The objective of the quality strategy of the University of Bern is to optimize quality assurance and development measures (QAD). This establishes the requirements and guidelines for institutional accreditation and further develops the quality management system in a sustainable way.
Fundamental aspects of quality strategy are implementing core university tasks, freedom of teaching and research, and university autonomy. Guiding principles, objectives, and action areas for the entire QAD sector and accreditation are established as part of the quality strategy on the basis of applicable documents.
The actual 2018 – 2021 Quality Strategy is based on:
- Performance mandate for the University of Bern from the Cantonal Government for 2018 – 2021
- 2021 Strategy
- Mission statement of the University of Bern
- 2013/14 Quality audit
Based on the 2021 strategy, the quality standards for institutional accreditation (Guidelines of the University Council for Accreditation in the Higher Education Sector/ Accreditation Guidelines [HEdA]), and the way that the University of Bern sees itself, a structure was developed that identifies the individual areas of the University affected by QAD.
In order to implement the Quality Strategy 2018 – 2021, a University Action Plan has been developed in cooperation with the AKKRED Accreditation working committee. The aim is to establish the University quality system, together with the visualization of all University measures that contribute to the assurance of high-quality achievements and their continuous development. The measures are based on guiding principles, objectives and fields of action of the Quality Strategy 2018 – 2021 and thus on existing documents relevant to quality of the University of Bern.
The measures listed in the University Action Plan, which apply to the faculties, are implemented in Faculty action plans. The aim is to make visible all Faculty- and Center-specific measures that contribute to quality assurance and development as well as to the development of the University itself.