Invitation to host ENQA General Assembly or Members’ Forum

The ENQA Secretariat has opened a call inviting all ENQA members and affiliates to nominate themselves as hosts for the Members’ Forums and General Assemblies taking place in 2019 and 2020. The Members’ Forum usually takes place in April each year and is expected to gather around 150 participants, and the General Assembly usually takes place in October each year and is similarly expected to gather around 150 participants.

Both members and affiliates are eligible to host the events; however, the Board shall give priority to members. Agencies undergoing an external review at the time of the Board’s decision, or who are likely to be undergoing a review at the time of the event, shall not be given consideration. When deliberating, the Board shall give consideration to geography in order to ensure appropriate balance and coverage. Details regarding the co-financing of the events can be requested from the ENQA Secretariat.

Agencies are asked to indicate in their nomination which event they would prefer to host and eventually if they would be available to host also other than the given preference.

The call for hosts remains open until 12 February 2018, and the decision determining the locations for the 2019 and 2020 events will be taken by the Board in February 2018.

Questions and nominations may be sent to the ENQA Secretariat at secretariat@enqa.eu.

Note from the President – 8 November 2017

The “Note from the President” is sent in order to update the membership on decisions and activities from recent Board meetings and events. The aim of these notes is to keep the agencies informed about the work of ENQA throughout the year and to enhance communication between agencies and the Board.

Please find the Note from the President of 8 November 2017 here.

ASHE calls for expert panel members

The Accreditation Council of the Agency for Science and Higher Education (ASHE), Croatia, adopted the Higher Education Institutions Re-accreditation Plan, according to which the re-accreditation of higher education institutions delivering study programmes in the technical field and the fields of economics and information and communication sciences in the social sciences area will be carried out in 2017 and 2018.

ASHE invites higher education experts in the technical field, and economics and information and communication sciences fields (social sciences area) with a good knowledge of English to become a member of an expert panel. Applications can be made by filling in an online form here.

A site visit to a higher education institution lasts from two to five days, depending on the size of the institution. The fee for each panel member is defined by the agency’s decision on the amount and manner of disbursement of fees to chairpersons and members of expert panels in external evaluation procedures. Costs of travel, accommodation, and meals are covered by ASHE. The final decision on the appointment of members of the expert panel is made by ASHE’s Accreditation Council.

More information on the procedure of re-accreditation of higher education institutions can be found here.

In case of additional questions, please feel free to contact ASHE by e-mail at akreditacija-visoko@azvo.hr.

ENQA working group and projects to be presented at EQAF

Early bird registration is open until 9 October 2017 for the 12th European Quality Assurance Forum (EQAF), which will take place on 23-25 November 2017 in Riga, hosted by the University of Latvia. After this date, late registration fees will apply; however, capacity is limited, and registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. The recently updated programme indicates that several Forum sessions are dedicated to projects or initiatives in which ENQA is involved.

Outcomes from research conducted by the ENQA working group on quality assurance and recognition will be presented by the working group chair, Teresa Sánchez Chaparro, in a breakout session entitled “Current practices on external quality assurance of academic recognition among QA agencies”. ENQA is also represented through the paper presentation concerning the external evaluation of e-assessment, a paper based on the “Adaptive Trust-based e-assessment System for Learning” (TeSLA) project, in which ENQA is a partner. One of the workshops will present the European Toolkit for Internal Quality Management in Competence-Based Higher Education, as developed in the project “Internal Quality Management: Evaluating and Improving Competence-Based Higher Education” (IQM-HE), in which ENQA is a partner.

One of the parallel plenary sessions will approach global perspectives on regional cooperation in QA by sharing experiences from Africa and the ASEAN region. The African perspective will be disseminated by introducing the African Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance (ASG-QA), as prepared under the coordination of ENQA in the HAQAA Initiative. Developments in the harmonisation of quality assurance in the ASEAN region will be introduced through the lens of the SHARE project, in which ENQA is also a partner.

