Work Plan

The work plan 2018 translates the ENQA strategic plan 2016-2020 into short term action. In addition, it will take forward work started in 2016-2017, and takes into account the already secured European Commission co-funded projects for the next year.

The 2018 work plan has benefitted from the feedback received from members, and in particular the ENQA members’ survey in spring 2017. Some specific activities stemming from the needs and expectations of members include the following:

  • Starting a series of webinars;
  • A workshop on learning outcomes and their role in EQA;
  • A seminar for ENQA affiliates preparing to undergo an external review against the ESG;
  • Networking and staff development opportunities for mid-level and early senior staff of ENQA member agencies.

ENQA will also initiate the process for the review of its ENQA Agency Review process for the purposes of accountability and enhancement.

Based on the positive feedback received, the following specific activities, which have been piloted in the past years, would continue:

  • Seminar on the European dimension of QA;
  • Poster sessions by members and affiliates at suitable ENQA events;
  • Seminar for recently reviewed agencies every two years (next time in 2019);
  • Engagement in externally funded QA capacity building projects outside of the EHEA.

In addition to its regular activities such as information provision, membership and statutory activities, representation of ENQA at international events, participation in the management of EQAR, and participation in the EHEA policy making processes, in 2018 ENQA will specifically focus on the following areas of work:

  1. ENQA Agency Reviews and the implementation, use and understanding of the ESG 2015 by European QA agencies (ENQA reviewer training; coordination of the ENQA Agency Reviews; work of the ENQA IQA group; and analysis of the outcomes of ENQA Agency Reviews). In addition, in 2018 ENQA will initiate an external review of the ENQA Agency Review process. These activities are expected to contribute to the achievement of the following strategic objectives:
  2. ENQA supports the continuous development of independent and trustworthy quality assurance agencies operating in line with agreed standards throughout Europe.
    ENQA is the preferred partner for reviews against agreed European standards.
    ENQA contributes to the enhancement and innovation of quality assurance.

  3. Professionalisation of QA and staff at QA agencies (Seminar on the European Dimension of QA for agencies’ staff; ENQA Leadership programme). These activities are expected to contribute to the achievement of the following strategic objectives:
  4. ENQA is a key source of reliable information, expertise and know-how on quality assurance.
    ENQA contributes to the enhancement and innovation of quality assurance.

  5. Developing quality assurance taking into account current and new challenges in European higher education (partner in the LIREQA project on QA and recognition; working group on QA of e-learning; TeSLA-project (e-learning and e-assessment); partner in a project on QA of joint programmes; and others). These activities are expected to contribute to the achievement of the following strategic objectives:
  6. ENQA supports the continuous development of independent and trustworthy quality assurance agencies operating in line with agreed standards throughout Europe.
    ENQA contributes to the enhancement and innovation of quality assurance.
    ENQA is a key source of reliable information, expertise and know-how on quality assurance.

  7. Quality assurance capacity building, in particular in Africa (HAQAA Initiative) and in the ASEAN countries (SHARE project), as well as in India (MIELES project), Lebanon (TLQAA project), Morocco (EQUAM-M), and Jordan (NQF-J project). These activities are expected to contribute to the achievement of the following strategic objectives:
  8. ENQA is a key source of reliable information, expertise and know-how on quality assurance.
    ENQA is a reference point for European quality assurance in the international context.
    ENQA contributes to the enhancement and innovation of quality assurance.

Specifically, in view of the forthcoming Bologna Process Ministerial Conference in May 2018, ENQA will continue its engagement in the European HE policy making through a solid statement to the Ministerial conference outlining the main developments and priorities for quality assurance and quality assurance agencies in Europe.

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The work plan 2018 translates the ENQA strategic plan 2016-2020 into short term action. In addition, it will take forward work started in 2016-2017, and takes into account the already secured European Commission co-funded projects for the next year.