2nd EQAF – Rome 2007

rome_1The E4-Group organised the 2nd European Quality Assurance Forum (EQAF) titled ‘Implementing and Using Quality Assurance: Strategy and Practice‘ in Rome (Italy) on 15-17 November 2007. The official website of the event is available here. Underneath are further information on:

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Implementing and Using Quality Assurance: Strategy and Practice

rome_1The 2nd European Quality Assurance Forum explored how to implement external and internal quality assurance processes and how to use the outcomes. The focus was on perspectives and frameworks for action and the exchange of examples of how to undertake evaluations. The European Standards and Guidelines were examined as a guide to helping the implementation process, especially in the light of the London meeting of ministers in May 2007.

Following the success of the first European Quality Assurance Forum that was organised in 2006 at the Technical University of Munich, this second Forum, funded by the Socrates Programme and co-organised by ENQA, ESIB, EUA and EURASHE, explored progress to date in implementing the standards and guidelines in higher education institutions and quality assurance agencies and aimed at developing a common understanding of ways to develop further a European dimension for quality assurance. The programme is available here.


The specific objectives of this second forum were: to gain an understanding of how to implement the European Standards and Guidelines; to analyse the success factors and obstacles; to grasp the implications of such an implementation and examine the impact and the unintended consequences; to discuss specific tools (such as student evaluations, implementing learning outcomes, reviews of QA agencies); to explore the principles underlying some of the European Standards and Guidelines and some of the tools.

A post-conference publication Implementing and Using Quality Assurance: Strategy and Practice has been produced, based on some of the papers presented at the Forum as well as more extensive articles. This publication is intended to contribute to the sustainability of the Forum’s outcomes by providing a wider audience with up to date information on current debates on quality assurance in Europe.

Following are the practicalities of the event:


  • European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA) - The European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA) is a voluntary association of European quality assurance agencies and currently comprises 40 members and 49 affiliates. Its aim is... Read more
  • European Students’ Union (ESU) - The European Students’ Union (ESU) is an umbrella organisation of 47 National Unions of Students from 39 countries. The aim of ESU is to represent and promote the educational, social,... Read more
  • European University Association (EUA) - The European University Association (EUA) has over 850 members across 47 countries, making it the largest and most comprehensive organisation representing universities and national university associations in Europe. As the... Read more
  • European Association of Institutions in Higher Education (EURASHE) - EURASHE is the European Association of Institutions in Higher Education that offer professionally orientated programmes and are engaged in applied research within the Bologna cycles. EURASHE represents universities of applied sciences... Read more