The mission of the Agency for the Evaluation and Promotion of Quality in Ecclesiastical Universities and Faculties (AVEPRO), established on 19 September 2007, is to promote and develop a culture of quality within the academic institutions that depend directly on the Holy See and ensure they possess internationally valid quality criteria, as established by the Bologna Process.

AVEPRO’s activities are regulated by the Apostolic Constitution Veritatis Gaudium (8 December 2017) and it conforms to the European Standards and Guidelines (pdf), as well as other international agreements concerning rules and procedures for the evaluation of quality in higher education.

The Agency collaborates with academic institutions in defining internal procedures to evaluate the quality of teaching, research and services, etc., which is done through the development and use of appropriate operational tools (databases, information networks, etc.).  AVEPRO also organizes external evaluation procedures for individual academic institutions and arranges visits to them by experts.

In accordance with the Agency’s independent nature, it collaborates with all actors interested in the life and progress of ecclesiastical universities and faculties: the institutions themselves, the Congregation for Catholic Education, the Episcopal Conferences, all regional, national and international authorities, and all those who work in the various dioceses of countries in which ecclesiastical academic institutions are based.

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