Institutional accreditation

Institutional accreditation is mandatory according to the Federal Act
on Funding and Coordination of the Swiss Higher Education Sector (Higher Education Act, HEdA). The standards for institutional accreditation are established by the Swiss Agency of Accreditation and Quality Assurance (AAQ). They apply to all institutions wishing to use the title of university in Switzerland and to receive federal funding. 

The institutional accreditation is composed of 3 stages:

  1. Self-assessment stage (launched 19.1.2021, conference link)
  2. Expert visit (scheduled for 6-8 December 2021)
  3. Decision of the Swiss Accreditation Council (expected in June 2022)

The preparatory work is entrusted to the General Secretariat and the Steering Committee, mandated by the EPFL Management.