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EUA Newsletter 11   10 June 2011

EUA conducts consultation on the European Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance

EUA has conducted a series of workshops over the spring in order to collect feedback on the implementation of the European Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance (ESGs) within European universities.


This consultation has taken place in the framework of the MAP-ESG project, which is coordinated by the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA), in partnership with the European Students’ Union, EUA and the European Association of Institutions in Higher Education (the ‘E4 group’). The purpose of this project is to gather information on how the ESGs, adopted by the Ministers of Higher Education in 2005, following a proposal of the E4 group, have been applied on national level both by higher education institutions and QA agencies.


EUA has now held three small workshops focussing on the key themes addressed by the ESGs:


  • Policy and procedures for QA & information systems and public information (12-13 May)
  • Approval, monitoring and periodical review of programmes and awards & assessment of students (17-18 May)
  • QA of teaching staff & learning resources and student support (9-10 June)

Following a call for interest, more than 50 delegates from 23 different European countries have participated in these workshops, thus contributing to a thorough discussion on how the ESGs have been implemented and applied in institutional contexts. The discussions during the workshops have emphasised the importance of ESGs as reference points for implementing a QA framework in most national systems and within most universities, and underlined the need for stressing the importance of quality improvement as well as accountability.


The consultations held during the workshops will also be supplemented by the results of a survey which has been disseminated to each of EUA’s collective full members (the national rectors’ conferences from 34 countries).


The conclusions of the EUA consultation process will be discussed by the E4 group in the autumn, and the project will result in an E4 report, and a recommendation on whether the ESGs will need to be revised, which will both be submitted to the Ministers of Higher Education in 2012.

Registrations still open for the Institutional Evaluation Programme (IEP)

Registration for the 2011-2012 round of the Institutional Evaluation Programme (IEP) will be open until 7 July 2011. The Institutional Evaluation Programme is designed to support universities in increasing their capacity for setting and implementing strategic goals, as well as in developing an internal quality culture. The evaluation takes place over a whole academic year and includes a self-evaluation phase, two site-visits and a final report that provides specific recommendations.
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EUA 2010 Annual Report now online

EUA is pleased to present the online publication of its 2010 Annual Report. The publication gives a detailed overview of all EUA’s work – including all of its key policy initiatives, projects and events, together with a detailed breakdown of EUA’s governing bodies, and membership development over the last year.
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Policy and Projects News

Report from the Strategic Global Forum on Doctoral Education

The Strategic Global Forum on Doctoral Education held in April at Aarhus University, has resulted in a common document outlining the main points discussed at the meeting.
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Fourth EUA DOC-CAREERS II Workshop held at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim

On 6-7 June the fourth DOC-CAREERS II Workshop took place at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, Norway.
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Evolving perspectives in International Education: EUA and European universities maintain strong presence at Annual Nafsa Conference

EUA, along with over 9,000 international education professionals recently attended the 63rd Annual Nafsa Conference and Expo in Vancouver, Canada (May 29 – June 3). The theme of the event, ‘Innovation and Sustainability in International Education’, reflected the current interest to generate dynamic and innovative approaches to internationalising education and to ensure that higher education responds to global challenges.
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Events News

Call for contributions: 6th European Quality Assurance Forum, Antwerp, Belgium (17-19 November 2011)

The 6th European Quality Assurance Forum (EQAF) will take place at the University of Antwerp and Artesis University College, Belgium, from 17-19 November 2011. Based on the popularity of this event and feedback received from previous editions, the 2011 Forum, entitled “Quality and trust: at the heart of what we do”, will increase opportunities for exchanging experiences among colleagues, sharing institutional practices, and discovering new QA developments. Through a mix of plenary and parallel sessions, EQAF 2011 will specifically aim to explore the impact and essence of both internal and external QA, and how QA can be further developed to serve these better.
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News from Brussels

Updates on new EU activities in the area of higher education

The European Commission has published its latest figures from the Erasmus programme (for the academic year 2009/10) together with plans for two new education and training benchmarks: one focusing on mobility and the other on the employability of graduates.
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