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Accreditation and re-accreditation

A total of 150 degree programmes, i.e. almost all Bachelor, Master and PhD degree programmes, have currently successfully been accredited or re-accredited at the University of Göttingen.

In accordance with §6 of the Higher Education Legal Framework for Lower Saxony, accreditation is required by law for every degree programme and every substantial change to a degree programme in Lower Saxony. Accreditation is a quality assessment tool used to determine whether degree programmes fulfil minimal qualitative requirements according to defined, internationally compatible standards.

Accreditation: Binding national standards and procedures

The Accreditation Council was founded in order to implement accreditation, with the remit, above all, of accrediting accreditation agencies and setting binding standards for accreditation criteria and procedures at the national level. The agencies carry out these accreditation procedures and award the Accreditation Council quality seal. In this context, accreditation can refer to the internal quality assurance system of a university (system accreditation) or individual degree programmes (programme accreditation). Some of the key assessment criteria in these procedures undertaken by a group of independent experts are

  • Conception, organisation and feasibility of the degree programme offered

  • Existence of teaching resources of a suitable quality and quantity

  • Teaching quality assurance

Accredited status is typically awarded for a limited period of five years; after that, re-assessment of the criteria through a re-accreditation procedure is required.

Services offered by the Department for Academic Programme Development and Quality Management

The Department for Academic Programme Development and Quality Management supports the faculties in the planning and initiation of the accreditation and/or re-accreditation procedures, the preparation of the application as well as in the evaluation phase. Detailed information on the procedural stages can be found here