Supporting European QA Agencies in meeting the ESG (SEQA-ESG) II

Aims and activities

The project’s main aim is to support Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Ukraine (five higher education systems in total) in achieving ESG compliance, including through the establishment of independent QA agencies. Specifically, the project’s objectives are to achieve:

  1. The establishment of legal frameworks that support and enable ESG compliance of the agencies, including the de jure and de facto independence of the agencies (from ministries and from HEIs/other stakeholders);
  2. The alignment of the methodology and processes used in each of the countries to the four stage peer-review method described in the ESG;
  3. A connection of national/agency criteria with Part 1 of the ESG;
  4. The creation of appropriate methods and criteria for the recruitment, selection, and training of peer review experts, including addressing issues of impartiality and independence of experts;
  5. Adequate stakeholder involvement in external quality assurance.

ENQA’s role

ENQA is the coordinator of this project.


The project involves ENQA as the coordinator and partners from each of the participating countries:

ENQA – European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education, Belgium

AHERS – Agency for Higher Education of Republic of Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina

HEA – Agency for Development of Higher Education and Quality Assurance of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bosnia and Herzegovina

NAQA – National Agency for Higher Education Quality Assurance, Ukraine

NEAQA – National Entity for Accreditation and Quality Assurance in Higher Education, Serbia

TKTA – Education Quality Assurance Agency, Azerbaijan

Funding and duration


Timeline: The project is being held from 1 December 2022 to 30 November 2025 (36 months)

Contact and further information

For further information, please contact Alexis Fábregas Almirall or Goran Dakovic.

The SEQA-ESG 2 project introductory video is available here.

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