ENQA Leadership Programme 2019

The first edition of the ENQA Leadership Programme was launched in 2018 as an initiative of the ENQA Board. The second edition, with an even better programme, is now ready for registrations!

The programme is designed to provide an intensive European peer-learning experience for high-potential professional staff in member and affiliate quality assurance agencies. The programme is a unique opportunity for QA agencies to offer their staff targeted training in an international environment!

Schedule

The programme consists of three two-day seminars and small-group projects:

Participation fee

The fee to participate in the programme is € 1 700. The fee includes:

  • Participation in the three programme seminars
  • All presentations and programme materials
  • Main meals during the seminars (as described in the draft programme)
  • Mentoring by an ENQA Board member or a senior staff member of an ENQA member agency for the small group projects (October to March)
  • Participation in an ENQA Leadership Programme alumni group
  • Discount of 15% for a fee-based ENQA event in 2020 or 2021

The sending agencies are also expected to take care of and cover the costs of travel and accommodation during the seminars.

Fee-waiver grant scheme

In order to enable the participation of QA agency staff from agencies with fewer resources, the programme offers five fee-waivers (travel and accommodation costs remain the responsibility of the sending agency).

To apply for the fee-waiver scheme, the agency should send an email with supporting documents to the ENQA Director Maria Kelo at maria.kelo@enqa.eu by 5 June 2019. The waiver request should include:

  • A free format motivation letter from the agency explaining why it is not able to cover the participation fee of the proposed candidate and why the participation of the proposed staff member would be particularly important for the agency.
  • Name and short CV/bio of the proposed participants, so that eligibility for the programme can be verified.
  • A firm commitment from the agency to ensure participation of the proposed staff member in all three seminars, as well as the small-group project, and a commitment to cover the additional costs related to travel and accommodation for the three seminars.

The ENQA Board will consider the requests for fee waivers and inform the applicant agencies of their decision by the end of July 2019. The fee waivers are awarded at the discretion of the Board and are not appealable. The waivers are limited to one per applicant agency. The fee-waiver scheme is open to ENQA member agencies only.

Participation is limited to 22 participants in total, with a maximum of two participants per agency. Participants commit to following the full cycle of the programme (from October 2019 to March 2020), including attendance in the three seminars and contribution to the group work.

Materials

ENQA leadership programme – Brochure
ENQA Leadership programme – Draft programme

Registration

Requests to register for the programme, or requests for further information, can be sent by email to ENQA Director Maria Kelo (maria.kelo@enqa.eu) by 15 June 2019. Places are allocated on a first come first served basis to the eligible candidates. Requests to register should include a written letter indicating:

  • the prospective participant’s interest in the programme;
  • their position in the agency;
  • and support from their line manager or the CEO of the agency.

Erasmus+

Effective involvement of stakeholders in external quality assurance activities – ESQA

ENQA is currently involved as a partner in the project “Effective involvement of stakeholders in external quality assurance activities” (ESQA) led by the Romanian Ministry of National Education. The project is funded by the Erasmus+ programme Key Action 3 – Support to Policy Reform.

Project Duration

1 May 2019 – 30 April 2021 (24 months)

Background

The project is framed by the 2012 Bucharest ministerial communiqué which stated: “We commit to both maintaining the public responsibility for quality assurance and to actively involve a wide range of stakeholders in this development.” In the 2018 Paris Communiqué, the ministers of education stated that “fulfilling our commitments depends on the concerted efforts of national policy-makers, public authorities, institutions, staff, students and other stakeholders as well as coordination at EHEA level.”

The Bologna Implementation Report concludes: there is still improvement to be made to meet the Bologna Process commitment to full student engagement. [Concerning employers, in 19 out of 48 countries,] there are no formal requirements with regard to the involvement of employers.

In addition, the Thematic Peer Group C on Quality Assurance (TPG C on QA) of BFUG identified the theme “Role and engagement of stakeholders in internal and external quality assurance” as one in which work is further needed.

Objectives and project activities

The ESQA project aims to support the activity of the Peer Group C on stakeholders’ involvement in external quality assurance (EQA). It will explore various categories of stakeholder engagement and expectations stakeholders have towards EQA with the aim to make this engagement effective and diversified. Recommendations will be provided to the national authorities and QA agencies in terms of stakeholders’ involvement, regarding ways to strengthen dialogue and cooperation, as well for their effective involvement in QA processes. A Study and a Guideline on stakeholders’ involvement will be developed, and respectively peer-learning activities will be organised with the participation of the TPG C on QA members.

