Nine quality assurance agencies, active in twelve European countries, now feature on the European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education (EQAR). Three agencies (ANECA, Spain; AQU Catalunya, Spain and NVAO, Flanders and the Netherlands) have already been listed on the Register since December 2008. The following six agencies have now been added, following approval of their applications by the Register Committee on 4-5 April 2009:
• Accreditation, Certification and Quality Assurance Institute (ACQUIN, Germany)
• Akkreditierungsagentur für Studiengänge der Ingenieur-wissenschaften, der Informatik, der Mathematik und der Naturwissenschaften (ASIIN, Germany)
• Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation (FIBAA, Germany)
• Central Evaluation and Accreditation Agency (ZEvA, Germany)
• State Accreditation Commission (PKA, Poland)
• Flemish Council of University Colleges (VLHORA, Belgium).
The Register with full information on included agencies is available online
EQAR was founded by four European stakeholder bodies representing quality assurance agencies (ENQA), students (ESU), universities (EUA) and other higher education institutions (EURASHE) in March 2008 in the context of the Bologna process. To be included, quality assurance agencies have to provide evidence that they work in line with agreed European principles, set out in the European Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance (ESG). EQAR’s Register Committee, an independent body consisting of quality assurance experts, nominated by the European stakeholder organisations, decides on applications for inclusion.
A Communiqué from the Chair of the Register Committee, with further information about EQAR's application process, is available here
To find out more about the EQAR please visit www.eqar.eu