UNIQUe Certification for Quality in E-learning and Excellence in Use of ICT in Higher Education awarded by the European Foundation for Quality in e-Learning (EFQUEL)
The specific award is one of the two existing European quality assessment awards regarding Distance Learning/e-Learning Education and only very few universities have achieved the specific award.
This award confirms the level of quality as well as the existence of the necessary strategy, infrastructure, expertise, human resources for the excellent delivery of distance learning/e-learning programmes.
We are also in the process of the second European award, "e-xcellence" which is given by the European Association of Distance Teaching Universities (EADTU).
The EFQUEL and the EADTU are the main European bodies that assess/certify distance learning education. They are pioneers in the modernization process of the Higher Education in Europe and more specifically in the introduction of Technology in education as well as quality assurance.
The importance of these bodies as well as the significance of the awards given by them is demonstrated by their collaboration with the European Association of Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA) on the research project SEQUENT (Supporting Quality in E-Learning European Networks).
SEQUENT aims at the promotion of the quality distance learning/e-learning education and the adoption of the European Standards and Guidelines (ESG).
The fact that the European Standards and Guidelines have been developed by the E4 Group (ENQA, EUA, EURASHE and ESU) highlights the importance of the EFQUEL and EADTU awards even further.