Consortium

The consortium is led by the Romanian Ministry of National Education and includes five QA agencies (the Romanian Agency for Quality Assurance in Higher Education, ARACIS; the High Council for the evaluation of Research and Higher education, Hcéres; the National Evaluation and Accreditation Agency, NEAA; the Danish Accreditation Institution, AI; and the National Agency for Quality Assurance in Education and Research, ANACEC; as well as European stakeholder organisations representing QA agencies (the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education, ENQA), HEIs (the European Association of Institutions in Higher Education, EURASHE) and students (the European Students’ Union, ESU).

Erasmus+

Developing a European Approach for Comprehensive QA of (European) University Networks – EUniQ

ENQA is currently involved as a partner in the project “Developing a European Approach for Comprehensive QA of (European) University Networks” (EUniQ) coordinated by the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO). The project is funded by the Erasmus+ programme Key Action 3 – Support to Policy Reform.

Project Duration

15 May 2019 – 14 May 2021 (24 months)

Background

Higher education (HE) is always evolving which is one of the great challenges for external quality assurance (QA) and for QA agencies. In order to continuously support the enhancement of quality and innovation in HE, QA agencies need to make sure that their QA methodologies fit this demand appropriately. QA agencies have therefore always further developed their QA methodologies to best fit their national HE system. Some of the current developments in HE can however not be dealt nationally. This concerns for example the development of cross-border HE, the policy integration of university networks, the expanding offers of international joint programmes, and the establishment of European Universities. These developments put pressure on QA agencies. They need to be able to address and assess quality in all these emerging fields of HE without impeding HE innovativeness and autonomy.

Objectives and project activities

The EUniQ project supports QA agencies in addressing evolving methodological challenges. It intends to provide a roadmap for QA agencies to jointly develop QA methodologies, from a needs analysis to a developed QA approach. In this project, the policy integration of university networks and the establishment of European Universities will be the pertinent case studies. (Universities are here referred to as covering all types of HE institutions.)

Throughout the project, the partnership organises several peer support activities, from a quarterly Peer Support Newsletter to three large-scale Peer Support Events.

Consortium

The partnership includes eight QA agencies, six HE ministries and European stakeholder associations, namely:

  • Ministry of Education and Training, Belgium/Flemish Community
  • Ministry of Education, Sports and Science, Albania
  • Ministry of Education and Science, Bulgaria
  • High Council for the evaluation of research and Higher Education (Hcéres), France
  • Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport, Georgia
  • Ministry of National Education, Romania
  • Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO)
  • National Centre for Professional Education Quality Assurance, Foundation (ANQA), Armenia
  • Swiss Agency of Accreditation and Quality Assurance (AAQ)
  • Slovenian Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (SQAA)
  • Academic Information Centre (AIC), Latvia
  • Swedish Higher Education Authority (UKÄ)
  • National Entity for Accreditation and Quality Assurance (NEAQA), Serbia
  • National Agency for the Evaluation of Universities and Research Institutes (ANVUR), Italy
  • European University Association (EUA), Belgium
  • European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA), Belgium
  • European Students’ Union (ESU), Belgium

Erasmus+

ENQA Leadership programme 2018

ENQA Leadership programme is designed to provide an intensive European peer-learning experience for high-potential mid-level to early-senior professional staff at QA agencies to develop their understanding of the European QA framework as well as of the leadership skills required for working effectively as team leaders within agencies, in reviews, and with external stakeholders. The programme is open to ENQA members and affiliates.

The programme consists of three two-day seminars (from 16h00 on Day 1 until 14h00 on Day 3):

  1. Seminar 1 in Brussels, 16 – 18 May, hosted by AEQES: “Trends and developments in (European) higher education”;
  2. Seminar 2 in Bern, 10 – 12 September, hosted by AAQ: “Leadership and higher education”;
  3. Seminar 3 in Barcelona, 6-8 November, hosted by AQU Catalunya: “Formal and informal leadership in Quality Assurance Agencies”.

The fee to participate in the programme is € 1700. The fee includes:

  • Participation in the three programme seminars;
  • All presentations and programme materials;
  • Main meals during the seminars (as indicated in the programme);
  • Mentoring by an ENQA Board member or a senior staff member of an ENQA member agency for the small group projects (May to November);
  • Participation in an ENQA Leadership Programme alumni group;
  • Discount of 15% on fee-based ENQA event in 2019 or 2020.

