Note from the President – 7 May 2018

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 7 May 2018 here.

Save the date for the ENQA Seminar 2018 – Quality Assurance in the European Context!

Save the date for ENQA’s annual seminar on the European dimension of quality assurance, taking place on 14-15 June 2018 at the University Foundation in Brussels, Belgium. The seminar is open to all, but it is primarily geared towards new staff of QA agencies or others with less knowledge or experience working in quality assurance at the European level.

Similar to previous years’ events in 2016 and 2017, the seminar will include plenary and interactive sessions and plenty of opportunities to discuss recent developments with international colleagues as well as those involved at the European level. The programme and opening of registration will follow in April, but in the meantime, ENQA would like to encourage you to alert your colleagues of this opportunity and to save the date.

EQAF 2018 call for contributions is now open

The 13th edition of the European Quality Assurance Forum (EQAF), hosted by WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business) and AQ Austria, will take place in Vienna, Austria on 15-17 November 2018. 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.

This year’s forum will focus on the theme of “Broadening the scope of QA” and will explore how institutions and QA agencies can build quality assurance systems that encompass a broad range of activities, including learning and teaching, research, governance and administration, and service to society. During the Forum, paper sessions and workshops will provide space for more in-depth discussions about research, policy initiatives, and practical case examples related to the Forum theme and more generally about 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 2018.

ENQA Leadership Programme – Now open for registrations!

ENQA is very pleased to announce the launch of a new initiative open to its members and affiliates – the ENQA Leadership Programme! The programme is designed to provide an intensive European peer-learning experience for high-potential mid-level to early-senior professional staff at QA agencies to develop their understanding of the European QA framework as well as of the leadership skills required for working effectively as team leaders within agencies, in reviews, and with external stakeholders.

The programme consists of three two-day seminars:

  • Seminar One at AEQES in Brussels, 16 – 18 May: “Trends and developments in (European) higher education”;
  • Seminar Two at AAQ in Bern, 10 – 12 September: “Leadership and higher education”;
  • Seminar Three in the week of 5-9 November (place and exact dates TBC): “Formal and informal leadership in Quality Assurance Agencies”.

The ENQA Board has contracted the Center for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS), University of Twente, the Netherlands to be the programme leaders. CHEPS is one of Europe’s leading higher education research centres and has two-decades of experience in higher education leadership development, including running an annual leadership development programme for the European Consortium of Innovative Universities (ECIU) since 2006.

More information on the Leadership programme can be found here.

Call for reviewers for ENQA Agency Reviews announced

ENQA invites its members to nominate candidates for the ENQA pool of experts. ENQA is specifically seeking candidates currently employed by a QA agency and who have been engaged in quality assurance within the past five years. The nominees are expected to be fluent in English (both written and oral), as it is the main working language of the ENQA Agency Reviews. The nominating agency/individual should know the nominee personally. At this time, one nomination per agency is welcome.

Nominated experts will be included in a list of candidates, however, the nomination to the ENQA pool is not a guarantee of being invited to a training, as places for training are limited, and the selection is made on the basis of the needs of the reviewer pool for the coming year (profile, nationality, language competences, gender, and expertise).

The next ENQA Training for Agency Reviewers will take place on 31 May – 1 June 2018 in Madrid. The nominees selected to participate in this training event will be contacted individually.

Nominations, including a curriculum vitae for each nominee, should be sent to ENQA Secretariat at agne.grajauskiene@enqa.eu by Monday 5 March 2018. Please use the CV template available for download here.




***Please note that ENQA Secretariat will save nominated reviewers’ information, including name, email address, profile, nationality, language competences, gender, and expertise, in the ENQA pool of experts, which is used for keeping a record of potential reviewers. Nominated candidates may be contacted by ENQA in matters related to ENQA-coordinated reviews. Candidates’ data will not be transferred or shared with any unrelated third parties.***

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.