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International Quality Review

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​​​​​​​​​​​​What is International Quality Review (IQR)?​​

IQR is an evidence-based peer review of higher education institutions outside of the UK.​

During IQR we analyse institutions'​ quality assurance approaches and benchmark these against the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area (ESG) (opens in ​new window)

Read our Introduction to International Quality Review for more information.​

​Who is it for?

IQR is ideal for institutions who want to attract more students, stren​gthen their​ global positioning or begin to form long-lasting partnerships with UK institutions.

What are the benefits?

Successful reviews enable higher education institutions outside of the UK to demonstrate their own approaches to quality assurance are not only effective, but also comparable with international best practice. 

IQR provides insight into institutions' quality assurance approaches, and support to drive improvement and achieve excellence in quality assurance.


​The application process

Institutions seeking to undertake IQR submit a completed application form to QAA. We then access for initial suitability. 

If successful, we conduct a scoping visit. This allowes us to assess if an institution is eligible for IQR, whilst enabling the institution to learn more about the process and requirements.

If eligible, we then arrange and conduct the review. ​

Apply now

To apply, complete the Application Form (DOC, 755​KB) using the Terms and Conditions (PDF, 180 KB)​ for guidance.​

Read our latest published reports​

​​​International Quality Review of Institute for Tourism Studies, Macao, December 2016