We are an independent UK quality assurance body specialising in the institutional accreditation of education providers worldwide.
Office update 09/11/22: We moved to new premises: ASIC, Fast Track House, Pearson Court, Pearson Way, Thornaby, TS17 6PT.
We operate in over 60 countries working with institutions, and governments, to improve the quality of their education provision.
Our accreditation is holistic; we examine an institution as a whole, inspecting over ninety different criteria across eight areas of operation.
We benchmark education providers against rigorous UK quality standards and ASIC accreditation is an internationally-renowned recognition that an institution meets the highest standards of education, welfare and best practice.
ASIC accredits all types of institution, including:
How ASIC accreditation can benefit your institution:
The international education market continues to grow each year but, with the number of education providers growing too, the competition is fierce and the quality of your educational offering will determine how you perform in a tough market.
Accreditation by ASIC will boost the profile of your institution and demonstrate its commitment to being a quality education provider, respected worldwide. Our international accreditation will reassure students, parents, and agents, that your institution is a safe investment and that you will provide them with professional teaching, valuable qualifications and a positive learning experience.
ASIC accreditation is not simply a one-off award, and we are not only about the regulation and assessment of institutions. We are dedicated to developing productive partnerships with institutions and working with them over the long term. Our accreditation comes with a range of benefits and continuous support throughout.
Once an institution has been accredited we are also able to work with them to develop and improve their international strategies, as well as offering quality enhancement and consultancy services.
Our goals are:
- To protect students and stakeholders from unethical institutions who make false or misleading claims about their curriculum, their teaching methods, and other matters either verbally, in writing or via electronic means.
- To defend the reputations of genuine institutions, their staff and representatives, allowing them to show that they can offer high-quality education, and that their good names are not tarnished by the actions of a minority of disreputable establishments.
- To ensure that staff act professionally at all times, that institutions promote and market themselves in a truthful and ethical way, and that they continue to take responsibility for the welfare and education of their international students.
When carrying out an inspection, we are extremely thorough and take many different factors into account, including the health and safety of the premises, resources available to staff and management, delivery of the course material, welfare of the students, qualifications and awards offered, and marketing and student recruitment procedures. Each of these areas are graded and considered when we are deciding whether or not to award accreditation.
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Amongst others, ASIC is recognised by UKVI in the UK, is a Full Member of INQAAHE: The International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education, and is a member of the British Quality Foundation. For more information about ASICs Affiliations & Credentials, please click here.