Archive for April, 2008

Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education – EQAR

April 1, 2008

From recent introduction release it should be noted that the European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education (EQAR) was officially launched in Brussels 4th March 2008 by the “E4 Group” comprising ENQA, ESU, EUA and EURASHE*, with participation by EU Commissioner Jan Figel. 

The new EQAR-register is a landmark for European cooperation in quality assurance of higher education in the context of the Bologna Process reforms, with the aim of providing clear and objective information about trustworthy quality assurance agencies that are working in Europe.  

It also aims to help improve the quality of European higher education and to promote greater student mobility by increasing trust between higher education institutions. The register will provide a means for higher education institutions (where national regulations permit) to choose between different agencies on the register. 

Inclusion on the EQAR, which is voluntary, will be based on compliance with the European Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance adopted by European Education Ministers in 2005. A Committee – composed of independent experts nominated by the E4 Group, BusinessEurope, Education International, together with five government observers – will be responsible for admissions to the register.  

The register will be accepting applications from the summer of 2008 and information will be publicly accessible through a web-based tool. 

Please check 27 March 2008 for further information:

http://www.eqar.eu/www.deanstalk.net

*:

ENQA – European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education

ESU – European Students Union

EUA – European University Association

EURASHE – European Association of Institutions in Higher Education  

 

Povl Tiedemann

Head of Department

March 2008