Accreditation at the Nürtingen-Geislingen University

Through the implementation of a system accreditation, the university’s quality management system is certified. Very high standards are applied in this process. Checks are carried out to ascertain that all the formal requirements for the bachelor’s and master’s programs are adhered to. Evidence must be provided that all the internal structures and processes guarantee a high quality in the programs and that a systematic procedure is in place which is used to continuously evaluate and develop the degree programs on offer.

System accreditation is a very complex procedure that demands high standards from the whole university. One of the rewards is the autonomy the university gains. Another one is that the university as an institution commits itself to high quality standards and systematically strives to achieve them.

The AQAS accreditation committee has granted system accreditation to Nürtingen-Geislingen University on 13 November 2013 and awarded the accreditation council’s seal.

Nürtingen-Geislingen University has therefore successfully completed the system accreditation process. Having been awarded system accreditation, the University is now entitled to accredit its own degree programs provided all the relevant legal requirements are adhered to, and to award these programs with the accreditation council’s seal.

In Germany, Nürtingen-Geislingen is the fifteenth university of applied sciences to be system accredited. In Baden-Württemberg it is in 4th place.

In 2021, Nürtingen-Geislingen University, together with Hochschule der Medien Stuttgart (HdM) and Furtwangen University (HFU), applied for the alternative procedure. This procedure provides for the quality management systems of the participating universities to be monitored, assessed and further developed by independent quality advisory boards during the entire accreditation period. Together with its partners, HfWU is thus embarking on a new approach to quality assurance that is unique in Germany.

In 2023, HfWU successfully completed the system accreditation in the alternative procedure and was awarded the seal of the Accreditation Council. This means that the university's own system for quality assurance in teaching and learning has once again been certified.

On the website of the Accreditation Council you will find further information on the alternative procedure:

www.akkreditierungsrat.de/en/accreditation-system/alternative-procedures/alternative-procedures