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Accreditation

In Austria, any private university that offers study programs leading to a recognised academic degree needs to be state recognised. This takes place in the form of accreditation by the Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation Austria (AQ Austria).

AQ Austria is an independent agency for quality assurance, evaluation and certification in the entire higher education area. It is supported by key interest groups of the Austrian higher education system. The AQA guarantees its independence through an international scientific coordination group and the involvement of international experts. AQ Austria’s work is science-based and interdisciplinary. Their performance is subjected to a regular feedback.

In 2011, with the University Quality Assurance Act, a joint framework for the external quality assurance of the public universities, higher education establishments and private universities was created. This is related to the creation of the cross-sectoral Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation Austria (AQ Austria) on March 1, 2012. The new agency combines from now on the tasks of the AQ, the Council for Higher Education Institutions and the Accreditation Council for the Private Universities.


Detailed information on the subject of accreditation of private universities in Austria can be found on the website of the Austrian Quality Assurance Agency under: https://www.aq.ac.at/de/


Initial accreditation in 2002:
Paracelsus Medical Private University was accredited in November 2002 by the International Accreditation Board and the Federal Ministry for Education, Science and Culture, for a period of five years.

Reaccreditation in 2007:
On November 26, 2007, the accreditation was extended for another five years. "According to § 8, par. 6 of the Private Universities Act of 2011 (Federal Law Gazette (BGBl), No. 74/ 2011, Part I), an accreditation of the Paracelsus Medical Private University Salzburg has been granted till December 31, 2014."

Accreditation of the human medicine study program in Nuremberg in 2014:
At its 18th meeting on January 28, 2014, the Board of AQ Austria decided to approve the application of Paracelsus Medical Private University Salzburg for granting permission for providing a diploma study program in "Human Medicine" at the Nuremberg location.

Result report on the Human Medicine study program at the Nuremberg location (PDF).


Reaccreditation in 2014:
At its meeting on November 6, 2014, the Board of AQ Austria decided to approve the application of Paracelsus Medical Private University Salzburg for extension of the accreditation as private university by another six years.

Accreditation of the university study program "Early Life Care" in 2014:
On 11/11/2014, the Board of AQ Austria approved the application for accreditation of the university study program "Early Life Care".

Accreditation of the university study program "Health Sciences & Leadership" in 2015:
On 30/9/2015, the Board of AQ Austria approved the application for accreditation of the university study program "Health Sciences & Leadership".


Accreditation of the bachelor and master study in pharmacy in 2016:
On 29/6/2016, the Board of AQ Austria approved the application for accreditation of the bachelor and master study in pharmacy.