Director of International Programs
Dean Ricardo Saavedra
European & International Branch Campus, Dean Gerhard Berchtold
In addition to the status as “Universidad” and national programmes accreditation (RVOE) in Mexico by SEP the Universidad Azteca is accredited by ASIC with Premier Provider status in order to demonstrate the commitment to quality and continuous improvement, whereby, accreditation is holistic- encompassing institutions in their entirety rather than particular courses, programmes or qualifications.
NEW - Universidad Azteca in 2013 as the first Mexican University ever achieved institutional accreditation by ASIC the Accreditation Service for International Colleges, a leading UK accredation agency, recognised by the Home Office (UK Border Agency) and listed by CHEA as a recognised accreditation body in the UK and internationally. ASIC is a national UK Affiliate of the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education ENQA. ENQA Affiliate bodies are bona fide organisations or agencies with a demonstrable interest in the quality assurance of higher education. ENQA is recognised by the Mexican government Secretary of Public Education.
The Accreditation Service for International Colleges (ASIC) - which also offers a general accreditation service to cover a wide range of different educational establishments and their courses - is a UK Government authorised and recognised accreditation body based in the United Kingdom. As per the UK Border Agency, an institution is considered accredited if it has been accredited by ASIC or by other specific agencies listed on its website. ASIC is an independent body, providing education consultancy and accreditation service for schools, colleges, universities, training organisations and online/distance learning providers worldwide. ASIC is recognised by UKBA in UK, is listed in the CHEA International Directory, the US Council on Higher Education Accreditation, and is a Member of the CHEA International Quality Group, ASIC has been accepted by the BQF (British Quality Foundation).
ASIC provides a wide spectrum of accreditation services worldwide to education institutions including schools, colleges, universities, training organisations and online/distance learning providers. ASIC is a member of the British Quality Foundation and is one of a number of international accrediting bodies listed in the international directory by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation in the USA. It is also an approved accrediting body for the purposes of compliance with regulations of the UK Home Office and Border Agency relating to the admission of students holding Student Visitor Visas and to the delivery of programmes in ESOL with Citizenship. Accreditation is holistic - encompassing institutions in their entirety rather than particular courses, programmes or qualifications. Institutions may, therefore, approach ASIC for accreditation regardless of their specific discipline focus.
Provision of Programmes in Austria according to the
Act on Quality Assurance in Higher Education
UNIVERSITY PROGRAMMES IN AUSTRIA REGISTERED FIRST IN 2012 AS APPROVED BY THE AUSTRIAN MINISTRY OF SCIENCE & RESEARCH BMWF COMPLIANT WITH THE ACT ON QUALITY ASSURANCE IN HIGHER EDUCATION
Universidad Azteca Programmes Registered by BMWF 2013-2015
Universidad Azteca & Universidad Central de Nicaragua UCN Programmes Registered by BMWF 2013-2015
Universidad Azteca & Universidad Católica San Antonio de Murcia Programmes Registered by BMWF 2012-2015
„§ 27. (1) Bildungseinrichtungen, die in ihrem jeweiligen Herkunfts- bzw. Sitzstaat als postsekundär im Sinne des § 51 Abs. 2 Z 1 UG anerkannt sind, dürfen in Österreich ihre Studien durchführen, soweit diese in ihrem Herkunfts- bzw. Sitzstaat anerkannte Ausbildungen im Sinne des § 51 Abs. 2 Z 1 UG darstellen und diese Studien und akademischen Grade mit österreichischen Studien und akademischen Graden vergleichbar sind. Die Durchführung der Studien ist zu melden. (...)
(6) Die Meldestelle hat ein Verzeichnis der gemeldeten Bildungseinrichtungen und Studien zu führen und auf dem neuesten Stand zu halten. (...)
Act on Quality Assurance in Higher Education
Cross-Border Degree Programmes
§ 27. (1) Educational institutions that are recognised in their country of origin or country of domicile as postsecondary in the meaning of § 51 para. 2 subpara. 1 of the Universities Act may offer degree programmes in Austria, if these constitute a recognised education in the meaning of § 51 para. 2 subpara. 1 of the Universities Act in their country of origin or country of domicile and if these degree programmes and academic degrees are comparable with Austrian degree programmes and academic degrees. The provision of the programmes has to be notified. (...)
(6) The notification office shall compile a directory of the registered educational institutions and degree programmes and shall keep the directory up to date. (...)
Listed in Austria in the Directory of § 27 Programmes by AQ Austria (2015)
The new legal framework in Austria will transfer the registration of foreign university programmes from the Ministry of Science, Research and Economy to a notification to the Agency for Accreditation and Quality Assurance Austria AQ Austria as per July 2014.
