Higher education institutions today face a number of challenges as they strive to fulfil their critical role in society. These include increased autonomy, competition for staff and students, internationalisation, declining public investment, additional activities and curriculum reforms. The Institutional Evaluation Programme (IEP) offers institutions support as they face these challenges, develop their strategic leadership and capacity to manage change, through a process of voluntary institutional evaluations.

Created in 1994, IEP ensures that higher education institutions gain maximum benefit from a comprehensive evaluation conducted by a team of experienced higher education leaders. To date, IEP evaluation teams have carried out nearly to 400 evaluations and follow-up evaluations of diverse higher education institutions in 45 countries worldwide. Upon request, IEP also conducts coordinated evaluations at the national or regional level. These are usually commissioned by ministries, national rectors’ conferences or NGOs.

The Institutional Evaluation Programme (IEP) is an independent membership service of the European University Association (EUA). IEP is a full member of ENQA (the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education) and is listed in EQAR (the European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education).


Download the Institutional Evaluation Programme information brochure (2015)