Universities in Switzerland are institutionally accredited according to the requirements of the federal Higher Education Act (HEdA), as part of a process that monitors university quality assurance systems. Accreditation encompasses both the right to be designated a “university” and access by these universities to federal and intercantonal subsidies.
The University of Basel conducted quality audits in 2007/2008 and 2013/2014 in accordance with the quality assurance guidelines of the former Swiss University Conference (SUC). The final report of the last quality audit was published in 2014 by OAQ, the accreditation and quality assurance body at the time.
In 2021/2022, the University of Basel will conduct its first institutional accreditation procedure in accordance with the new provisions of the 2015 Higher Education Act (HEdA) and the associated accreditation guidelines. The process was launched on 20 August 2019. The site visit by the international group of experts will take place from 4 to 6 April 2022, and the accreditation decision will be made by the Swiss Accreditation Council on 23 September 2022.
The procedure will be carried out by the Swiss Agency of Accreditation and Quality Assurance (AAQ); the Quality Development team of the General Secretariat is responsible for coordination on the university side.