Integrated quality management
The integrated quality management of TU Darmstadt is of particular importance due to the autonomy status of the university and since the system accreditation (in March 2017). It supports the development of the university by using the results of quality assurance measures for strategic decisions.
“System accreditation is a great success. It was a logical step for TU Darmstadt as an autonomous university. The result confirms our integrated approach of closely linking research and teaching to quality development. We have been following this path for almost ten years, and it continues to point the way to the future.”
President Hans Jürgen Prömel
The integrated quality management comprises the areas of research, study and teaching, promotion of early career researchers, management and administration and includes departments, central services and central administration. As a system-accredited university, TU Darmstadt assumes even more responsibility for quality development, especially in the areas of study and teaching.
Importance for the strategy of the university
As part of integrated quality management, objectives are agreed between departments and central services and the Executive Board. This enables a close coupling of quality assurance and quality development and strategy formation. Monitoring ensures the sustainable implementation of the target agreements.
The link between quality assurance and strategy can be illustrated by the four phases of the strategy quality cycle. Questions of quality assessment arise from the strategic analysis (1). Findings and recommendations of the evaluation are translated into action goals (2). The effectiveness of quality assurance results from the implementation of concrete measures (3), the success of which is monitored (4). The results of the monitoring/controlling are incorporated into a new strategic analysis (1).
Aims and objectives
The integrated quality management of TU Darmstadt:
- uses the autonomy of the university responsibly by using the results of quality assurance measures for strategic decisions at all levels, thus promoting the development of the university,
- thus supporting the strategic development of departments and central units,
- ensures transparency regarding the development of departments, central units and central administration,
- contributes significantly to the development of degree programmes in line with the strategic priorities of the departments.
Actors and responsibilities
Transparency and participation are central principles of TU Darmstadt's integrated quality management. The university has clearly defined decision-making processes, competencies and responsibilities in its control system and its internal quality assurance system. The central actors of integrated quality management are:
- Departments, central services and the central administration
- Quality Management and Administrative Bodies Unit (IB)
- Degree Programmes and Quality Assurance Unit (IID)
- Administrative bodies (especially Senate Committee for Teaching, Senate, University Council)
- Centre for Educational Development and Technology (HDA)
- Centre for Teacher Education (ZfL)
Chronicle of Integrated Quality Management
This is how we do quality management
Quality assurance of study programmes
“inQM” Advisory Board and “inQM” Circle