The Aragon Agency for Quality Assurance and Strategic Foresight in Higher Education, ACPUA, is the official agency for the evaluation of higher education in the Autonomous Community of Aragon (Spain). It was created in 2005 by Law 5/2005, of June 14, on the Regulation of the University System of Aragon. It has the aim of "promoting the quality of the University System of Aragon favouring its relationship with the business and labour world, and with the whole of the society." Through its activity, it promotes and disseminates a quality culture in the field of higher education in Aragon, fostering "the exchange of experiences with other university systems".
Its legal status is that of an autonomous body (public law entity), with own legal personality and its own assets and capacity to attain its objectives. It performs its functions objectively, impartially and independently, recognised and guaranteed by law. It is governed by its own bylaws, approved in 2006 (Estatutos, Decree 239/2006, of 4th December).
ACPUA has the aim of guaranteeing and promoting the quality of the university system of Aragon. Therefore, the agency performs technical evaluation, certification and accreditation tasks. This public service activity is completed with study and foresight tasks and activities to promote a quality educational culture of higher education in Aragon.
The ACPUA can by law provide its evaluation services outside the Autonomous Community of Aragon as well as in the private sector. The ACPUA is listed on the EQAR and can carry out programmes and institutional evaluation under the existing legislation.
Mission and Vision
The mission of the Aragon Agency for Quality Assurance and Strategic Foresight in Higher Education - ACPUA is to assure and promote the quality of the University System of Aragon. Part of this aim is the development of useful links between the university, the social-productive areas, the institutional decision-making bodies and the society of Aragon as a whole, as well as the promotion of the exchange of experience, not only with other national and international university systems but also with other educational levels (secondary education, vocational training, etc.).
In order to achieve this mission, the ACPUA mainly develops technical quality assurance activities, such as evaluation, assessment, certification and accreditation tasks. This public service is complemented with prospective and research tasks, as well as to promoting activities to strengthen a culture in higher education within the region.
Our vision at the ACPUA is to be an agile and efficient agency, indispensable in Aragon thanks to the professsionalism and good operation of its activity. By contributing with the quality assurance added value, we want to be an essential reference for all institutions and agents with education responsibilities in the region. Furthermore, the ACPUA works towards the concept of an open regional entity: been a qualified agency outside Aragon and a recognized actor within the European Higher Education Area.
To achieve this vision, the ACPUA must abide in all its procedures and processes by the European Standards and Guidelines (ESG). With transparency, independence of judgement and commitment towards accountability we sustain reflection, ongoing enhancement and creativity.
- Independence, autonomy and objectivity.
- Social responsibility and transparency assuring public access to reliable, timely, clear and precise information.
- The establishment of internal and external quality assurance mechanisms for the continuous improvement of the processes in order to ensure their effectiveness and efficiency.
- The development of relations with all the groups of interest (university, administration, business world, society of Aragón) by promoting dialogue to ensure their satisfaction.
- The promotion of the students participation in the Agency's activity and in the quality assurance processes.
- The cooperation with agencies and national and international higher education networks.
- The commitment to a high-quality work on behalf of the Agency's staff and its collaborators, associated to professionalism and honesty.
- Teamwork based on respect and cooperation to achieve the best work environment.
Antonio Serrano González, Director
+34 976713395, firstname.lastname@example.org
Raquel Gadea Mallada, Executive Assistant
+34 976713395, email@example.com
Ana Isabel Ortega Pardos
Quality Technical Coordinator, +34 976713375, firstname.lastname@example.org
Nacho Lozano Martínez
Quality Technician (teaching), +34 976713398, email@example.com
Eva M.ª Sánchez Gómez
Quality technician (internationalisation), +34 976713398, firstname.lastname@example.org
Natalia Martínez Moros
Quality Technician (research, innovation and prospective), +34 976713398, email@example.com
Ana Clemente Romeo
Administration Assistant, +34 976713399, firstname.lastname@example.org
Esteban Blasco Gamarra
Administration Manager, +34 976713394, email@example.com
Miriam Alda Sebastián
Administrative Officer, +34 976713386, firstname.lastname@example.org