The travel and accommodation costs to attend the seminars will be covered by the participants/their sponsoring agency.

Participation is limited to 22 participants in total, with an indicative maximum of two participants per agency. Participants commit to following the full cycle of the programme (from May to November), including attendance in the three seminars and contribution to the group work.

Materials

ENQA leadership programme – Brochure
ENQA Leadership programme – Draft programme

Registration

Registration for the programme is now closed.

Database of External Quality Assurance Results – DEQAR

ENQA is currently involved as a partner in the project “Database of External Quality Assurance Results – DEQAR” coordinated by the European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education (EQAR). The project was selected for EU co-funding under Erasmus+ Key Action 3 – European Forward-Looking Cooperation Projects.

Project Duration

November 2017 – October 2019

Background

In 2016 EQAR carried out a feasibility study on the Database, including surveys of potential users and registered agencies, as well as desk research of existing database initiatives.

The resulting Report and Operational Model were presented to EQAR members (European governments and stakeholder organisations), most of whom had received positive feedback from their national stakeholders and considered that the database would enhance accessibility of external quality assurance results.

While all EQAR-registered agencies publish the reports and decisions from their external quality assurance on their own websites, users frequently face difficulties accessing such information, especially from other countries than the one they are familiar with. The results of the study showed that most EQAR-registered agencies could supply the information that is most relevant to users into a central European database.

Once set-up, the Database will allow users to identify whether a higher education institution has been subject to external quality assurance in line with the ESG, by an EQAR-registered agency (at institutional level, or one or more of its programmes) and to easily access the corresponding external QA report(s).

Objectives

The main aim of the DEQAR project is the development of a database that will enhance access to reports and decisions on higher education institutions/programmes externally reviewed against the ESG, by an EQAR-registered agency.

The database is expected to enable a broad range of users, including but not limited to:

  • Recognition information centres (ENIC-NARICs)
  • Recognition officers in higher education institutions
  • Students
  • Quality assurance agencies
  • Ministry representatives and other national authorities

to satisfy their information needs and support different types of decisions (e.g. recognition of degrees, mobility of students, portability of grants/loans). A first public preview version of the database will be available in May 2018.

Through this database EQAR will contribute to the transparency of external quality assurance in the European Higher Education Area.

Consortium

The project consortium consists of:

Coordinator: EQAR

Stakeholders & users will be involved in ensuring relevance of the database and links with the end users:

  • ENQA – The European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education
  • ESU- European Students Union
  • EUA – European University Association
  • EURASHE – European Association of Institutions in Higher Education
  • EI – Education International
  • CIMEA – Centro di Informazione sulla Mobilità e le Equivalenze (Italian ENIC-NARIC)

A Research Centre will be responsible for piloting studies in the use of the database:

  • University of Ghent – The Centre for Higher Education Governance Ghent (CHEGG)

17 QA agencies as well as GAC and HRK. They will have as main responsibility the technical implementation of the database:

  • A3ES – Agency for Evaluation and Accreditation of Higher Education
  • ACPUA – Aragon Agency for Quality Assurance and Strategic Foresight in Higher Education
  • ACSUG – Agency for Quality Assurance in the Galician University System
  • ANECA – National Agency for the Quality Assessment and Accreditation of Spain
  • AQU – Catalan University Quality Assurance Agency
  • ARACIS – Romanian Agency for Quality Assurance in Higher Education
  • ASHE – Agency for Science and Higher Education
  • ASIIN e.V.
  • BAC – British Accreditation Council for Independent Further and Higher Education
  • EKKA – Estonian Quality Agency for Higher and Vocational Education
  • fmid – Fundación para el Conocimiento Madrimasd
  • HCERES – High Council for Evaluation of Research and Higher Education
  • PKA – Polish Accreditation Committee
  • NVAO – Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders
  • SQAA – Slovenian Quality Assurance Agency
  • Unibasq – Agency for Quality of the Basque University System
  • GAC – German Accreditation Council
  • HRK – Hochschulrektorenkonferenz

Associate Partners (do not benefit from the EU grant and may come from non-EU countries):

ECA will contribute experience and expertise from Qrossroads:

  • ECA – European Consortium for Accreditation

Registered QA agencies from non-eligible countries will be involved in the technical implementation of the database:

  • AKKORK – The Agency for Higher Education Quality Assurance and Career Development
  • KAA – Kosovo Accreditation Agency
  • NCPA – National Center for Public Accreditation

Erasmus+

Facilitating implementation of the European Approach for Quality Assurance of Joint Programmes – ImpEA

ENQA is currently involved as a partner in the project “Facilitating implementation of the European Approach for Quality Assurance of Joint Programmes – ImpEA” coordinated by the Polish Accreditation Committee.

