ENQA Leadership Development Programme 2024

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The ENQA Leadership Development Programme is designed to provide an intensive European peer-learning experience for high-potential professional staff in member and affiliate quality assurance agencies. It is a unique opportunity for QA agencies to offer their staff targeted training in an international environment.

The Programme was first launched in 2018 and following high participant satisfaction from four rounds of the programme so far, ENQA has launched a fifth edition, which is now open for registrations.

Aims and activities

The Leadership Development Programme aims to:

  • Expose participants to up-to-date information and reflection on key developments in the European Higher Education Area as well as to important international higher education trends, and the impact these have on QA and the work of agencies
  • Support participants in enhancing their understanding of leadership skills and competences in the specific context of QA agencies, including the complexities of stakeholder cooperation
  • Provide mid-level QA agency professional staff with an opportunity to exchange with colleagues in similar positions in other European countries, and to work together between seminars in project groups on a small-scale, focused project related to European quality assurance and quality enhancement
  • Enable participants to visit three European QA agencies and to learn from their leaders


Further details of the Programme’s activities and learning approach are available here.

Schedule and fee

The Programme consists of three two-day seminars and small-group projects:

  • Seminar I hosted by the Hungarian Accreditation Committee (MAB), on 5-7 June 2024 in Budapest, Hungary: “Trends and developments in higher education – the context for QA agencies”
  • Seminar II hosted by the Swedish Higher Education Authority (UKÄ), on 18-20 September 2024 in Stockholm, Sweden: “Organisational culture in higher education”
  • Seminar III hosted by the Agency for Quality Assurance through Accreditation of Study Programmes (AQAS), on 27-29 November 2024 in Cologne, Germany: “Formal and informal leadership in QA agencies” and alumni event


The fee to participate in the programme is € 1 925. The fee includes:

  • Participation in the three programme seminars
  • All presentations and programme materials
  • Main meals during the seminars
  • Mentoring by an ENQA Board member or a senior staff member of an ENQA member agency for the small group projects (June to November)


The sending agencies are also expected to take care of and cover the costs of travel and accommodation during the seminars.


To register to participate in the Programme, please fill in the application form.

Through the form you will be asked to upload:

  • A CV
  • A short (max. 1 page) letter of motivation, explaining your interest in the Programme
  • A letter from your line manage or CEO of your agency confirming their support for your participation


The deadline to register is 27 March 2024. Applications will be assessed after the deadline and confirmations will be sent shortly after. As places are limited to a maximum of 20 participants, there will be an initial limit of two participants per agency, with additional applicants added to a waiting list in case spaces are available and profiles match the requirements.


ENQA Leadership Development Programme – Brochure
ENQA Leadership Development Programme – Draft programme

Contact and further information

For questions or further information, please contact Anaïs Gourdin.

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