Historical hints

The adherence of the Holy See to the Bologna Process (which took place on 19 September 2003 during the meeting of the Ministers for Education of the European Union in Berlin) was also influenced by their intention to pursue and achieve certain objectives established by the Bologna Process, among which we find "the attention to quality as an intrinsic and necessary value for research and innovation within the university".

The Congregation for Catholic Education reiterates the importance of creating and promoting a culture of quality by all those concerned and involved in research and teaching, in services and in the management of ecclesiastical academic institutions (CEC, The culture of quality , Vatican City 2011, Preface by Cardinal Zenon Grocholewski).

The culture of quality does not refer to a single activity problem, result or scope, but more in general it refers to the processes to be used to manage the responsibility, autonomy and inspection of the whole institution in its fidelity to the vision and mission according to its Statutes. Evaluation is a process that is built together, whose value consists not only in the final judgment, but also and above all in the process carried out to produce it.

The areas recognized as an object of quality are: research, training offer, training resources available to students, effectiveness and efficiency of training activity, the proper functioning of structures.

The Gregorian University carried out a detailed work on quality, the Self-Evaluation Report (RAV), required by Avepro, the Agency for the Promotion and Quality Evaluation. Avepro was established by the Holy See with the aim of stimulating the quality of research and teaching in ecclesiastical academic institutions and value their compliance with international standards.

All members of university community worked together for this Report. All the academic and administrative activities, procedures and operational processes were carefully examined. From 15 to 18 June 2014 Avepro sent a commission of experts to evaluate the quality of our University. The Commission was composed of: Prof. Dr. Léonce Bekemans (president), Jean Monnet Chair ad personam and Academic Coordinator of the Jean Monnet Center of Excellence, University of Padua, President of Ryckevelde (European and International Center of Active Citizenship, Bruges / B ); Prof. Emmanuel Gabellieri, professor of Philosophy, Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy and Human Sciences, Catholic University of Lyon / Fr; Prof. Juan Pedro Montañes Gomez, Director of Quality and Planning, Pontifical University Comillas, Madrid, ICADE; Prof. Don Roberto Repole, professor of ecclesiology and theology, Theological Faculty of Turin, President of the Theological Association; and Dr. Antonella Anastasi, graduating in International Relations at the LUMSA University, Rome.

The Final Evaluation Report of our University is available on the Avepro website. This evaluation has strongly contributed to the improvement of our University and has allowed us to carry out a more in-depth institutional reflection on our priorities and on the paths to achieve them, so as to be able to respond better to our mission, vision and objectives, at the service of Church and society in general.