The Ministry registration expires on 31. December 2015. The Board of AQ Austria decided in its session dated 05. November 2015, to approve the notification made by Universidad Azteca and list the programmes by the end of 2015 in the directory acc. to § 27 (6) HS-QSG.
See AQ Austria notification directory (PDF)
Check the AQ Austria website list
Consumer information: We notify about the AQ Austria listing for reasons of consumer information and consumer protection only, since the listing is a legal requirement for foreign universities providing programmes in Austria. This does in no way imply that any programmes would be accredited in Austria nor any degrees immediately recognised or nostrified as Austrian degrees. The programmes are legally provided.
Universidad Azteca European Programmes is an Approved Member of ECBE European Council for Business Education
an Accreditation Agency affiliated with ENQA
ECBE is an affiliate of the European Association of Quality Assurance for Higher Education (ENQA), which recognises ECBE as a bona fide quality assurance agency and a network of higher education institutions and agencies. ENQA is recognised by the Mexican government Secretary of Public Education.
Universidad Azteca is a member of ODAEE ORGANIZACIÓN DE LAS AMÉRICAS PARA LA EXCELENCIA EDUCATIVA and awarded the Universidad Azteca Rector in 2013 for his achievements in Education Management.
Universidad Azteca is certified with GLOBAL QUALITY CERTIFICATION by LAQI Latin American Quality Institute in 2012
The goal of accreditation is to ensure that education provided by institutions of higher education meets acceptable levels of quality. Accrediting agencies, which are private educational associations of regional or national scope, develop evaluation criteria and conduct peer evaluations to assess whether or not those criteria are met. Institutions and/or programs that request an agency's evaluation and that meet an agency's criteria are then "accredited" by that agency. (Source: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/)
In order to protect students and the public, many states have established regulations that must be met before an educational institution may operate. To operate legally, an institution needs state approval, which may include licensure. In fact, an institution must have the appropriate state authorization to operate before it can seek accreditation. But in most states, institutions do not have to be accredited to operate. (Some states require institutions to be accredited by a DOE-recognized accreditor.)
Accreditation is voluntary. It represents an institution’s willingness to abide by the Standards and to open itself regularly to examination by outside evaluators familiar with higher education. As such accreditation is recognized as a symbol of accountability to the public.
Various commenters have written about the role and effectiveness of the American accreditation system. It has drawn particular interest since the rise of e-learning classes and institutions. A frequent point of discussion and criticism is that the system is limited to measuring "input" factors, such as adequate facilities and properly credentialed faculty, rather than the quality of a school's educational output.
In his 1996 book Crisis in the Academy, Christopher J. Lucas criticized the accreditation system as too expensive, onerously complicated, incestuous in its organization, and not properly tied to quality. Similarly, a 2002 report by George C. Leef and Roxana D. Burris of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) argued that the system does not ensure or protect educational quality, while still imposing significant costs. In a 2006 "issue paper", Robert C. Dickeson wrote that a lack of transparency, low and lax standards, and outdated regionalization were among the problems with regional accreditation. Others, such as Edward M. Elmendorf of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, reject these claims, arguing that they are "picking around the edges" of a proven and necessary system for upholding standards. Others note the specific problem that schools unable or unwilling to meet the standards of traditional accrediting bodies have begun to start their own agencies that may have much less rigorous standards.
At various times the U.S. government has investigated changes to the accreditation system. In 2002 the House of Representatives Subcommittee on 21st Century Competitiveness criticized the system. Accreditation was a major topic of the Spellings Commission, which released its report on September 26, 2006. The Council for Higher Education Accreditation recognizes that there are criticisms, but has opposed these calls for reform, with President Judith S. Eaton arguing that the system is successful and needs to remain flexible to accommodate differences between schools and disciplines. In 2013, President Barack Obama proposed changes in the accreditation system to hold "colleges accountable for cost, value, and quality". He called on Congress to change the Higher Education Act so that affordability and value are considered in determining which institutions are accredited and allow students access to federal financial aid. (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Higher_education_accreditation_in_the_United_States)
The RVOE information can be verified via the official SIRVOE information system of accredited study programmes of the Secretary of Public Education of the Mexican government.
The university offers two Academic Systems: traditional (on-campus), and virtual e-learning (in a real time) and awards degrees in a variety of specializations in the above mentioned study areas.
UCN Business School Programme Certification and Validation Board:
Universidad Azteca, formerly "Universidad Azteca de Chalco", on the international level, is listed with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) database of the International Association of Universities under the list of universities of Mexico and in the International Handbook of Universities edited by the IAU. “Universidad Azteca”.
