The main activities of A3ES in developing its mission are:

  • To define and enforce the quality standards of the HE system;
  • To assess and accredit study programmes and higher education institutions, as well as to audit and certify the internal quality assurance systems of institutions;
  • To promote the public disclosure of the assessment and accreditation results;
  • To promote the internationalisation of the Portuguese higher education system.

The Agency also performs the following additional activities:

  • To provide the Portuguese State with expertise in matters of higher education quality assurance;
  • To elaborate studies and expert reports on its own initiative or in answer to State demands;
  • To participate in the European Quality Assurance Register - EQAR;
  • To coordinate assessment and accreditation activities in Portugal with international institutions and mechanisms.