EQUIP workshop on the ESG 2015 as a tool for change – Vienna

9 May 2016-10 May 2016 All Day

Higher education institutions’ leadership, management, teaching and support staff; quality assurance agency staff; policy-makers and national authorities; students and world of work representatives joined together at the workshop on the ESG as a tool for change where they learned more about the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area (ESG) directly from its authors; benefitted from exchanges with peers on good practices; overcame challenges in translating the ESG into practice.


The workshop, hosted by AQ Austria, took place on 9-10 May 2016, in Vienna, Austria.

Programme and speakers

Day 1 – Monday 9 May 2016

1.00 pm – Registrations

1.45 pm – Opening and plenary

Welcome and introduction tot he workshop, Maria Kelo, ENQA, and Achim Hopbach, AQ Austria

ESG 2015: what has changed and what does it mean to the QA practitioners?, Tia Loukkola, Director for Institutional Development, EUA and Member of the ESG 2015 Drafting Group

The view of the stakeholders on the main challenges with the ESG 2015, Fernando Galan-Palomares, ESU; Caty Duykaerts, ENQA; Andreas Keller, Education International ; Alexandre Wipf, EURASHE ; Andreas Neuhold, Austrian Federal Ministry of Science and Research


Introduction to breakout session 1

3.15 pm – Coffee break

3.45 pm – Breakout session 1: How to use the ESG 2015 in your context?

These target-group-based breakout sessions were proposed to confront the experiences of participants with that of their peers on the use of the ESG 2015 as a tool for change. Case study examples served as the basis for discussions.

Group 1: QAAs, facilitated by Achim Hopbach, AQ Austria

Group 2: Students, facilitated by Beate Treml, ESU

Group 3: HEIs/HEI management, facilitated by Oliver Vettori, Vienna University of Economics and Business

Group 4: Academics, facilitated by Andreas Keller, Education International

5.15 pm – End of day 1 & Reception

Day 2 – Tuesday 10 May 2016

Plenary session: ESG 2015 as a tool for change

Chair: Padraig Walsh, ENQA

Student-centered learning, Beate Treml, ESU

New modes of delivery, Michael Gaebel, EUA

Enhancing quality of programmes – connecting IQA and EQA, Fiona Crozier, QAA


Introduction to breakout session 2

10.30 am – Coffee break

11.00 am – Breakout session 2: Exchange on key themes of the ESG 2015

Using a world café format, participants exchanged with other stakeholders on the themes of plenary session II. Participants were able to reflect on the roles and tasks of various actors in ensuring quality.

Theme 1: Student-centered learning, facilitated by Beate Treml, ESU, and Jens Vraa-Jensen, Education International

Theme 2: New modes of delivery, facilitated by Michael Gaebel, EUA, and Oliver Vettori, Vienna University of Economics and Business

Theme 3: Enhancing quality of programmes – connecting IQA and EQA, facilitated by Fiona Crozier, QAA and Maria Weber, AQ Austria

12.00 pm – Conclusions: looking forward

Chair: Padraig Walsh, ENQA

12.30 – End of workshop & light lunch

The following materials are now available:

Practical information

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