Milestones

Since it was created, Hcéres has been striving daily to support efforts to improve the quality of higher education and research in France. Working within the framework of the Bologna Process, it bases its action on European and international best practices. To enhance the expertise it places at the service of its stakeholders, it also relies on the work of its departments, the Science and Technology Observatory and the French Office for Research Integrity.
25 / 06
2018

International Conference of the FrAQ-Sup Network

On behalf of the Network of French-Speaking Quality Assurance Agencies for Higher Education (FrAQ-Sup),Hcéres is organising the 3rd FrAQ-Sup  International Conference, in partnership with the Francophone University Agency (AUF), on the theme "International Opening and Francophonie: what added value for quality in higher education? ” 
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21 / 06
2018

Appointment of members of the French Scientific Integrity Council

The last 4 members of the French Advisory Board for Research Integrity (CoFIS) have been appointed. The CIS manages and supervises the work of the French Office for Research Integrity (OFIS).

16 / 04
2018

Appointment of Joëlle Alnot to head the OFIS

Further to the proposal of the Scientific Integrity Council (CIS) of the French Office for Research Integrity (OFIS), Michel Cosnard appoints Joëlle Alnot to head the OFIS.

05 / 04
2018

Publication of the report on the scientific position of France in the world 2000-2015

Hcéres publishes its first analysis of the scientific positioning of France in the world. The report isbased on data on scientific publications and winners of Nobel and mathematics prizes.

27 / 11
2017

Appointment of the president and members of the Scientific Integrity Council

Olivier Le Gall takes up the presidency of the French Advisory Board For Research Integrity (CoFIS) of Hcéres alongside the 7 first members appointed. The CoFIS manages and supervises the work of the French Office for Research Integrity (OFIS).

14 / 11
2017

Integrated evaluation rolled out

The integrated evaluation system for clusters and their entities is a key focus of the HcéresStrategic Plan 2016-2020 and is now structured in two successive phases: an evaluation phase consisting in producing evaluation reports for each evaluated institution within the cluster, then a phase summarising these evaluations for the higher education institution, research and study programme components of the cluster.

27 / 10
2017

François Pernot appointed to the ENQA Board

François Pernot, Head of the Europe and International Department (DEI) of Hcéres, has been elected to the board of ENQA.

25 / 10
2017

Support for the creation of a forum for exchanges in French quality assurance

On the occasion of the ENQA AGM, the Hcéres declares, alongside the CIEP and the CTI, that it is in favour of the creation of a forum for exchanges in French quality assurance.

22 / 06
2017

Hosting of the 4th annual meeting of the ECA

Hcéres is hosting the 4th annual meeting of the members of the European Consortium for Accreditation (ECA). Discussions revolved in particular around preparations for the European Ministerial Conference on the Bologna Process to be held in Paris in 2018.

19 / 06
2017

Launch of the new visual identity of Hcéres

On the occasion of the publication of its 2016 Activity Report, Hcéres reveals its new visual identity, now displayed on all its materials.

15 / 05
2017

Creation of the IT Department

Thierry Bédouin is appointed to head the new IT Department of Hcéres.  The role of the department is to support evaluation and analysis activities and its missions will include defining a data policy to rationalise and optimise data collection and provision.

2017

European recognition of Hcéres renewed

Hcéres’ membership of the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA) and its listing in the European Register (EQAR) were renewed for five years on 14 January 2017 and 19 June 2017 respectively. This European recognition marks the culmination of an evaluation process started in 2015.

20 / 03
2017

Creation of the OFIS

On 20 March 2017, the Hcéres Board voted to create a new department, the French Office for Research Integrity (OFIS), pursuant to the conclusions of the report by Pierre Corvol on scientific integrity.

19 / 10
2016

Nelly Dupin appointed Hcéres General Secretary

Nelly Dupin has been appointed as General Secretary of the High Council. She will haveparticular responsibility for accompanying the organisational changes set out in its Strategic Plan, for developing human resources policy and internal quality, and for developing a model for financing the activities of Hcéres.

13 / 10
2016

13-14 October 2016: Hcéres hosts the 22nd edition of the G7 Research Group

Hcéres is hosting the annual meeting of the G7 working group on research evaluation. Discussions will address the evaluation of the impact of research and the evaluation of site and scientific integrity policies.

04 / 10
2016

New international standards adopted

The Hcéres Board adopts the new standards and criteria of Hcéres for evaluations and accreditations abroad.

23 / 09
2016

Framework agreement with the CTI renewed

Hcéres signs a new framework agreement with the Commission for Engineering Qualifications (CTI).

01 / 09
2016

Creation of the Department of Evaluation of Clusters of Higher Education and Research Institutions

Hcéres is setting up a Department of Evaluation of Clusters of Higher Education and Research Institutions (DECT), pursuant to the Law on Higher Education and Research of July 2013 forgroupings of institutions. This department will carry out the evaluation of clusters, organise their integrated evaluation and provide training and methodological support for the evaluation of institutions.

12 / 07
2016

Signature of a framework agreement with the AUF

Hcéres and the Francophone University Agency (AUF) sign a framework agreement for cooperation in the area of evaluation of Francophone higher education and research institutions.

06 / 06
2016

Adoption of the principles for the validation of the evaluation procedures of other bodies

The Law of 22 July 2013 confers upon Hcéres the mission of conducting evaluations directlyand also of checking the quality of those conducted by other bodies by validating their procedures.  This validation is performed in accordance with the principles adopted by the Board of the High Council on 6 June 2016.

