Liechtenstein

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  • Membership in EQAR
    Liechtenstein has been a Governmental Member of EQAR since February 2008.

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  • General information on higher education

    Liechtenstein’s higher education system includes the University of Liechtenstein, the “International Academy of Philosophy”, the Private University in the Principality of Liechtenstein (UFL) and the Liechtenstein Institute.

     

    In association with a number of Swiss cantons, Liechtenstein is part of the Interstate University of Applied Sciences of Technology in Buchs (NTB) and the University of Applied Sciences for Special Needs Education in Zurich.

     

    Higher education institutions are supervised by the Government and the Office of Education, including those based in Liechtenstein which offer distance learning.

  • National external quality assurance requirements
    • Initial institutional accreditation
      New higher education institution need to be authorised by a decision of the Liechtenstein Government. Accreditation by an EQAR-registered agency (see below) is a pre-condition to receive authorisation. If granted, authorisation is valid indefinitely unless revoked (see Periodic evaluation

    • Initial programme accreditation
      New study programmes need to be authorised by a decision of the Liechtenstein Government. Accreditation by an EQAR-registered agency (see below) is a pre-condition to receive authorisation. If granted, authorisation is valid indefinitely unless revoked. (See Periodic evaluation)

    • Periodic evaluation
      Higher education institutions are required to be evaluated by an EQAR-registered agency (see below) every 6 years. The Liechtenstein Government takes note of the evaluation report.

  • Cross-border quality assurance

    In Liechtenstein higher education institutions may choose a suitable EQAR-registered agency.

    • Eligibility requirements for foreign agencies: Registration on EQAR is sufficient.

    • Conditions for the agencies’ work (e.g. criteria to be used): The agency has to follow the accreditation and quality assurance criteria set out in the Law on Higher Education and the corresponding ordinance. Additional agency-specific criteria may be applied in accordance with the authority. Criteria and procedures must be in line with ESG.

    • Recognition of reviews carried out by foreign agencies: The final decision is taken by the Government based on the result of the evaluation.

    Read more: countries where higher education institutions may choose a suitable EQAR-registered agency

  • European Approach for Quality Assurance of Joint Programmes

    In Liechtenstein the European Approach is available to higher education institutions.

    For the programme accreditation of a joint degrees, higher education may choose an EQAR registered agency using the European Approach.

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  • Further information

Registered agencies operating in Liechtenstein