The 7th European Quality Assurance Forum (EQAF) was co-organised by ENQA, ESU, EUA and EURASHE. The event was hosted by Tallinn University and was held on 22-24 November 2012 in Tallinn, Estonia.
The EQAF has been taking place annually since 2006 and gained increasing popularity over the years. It provides a unique platform for the higher education and QA communities to follow, shape and anticipate developments in the area. The main purpose of this annual event is to foster a dialogue on quality assurance that bridges national boundaries and leads to a truly European discussion on QA in higher education (notably through the Bologna process higher education reforms), and thus create a common European understanding of QA through a dialogue among different stakeholder groups. This event brings together all of the key stakeholders in the field – higher education institutions, quality assurance agencies and students.
Through a mix of plenary and parallel sessions, the 2012 EQAF, entitled How does Quality Assurance Make a Difference?, combined practice-oriented or research-based discussions that took place in the paper sessions and workshops with presentations of current developments in quality assurance (QA). This year, the event specifically explored the impact of external and internal QA on higher education policies and institutional realities.
Within the framework of this year’s EQAF theme, the organisers encouraged paper and workshop proposals that address issues such as external evaluation and institutional follow-up; relationship between QA, pedagogical approaches and student learning; QA supporting institutional aims and goals; QA supporting informed decision-making and the role of QA in globalised higher education.
More information is available on the event website.