The quality policy of the Department of Economics is fully compatible with the quality policy of Democritus University of Thrace. The department’s Quality Policy Statement has been approved by the department’s assembly and takes into consideration the strategic planning of the department. The Department of Economics underlines its commitment to implement a well defined quality policy so as to support the department’s academic profile, support the orientation of the Undergraduate program, promote the strategic goals of the department, forward research and teaching objectives of the department and define the appropriate means of academic excellence.
The objectives and means of the Department’s Quality Policy, take into account the principles of the Hellenic Quality Assurance and Accreditation Agency (HQA), the teaching and research targets of DUTH, the conclusions of departmental committees and the European and international policies concerning higher education. The Department’s Quality Assurance Policy is continuously improved with the active involvement of all members of the Department (academic staff, students, and administrative staff). The department implements evaluation procedures for all its procedures and takes into account best practices from other economic and business departments in the European Higher Education Area (EHEA).
The primary concern of the Department of Economics is to provide high quality studies and academic/research excellence. The members of the academic staff provide up-to-date scientific knowledge, develop case studies to support lectures, and apply new methodologies in all issue areas of economics and business. Mentoring is also taking place systematically through the practice of “Student Advisor”. In addition, faculty members target specific learning outcomes and skills, according to the standards of the European and National Higher Education Qualifications Framework.
Students follow courses, seminars and workshops, evaluate faculty members each semester, and contribute to the improvement of academic activities. Finally, the department cooperates with all existing structures of DUTH services such as the Internship Office, the Employment and Career office (https://dasta.duth.gr/), the
Innovation and Entrepreneurship Unit (http://epixeireite.duth.gr/), the Erasmus office, the Training and Lifelong Learning Center.
Quality assurance actions
The rules and principles of quality assurance are determined by the Internal Quality Assurance System of the DUTH (regulation 1178/2018). The department submits annually all the data for its evaluation to the university quality assurance unit (i.e. Data for students, recruitment of teaching staff, implementation of the undergraduate program, research output, activity of research centers, citations o academic staff) and analyses thoroughly the results relative to annual academic/research targets.
Communicating the Department’s Quality Policy
The Department of Economics has a well-defined quality policy (https://econ.duth.gr/) so as to inform all interested individuals and students on its targets and procedures. The department further communicates its Quality Assurance Policy through its study guide, through press releases, workshops, and through several information events. More specifically, the following means are used for communicating the targets and actions of the department:
1. The official website of the department (https://econ.duth.gr/).
2. The DUTHNET e-learning platform (https://eclass.duth.gr/).
3. The e-Secretariat platform (https://unistudent.duth.gr/).
4. DUTH Websites such as the career Office (http://career.duth.gr/portal/), the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Unit (http://epixeireite.duth.gr/), and Europe Direct (http: //europedirect.duth).
5. Printed academic material available digitally on the department’s website.
6. Interviews in the local-national media
All information events and activities organized during the academic year by the Department are accompanied by printed material distributed to the students.