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Quality assurance and development is a participatory approach and makes up a culture embodied by the entire University. All areas of the University of Bern are evaluated on a regular basis. The objective is to continuously optimize how every aspect of the university performs regarding this matter and to develop a holistic culture of quality that simultaneously respects the characteristics of different teaching and research cultures.

QAD booklet of the University of Bern

Quality assurance and development (QAD) allows the university to reflect on its performance and to systematically improve and develop it. So as to improve quality on a continuous basis, the University follows the procedures of a management loop system, as is described under Governance. The objective of the Quality Strategy of the University of Bern is to optimize QAD measures.

QAD in the Faculties

All Faculties have their own QAD guidelines based on the overarching QAD guidelines for the core University tasks of teaching, research, continuing education and services, allowing them to meet the needs and requirements specific to their disciplines.

Additional quality requirements apply to the Faculty of Medicine and the Vetsuisse Faculty as educational institutions for doctors and veterinarians:

Furthermore, other degree programs are externally accredited, especially further training programs.

QAD for central administration

The QAD guidelines for the University central administration have been implemented in 2021. The various units of the central administration report to the AKKRED Accreditation working committee on their main services rendered and the related measures defined in the University action plan. Approximately every four years, the units additionally conduct small self-assessments, which help them to analyse and evaluate their services. The university's processes are represented centrally (only accessible internally) and are monitored and adjusted internally on an annual basis.