The legislation that regulates the Agency’s activities imposes a number of moves that promote its internationalisation:
- The external evaluation integrates the mandatory participation of experts from foreign or international institutions, in significant numbers;
- The Appeals Council must integrate persons with experience in similar foreign organisations;
- The Agency is responsible for performing the actions inherent to the insertion of Portugal in the European system for the quality assurance of higher education;
- The Agency must integrate the Register created in the scope of the European quality assurance for higher education.
In order to correspond to the emphasis on internationalisation from the legislator, the Agency has decided to create a Scientific Council, integrated by experts with well recognised international experience that will once a year visit the Agency to debate its annual progress and to present a report with its views and suggestions to improve the Agency’s procedures. This Council is composed as follows:
- David Dill, Emeritus Professor of Public Policy, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- Don Westerheijden, Senior Researcher, CHEPS, The Netherlands
- Bjorn Stensaker, Professor at the Faculty of Educational Sciences, University of Oslo, and Research Professor at the Norwegian Institute of Educational Research and Higher Education, NIFU-STEP
- Mary Henkel, Associate Professor, Brunel University, UK; Visiting Professor, King’s College, London and Visiting Professorial Fellow, Institute of Education, University of London
- Guy Neave, Scientific Director of CIPES, ex-professor of Comparative Education, Institute of Education, University of London, Emeritus Professor of CHEPS, Holland and Foreign Associate, U.S. National Academy of Education
- Roberto Moscati, Professor of Dipartimento di Scienze Umane per la Formazione “Ricardo Massa”, Universitá degli Studi di Milano.
A3ES is also a member of the European Consortium for Accreditation (ECA) since June 2012.
A3ES has furthermore been invited to integrate the CHEA International Quality Group (CIQG), a forum established by CHEA – Council for Higher Education Accreditation (United States) – for bringing together people, ideas and resources from around the world to tackle issues ranging from defining quality and addressing rankings to combating degree mills and accreditation mills.
A3ES is also member of IMHE (nstitutional Management in Higher Education), an OECD programme, being also a member of its Board. IMHE runs a number of important programmes, including “The Assessment of Higher Education Outcomes” (AHELO), “Supporting Quality Teaching in Higher Education”, “What Works in Higher Education Management” and “Innovation, Higher Education and Research for Development” (IHERD).