ENQA Board accepts membership renewal requests of NVAO and ACQUIN

At its September meeting, the ENQA Board renewed the memberships of the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO, the Netherlands) and took a decision to reconfirm the membership of the Accreditation, Certification and Quality Assurance Institute (ACQUIN, Germany) following the appeal ACQUIN lodged against the ENQA Board’s decision of 14 February 2017. The reports and other materials relating to the reviews are available on the Review Reports and Decisions page on the ENQA website.

In this meeting of the ENQA Board, one affiliate request was considered. Affiliate status was granted to the Higher Education Funding Council (HEFCE, United Kingdom).

Registration for EQAF is now open

Registration is now open for the 12th European Quality Assurance Forum (EQAF), which will take place on 23-25 November 2017 in Riga, hosted by the University of Latvia. The deadline for the early-bird registration fee is 9 October 2017. After this date, late registration fees will apply; however, capacity is limited, and registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Under the title of “Responsible QA – committing to impact”, the Forum will focus on the need for quality assurance, whether aiming at accountability or enhancement, to be carried out in a transparent and responsible manner. Forum organisers are seeking proposals for paper sessions and workshops from QA practitioners in higher education institutions and QA agencies, students, and researchers in the field. Selected contributions will also receive one reduced fee for attending the Forum. The deadline to submit contributions is 24 July 2017.

Note from the President 14 July 2017

The “Note from the President” is sent in order to update the membership on decisions and activities from recent Board meetings and events. The aim of these notes is to keep the agencies informed about the work of ENQA throughout the year and to enhance communication between agencies and the Board.

Please find the Note from the President of 14 July 2017 here.

EQUIP focus groups attempt to address implementation challenges with the ESG 2015

In the framework of the “Enhancing Quality through Innovative Policy and Practice” (EQUIP) project, in which ENQA is a partner, a series of focus groups are being organised. The focus groups will verify and further consolidate the evidence collected through previous project activities about implementation challenges with the ESG 2015 and aim to share good practice and discuss the proposed approaches to solving these challenges and their applicability in different contexts. Each of the focus groups addresses six different stakeholder groups: 1) universities, 2) universities of applied sciences and university colleges (professional higher education), 3) academics, 4) QA agencies, 5) students, and 6) ministries. Three of the focus groups have taken place already – for students, universities, and academics – and have provided insight for those remaining.

ENQA is in charge of organising the focus group addressed to QA agencies. The ENQA focus group will take place in conjunction with the Members’ Forum, on 3-4 May 2017 in Oslo, Norway. It will focus on current issues in quality assurance and the concepts of quality, impact, and innovative solutions related to the ESG 2015. Participation is limited to 20 individuals representing QA agencies who have extensive experience working with the ESG 2015. Individuals who are interested in attending the free event are requested to kindly contact Anaïs Gourdin at the ENQA Secretariat.

EQAF 2017 call for contributions is now open

The 12th European Quality Assurance Forum (EQAF), hosted by the University of Latvia, will take place in Riga, Latvia, on 23-25 November 2017. The Forum organisers, ENQA, ESU, EUA and EURASHE, are seeking proposals for papers and workshops from quality assurance practitioners from higher education institutions and QA agencies, students, and researchers in the field.

Under the title “Responsible QA – committing to impact”, this year’s Forum will focus on the need for quality assurance, whether aiming at accountability or enhancement, to be carried out in a transparent and responsible manner. EQAF 2017 will explore how this can be done in practice, examining issues such as communication, ethics, and the concept of change in quality assurance. During the Forum, paper sessions and workshops will provide space for more detailed discussions about research, policy initiatives, and practical case examples related to current developments in quality assurance. Selected contributions will also receive one reduced fee for attending the Forum. For more information about the call, please consult the EQAF website. The deadline to submit contributions is 24 July 2017.

Note from the President – 3 March 2017

The “Note from the President” is sent in order to update the membership on decisions and activities from recent Board meetings and events. The aim of these notes is to keep the agencies informed about the work of ENQA throughout the year and to enhance communication between agencies and the Board.

Please find the Note from the President of 3 March 2017 here.