Under the provisions of Law 3374/2005 the QAU is constituted at the Higher Education Institutions by decision of the relevant supreme collective body, which shall define its composition, organization and operation in accordance with Article 2 of the relative law.
The QAU is responsible for the evaluation of the Institution as a whole, and acts as an Internal Evaluation Group (IEG) for the Institution (Article 5 par. 4).The responsibilities of the QAU determined by L.3374/2005 include:
- the biannual drafting of an Internal Report on the operation of the Institution, which shall take into account the respective Annual Internal Reports of the Institution’s Schools and Faculties (L. 3374/2005, Article 2 par. 5).
- The drafting, every four years, of the Internal Evaluation Report regarding the operation of the Institution.
The QAU initiates the External Evaluation procedures of the Academic Units of the Institution, by forwarding the Internal Evaluation Reports to the HQA (L. 3374/2005, Article 5 par. 2).
Apart from the above, the QAU has the overall responsibility for the coordination and support of the quality assurance and evaluation procedures both at the level of the Institution and at the level of the Academic Units.
By Law 4009/2011 the role of the Quality Assurance Unit of every Greek Higher Education Institute is enhanced.More specific according to Article 14:
- Each institution is responsible for ensuring and continually improving the quality of its teaching and research work, as well as for the effective operation and performance of its services in accordance with international practices, especially those of the European Higher Education Area, and the principles and guidelines of the HQA.
- The Quality Assurance Unit (QAU/ MODIP) of each HEI is responsible for ensuring the above. The HQA is constituted on a decision of the Council of the Institution and is comprised of the rector or one of his/her deputies, as president, five professors of the university, one representative of each category of staff foreseen in the Articles 28 and 29, with voting rights when issues relating to the category of staff are discussed, a representative of the undergraduate students, and a representative of the postgraduate and doctoral candidates, if available, as members, as specifically defined by the Institution.
The QAU is responsible, in particular, for:
- the development of policy, strategy and the necessary procedures for the continuous improvement in the quality of the Institution’s work and services, which constitutes the Institution’s internal quality assurance system,
- the organisation, operation and continuous improvement of the Institution’s internal quality assurance system,
- coordination and support for the procedures for the evaluation of the Institute’s academic units and other services, and
- support for the procedures of external evaluation and accreditation of the programmes of study and the Institution’s internal quality assurance system, in accordance with the principles, standards and guidelines of the HQA.
The Institution’s internal quality assurance system and the procedures for its implementation are defined by a decision of the Council, issued on a proposal of the rector and published in the Government Gazette, as well as the website of the institution. These are revised at least every six years. For the above purposes, the QAU collaborates with the HQA, it develops an electronic system for the management of the evaluation data and is responsible for its systematic monitoring and for publishing on its website information on its evaluation procedures and their results. The Institution’s Internal Regulations define the organisation and operations of the QAU, as well as its more specific responsibilities.