EQUIP – Enhancing Quality through Innovative Policy & Practice

EURASHE is leading the EQUIP project on Enhancing Quality through Innovative Policy & Practice.

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The Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area (ESG) are the basis for quality assurance in the European Higher Education Area (EHEA). The revised version of the ESG was approved by the EHEA Ministerial Conference in May 2015.

The revised ESG include a number of updated and amended elements that will undoubtedly bring implementation challenges for users of the ESG, namely higher education institutions and quality assurance agencies. Quality assurance in general, and the ESG in particular, are a recognised driver in enhancing the attractiveness and competitiveness of European higher education. Yet, previous studies (e.g. MAP-ESG, Bologna progress reports) have shown that inconsistent implementation has been a major issue.

The EQUIP project aims at Enhancing Quality through Innovative Policy & Practice in European higher education by supporting and promoting a consistent, efficient and innovative embedding of the revised ESG at grass-root level. The project will identify the challenges and work collaboratively with all stakeholders and policy-makers to propose, share and discuss the applicability of new solutions.

The project will:

  • Produce an analytical report highlighting the innovative aspects of the revised ESG;
  • Publish and promote the revised ESG to the entire higher education community;
  • Facilitate the use of the revised ESG through multi-level peer-learning groups with five training events including webinars;
  • Identify and promote innovative ways to apply the revised ESG by consulting all higher education actors;
  • Highlight changes to be made in quality assurance at various levels with a study on implementation challenges, solutions and policy impact;
  • Put forward European-level policy recommendations to stakeholder groups to feed into the discussions leading up to the 2018 EHEA Ministerial Conference.
Following are EURASHE news items related to the project:

  • EQUIP project focus groups explore QA challenges 12/6/2017 - The EQUIP project, led by EURASHE, has held a series of focus group events over the last three months for a variety of higher education stakeholders in order to explore... Read more
  • LinkedIn group: Quality Assurance in European Higher Education 20/2/2017 - To support the discussion on quality assurance (QA) topics in Europe the partners of the EQUIP project have set up a LinkedIn group on ‘Quality assurance in European higher education’.... Read more
  • Special focus group on ESG 2015 for universities of applied sciences/PHE 6/1/2017 - EQUIP focus group on ESG 2015 challenges and innovative practices for universities of applied sciences/professional higher education EURASHE will organise a focus group in the framework of the EQUIP project in... Read more
  • EURASHE 2017 work programme 30/11/2016 - In 2017 EURASHE will continue to address its 4 thematic areas; the 2017 work programme comprises: Mission of professional higher education Our 27th Annual Conference organised on 30-31 March in Le Havre (France)... Read more
  • Training material on the ESG 2015 9/6/2016 - On 6-7 June, the EQUIP project organised its final training workshop on the ESG 2015, after two other workshops and two webinars. A wide range of training material on the... Read more
  • Comparative analysis of the ESG 2015 and ESG 2005 2/3/2016 - The EQUIP project has published a comparative analysis of the ESG 2015 and ESG 2005. This paper provides an overview of the changes in the Standards and Guidelines for Quality... Read more
  • Material & recording of EQUIP’s first webinar is available! 17/2/2016 - A recording of the first EQUIP webinar on “How will external QA change as a result of the ESG 2015?” is now available and the presentations have also been published... Read more
  • Join 5 events on the use of the ESG 2015 as a tool for change 7/12/2015 - EURASHE is organising with colleagues of the EQUIP project (ENQA, EUA, ESU, EI, EQAR, UiO, CCISP) 5 events on the use of the ESG 2015 as a tool for change... Read more
  • EURASHE 2016 work programme 27/11/2015 - In 2016 EURASHE will continue to address its 4 thematic areas; the 2016 work programme comprises: Mission of professional higher education Our 26th Annual Conference organised on 21-22 April in... Read more
  • Publication of the ESG 2015 17/11/2015 - The EQUIP project aims at supporting higher education in implementing the ESG and using them as a tool for change. The Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European... Read more
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    Following are events related to the project:

