The ACPUA + Society Programme arose from the need to comply with the recommendations made by the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA) to the Agency in its evaluation process in 2016. During ENQA's last Progress Visit, we had the opportunity to review the Agency's compliance with the "Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area (ESG)" and we understood that it was necessary to strengthen the participation of our stakeholders in ACPUA's processes, committees and activities. As a result of this meta-evaluation we are working on an ambitious and global programme that involves the society of Aragon in the framework of ACPUA.
One of the main objectives of ACPUA is to promote the improvement of the quality of the university system in Aragon and the dissemination of a culture of quality. The Agency considers that the regular holding of seminars for reflection and debate on university quality is a useful, new and timely way of achieving this objective. Therefore, since 2012, our monthly seminars offer a space for dialogue, an interdisciplinary meeting place and exchange of knowledge, methods and experiences between teachers, students, quality technicians, professionals, researchers, etc..
As quality is today a global concept, in 2015 the cycle of ACPUA Seminars aims to bring to Aragon new developments, perspectives and proposals for collaboration that come from three continents.
Access the history of events and activities to disseminate the Culture of Quality in Higher Education.
Dialog with stakeholders
Since its creation, the ACPUA has strengthened and intensified relations with all stakeholders and devised working together formulas to organize events or undertake projects with important institutions and social agents such as:
- the Academia General Militar (the most important military training centre in Spain, located in Zaragoza): ACPUA/CUD seminar, in collaboration with the General Military Academy Quality in the Defence University Centres. The ACPUA actively promotes dialogue and the exchange of experiences on issues related to university quality through the organisation of different activities and events of its own, such as workshops or conferences in which professionals with national and international academic and management experience attend and participate.
- the Aragon Institute of Statistics. Among others, the ACPUA actively collaborates in studies such as the Labour Market Insertion Survey.
- the Confederation of Employers of Aragon (CREA). Collaboration in the elaboration of the Report on young people in Aragón 2014. The conclusions on the collective in the Autonomous Community, based on data collected through surveys, discussion groups and personal interviews, were complemented with the compilation and analysis of existing reports and studies on training and employment, especially those that have an impact on the situation of children under 25 years of age.
- the Aragon Employment Institute.
- the National Statistics Institute (INE). The ACPUA has collaborated in the elaboration of the Survey of labour insertion of the graduates in Aragon.
- the Economic and Social Council of Aragon.
- professional associations
- teachers' unions
Corporate Social Responsibility
The ACPUA requires all its members and collaborators to perform their duties in accordance with the highest ethical standards, as well as the highest levels of professionalism and integrity.
Likewise, the maintenance of an adequate working environment and mutual cooperation in the exercise of its activities, as well as the guarantee of attitudes of tolerance and non-discrimination in all circumstances, is an absolute priority for the ACPUA. ACPUA's commitment to these principles is embodied in the Agency's adherence to the Luxembourg Declaration and the Global Compact on Business Sustainability.
GLOBAL COMPACT INICIATIVA
ACPUA is part of the UN Global Compact initiative. The GCI is a strategic policy initiative for organizations that are committed to aligning their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption.
ACPUA aknowledges the need to collaborate and partner with the United Nations and other partners to.wants to ensure that society advance towards a a sustainable and inclusive global economy which delivers lasting benefits to people, communities, and societies. The Global Compact also incorporates a transparency and accountability policy: the Communication on Progress (COP). As a member of the Global Compact initiative, ACPUA will from now post a bi annual COP to demonstrate its commitment to the UN Global Compact and its ten principles in the areas of Human Rights, Labour, Environment and Anti-Corruption.
ACPUA officially supports and applies the Luxembourg Declaration on Workplace Health Promotion in the European Union and is committed to respecting and promoting the principles set out in the “Luxembourg Declaration for Workplace Health Promotion in the European Union”on occupational health and safety services.
With this document, ACPUA wants to summarize its commitment and activities in the area of corporate social responsibility.
This Sustainability Report has been created according to the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)) Framework, following the G4 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines and its procedures for accountability and indicators to measure and publish economic, environmental and social activities and impact.