European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education

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European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education
Founded2000[1]
HeadquartersBrussels, Belgium
Members
54 members
Official language
English
Board
Douglas Blackstock (President)
Øystein Lund (Vice-President)
Daniela Cristina Ghițulică (Vice-President)
Antonio Serrano Gonzalez (Treasurer)
Doris Herrmann
Karena Maguire
Jolanta Silka
Ruben Topchyan
Patrick Van den Bosch
Director
Anna Gover
Affiliations55 affiliates
Websitewww.enqa.eu

The European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA), formerly the European Network for Quality Assurance in Higher Education, was established as an organization to represent quality assurance and accreditation organisations from the European Higher Education Area and internationally.[2]

Activities[edit]

In 2003, the Ministers of the Bologna process asked ENQA to elaborate "an agreed set of standards, procedures and guidelines" for higher education.[3] The resulting European Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance (ESG) was adopted by the Bologna Process Ministers in 2005.[4] and was revised in 2015.

An article in September 2015 stated that ENQA, in conjunction with the British Accreditation Council, introduced an accreditation scheme for any independent UK or overseas university that wishes to gain accreditation from the British Accreditation Council. Paul Fear, CEO of the British Accreditation Council was quoted in the article stating "This scheme brings the two agencies together, so it doesn't matter if you're in the UK or if you're overseas, it’ll still be accredited as the same scheme."[5]

EQAR[edit]

ENQA worked with the other "E4" agencies, the European University Association (EUA), the European Association of Institutions in Higher Education (EURASHE) and the European Students Union (ESU), to establish the European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education (EQAR),[6] which makes available a validated list of higher education quality assurance agencies which adhere to the ESG, and reduces the risk of bodies which purport to grant accreditation without rigorous review.[7] EQAR is composed of the founding E4 bodies, government members (any state which is part of the Bologna Process may join) and social partners, and governed by an elected Executive Board.[8] It has a small secretariat and is based in Brussels.[9]

Notable affiliations[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ENQA - European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education". ECCE - The European Council On Chiropractic Education e.V.
  2. ^ "Quality assurance". eqtel.psut.edu.jo. Retrieved 2019-05-15.
  3. ^ "Background". 24 January 2013.
  4. ^ "Guidelines" (PDF). www.unibo.it. Retrieved 2019-05-15.
  5. ^ "BAC launches overseas HE accreditation". The PIE News l UK.
  6. ^ "EQAR at a glance". EQAR. Retrieved 4 September 2020.
  7. ^ "Members". EQAR. Retrieved 4 September 2020.
  8. ^ "Structure". EQAR. Retrieved 4 September 2020.
  9. ^ "Contact". EQAR. Retrieved 4 September 2020.
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-01-30. Retrieved 2015-12-06.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-01-30. Retrieved 2015-12-06.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  12. ^ "INQAAHE/ENQA joint conference on Internationalisation and QA: Connecting European and Global Experiences". ENQA.

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