- European Higher Education Area - EHEA
Governmental membershipHoly See is not a Governmental Member of EQAR.
General information on higher education
The Holy See’s higher education system fals into two broad categories:
- Ecclesiastical Institutions (i.e. universities, faculties, athenaeums) that are governed by Apostolic Constitution “Sapientia Christiana” and the Code of Canon Law 807-821'. Freestanding ecclesiastical institutions have the power to confer academic degrees under authority of the Holy See.
- Catholic Universities and Faculties that are governed by the Apostolic Constitution “Ex corde ecclesiae”. These institutions award degrees in accordance with the national laws and regulations in force in the countries in which they are placed.
The body of the Holy See that is entrusted with the authority to govern and coordinate training and higher education is the Congregation for Catholic Education.
The establishment of Catholic Universities and Facultiesand is overseen by the Episcopal Conferences.
National external quality assurance requirements
Institutional and programme evaluation.
EHEA key commitment
Partially aligned with the ESG
A fully functioning quality assurance system is in operation nationwide but only some higher education institutions are subject to regular external quality assurance by an agency that has successfully demonstrated compliance with the ESG through registration on EQAR
Cross-border quality assurance
Not recognising foreign agencies as part of the national external QA requirements
European Approach for Quality Assurance of Joint Programmes
European Approach not available to higher education institutions
- The European Approach is not available to higher education institutions in the country.
Registered agencies operating in Holy See
No registered agencies operating in Holy See.