The HQA is the supervisory and coordinating authority of the Quality Assurance system. As part of its mission, the HQA “guarantees the transparency of the evaluation procedures and its mission is to support higher education institutes in implementing procedures that aim at the assurance and continuous improvement of quality in higher education, informing the state and higher education institutions of the latest international developments and trends in related issues and the production of research in this field” (Law 3374/2005, Article 10 paragraph 2).
The goal of the HQA is to create and implement a unified quality assurance system as a reference point for the achievements and work of the Higher Education Institutions. The HQA also collects and codifies the crucial information that will guide the State in effectively strengthening higher education in the country.
The HQA is not an interventional or an auditing mechanism for the operation, mission and character of Higher Education. In order to achieve its goals, the HQA collaborates with and supports the efforts of the Higher Education Institutions to improve the quality of the education they offer, with the goal of ensuring the confidence of Greek society in the national system of higher education.
The HQA is by definition a multi-member, independent institutional body. It is comprised of senior public servants who are nominated by the Higher Education Institutions themselves and who cover the entire spectrum of disciplines that comprise higher education in Greece.
The evaluation procedures, the regulations, and the procedure of quality assurance over the Agency itself are transparent and open to public oversight. The operation and procedures for the evaluation of the academic units are part of the Operational Programme "Education and Lifelong Learning" of the National Strategic Reference Framework (ESPA) 2007-2013, entitled "Development of a national system for the evaluation and assurance of quality in education and promotion of social integration in Priority Axes 1, 2, 3 – Horizontal Action". The project is co-funded by the European Union through the European Social Fund (ESF) and national funds.