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Preview of the 5th European Quality Assurance Forum in Lyon (18-20 November 2010)

15 November 2010

This month’s European Quality Assurance Forum for Higher Education will bring together nearly 500 higher education stakeholders (from around 50 countries) working in quality, including higher education institutions, students, quality assurance agencies, governments and intergovernmental organisations as well as researchers in higher education.

Taking place at the University Claude Bernard Lyon I in France, the theme of the event is “Building Bridges: making sense of QA in European, national and institutional contexts”. The opening session will look to address the question: Is there a European dimension to quality assurance? In a keynote speech, Peter Williams, one of the principal authors of the European Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance (ESG) and former President of ENQA, will reflect on what the ESG have achieved and what they have failed so far to do.

There will also be a plenary session designed to enable participants to take stock of institutional QA processes in Europe, and this will include the presentation of the main findings of a new report by EUA which has mapped internal quality processes in Europe’s universities.

The Forum will also include plenary sessions examining the link between the learning outcomes and quality assurance, and the impact of external quality assurance in a changing higher education environment. Working groups and a special Forum Café will also provide opportunities for disseminating and sharing information on institutional practices across Europe.

The Forum is organised by EUA, the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA), the European Students' Union (ESU) and European Association of Institutions in Higher Education (EURASHE) and is supported by the Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Commission.

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European University Association (EUA)

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