ImpEA

Project Duration

October 2017 – September 2020

Background

The European Approach for Quality Assurance of Joint Programmes was adopted at the Bologna Process Ministerial Conference in Yerevan in May 2015. The European Approach is a step towards minimising barriers in external quality assurance of joint programmes. However, to date, only a few countries have fully integrated the European Approach into their accreditation procedures, and several difficulties in implementing the Approach persist. The “Facilitating implementation of the European Approach for Quality Assurance of Joint Programmes (ImpEA)” project consortium hopes to address this issue by exploring the existing challenges in the use of the European Approach and sharing some of the success stories and good practices that can be used to support the further use of the European Approach in different contexts.

Objectives

The main aim of the project will be to support efficient implementation of the European Approach for Quality Assurance of Joint Programmes. This aim will be achieved by successful completion of the following objectives:

  1. Identifying key obstacles in implementation of the European Approach in the European Higher Education Area in general, and project partner countries in particular;
  2. Supporting partner QA agencies in running EA-based programme accreditation procedures (ex ante and ex post)
  3. Supporting partner HEI in pursuing the external accreditation based on the EA
  4. Developing a EA implementation toolkit (set of recommendations and proposed solutions for the policy makers and QA agencies)

Consortium

  • Polish Accreditation Committee (PKA), coordinator
  • European Consortium for Accreditation in Higher Education (ECA)
  • European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA)
  • Agency for Quality Assurance through Accreditation of Study Programmes (AQAS)
  • Basque University System Quality Assurance Agency (Unibasq)
  • Adam Mickiewicz University (AMU)
  • University of Deusto (UD)
  • Warsaw School of Tourism and Recreation
  • Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg

The European Quality Assurance Register (EQAR) is an associate partner of the project.

Erasmus+

Enhancing Quality Assurance Management in Morocco – EQuAM-M

ENQA is currently involved as a partner in the project “Enhancing Quality Assurance Management in Morocco” (EQuAM-M) coordinated by the University of Barcelona, Spain. The project has received funding under Erasmus+ KA2 “Capacity building in the field of higher educational”.

TERM/DURATION

1 October 2017 to 30 September 2020 (36 months)

PARTNERSHIP

The project brings together a consortium of 19 partners:

• 14 from Morocco: Centre for the Advancement of Research and Development in Educational Technology LTD – CARDET, Ministère de l’Enseignement Supérieur, de la Recherche Scientifique et de la Formation des Cadres – MESRSFC, Agence National d’Evaluation et d’Assurance Qualité de l’Enseignement Supérieur et de la Recherche Scientifique – ANEAQ, Université Abdelmalek Essaâdi – UAE, University Ibn Tofail – UIT, University Hassan 1 – UH1, University Hassan 2 Casablanca – UH2C, University Moulay Ismail – UMI, University Cadi Ayyad – UCA, University Mohammed V – UM5R, University Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah – USMBA, University Mundiapolis – MUC, Euro-Mediterranean University of Fes – UEMF, University Ibn Zohr – UIZ

• 5 from Europe: two quality assurance organisations (ENQA, Agencia Nacional de Evaluación de la Calidad y Acreditación – ANECA), and 3 European universities (Université de Montpellier – UM, Università degli Studi di Roma “La Sapienza”- UNIROMA1, Universitat de Barcelona – UB).

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

Project aim

The overall aim of the project is to assist Morocco in its ambition to further develop and enhance a new national Quality Assurance Agency for HE whose work will be aligned with the immediate and direct needs of society, whilst also meeting international expectations. The project is concerned specifically with the development, application and outcomes of academic QA and its improvement/enhancement.

The Project will identify and assist in the development of a) the essential components of QA system that meet national and institutional needs, and b) a ‘road map’ and White Paper setting out a reasonable transition from the current situation to one that demonstrably meets international norms and expectations.

PROJECT ACTIVITIES

The specific objectives for the Project include the development of:

• A Road Map addressing the necessary detailed requirements for implementing and/or improving the functions and procedures of QA at the institutional level and the link between Internal and External QA.
• A White Paper aiming at informing key stakeholders in Morocco on the progressive implementation of the new QA system; and with recommendations for meeting the shared needs of EQA and IQA in Morocco. It will include a 10 year ‘road map’ for the progressive ‘evolution’ of QA for Moroccan HE to support the development of a Quality Culture.
• A shared toolkit’ to meet needs of Internal and External QA in Morocco that will lead to
• A Code of Practice for the Management of Quality Assurance in Moroccan universities.

