More than 500 higher education stakeholders working in quality assurance from 54 countries gathered at Copenhagen Business School in Denmark (19-21 November) for a major conference on the theme: ‘Creativity and Diversity: Challenges for quality assurance beyond 2010’.
Through a series of plenary and parallel sessions (altogether 43 paper or workshop sessions), the event provided a platform for discussion and exchange of experiences and best practice among the main stakeholders in quality assurance. During the event, a wide range of case studies both from universities and quality assurance agencies were presented as well as the EC’s progress report on quality assurance
. The discussions demonstrated that attention should be paid to how the quality assurance procedures are designed so that they do not lead to ‘standardisation or harmonisation’ of higher education but genuinely encourage creativity and support diversity. At the end of the Forum, it was announced that, following a decision of the Forum Steering Committee, next year’s EQAF will be hosted by University Claude Bernard Lyon I, France on 18 – 20 November, 2010. More details will follow through the EUA website and newsletter next year. The event is co-organised by ENQA, ESU, EUA, and EURASHE, and is supported by the Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Commission. Presentations from the event will soon be available from the Forum website
. A sideways commentary on the relationship of quality assurance and creativity was also provided by cartoonist, Patrick Sanders, who produced a series of cartoons during the Forum to stimulate participants to look differently at the ways in which they work (please see cartoon above – copyright Patrick Sanders).