The Barcelona School of Informatics (FIB) has always had among its main goals the continuous quality assurance of all of its academic programmes. In this regard, FIB took part as a teaching centre of reference for obtaining by the UPC the European quality seal EFQM in its maximum level of excellence. This accreditation was granted to the UPC in March 2002.
The FIB later participated in the second stage of the first call of the AUDIT programme, which took place during the academic year 2008-2009, and received a positive assessment in June 2009.
The Faculty considered an opportunity for reflection and reorganisation of the way it is run the adaptation of its studies to the European Higher Education Area, establishing the processes and mechanisms that make up the so-called Internal Quality Assurance System (IAQS). This system guides a periodicity of internal analysis and determines a cyclical process of external evaluation of the quality with a basic milestone that are the processes of accreditations. The external evaluation is carried out by quality agencies such as AQU, and allows supervising the performance of the studies and informs the society about their quality.
The seals and labels of national and international quality agencies are the identifying elements that show the result of the quality assessment, which in the case of FIB can be found at the bottom of the page.
AQU (Catalan University Quality Assurance Agency) is full member of ENQA (European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education) and was one of the first three agencies being registered in the EQAR (European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education).
AQU has defined a supervision framework for degrees (VSMA Framework for the ex-ante assessment, monitoring, modification and accreditation of official degrees). The UPC has implemented this framework for its centres and degrees (VSMA UPC implementation).