Quality Development Strategy
Danube University Krems assures its success in the core university activities teaching/scientific continuing education, research and development as well as interdisciplinary areas and continuously develops the quality of these. The mainstay is an integrated, process-oriented quality management system in conjunction with a deep-rooted, firmly established quality culture practiced by all staff. Information, communication and participation are the foundation on which all members of the university base their active contributions to quality development. Quality is not regarded as static but rather as an ongoing development process.
Danube University takes on the societal challenge of Lifelong learning and offers part time academic studies and continuing professional development. It is familiar with the specific requirements for lifelong learning and part time academic studies and combines scientific grounding with practical applicability. The teaching and learning methods and architectures are designed to permit a maximum degree of flexibility (e.g. modules, block courses, e-learning). The pedagogical approach and course materials are tailored to the needs of adult professionals.
In the area of research, the University’s primary focus is on practice-based research in collaboration with business and scientific partners as well as public institutions at home and abroad. Frontier research is conducted in a selection of specialized fields. The range of these fields of activity permits innovative, interdisciplinary connections.
Quality Management System – Internal Quality Assurance
An integrated quality management system was implemented to assure quality and performance. Its success is based on continuous development, expansion and integration of the quality instruments to a single, comprehensive quality management system and a deeply-rooted, all-encompassing quality culture.
Social impact, innovation and quality are the three leitmotifs guiding all the university’s activities. The quality consciousness shared by all staff is a significant part of Danube University Krems’ quality structure.
Quality Control Loops
Stakeholders’ expectations and needs are identified as continuing education requirements and research questions in a continuous exchange process.
The internal control loops planning – implementation – evaluation – feedback apply to both the core activities research and teaching/ scientific continuing education and the interdisciplinary areas (organization, administration, support.)
By aligning the university’s mission (strategic goals, guiding strategy) with the stakeholders’ continuing education requirements and research issues, specific courses and/or research projects are planned or (further) developed and implemented according to defined teaching and learning processes and research processes. Quality standards, quality assurance procedures and instruments defined in guidelines, announcements and the quality handbook provide the framework for the entire university. This service orientation creates an inspiring working environment for students and staff. Extensive internal information systems support data monitoring, evaluation and result analysis in research and teaching.
The result is that Danube University Krems contributes to the further development of society and competitiveness with graduates who leave equipped with upgraded qualifications for their careers, and research results that greatly impact society.
External Quality Assurance
Danube University Krems undergoes a number of external quality assurance procedures:
Quality management system audits/certification in compliance with the Act of Quality Assurance in Higher Education
The quality management system at Danube University Krems underwent an audit in 2014/2015 in compliance with the Act of Quality Assurance in Higher Education (HS-QSG) and is certified by AQ Austria until May 2022.
The following areas were audited (in compliance with HS-QSG):
- Quality strategy and its integration into the university’s steering instruments;
- quality assurance structures and procedures in studies and teaching, research and development, organization and administration and staff;
- Inclusion of internationalization and societal goals in the quality management System;
- Information systems and stakeholder involvement.
The procedure is described in detail in the AQ Austria’s Guideline.
The results and the audit report from the AQ Austria as well as the statement by Danube University Krems are published on the AQ Austria website.
Accredited educational institution in accordance with the Bildungszeitgesetz Baden-Württemberg
Danube University Krems was granted the status of an accredited educational institution according to the Baden-Württemberg Education Time Act by the Regional Council of Karlsruhe. The conferment was held on the bases of AQ Austria’s seal of approval, which is a certification of the quality management system in accordance with the Austrian Higher Education Quality Assurance Act.
The following degree programs have been accredited by AQAS e.V. – Agency for Quality Assurance:
The following degree programs have been accredited by FIBAA – Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation:
- Business Controlling MBA
- Controlling and Financial Leadership MSc
- Executive MBA
- Professional MBA Aviation Management
- Professional MBA Biotech, Pharma & MedTech Management
- Professional MBA Corporate Responsibility & Business Ethics
- Professional MBA Entrepreneurship & Innovation Management
- Professional MBA Finance
- Professional MBA Human Resource Management
- Professional MBA Industrial Management
- Professional MBA in cooperation with VWA Regensburg
- Professional MBA International Business
- Professional MBA Logistics & Supply Chain Management
- Finance MSc
- General Management MBA TU Vienna / Danube University Krems
- Health Care Management - Specialist field of Surgery Management
- Health Care Management - Specialist field of Technology in Health Care Management
- Health Care Management - Specialist field of Emergency Medical Service Management
- Health Care Management - Hospital Management
- Health Care Management - Health Management and Public Health
Quality certification of individual departments or centers
Danube Business School (Department of Management and Economics at Danube University Krems) has met the requirements of ACBSP Accreditation. The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs is the leading specialized accreditation association for business education supporting, celebrating, and rewarding teaching excellence. The association embraces the virtues of teaching excellence and emphasizes to students that it is essential to learn how to learn.
The Department of Knowledge and Communication Management has been certified in accordance with ISO 9001 by Quality Austria. The Department is engaged in research and teaching encompassing all cognition and communication processes. It also includes the degree course “Quality Management”.
Professional Accreditation of University courses
Danube University Krems offers a number of qualifying courses for particular professions (e.g. psychotherapy, real estate manager, financial consultant). Externally conducted quality assurance is required for this national and/or professional qualification as a prerequisite for obtaining professional credentials, as these courses must fulfill specific educational guidelines.
A list of courses for professional accreditation is published every year in the universities’ intellectual capital report.
Office for Quality Management and Teaching Enhancement