COOPERATION WITH STAKEHOLDERS
ENQA is firmly committed to a continuing cooperation with its key European partner organisations. This is in accordance with ENQA’s role as a European forum for developing and proposing standards and guidelines on quality assurance and finding common points of convergence between the European QA systems.
ENQA’s main partners are:
- European University Association (EUA)
- European Association of Institutions in Higher Education (EURASHE)
- European Students’ Union (ESU)
- Business Europe
- Education International
ENQA forms together with EUA, EURASHE, ESU the so-called E4 Group. The four organisations organise jointly the European Quality Assurance Forum (EQAF) on a yearly basis. ENQA had the important task of preparing, in cooperation and consultation with the other E4 members, a report on Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area (ESG) which was adopted by the European ministers of education in the Bergen Summit of May 2005. In 2012 the E4, together with Business Europe, Education International, and EQAR were asked to prepare an initial proposal for revised ESG to be submitted to the BFUG.
The E4 are also the co-founders of the European Quality Assurance Register in Higher Education (EQAR). ENQA, together with the above-mentioned organisations, forms the group of social-partner members of EQAR, and their representatives for the Executive Board of EQAR.
In May 2016, ENQA signed a Memorandum or Affiliation with the Council for Higher Education Accreditation/International Quality Group (CHEA/CIQG) in order to encourage the use of the seven International Quality Principles as a foundation of shared understanding about quality at an international level.
ENQA also works in close collaboration with the following international networks:
- African Quality Assurance Network (AfriQAN)
- Arab Network for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ANQAHE)
- ASEAN Quality Assurance Network (AQAN)
- Asia-Pacific Quality Network (APQN)
- International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE)