Logo_EGPA-GEAP_light2 European Association for Public Administration Accreditation NISPAcee
24th NISPAcee Annual Conference. “Spreading Standards, Building Capacities: European Administrative Space in Progress”. May 19 – May 21, 2016, Zagreb, Croatia.
The 2016 EGPA Annual Conference will be held in Utrecht, the Netherlands form 23 to 25 August.
  Accreditation is the systematic external evaluation of a study program in Higher Education by a professional and recognized quality assurance organisation. Accreditation became more and more relevant during the on-going process of the European restructuring of Higher Education (-> Bologna Declaration). Apart from mandatory cases of accreditation, this form of quality check offers study programs the opportunity to receive an independent judgement of the overall quality by inspecting it against a generally accepted set of quality criteria.

Accreditation is increasingly important as a quality seal to inform interested students, employers, collaborating academics about the quality of a study program. Furthermore, accreditation is a requirement for the increasing mobility of students and of academic staff, as it makes programs in different countries more comparable and fosters convergence in the long run.


EAPAA is Europe’s foremost accreditation agency in public administration education as proofed by the European Quality Assurance Registry for Higher Education (EQAR).
EAPAA has also been reviewed and accepted by the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE), a world-wide association of over 200 organisations active in the theory and practice of quality assurance in higher education.

Since 1999 the European Association for Public Administration Accreditation helps European academic public administration programmes to improve and assure their quality through accreditation.
For EAPAA the notion ‘Public Administration’ includes:

  • Public Administration programmes,
  • Public Policy programmes,
  • Public Management programmes.

The European Association for Public Administration Accreditation (EAPAA)

  • promotes the quality of European academic level public administration programmes by developing appropriate accreditation standards for such programmes through its Accreditation Committee,
  • encourages curriculum development and innovation,
  • provides a forum for discussion on quality and accreditation, and
  • assures the quality of European Public Administration programmes by accrediting programmes when they apply for this accreditation.