European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education

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] Its members and affiliates are agencies with a demonstrable interest in the quality assurance of higher education accreditation.[3]

European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education
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Founded2000[1]
HeadquartersBrussels, Belgium
Members
41 Full members
2 Candidate members
Official language
English
Board
Padraig Walsh (President)
Helka Kekäläinen (Vice-President)
Josep Grifoll (Vice-President)
Caty Duykaerts
Tove Blytt Holmen
Rafael Llavori
Christoph Grolimund
Anthony McClaran
Daisuke Motoki
Director
Maria Kelo
Affiliations45 Affiliates
Websitewww.enqa.eu

ActivitiesEdit

In 2003, the Ministers of the Bologna process asked ENQA to elaborate "an agreed set of standards, procedures and guidelines" for higher education.[4] The task was completed and European Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance (ESG) was adopted by the Bologna Process Ministers in 2005.[5] and was revised in 2015. In April 2015, the Malaysian Minister for Education was among those seeking greater cooperation between universities in Europe and Asia to help improve quality of education, student mobility and ultimately the employability of graduates.[6]

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."[7]

EQAREdit

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),[8] 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.[9] 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.[10] It has a small secretariat and is based in Brussels.[11]

Notable affiliationsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  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. ^ "2014 General Assembly and Members' Forum". ENQA.
  4. ^ "Background". 24 January 2013.
  5. ^ "Guidelines" (PDF). www.unibo.it. Retrieved 2019-05-15.
  6. ^ "Ministers seek Asia-Europe cooperation on skills gap". University World News.
  7. ^ "BAC launches overseas HE accreditation". The PIE News l UK.
  8. ^ "EQAR at a glance". EQAR. Retrieved 4 September 2020.
  9. ^ "Members". EQAR. Retrieved 4 September 2020.
  10. ^ "Structure". EQAR. Retrieved 4 September 2020.
  11. ^ "Contact". EQAR. Retrieved 4 September 2020.
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-01-30. Retrieved 2015-12-06.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-01-30. Retrieved 2015-12-06.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  14. ^ "INQAAHE/ENQA joint conference on Internationalisation and QA: Connecting European and Global Experiences". ENQA.

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