European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education (EQAR)

EQAR_logoThe European framework for quality assurance was developed and established by the main stakeholder organisations in the field, gathered in the E4-Group: EURASHE, European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA), European Students’ Union (ESU), and European University Association (EUA).

The E4-Group organisations launched the European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education (EQAR) in 2008 at the request of European ministers of education in Bergen (2005) and London (2007) and in a move designed to improve the quality of European higher education and to promote greater student mobility. The EQAR is the first legal entity created in the context of the Bologna Process and, in addition to the E4, has a number of signatory countries, BUSINESSEUROPE and Education International as members.

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As a founding member of the EQAR, EURASHE is a member of its Executive Board and of the General Assembly and nominates two members of the Register Committee.

EQAR’s role is to provide clear and reliable information on credible and legitimate quality assurance agencies operating in Europe, through decisions of the Register Committee. EQAR’s objectives are to:

  • help to increase trust in and recognition of quality assured higher education institutions and their qualifications;
  • provide a basis for governments to recognise agencies from the Register and their findings or decisions;
  • provide a means for higher education institutions to choose any agency from the Register;
  • reduce opportunities for “accreditation mills” to gain credibility.

Through its independent Register Committee EQAR provides a public register of quality assurance agencies that substantially comply with the ESG. The decisions on inclusion of the Register Committee are based on an external review against the ESG.

The Register currently features 32 agencies that have demonstrated to operate in substantial compliance with the European Standard and Guidelines (situation in January 2014).

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Following are EURASHE news items related to the field:

  • EURASHE at BFUG and the EQAR General Assembly 12/6/2017 - EURASHE president Stéphane Lauwick and Sercetary General Michal Karpíšek attended on 24-25 May the Bologna Follow-Up Group (BFUG) meeting in Gozo (Malta), hosted under the auspices of the Maltese Presidency... Read more
  • EQAR is looking for a president, call open until 7 March 27/1/2017 - The European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education (EQAR) is looking for a suitable individual to fill the position of President for the term 1 July 2017 – 30 June... Read more
  • Survey on a database of external quality assurance reports and decisions 29/6/2016 - EQAR, the European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education, has launched a survey on a database of external quality assurance reports and decisions. EQAR’s mission is to enhance trust and confidence in... Read more
  • The European framework for quality assurance was developed and established by the main stakeholder organisations in the field, gathered in the E4 Group:  European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA), European Students Union (ESU), European University Association (EUA) and European Association of Institutions in Higher Education (EURASHE).

    The E4 Group organisations launched the European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education (EQAR) in 2008 at the request of European ministers of education in Bergen (2005) and London (2007) and in a move designed to improve the quality of European higher education and to promote greater student mobility. The EQAR is the first legal entity created in the context of the Bologna Process and, in addition to the E4, has a number of signatory countries, BUSINESSEUROPE and Education International as members.

    As founding members of the EQAR, ENQA, ESU, EUA and EURASHE are members of its Executive Board and of the General Assembly and each nominate two members of the Register Committee.

  • 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 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
  • 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
  • Following are the events organised by EQAR:

    EQAR General Assembly 2017
    Malta (Malta), 24 May 2017, Michal Karpíšek
    EQAR board meeting
    Brussels (Belgium), 28 Apr 2017, Michal Karpíšek
    EQAR board meeting
    Brussels (Belgium), 25 Jan 2017, Michal Karpíšek
    EQAR Members’ Dialogue 2016
    Oslo (Norway), 24 Nov 2016 - 25 Nov 2016, Michal Karpíšek
    EQAR board meeting
    Brussels (Belgium), 3 Oct 2016, Johan Cloet
    EQAR General Assembly 2016
    Amsterdam (Netherlands), 7 Mar 2016,
    EQAR board meeting
    Brussels (Belgium), 2 Feb 2016,
    EQAR Members' Dialogue 2015
    Sofia (Bulgaria), 26 Nov 2015 - 27 Nov 2015,
    EQAR board meeting
    Brussels (Belgium), 1 Sep 2015,
    EQAR General Assembly 2015
    Riga (Latvia), 23 Mar 2015,
    RIQAA Final Conference / EQAR Members’ Dialogue
    Palermo (Italy), 21 Oct 2014 - 22 Oct 2014,
    EQAR board meeting
    Brussels (Belgium), 2 Jul 2014,
    EQAR Seminar on Cross-Border External QA
    Bayreuth (Germany), 29 Apr 2014 - 30 Apr 2014,
    EQAR General Assembly 2014
    Athens (Greece), 9 Apr 2014,
    EQAR Board meeting
    Brussels (Belgium), 20 Feb 2014,
    The Role of National Qualifications Frameworks and Quality Assurance in Recognition
    Trakošćan (Croatia), 12 Nov 2013,
    EQAR Register Committee meeting
    Brussels (Belgium), 17 Oct 2013,
    EQAR Members' Dialogue 2013
    Brussels (Belgium), 17 Oct 2013 - 18 Oct 2013,
    EQAR Board meeting
    Brussels (Belgium), 17 Oct 2013,
    EQAR Board meeting
    Brussels (Belgium), 3 Sep 2013,
    EQAR Board meeting
    Brussels (Belgium), 11 Jun 2013,
    EQAR General Assembly 2013
    Dublin (Ireland), 13 Mar 2013,
    EQAR Board meeting
    Brussels (Belgium), 4 Feb 2013,
    EQAR Board meeting
    Brussels (Belgium), 12 Dec 2012 - 13 Dec 2012,
    EQAR Members' Dialogue 2012
    Bucharest (Romania), 11 Oct 2012 - 12 Oct 2012,
    EQAR Board meeting
    Brussels (Belgium), 23 May 2012,
    EQAR Board meeting
    Brussels (Belgium), 20 Apr 2012,
    EQAR General Assembly 2012 - part 2
    Copenhagen (Denmark), 20 Mar 2012,
    EQAR Board meeting
    Brussels (Belgium), 22 Feb 2012,
    EQAR General Assembly 2012 - part 1
    Copenhagen (Denmark), 17 Jan 2012,
    EQAR Board meeting
    Brussels (Belgium), 5 Jan 2012,
    EQAR Members' Dialogue 2011
    Vienna (Austria), 21 Nov 2011 - 22 Nov 2011,
    EQAR External Review
    Brussels (Belgium), 13 May 2011,
    EQAR Board meeting
    Brussels (Belgium), 8 Apr 2011,
    EQAR General Assembly 2011
    Gödöllö (Hungary), 18 Mar 2011,
    EQAR Board meeting
    Gödöllö (Hungary), 18 Mar 2011,
    EQAR Board meeting
    Brussels (Belgium), 4 Feb 2011,