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What is the Internal Control Office?

Universities are part of the public sector, though they have several peculiarities due to their autonomy. Because they belong to the field of public administration (they use public resources for the practise of their activity), they must render accounts and be subjected to the auditing activity of the competent supervisory bodies, both external and internal.
In this framework, the Internal Control Office is a unit established within the University of Valencia to examine and evaluate its activities, as a service to the organisation. The office is designed as an instrument which has this administrative organisation in order to improve management and to ensure that it meets the requirements of transparency, legality, effectiveness and efficiency in the use of available resources.
To this end, this unit mainly carries out internal audit work, understood as an independent , objective assurance and consulting activity designed to add value and improve the operations of an organisation. It helps an organisation to accomplish its objectives by bringing a systematic, disciplined approach to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of risk management, control and governance processes.
The purpose of this office is therefore to provide a constructive service the entire university community:
Assisting members of the organisation in the effective performance of their responsibilities; to that end, the audit provides the analysis, evaluations, recommendations, advice and information on the activities carried out.
Identifying strengths and areas for improvement, in order to propose recommendations to help managers in the decision-making process to improve the performance of the entity.