Some prospective students ask us whether we are accredited or recognised by UNESCO. Notice: UNESCO is not accrediting or recognising universities - we are not claiming to be accredited or recognised by UNESCO. See the UNESCO information.
Universidad Azteca European Programmes is registered with the UK Register of Learning Providers
UK Provider Reference Number UKPRN: 10052891
INFORMATION FOR AUSTRIAN STUDENTS
According to the Mexican Higher Education laws Universidad Azteca is authorized to award degrees with RVOE and own academic and professional higher degrees of the university (grados propios).
Acuerdo de Registro de Establecimiento Educativo, 9 de abril de 1999, No. 15-00084: inscribase en la Sección Primera del Libro 71-VIII de Instituciones Educativas, a foja 129, como una Institución Particular con Reconocimiento de Validez Oficial de estudios otorgado por la Direccion General de Educación Superior de la Subsecretaría de Educación Superior e Investigación Cientifica de la SEP.
Official notification of the Registry of Educational Establishments, 9 April 1999, No. 15-00084: registered in the first section of the Book 71-VIII of Educational Institutions, on page 129, as a Private Institution with Recognition of the Official Validity of Studies, awarded by the General Directorate of Higher Education of the Sub-Secretary of Higher Education and Scientific Research of the Secretary of Public Education SEP.
Offizielle Verlautbarung des Registers der Bildungs-Institutionen, 9. April 1999, Nr. 15-00084: eingetragen im ersten Abschnitt des Buches 71-VIII der Bildungs-Institutionen, auf Seite 129, als eine Private Bildungseinrichtung mit Anerkennung der Offiziellen Validität von Studien, ausgestellt von der Generaldirektion für Höhere Bildung des Staatssekretariats für Höhere Bildung und Wissenschaftliche Forschung des Ministeriums für Öffentliche Bildung SEP.
Dictamen de Registro de Establecimiento Educativo, 9 de abril de 1999: que la Institución Educativa cuenta con autorización para impartir estudios de tipo Superior; que el Plantel Educativo SÍ podrá expedir titulos y grados de conformidad a lo establecido en el artículo 60 de la Ley General de Educación y 18 de la Ley para la Coordinación de Educación Superior.
Decree of the Registry of Educational Establishments, 9 April 1999, No. 15-00084: that the Educational Institution has an authorization to conduct studies of the type “Superior”; that the Educational Centre can award titles and degrees in conformity with those established in Article 60 of the General Law of Education and 18 of the Law for the Coordination of Higher Education.
Bescheid des Registers der Bildungs-Institutionen, 9. April 1999, Nr. 15-00084: dass die Bildungs-Institution autorisiert ist, Studien des Typs “Tertiär” durchzuführen; dass die Bildungseinrichtung Titel und akademische Grade in Übereinstimmung mit jenen verleihen kann, die gemäß Art. 60 des Allgemeinen Gesetzes über die Bildung und 18 des Gesetzes über die Koordination der Höheren Bildung vorgesehen sind.
Dr. Maestro José Agustín López González Pacheco
Universidad Azteca is recognised by the Federal Secretary of Public Education (SEP) of the United States of Mexico. The university is a private, non-profit institution independent of and not related to any political party or religious group.
Universidad Azteca is officially recognised with Reconocimiento de Validez Oficial de Estudios (RVOE) to award graduate and postgraduate degrees in the following study areas:
Verify the international recognition status via the International Association of Universities (IAU)
Verify Universidad Azteca via the official government information system
Universidad Azteca, formerly Universidad Azteca de Chalco, on the national level is listed on the official Mexican government (state of Nuevo Leon operated) educational information system website as accredited and recognised university.
INTERNATIONAL JOINT INTER-UNIVERSITY PROGRAMMES OFFERED WITH UCAM UNIVERSIDAD CATOLICA SAN ANTONIO DE MURCIA (SPAIN):
UCN RECOGNITION & ACCREDITATION INFORMATION
See statement of CNU Consejo Nacional de Universidades, the National Council of Universities in charge of institutional accreditation of a private university prior to awarding full constitutional autonomy to the university by Act of Parliament and Presidential Decree.
See statement of the Rectorate of UCN about accreditation and autonomy and degree awarding powers of UCN.
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UNIVERSIDAD AZTECA is a Fully-Accredited Member of the International Association for Distance Learning
NEW IN 2016:
Universidad Azteca European Programmes branch campus in Innsbruck, Austria, is ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 29990 :2010 certified by AFQ Akademie Futurum Qualitas.
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Director of International Programs
Dean Ricardo Saavedra
European & International Branch Campus, Dean Gerhard Berchtold