06 / 06
2016

Adoption of the Hcéres Strategic Plan 2016-2020

Hcéres publishes its Strategic Plan 2016-2020, as adopted by its Board on 6 June 2016. Structured around 9 areas, it sets out the ambition of the High Council to boost the country’s confidence in the evaluation of its higher education and research system. It also reasserts its principles of independence, transparency, impartiality and ethical evaluation.

06 / 06
2016

New premises inaugurated

Hcéres is settling into its new premises in the 13th district of Paris, inaugurated in the presence of the Secretary of State for Higher Education and Research.

2016

Appointment of the members of the Scientific Steering Committee

The Scientific Steering Committee (COS) has twelve members and is responsible for ensuring the scientific quality of the work of the Science and Technology Observatory (OST).

2016

First evaluations of study programmes in health

As part of the 2015-2016 evaluation campaign (Group B), Hcéres will be conducting evaluations for the very first time of bachelor’s degree-level general study programmes in medical science, pharmacy, dentistry and midwifery and of master’s degree-level study programmes in medical science, pharmacy and dentistry, as well as the State Diploma in Midwifery.

2016

Review-project evaluation of study programmes for the accreditation of institutions

Further to the provisions of the Law of 22 July 2013 on Higher Education and Research and the Order of 22 January 2014 setting out the accreditation procedures for institutions, the Secretary of State adopts simplification measures. More particularly, he has asked Hcéres to conduct a dual review-project evaluation of the study programmes of institutions for the accreditation of their study programme provision.

05 / 11
2015

Final conference of the QACHE European project

Hcéres is co-organising (with ENQA) the final conference of the QACHE European project(Quality Assurance of Cross-Border Higher Education), the objective of which is to achieve more effective evaluation of the cross-border activities of national higher education institutions (dual degrees, off-shore campuses, institution franchises, relocations). To conclude the conference, a guide to good practice drawn from the work conducted during the project is being published.

2015

President and members of the Hcéres Board appointed

Michel Cosnard, Hcéres President, is appointed among the 30 members who make up the Board.

14 / 05
2015

Adoption of the revised ESG

At the Ministerial Conference on the Bologna Process in Yerevan (Armenia), the ministers of the European Higher Education Area adopt the revised version of the European standards and Guidelines (ESG). Their French translation is proposed by the FrAQ-Sup Network of French-Speaking Quality Assurance Agencies for Higher Education, in which Hcéres takes part.

01 / 01
2015

Integration of the OST

The OST was created in 1990 and is joining Hcéres in 2015. The department produces analyses and indicators that contribute to the strategic reflection of stakeholders in higher education, research and innovation, to the evaluations of Hcéres and to evaluations of public policies.

14 / 11
2014

Decree on the organisation and operation of Hcéres

The creation of Hcéres takes effect on 17 November, the day after the publication of Decree n°2014-1365 of 14 November 2014 on the organisation and operation of the institution.

22 / 01
2014

Order setting out the accreditation procedures for higher education institutions

The institution accreditation procedure replaces the approval of degrees. The State will no longer go into the details of the study programmes on offer by approving each degree.

The dialogue between the State and the operators will now focus on training strategy, taking account of the teaching, organisational and financial aspects. In addition to defining its study programme strategy, the institution will also be required to demonstrate its ability to implement it.

22 / 07
2013

Law on Higher Education and Research and the creation of Hcéres

Following on from the Forum on Higher Education and Research launched in 2012, the Law on Higher Education and Research was adopted on 22 July 2013.   

It creates the High Council for Evaluation of Research and Higher Education (Hcéres) which replaces the Agency for Evaluation of Research and Higher Education (AERES).

26 / 11
2012

Forum on Higher Education and Research

The Minister for Higher Education and Research launches the Forum on Higher Education and Research. Three themes are being addressed: taking action to foster success for all students, defining new ambitions for research and contributing to defining a new higher education and research landscape. This national consultation will result in proposals providing the basis for legislative, regulatory and contractual measures in early 2013.

2007

Creation of EQAR (European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education)

Further to the adoption of the European Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ESG), the Bergen conference (2005) saw the creation of EQAR (European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education). Its purpose is notably to provide clear, reliable and accessible information on the European quality assurance agencies listed in the Register.

2006

Creation of the AERES

The Agency for Evaluation of Research and Higher Education (AERES) was created by the Framework Law for Research of 2006 and set up in March 2007. In France, it replaces a number of evaluation institutions: the National Evaluation Committee (CNÉ) for public institutions of a scientific, cultural or vocational nature, the Scientific, Technical and Pedagogical Mission (MSTP) and the National Committee for Evaluation of Research (CNER).

2005

Bergen Ministerial Conference

For the first time, the European ministers have adopted references and guidelines to guarantee quality in higher education and are calling upon the members of the E4 Group(ENQA - European University Association - EUA, European Association of Institutions in Higher Education - EURASHE, European Students’ Union - ESU) to form the EQAR Committee which will oversee compliance by evaluation agencies with the principles that have been set down.

2000

Creation of ENQA (European Network for Quality Assurance in Higher Education)

Further to the recommendation of the European Commission, the European Network for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA) has set itself the objective of promoting European cooperation in quality assurance. In November 2004, the ENQA General Assembly transformed the network into the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education.

1999

Bologna Declaration

One year on from the Sorbonne Conference, 29 European countries sign the Bologna Declaration aiming among other things to facilitate mobility for students, teachers and researchers and to cooperate in matters of quality assurance in teaching.

1998

Sorbonne Declaration

At the initiative of France, the four ministers for higher education of Germany, France, the UK and Italy sign the Sorbonne Declaration, the first stone in the construction of a European higher education area.