Quality Management System in Teaching and Learning


Quality assurance in learning and teaching is a central concern of RWTH Aachen. It is crucial to define, develop, and ensure quality objectives.



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The Teaching Quality Management System Project

The goal of the project is to further develop the quality management system in learning and teaching at RWTH Aachen. Vice-Rector for Teaching, Professor Aloys Krieg and Division 6.2 Teaching are heading the project. The project also receives technical support from the Chair of Quality Management with Professor Robert Schmitt. The is assumed by a superior working group, in which the expert and interest groups from each faculty are represented.

At the beginning of the project, joint quality objectives for excellent teaching were defined and agreed upon in a inter-faculty development process. The objects are in accordance with RWTH Aachen's existing strategy. In the next step these objectives will be further developed using criteria and made measurable.

Why is a quality management system for the area learning and teaching necessary?

Reasons for why quality in learning and teaching is particularly current topic include the quick social change that demands fast adaptability from all institutions, education expansion in combination with increasing social diversity, and last but not least, the Bologna Process, which emphasizes quality and quality assurance in higher education as an indispensable foundation for renewal processes and the internationalization of university systems in Europe.

In order to do the demands of the Bologna Reform justice, TU9 recommends that universities create and and continuously futher develop a comprehensive QM system.

Furthermore, suitable steering processes and principles regarding decision skills, responsibilities, and processes should be applied.


Quality Assurance

RWTH Aachen seeks to continually enhance quality management in teaching and learning. This is necessary as rapid demographic change, higher education expansion in combination with increasing societal diversity, and the objectives of the Bologna process require increased adaptability of higher education instutions.


System Accreditation

RWTH is currently in the process of a system accreditation for its internal quality assurance system in teaching and learning. Relevant structures and processes are reviewed to see if qualification objectives are being reached and if the quality of courses of study can be ensured based on the European Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in Higher Education or ESG, the guidelines of the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs, KMK for short, and criteria determined by the Accreditation Council.

To be accredited, RWTH submitted a proposal to be admitted to the accreditation process and subsequently a comprehensive self-evaluation to the Swiss Agency for Accreditation and Quality Assurance, AAQ, in 2017. Two inspections were conducted by an international team of reviewers. The first inspection took place on October 5, 2017, the second one from April 25 to 27, 2018.

Positive system accreditation certifies that the University’s quality assurance system in teaching and learning is suitable for attaining its quality objectives and ensuring quality standards in the courses of study. Courses of study are accredited when they are established or reviewed by internal quality assurance steps in accordance with the accreditation system. (Accreditation Council’s criteria for system accreditation 20/2013)


February 5, 2015 Further Developing Teaching Together
February 6, 2014 Senate: Positive Vote for Quality Objectives in Learning and Teaching
October 29, 2013 Simonskall: Quality Objectives for Learning and Teaching at RWTH Aachen
Project Core Team
Univ.-Prof. Dr.rer.nat. Aloys Krieg
Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Robert Schmitt
Dipl.-Kff. Claudia Römisch
Elena Dommus, M.A.
Dipl.-Ing. Franz Gaudlitz
Rebecca Lauther, M. Sc.