ZEvA was established in 1995 as the central evaluation and accreditation agency of higher education institutions in Lower Saxony. In the year 2000, ZEvA was the first agency to be authorized by the German Accreditation Council to carry out programme accreditation procedures. In 2009, ZEvA was converted into a foundation under civil law by resolution of the Lower Saxony State Government. ZEvA’s mission is to contribute significantly to the advancement of quality assurance procedures in national and international contexts. Transparency, reliable procedures, the best possible professional support and the competent assessment of teaching, learning and quality assurance contribute to the high standard of the external evaluation services provided by ZEvA. The agency’s work is based on a process-oriented and formalized quality assurance system which guarantees efficient procedures and adherence to schedules.