NOVA SIMAQ is NOVA's Internal Quality Monitoring and Evaluation System. It is aligned with the University's Strategic Plan, covering all its activities and ensuring the involvement of all stakeholders (internal and external). It aims at the continuous improvement of NOVA's Quality, responding to the legal requirement of implementing its own Quality assurance systems.
NOVA SIMAQ is structured along five core domains: Teaching-Learning, Research and Development, Value Creation, Internationalization, and Interinstitutional and Community Collaboration, the latter two being transversal to the others. The support areas for these domains correspond to Human Resources, Material Resources and Services, Social Welfare Services, Information Management and Information Publicity, as shown in the following figure.
NOVA SIMAQ follows the PDCA (Plan, Do, Check and Act) management cycle approach during which evidence of the system's effectiveness is produced, as shown in the following figure.
To support the operationalization of the PDCA management cycle, the NOVA SIMAQ Portal, was created as a digital infrastructure that, being a repository of information related to NOVA's Quality System, constitutes one of the basic elements of NOVA SIMAQ, and contributes significantly to the consolidation of a true culture of Quality at NOVA. The Portal aims to provide:
Access to the documentary repository and dashboards is restricted to the Institution, while the Regulatory Entities are able to access them with their own credentials, assigned within the scope of the audit processes.