The project will be divided in six main phases:

1. Current QA in Moroccan HE:
2. Comparing experiences with EU agencies and their relationships with HEIs
3. Development of a quality assurance ‘tool kit’
4. Aligning EQA and IQA
5. Piloting the QA Tool kit and Code of Practice
6. Enhancing QA management and its impact on Moroccan HE

More information can be found on the project website here.

Programme Evaluation for Transparency and Recognition of Skills and Qualifications – TLQAA+

ENQA is currently involved as a partner in the project “Programme Evaluation for Transparency and Recognition of Skills and Qualifications” (TLQAA+) coordinated by the University of Balamand, Lebanon. The project has received funding under Erasmus+ KA2 “Capacity building in the field of higher educational”.

TERM/DURATION

15 October 2016 to 14 October 2019 (36 months)

PARTNERSHIP

The project brings together a consortium of 23 partners:

• 14 from Lebanon: the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, 12 Lebanese universities (University of Balamand, Université Libanaise , Université Saint Joseph, American University of Beirut, Lebanese American University, Beirut Arab University, Université Saint Esprit, Notre Dame University – Louaizé, Al Manar University of Tripoli, Université Sainte Famille, Université Antonine, Islamic University of Lebanon) and the Association of Lebanese Industrialists.

• 9 from Europe: four quality assurance organisations (ENQA, ANECA, CIEP, HCERES), and 5 European universities (Université de Lorraine, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Universidad de Alicante, Universitat de Barcelona, Hochschule Osnabrück – University of Applied Sciences).

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

Project aim
The Erasmus+ TLQAA+ project is a three-year project that aims at setting the ground for the evaluation of academic programmes in the Lebanese Higher Education and at further developing a national qualifications framework. The main idea is to combine quality and relevance of academic programmes to better serve the students, the higher education and the society in general. It also deals with issues like recognition and quality assurance of non-traditional learning methods. The project is open to associate institutions and individual experts in some of its activities.

TLQAA+ objectives could be classified as direct objectives and indirect objectives. The direct objectives fall under the development of the necessary blocks for programmes’ evaluation in the Lebanese HE system and the establishment of processes to connect the evaluation with the recognition of skills and qualifications. These blocks include:

• A set of descriptors for a Lebanese QF
• A set of global descriptive indicators for serving external or internal evaluation and helping in strategic planning
• Core standards and guidelines for the evaluation of programmes
• Guidelines and training courses for establishing and developing internal QA units
• Training of thirty to forty experts to conduct programmes’ review in a training of trainer setting
• Necessary communication model and platform for the dialogue with the stakeholders from the labor market for enhancing employability and maintaining the LQF

Beside the direct objectives, the project will achieve many indirect objectives such as:

• Maintain and nurture the climate of trust within the Lebanese HE
• Determine the quality issues related to courses’ delivery modes (a crucial topic with the establishment of technology-based modes of delivery, e.g. the MOOCs)
• Better understand quality issues related to internationalization of higher education and in particular the recognition issues
• Experiment the draft Lebanese QF that permits a better understanding of the tool

PROJECT ACTIVITIES

To achieve the objectives of the project TLQAA+ activities are organised in 13 workpackages. These can be grouped into five groups:

• Preparation: it includes the definition of a NQF and global descriptive indicators, the QA of different delivery modes and, the connection between recognition, NQF and QA
• Programme Standards and Guidelines: including the core standards and guidelines and specific standard and guidelines for programmes in Engineering, Health Sciences and, Human and Social Sciences
• Capacity Building and Validation: including building internal quality assurance units, selection and training of experts and pilot evaluation
• Dissemination
• Project management and quality control

 
More information is available on the project website.

Integrating Entrepreneurship and Work Experience into Higher Education – WEXHE

WEXHE aims to support the development of work-based learning relating to HE – internships/work placements, apprenticeships and entrepreneurship – thereby enhancing the value of higher education and supporting the transition of graduates into employment and career success.

