Find out more about IQR and the benefits it offers to your organisation and its approach to the quality of higher education.
International Associate Membership is for higher education institutions recognised by their local quality agency/regulator - for example, through a letter of approval or a quality assurance report. It is suitable for those institutions who have not yet achieved International Quality Review (IQR) accreditation from QAA.
If your institution subsequently receives IQR accreditation status, you have the option to apply for Full International Membership in the current membership year, with the additional fee charged at a pro-rata rate for the remainder of that year.
Being part of QAA’s International Membership allows us to share and learn best practice with a likeminded community of similar institutions around the world. As members, we have found QAA’s guidance and good practice papers particularly useful to develop and enhance our own practices. We plan to continue to use QAA’s resources to inform our policies, practices and continue to enhance and build upon the quality of learning, teaching and assessment.
Academic Quality & Learning Manager, University of Gibraltar
What does International Associate Membership include?
As a International Associate Member you will have access to a range of resources, staff development and events which cover a broad area of activity centred on the themes chosen for the Membership year. These include:
- Individual papers and briefings on topics most relevant to members, supported by webinars and events.
- Case studies and opinion pieces that build on these resources and briefings.
- International Membership Newsletter to keep you up to date with the latest activities, resources and opportunities.
- International Quality Assurance Training - 6 sessions each year.
- Annual Conference, Quality Insights Conference and Quality Matters Conference - up to 5 online places for each.
Calendar of events and publications for 2023-24
This calendar provides an indicative schedule of the key events and resources that are part of the International Associate Membership Programme for 2022-23.
Membership Resources Site
As an International Associate Member, all your staff and students have access to the QAA Membership Resources Site. Here you will find a wealth of resources including briefings, research outcomes, country reports and materials relating to our events.
Lead a Collaborative Enhancement Project
QAA International Associate Members can also submit a proposal to lead a QAA Collaborative Enhancement Project, which offers funding for groups of member institutions to work together to explore areas of shared interest and engage students. The next round of Collaborative Enhancement Project funding will open later in the year.
Find out more
More details of what you can expect from International Associate Membership in 2023-24 can be found in our brochure. You can also watch our short film to find out more.
International Associate Membership Fees
To become a QAA International Associate Member you will need to pay an annual fee. Membership fees reflect the number of students at your institution. The Membership year runs from 1 August to 31 July.
For more information about membership fees, please contact us.
How to become an International Associate Member
To become an International Associate Member, your institution will need to demonstrate that you are recognised by your local quality agency/regulator - for example, through a letter of approval or a quality assurance report.
The process for eligible institutions to join is quick and easy. If you are thinking about joining us, please contact our QAA Global Team who will be happy to discuss how we can help.
Below you will find the QAA International Associate Membership Terms and Conditions.