Occasional Papers


Quality Assurance of Higher Education in Portugal - An Assessment of the Existing System and Recommendations for a Future System
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In the framework of the EPHE project, an international experts panel was appointed by ENQA and worked on two complementary tasks from December 2005 and November 2006. The first mission consisted in reviewing the existing Portuguese quality assurance practices as conducted by CNAVES, the Portuguese National Council for the Evaluation of Higher Education. Secondly, the panel worked on providing recommendations to the Portuguese government on the organisation, processes and methods of establishment of a national accreditation system which would meet The European Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area (pdf).

The final review report presents the results of the panel's work focusing on the strengths and challenges of the Portuguese quality assurance system as well as giving recommendations for future developments. The response by CNAVES to the final review report can be found here (pdf).


Transnational European Evaluation Project (TEEP II) - Methodological Report
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The Transnational European Evaluation Project II (TEEP II) was a detailed follow-up to the first Transnational European Pilot Project I (TEEP I) coordinated by ENQA in 2002-2003. TEEP II was a European-wide transnational quality evaluation scheme which aspired to identify means and common elements for quality assurance in the Joint Masters Programmes in three subject areas (water magement, cultural and communication studies, law and economics). The three subject-specific reports can be accessed here: Water management (EuroAquae)(pdf), Cultural and Communication Studies (CoMundus)(pdf), Law and Economics (EMLE)(pdf).


Mapping External Quality Assurance in Central and Eastern Europe
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Mapping external quality assurance in Central and Eastern Europe is a report by the Central and Eastern European Network of Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (CEEN). It presents the results of CEEN member surveys that charted how far the member agencies matched up to the good practice described in the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area. The report was published in the series of ENQA Occasional papers.


Quality Convergence Study
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The Quality Convergence Study (QCS), a follow-up to the ENQA Survey on Quality Procedures in Higher Education, has been published in the series of ENQA Occasional papers. It examines the possibilities for convergence of national quality assurance systems in Europe through six samples.

The writing of the self-analysis documents (SADs) by the six participanting QA agencies and their consequent examination constituted an important part of the QCS project. The six SADs can be accessed here:


Transnational European Evaluation Project (TEEP) - Methodological Report
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ENQA coordinated this pilot project to investigate the operational implications of a European transnational quality evaluation in three disciplines (Physics, History, Veterinary Science) in order to test a method for transnational external evaluation. The three subject-specific reports can be accessed here: History, Physics, Veterinary Science.


Quality Procedures in European Higher Education
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A survey on quality assurance procedures in Europe.


A Method for Mutual Recognition
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A pilot project for a mutual recognition procedures between two Nordic quality assurance agencies.


Quality Assurance Implications of New Forms of Higher Education
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ENQA commissioned a project to understand and identify the principal forms and characteristics of new forms of higher education and implications of these forms for current approaches to quality assurance.


Quality Assurance in the Nordic Higher Education - accreditation-like practices
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A group of member agencies from the Nordic countries joined in 2000 in a common project to analyse the concept of accreditation and identify accreditation procedures and similar practices.


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