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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, manage institutional change and enhance quality.

IEP has provided external institutional evaluation services to higher education institutions in the context of their own aims and profiles since 1994. To date, IEP evaluation teams have carried out around 380 evaluations and follow-up evaluations of diverse higher education institutions in 45 countries worldwide. On request of local stakeholders in higher education (ministries, national rectors’ conferences, NGOs), IEP also conducts coordinated evaluations at the national or regional level.

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).

20 years of IEP

Recently, IEP celebrated its 20th anniversary. To mark this milestone:

  • IEP produced an anniversary publication, entitled “A twenty-year contribution to institutional change: EUA’s Institutional Evaluation Programme”. It brings together a series of papers and articles that have been provided by a panel of authors who have been involved with the Programme over the last two decades.
  • IEP organised an event “The Institutional Evaluation Programme at twenty”, which took place on 18 September at the Representation of the State North Rhine-Westphalia to the EU in Brussels. More information and the programme are available here.


Download the Institutional Evaluation Programme information brochure (2012)