Project Duration

January 2017 – December 2019

Background

The project responds to concerns expressed by stakeholders on the shortcomings in the labour market orientation of higher education (HE), focusing on the balance between practical and theoretical learning in HE and mismatches between the skill sets of graduates and the skills they require during their early careers. EU countries have experienced a substantial increase in graduate unemployment and a decrease in quality of employment. European students and graduates report continuously that they are worried about their careers. At the same time employers and employers’ organisations report they are having increasing difficulties in finding graduates with matching skills.

In this Knowledge Alliance, Integrating Entrepreneurship and Work Experience into Higher Education (WEXHE), enterprises, associations, and HEIs come together to identify and analyse current provision of work experience in HEIs in seven different EU countries, generating 84 case studies of work-based learning (WBL) involving all four types of disciplinary sectors (hard-pure, e.g. natural sciences; soft-pure, e.g. humanities and social sciences; hard-applied, e.g. medicine; and soft-applied, e.g. social work) covering work placements, traineeships and entrepreneurships. Working with practitioners, it will create 12 replicable modules of WBL, together with guidance on management, quality assurance, learning outcomes, funding, and accreditation. These modules will cover and support the four sectors and will be tailored to national contexts. A unique feature is the attention to humanities for which the transition to the labour market is less transparent and mapped than other sectors.

Objectives

The project aims to:

  1. increase capacity of HE staff and enterprises to provide high quality work experience and entrepreneurship,
  2. identify what kind of WBL leads to high quality jobs,
  3. support the accreditation of WBL through ECTS and effective Quality Assurance, and
  4. ensure that skills needs of employers are understood.

The project will review existing and support further policy development

Consortium

The project consortium consists of:

  • University of Groningen, The Netherlands (project coordinator)
  • University of Warwick, United Kingdom
  • University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • University of Applied Sciences Münster, Germany
  • NOVATEX Solutions, Ltd., Cyprus
  • UIIN, The Netherlands
  • Spanish Chamber of Commerce, Spain
  • Polish Chamber of Commerce, Poland
  • European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA), Belgium
  • European Association of Institutions in Higher Education (EURASHE)

For information about ENQA’s participation in this project, please contact Milja Homan.

Erasmus+

Linking Academic Recognition and Quality Assurance – LIREQA

LIREQA aims at contributing to fair recognition of qualifications by developing recommendations to relate academic recognition to both internal and external quality assurance.

The project will bring together communities of credential evaluators, represented by ENIC/NARIC networks and centres, communities of quality assurance specialists, represented by national/regional external quality assurance agencies and their association ENQA, and higher education institutions.

Project Duration

December 2016 – May 2019

Background

LIREQA will follow upon the initiative by several quality assurance agencies, members of ENQA, to explore the topic of linking recognition with quality assurance, an important topic following the adoption of the ESG 2015. Quality assurance agencies,  SKVC, CTI, ANECA, AQU Catalunya, also QQI agreed to voluntary engage, forming a working group, which was later endorsed by the ENQA Board in summer 2015. The working group had just begun when the NARIC call under Erasmus+ was issued, and the group agreed that it provided a vital funding opportunity. Being both an ENIC/NARIC centre and external QA agency, SKVC took the lead.

Objectives

The projects aims to:

  1. map the present situation and learn of expectations and possibilities for improvement from the main stakeholders (ENIC/NARIC centres,QA agencies, HEls);
  2. create a set of recommendations to address fair recognition of qualifications via external and internal quality assurance (QA);
  3. build capacity of ENIC/NARIC centres, QA agencies and HEls.

Consortium

The consortium consists of the following NARIC partners:

  • NARIC Lithuania – coordinator (SKVC, which also acts as external quality assurance agency in Lithuania),
  • NARIC Netherlands (EP-Nuffic),
  • NARIC Norway (which also acts as external quality assurance agency in Norway (NOKUT),
  • NARIC Latvia (which also acts as external quality assurance agency in Latvia).

The following non-NARIC partners will be involved:

  • CTI (Commission des Titres d’lngenieur, which is a quality agency for engineering education in France),
  • AQU Catalunya (Catalan University Quality Assurance Agency, Barcelona),
  • ANECA (National Agency for Quality Assessment and Accreditation of Spain, Madrid),
  • ENQA (European Association for Quality Assurance of Higher Education, Belgium).

Advisory Group consists of members as listed below:

  • President of Intergovernmental Lisbon Recognition Convention Committee (LRC) Committee,
  • Representative of ESU (European Student Union), one of the main consultative partners in the EHEA,
  • Representative of higher education institutions, coming from EUA as one of the main consultative partners in the EHEA,
  • External expert, former member of NARIC Advisory Board.

Erasmus+