The European Quality Assurance Forum (EQAF) provides a unique platform for the higher education and quality assurance (QA) communities to monitor, shape and anticipate developments in the field. The main purpose of the Forum is to foster a dialogue on QA that bridges national boundaries and leads to a truly European discussion on QA in higher education, and to create a common European understanding of QA through discussions and networking among different stakeholder groups.
Following the success of previous years, the 7th European Quality Assurance Forum, co-organised by ENQA, ESU, EUA and EURASHE, will take place at Tallinn University, Tallinn, Estonia, on 22-24 November 2012.
Through a mix of plenary and parallel sessions, the 2012 EQAF, entitled “How does quality assurance make a difference?”, will combine practice-oriented or research-based discussions that will take place in the paper sessions and workshops with presentations of current developments in quality assurance (QA).
This year, the Forum will specifically explore the impact of external and internal QA on higher education policies and institutional realities. In this context, the sessions will aim to address issues such as:
external evaluation and institutional follow-up;
the relationship between QA, pedagogical approaches and student learning;
QA supporting institutional aims and profiles;
QA supporting informed decision-making (of students, departments, institutions, policy makers…);
the role of QA in globalised higher education.
The European Quality Assurance Forum (EQAF) provides a platform for discussion, professional development and exchange of experiences among the main stakeholders in quality assurance (QA). Specifically, the Forum will be of interest to rectors and vice-rectors responsible for QA, QA officers in higher education institutions, students, QA agency staff and researchers working on higher education or the QA field.