The current legal framework for QA in higher education institutions in Greece establishes common structures and procedures, monitored by the Hellenic Quality Assurance and Accreditation Agency (HQA) which acts as a national supervisory and coordinating body.
The composition and responsibilities of each HEI’s Quality Assurance Unit (QAU) are specified by law (N. 4009/2011, s.14). Accordingly -
• The composition of the QAU is decided by the University’s Senate. It is headed by the Rector or a Deputy Rector and includes five faculty members, a representative from each category of teaching and support staff, and two student representatives (undergraduate and postgraduate).
• Overall, the QAU holds the responsibility for the administration and management of the Internal Quality Assurance System (IQAS).
• In particular, the QAU is responsible for
a. the development of specialised policy, strategy and relevant processes towards the continuous improvement of the quality of the Institution’s work and provisions;
b. the organization, operation and continuous improvement of the institution’s internal quality assurance system (IQAS);
c. the coordination and support of the evaluation process of the University’s academic units and other services; and
d. the support of the external evaluation and accreditation process of the University’s degree programmes and internal quality assurance system in the context of the HQA principles and guidelines.
• The University’s IQAS and its implementation processes are determined by the decisions of the Senate, following a proposal from the Rector, and published in the Government Gazette as well as on the institution's website. This will be reviewed at least every six years.
• To achieve the above goals, the QAU collaborates with HQA, develops and maintains a management information system to store the evaluation data, which are periodically submitted to HQA, according to the latter’s instructions. The QAU is responsible for the systematic monitoring of the evaluation process and for the publication of evaluation-related procedures and their results on the Institution’s website.
• The Internal Regulations of the institution will clearly define all competences and tasks relating to the organization and operation of the QAU.