The European Network for Quality Assurance in Higher
Education was established in 2000 to promote European co-operation in the field
of quality assurance. In November 2004 the General Assembly transformed the Network into
the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA).
The idea for the association originates from the European Pilot
Project for Evaluating Quality in Higher Education (1994-95) which
demonstrated the value of sharing and developing experience in the area of
quality assurance. Subsequently, the idea was given momentum by the Recommendation
of the Council (98/561/EC of 24 September 1998) (pdf) on European co-operation in quality assurance
in higher education and by the Bologna Declaration of 1999. The European Commission has, through grant support, financed the activities of ENQA since the very beginning.