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Swiss quality label for further education institutions

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Abbreviation  EduQua
Region served  CH
Location  Zürich
Website  EduQua
Legal status  Non-profit organisation
Purpose  Responsible for academic quality and standards in Swiss education

Swiss quality label for further education institutions (EduQua) (in German: Schweizerisches Qualitätszertifikat für Weiterbildungsinstitutionen "EduQua" ), the first Swiss quality label geared towards adult continuing education was established, eduQua is made up of over 1000 schools, institution and academies in all of Switzerland. EduQua is an accreditation body recognized and supported by the Swiss Confederate Government; it’s the first quality certification for public and private educational institutions in Switzerland. EduQua is the premier quality assurance accreditation scheme for continuing education (can be general education, further education, professional education).

The Swiss Conference of Cantonal Ministers of Education (EDK) endorses eduQua as an officially recognized quality assurance scheme. EDK highly recommends the institution of higher education accredited by eduQua. In more and more cantons, the certification is a requirement for public funding. The State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) also endorses EduQua.

EduQua Vs. ISO Vs. EFQM

EduQua a copy of ISO and a variant of ISO certification focuses mainly on smaller schools in Switzerland where ISO is usually for larger organizations. The Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research since 1996 endorses ISO 9001 as an officially recognized quality assurance scheme for education. Swiss Authorities accept EduQua, ISO or EFQM (EFQM is European Quality Similar to Swiss Eduqua) as National Quality for Education in Switzerland.

References

Swiss quality label for further education institutions Wikipedia


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