CURRENT REVIEWS

Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI)

The review will evaluate the way in which and to what extent the Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) fulfills the criteria for ENQA membership and thus the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area. The evaluation is scheduled to finish April 2019.

Background and context

Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) is responsible for the external quality assurance of further and higher education and training (including English language provision) in Ireland and validates programmes and makes awards to certain providers in these sectors.

QQI is also responsible for the maintenance, development and review of the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).

QQI was established in November 2012, following the amalgamation of the functions of four bodies that had awarding and external quality assurance responsibilities. As an amalgamated agency, QQI was reviewed by ENQA in 2014 and was successful in its reconfirmation of membership. It has been an ENQA member since then. QQI is applying for renewal of its membership in 2019.

QQI has been registered on EQAR since 2015 and is applying for renewal of registration.

Review process

This review, will evaluate the way in which and to what extent QQI fulfils the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area (ESG). Consequently, the review will provide information to the ENQA Board to aid its consideration of whether membership of QQI should be reconfirmed and to EQAR to support QQI’s application to the register.

The review panel is not expected, however, to make any judgements as regards granting membership.

Review panel
The panel is composed of the following members:

  • Jean-Marc Rapp, Professor of Law, University of Lausanne, Switzerland – Chair, academic (EUA nominee)
  • Dan Derricott, Assistant Registrar, University of Warwick, United Kingdom – Secretary, quality assurance professional (ENQA nominee)
  • Doris Herrmann, Managing Director, Agency for Quality Assurance through Accreditation of Study Programmes (AQAS), Germany – Quality assurance professional (ENQA nominee)
  • Marija Vasilevska, Bachelor degree for political science, Faculty of Law Iustinianus Primus, University Ss. Cyril and Methodius, Skopje, FYROM – Student (ESU nominee)

You can read QQI’s self-assessment report on their website here.
This review is being coordinated by Goran Dakovic.

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