quality assurance system to be used as a reference system for the work and achievements of HEIs. Law Νο 4009/2011 gave the HQA additional responsibilities, particularly in relation to the accreditation of quality of internal quality assurance systems and programmes of study.

The HQA:

  • Accredits quality in relation to the operation of HEIs in terms of both internal quality assurance systems and programmes of study.
  • Guarantees the transparency of its actions within the framework of the evaluation process and the accreditation of HEIs.
  • Collects and codifies all essential information that will allow the State to effectively support higher education.
  • Collaborates with and supports HEIs in their efforts to assure quality in higher education.