QANU contributes to the further improvement of the quality of scientific education and research in the Netherlands by organising and coordinating assessments by peers of scientific degree and research programmes on behalf of universities and other institutions and by conducting other activities in the area of quality assurance. QANU also utilises its expertise and experience in European and international projects and networks within scientific education and research and within other sectors outside scientific education and research.
Elaboration of the mission
QANU conducts activities in the field of external quality assurance in higher education and research, commissioned by universities in the Netherlands: QANU organises and co-ordinates assessments of degree programmes and research programmes on the basis of formal frameworks established by the relevant authorities. QANU thus contributes to maintaining and further improving the quality of scientific education and research in the Netherlands and has, on the basis of its experience and expertise, a role and a position of its own in the system of external quality assurance in the Netherlands.
QANU works with committees of peers, experts in a discipline who are in a position to provide a substantive assessment of a degree programme or a research programme. In QANUs view, the system of external quality assurance aims both at accounting for results obtained and at further improving the quality of programmes. QANU preferably assesses clusters of degree or research programmes. As a result, QANU's assessments make it possible to look at a degree or research programme from a wider perspective and to identify examples of best practices. QANU is an independent organisation that fulfils requirements with respect to independence and integrity, both at a national and at a European and international level.
QANU has experience and expertise that is not just useful and relevant for scientific education and research in the Netherlands. QANU aims at using its expertise and experience in European and international projects and networks as well as in other sectors outside scientific education and research.
QANU is full member of ENQA, the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education, and is in a process to be included in EQAR, the European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education.