About us

CONIES,  the Confederación Internacional de Educación Superior, a not for profit association, was established in 2012 by a group of recognized universities from different continents in order to streamline and coordinate and standardize their quality assurance systems and curriculum standards in the trans-national, inter-university collaborative provision of postgraduate online degree courses.

In 2015 CONIES established a non-profit organization in Austria in order to develop CONIES standards for programmatic accreditation based on a peer evaluation system and to open the scope of membership to quality assurance bodies. 

CONIES is registered in Innsbruck, Austria (ZVR-Zahl 793448260) and is governed by a Board of Directors. The scope of conformity assessment activities covers the ISO standards ISO 21001:2018 (Educational organizations — Management systems for educational organizations — Requirements with guidance for use) and the ISO 29993:2017 (Learning services outside formal education — Service requirements). 


CONIES – a voluntary, non-governmental, membership association is dedicated to quality assurance certification and programme validation through accreditation via peer evaluation.


CONIES serves institutions of higher education striving to achieve quality management system certification and programme accreditation through voluntary assessment and adherence to CONIES accreditation standards.

Core Values

CONIES Board of Accreditation is guided by these Core Values:

  • Voluntary membership
  • Auto-evaluation and peer-review
  • Transparency about the accreditation processes and the status of each accredited institution and programme


Accreditation by CONIES-ICHE is based on an independent evaluation of an institution’s postgraduate programmes by a group of peer-auditors, professional faculty and academic administrators in the field of postgraduate education.

Eligible Institutions

In order to pursue CONIES-ICHE accreditation, the awarding institution is one of the following

  • a nationally recognised IAU listed university;
  • a nationally recognised and accredited institution of postsecondary education;
  • a state approved or licensed institution of postsecondary education with degree awarding powers;
  • an institution of postsecondary education with institutional accreditation by an accrediting agency recognised or listed by any government authority or board in charge of recognising accrediting agencies, or listed and recognised by CHEA, ENQA or INQAAHE.


As an international head-organization the CONIES-ICHE Board has registered the CONIES Council on International Higher Education Supervision in the State of Delaware, U.S.A.

Name: CONIES Council on International Higher Education Supervision LLC
Delaware State File Number: 4154700
HBS Record ID Number: 443466