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A crucial green light for the University of Neuchâtel

Green light for the University of Neuchâtel: after almost two years of procedure, it obtained its institutional accreditation, we learn this Wednesday, October 27.

“Provided for by federal legislation, this procedure for evaluating universities and colleges has a crucial impact,” said the University in a press release. “Receiving accreditation is necessary in order to be entitled to the designation ‘University’ (or ‘Haute école’) and therefore to be able to issue recognized titles. Accreditation is also a condition for claiming federal and cantonal contributions. ”

“Long-term” work

This “long-term” work mobilized representatives of all the faculties, services and bodies constituting the university community – students, professors, members of the intermediate body and administrative staff.

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Other actors also contributed to this result. The Swiss Accreditation Council issued its accreditation decision, based on the expert assessment report, the University’s position paper and the Swiss Insurance Agency’s accreditation proposal. quality and accreditation.

Valid for 7 years

Federal accreditation is valid for 7 years and no condition obliges the institution to review fundamental points of its quality assurance system.

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This means that the institution has adopted evaluation instruments recognized in the seven pillars on which accreditation is based: teaching, research and service, as well as the qualification of its staff, conditions of ‘effective admission, leadership and organization, participation of community members, equal opportunities between women and men, sustainable development and monitoring of the fulfillment of its mandate.

“With this decision, the University of Neuchâtel is one of the first universities to successfully complete this procedure introduced in the new federal law on higher education institutions,” she says.

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