“High-quality output recognised by the international community”

Research Quality Assurance at the ECIU Universities

ECIU partners are all research-intensive universities, with high-quality output recognised by the international community.
The research quality at participating universities is assessed periodically, following applicable established procedures and guidelines. Examples of such research quality assessments are described next.

ECIU Universities

University of Twente (UT)
Every six years, an international peer review committee carries out  assessments of research, following the Standard Evaluation Protocol (SEP 2015-2021) drawn up by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research and the Association of Universities in the Netherlands. Assessment (published online) is based on: research quality, relevance to society, viability, quality of PhD programmes, and research integrity.

University of Aveiro (UAVR)
Scientific research is regularly evaluated by the Portuguese National Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT), with periodic assessments by an independent panel of internationally recognized experts that evaluate the research units of the University. Annually, each research center prepares a report in accordance with the FCT guidelines, which includes the collection of performance indicators at the level of R&D activities, training and technology valuation.

 Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB)
An Internal Quality Assurance System has been designed for constant revision and improvement of research. It follows the directives from the Catalan University Quality Assurance Agency, the Spanish National Agency for Quality Assessment and Accreditation and the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education.

 Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH)
Advice on structure and developments of HE and research is provided by qualified national institutions (e.g. German Council of Science and Humanities). TUHH quality assurance statutes state that research projects financed by third party are assessed directly by the peer review-systems of funder. Central research funds within research departments are allocated with involvement of  internal and external experts, who assist in securing quality and high standards of plans.

 Kaunas University of Technology (KTU)
The Quality Management System is implemented and continuously improved based on the CAF, the European Quality Management Fund's Perfection Model, and the European Higher Education Quality Assurance Provisions and Guidelines. The Quality Committee of KTU Senate’s, in addition to monitoring and improving the quality system of the University, also conducts monitoring of studies, research and supporting processes in terms of quality assurance.

University of Stavanger (UiS)
At UiS, a Research Committee coordinates and manages common institutional rules and procedures and supervises the quality assurance of research.

Aalborg University (AAU)
Academic Councils at each faculty comment on academic matters of major importance, and discuss academic issues presented by Principal and Dean. The Academic Council for the Technical Faculty of IT and Design and the Academic Council for the Faculty of Engineering and Science have the responsibility to develop and maintain a high academic standard at the two faculties. Also selected Departments have periodic assessments by independent panels of internationally recognised experts.

Linköping University (LIU)
The Quality Assurance System includes focus on policies and strategies for sustaining and developing quality of research and societal impact. Quality system is periodically reviewed by the Swedish Higher Education Authority. The Innovation Agency of Sweden (Vinnova) evaluates role and impact of national HEIs interaction with society. 2016 LIU was considered to have “well advanced valorisation strategy with excellent impact”, and was rated top Swedish university in this respect.

Tecnológico de Monterrey (ITESM)
Evaluation of the research quality assesses quantitative measures (Essential Research Indicators and Special Innovation Indicators) and qualitative aspects (peer review analysis of research performance). Examples of assessment aspects are the number of incubation projects for launching spin-off and start-up companies; level of alignment of the research to the institutional mission; focus of the research in a sustained way.

Dublin City University (DCU)
Multiple support mechanisms for assurance of research quality are in place. They focus on ensuring research is carried out to exacting standards, and that appropriate knowledge management measures are in place to ensure continuity and retention of key IP, during and beyond the lifetime of funded programmes. Amongst specific measures is the regular review of progress against both scientific and (where relevant) commercial milestones by a Research Centre-specific executive committee.

Tampere University (TU)
The Quality Assurance System focuses on policies and procedures for maintaining and developing quality of research and societal impact. Every six years, an external evaluation of the research Quality Assurance System is run by the Finnish Education Evaluation Centre. An international Research Assessment Exercise every six years ensures quality assurance of research meets international standards.