Quality Assurance on the Road: Finland and Austria in Comparison

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Author(s)Andrea Bernhard
The ongoing necessity of quality and quality assurance in the whole Bologna Process remains one of the main issues for European policy makers. The aim to create comparable systems to guarantee quality within higher education systems are the reasons for national developments and their eagerness to reform. The situation in two relatively small European countries, Austria and Finland, are in the centre of discussion and shall exemplify different ways to cope with international developments and the need to establish a comprehensive quality assurance system. How do these countries cope with the pressure to compete with the global higher education
market? Is their system of quality assurance in line with the European mainstream to create a European Higher Education Area? The purpose of this paper is to give a broad view on the quality assurance systems of Finland and Austria and to deal with current issues in national policies.
CategoriesQuality of HE » 2008 3rd EQAF