National Audits

In Finland, legislation requires higher education institutions to regularly perform external evaluations of their operations and quality systems and to publish the results of such evaluations. Higher education institutions have fulfilled their statutory obligation by participating in audits conducted by the Finnish Higher Education Evaluation Council (FINHEEC) since autumn 2005.  

FINHEEC is the national higher education quality assurance agency in Finland. It is also included in the register of recognised European quality assessors. The goal of the Finnish audit model is to support higher education institutions in developing their quality systems to correspond to the European quality assurance principles. The aim is also to create a strong quality culture in Finnish higher education institutions with the principles of transparency and publicity of the system.

The audits of the University of Turku and Turku School of Economics were carried out in 2008. The Finnish Higher Education Evaluation Council decided at its meeting on 16 October 2008 that the University of Turku fulfils the criteria set for the quality assurance system and for the quality assurance of the basic missions. The audit will be valid for six years, i.e. until 16 October 2014. Turku School of Economics passed the audit on 18 February 2009 and the audit is thus valid until 18 February 2015.

FINHEEC started a second round of audits in 2011. The preliminary plan is that the audit of the University of Turku will be carried out by FINHEEC in 20142015. The Higher Education Evaluation Committee of the Finnish Education Evaluation Centre (FINEEC) decided on the audit of the University's quality assurance system and requires that three targets are re-audited.  The Committee approved most of the audit targets by evaluating them as developing, which is the second highest stage, and two targets were evaluated as advanced, which is the highest. ​

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Finnish Education Evaluation Centre

European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA)

Keywords: taloushallinto;
Tags: quality assurance;

20014 Turun yliopisto, Finland
Tel. +358 29 450 5000

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