ESG

Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area

ESG 2015

The Standards and guidelines for quality assurance in the European Higher Education Area (ESG) were adopted by the Ministers responsible for higher education in 2005 following a proposal prepared by the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA) in co-operation with the European Students’ Union (ESU), the European Association of Institutions in Higher Education (EURASHE) and the European University Association (EUA).

Since 2005, considerable progress has been made in quality assurance as well as in other Bologna action lines such as qualification frameworks, recognition and the promotion of the use of learning outcomes, all these contributing to a paradigm shift towards student-centred learning and teaching.

Given this changing context, in 2012 the Ministerial Communiqué invited the E4 Group (ENQA, ESU, EUA, EURASHE) in cooperation with Education International (EI), BUSINESSEUROPE and the European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education (EQAR) to prepare an initial proposal for a revised ESG “to improve their clarity, applicability and usefulness, including their scope’.

The revision included several consultation rounds involving both the key stakeholder organisations and ministries. The many comments, proposals and recommendations received have been carefully analysed and taken very seriously by the Steering Group (SG). They are reflected in the resulting version of the ESG. Moreover this version also reflects a consensus among all the organisations involved on how to take forward quality assurance in the European Higher Education Area and, as such, provides a firm basis for successful implementation.

European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA)
European Students’ Union (ESU)
European University Association (EUA)
European Association of Institutions in Higher Education (EURASHE)
In cooperation with:
Education International (EI)
BUSINESSEUROPE
European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education (EQAR)

A comparative analysis of the ESG 2015 and the ESG 2005 is available here (courtesy of the EQUIP project).

The following are (unofficial) translations of the ESG 2015 (in alphabetical order):

ESG in Albanian

Translated by the Kosovo Accreditation Agency

ESG In Bosnian

Translated by Suzana Trubajić within the framework of the EU-funded twinning project, “Strengthening Institutional Capacities for Quality Assurance”.

ESG In Bulgarian

Translated by the National Evaluation and Accreditation Agency of Bulgaria

ESG in Catalan

Translated by AQU Catalunya

ESG in Croatian

Translated by the Agency for Science and Higher Education

ESG In Estonian

Translated by the Estonian Quality Agency for Higher and Vocational Education

ESG In French

Translated by the Réseau Francophone Des Agences Qualité

ESG In German

Translated by the German Rectors' Conference

ESG In Hungarian

Copyright Hungarian Translation (C) OFI in cooperation with the Hungarian Accreditation Committee

ESG In Irish (Gaeilge)

Translated by Quality and Qualifications Ireland

ESG In Japanese

Translated by the National institution for Academic Degrees and University Evaluation

ESG In Kazakh

Translated by the Independent Kazakh Agency for Quality Assurance in Education

ESG in Romanian

Translated by the Agency for Quality Assurance in Higher Education

ESG In Russian

Translated by the National Centre of Public Accreditation

ESG In Russian

Translated by the Independent Kazakh Agency for Quality Assurance in Education

ESG In Spanish

Translated by the Aragon Agency for Quality Assessment and Accreditation

ESG In Spanish

Translated by the National Agency for Quality Assessment and Accreditation of Spain

ESG in Ukrainian

Translated by the British Council

Please note that the translations have not been verified by ENQA and that the translating parties bear the responsibility of inaccuracies.

The ESG 2005 is available here.

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