European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education

Welcome to EQAR

In most European countries, higher education institutions or study programmes are subject to regular external review by a quality assurance agency. The European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education (EQAR) is a register of such agencies, listing those that substantially comply with a common set of principles for quality assurance in Europe.


Key Considerations for Cross-Border Quality Assurance

Following up the recommendations from the RIQAA project, EQAR and the E4 Group (ENQA, ESU, EUA, EURASHE) agreed to discuss further the key issues that should be taken into consideration when planning cross-border quality assurance (QA) activities.

The key considerations have been discussed with participants at this year’s European Quality Assurance Forum (EQAF) in Ljubljana (Slovenia). They have been further disseminated for feedback and presented at the EQAR Members’ Dialogue in Oslo (Norway) and during the workshop of the BFUG Implementation Working Group (WG 2) in Nice.

The key considerations reaffirm that the ESG are the basis for all QA in the EHEA, and thus also for cross-border QA. They are non-biding in character and come to support and inspire higher education institutions and quality assurance agencies that engage in, or consider engaging in, cross-border QA activities.

In addition to higher education institutions and quality assurance agencies they might serve as a useful tool also for governments when reviewing their legal frameworks with a view to allowing their institutions to make use of a suitable EQAR-registered agency in fulfilling their external QA requirements.

Read here the Key considerations for Cross-border Quality Assurance.

25 January 2017: Call for Candidates: President of EQAR [closed] 

25 January 2017: Call for Candidates: President of EQAR [closed]

EQAR is looking for a suitable individual to fill the position of President for the term 1 July 2017 – 30 June 2020. The President is elected by the EQAR General Assembly, comprising the European stakeholder organisations and currently 38 European governments, represented by their ministries responsible for higher education.

The Call for Candidates is now closed. The President will be elected by the EQAR General Assembly on 25 May 2017.

12 December 2016: Latest decisions of Register Committee At its most recent meeting in Lyon on 2-3 December, the Register Committee reviewed a number of applications, most of them renewals, and also started discussions on a possible policy document on consultancy activities of QAAs.

12 December 2016: Latest decisions of Register Committee

Register Committee in Lyon

Newly admitted to the Register:

  • ACPUA - Aragon Agency for Quality Assurance and Strategic Foresight in Higher Education (Spain)

ACPUA is the second agency that was admitted based on the ESG 2015, following MusiQuE on 6 June 2016.

Approved renewal applications (the first renewals based on the ESG 2015):

  • AAQ - Swiss Agency of Accreditation and Quality Assurance
  • ACQUIN - Accreditation, Certification and Quality Assurance Institute (Germany)
  • AI - The Danish Accreditation Institution
  • ZEvA - Central Evaluation and Accreditation Agency (Germany)

See all QAAs listed on the Register

24-25 November 2016: EQAR Members' Dialogue in Oslo The sixth edition of the Members’ Dialogue was hosted by the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research. The event focused on two important discussions initiated by the self-evaluation of EQAR: the possible database of Higher Education Institutions/quality-assured programmes, and clarifying the strategic leadership of EQAR by changing from a rotating presidency to an elected president from mid-2017.

24-25 November 2016: EQAR Members' Dialogue in Oslo

Members' Dialogue in Oslo

Database of quality assurance results and decisions
Following up on EQAR’s Strategic Plan and current Work Plan, the EQAR Secretariat prepared a Report and Operational Model of a Database of External Quality Assurance Results. The data in the report were based on surveys sent out in 2016 to potential users, as well as a dialogue with existing initiatives. The report was presented and discussed at the EQAR Members' Dialogue. Further steps will be considered taking into account these discussions.

Within the event, members also discussed the European Approach for Quality Assurance of Joint Programmes, Key Consideration for Cross-Border QA and learned about the new developments in the automatic recognition of qualifications in Western Balkans, the quality assurance of transnational higher education as well as developments within the national legal frameworks for external quality assurance in Switzerland, Netherlands and the Belgium–Flemish Community.

To download presentations from the Members' Dialogue

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