    EQUIP Focus Group meeting
    Prague (Czech Republic), 19 Oct 2017 - 20 Oct 2017, Michal Karpíšek, Fernando Galan
    EQUIP focus group (national authorities/EQAR)
    Prague (Czech Republic), 19 Oct 2017 - 20 Oct 2017, n/a
    EQUIP steering committee meeting
    Brussels (Belgium), 29 Jun 2017, Michal Karpíšek
    EQUIP focus group (quality assurance agencies)
    Oslo (Norway), 3 May 2017 - 4 May 2017, n/a
    EQUIP focus group (universities of applied sciences/PHE)
    Le Havre (France), 30 Mar 2017 - 31 Mar 2017, Alexandre Wipf
    EQUIP focus group (academics)
    Brussels (Belgium), 15 Mar 2017 - 16 Mar 2017, n/a
    EQUIP focus group (universities)
    Vienna (Austria), 2 Mar 2017 - 3 Mar 2017, n/a
    EQUIP focus group (students)
    Brussels (Belgium), 16 Feb 2017 - 17 Feb 2017, n/a
    EQUIP steering committee meeting
    Brussels (Belgium), 22 Nov 2016, Alexandre Wipf, Michal Karpíšek
    EQUIP steering committee meeting
    Lisbon (Portugal), 7 Jun 2016, Alexandre Wipf
    EQUIP workshop
    Lisbon (Portugal), 6 Jun 2016 - 7 Jun 2016, Alexandre Wipf, Stéphane Lauwick
    EQUIP workshop
    Vienna (Austria), 9 May 2016 - 10 May 2016, Alexandre Wipf
    EQUIP webinar 'What are the implications of the new focus on learning and teaching in the ESG 2015?'
    Brussels (Belgium), 13 Apr 2016,
    EQUIP workshop
    Amsterdam (Netherlands), 14 Mar 2016 - 15 Mar 2016,
    EQUIP webinar 'How will external QA change as a result of the ESG 2015?'
    Brussels (Belgium), 17 Feb 2016,
    EQUIP steering committee meeting
    Brussels (Belgium), 16 Nov 2015,
    Following are the partners of the project:

  • Education International (EI) - Education International represents organisations of teachers and other education employees across the globe. It is the world’s largest federation of unions, representing thirty million education employees in about four hundred organisations... Read more
  • 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 Quality Assurance Register (EQAR) - In most European countries, higher education institutions or study programmes are subject to regular external review by a quality assurance agency. The European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education (EQAR)... 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
  • Portuguese Polytechnics Coordinating Council (CCISP) - Conselho Coordenador dos Institutos Superiores Politécnicos (CCISP) Created in 1979, the Conselho Coordenador dos Institutos Superiores Politécnicos (CCISP – Portuguese Polytechnics Coordinating Council) is the body of joint coordination and... Read more
  • University of Oslo (UiO) - The University of Oslo (UiO) was founded in 1811 as the first in Norway. Today it is the country’s largest public institution of research and higher learning. As a classical university... Read more
  • Following are some of the experts involved in the project:

  • Johan Cloet - Johan Cloet has been the Secretary General of EURASHE in 2014-2016, which he represented in the Bologna Follow-Up Group (BFUG) and several of its working groups, such as on ‘Structural... Read more
  • Maria Kelo - Maria Kelo is the Director of the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA). Together with the Association’s President she represents ENQA in the E4 group and in... Read more
  • Armando Pires, Vice-President of EURASHE - Armando Pires is a graduate of Electrical Engineering from the Technical University of Lisbon. He received his MSc degree in 1988 and PhD degree in 1994 in Electrical Engineering at... Read more
  • Bjørn Stensaker - Dr. Bjørn Stensaker is a professor of Higher Education at the University of Oslo, where he coordinates the work related to academic staff development. The research interests of Dr. Stensaker... Read more
  • Melinda Szabo - Melinda Szabo has been working as a Project Officer for the European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education (EQAR) since March 2013. She studied at the Babes-Bolyai University in Romania,... Read more
  • Colin Tück - Colin Tück has been working for EQAR since October 2007, initially as Project Manager on behalf of its founding members (ENQA, ESU, EUA and EURASHE). Prior to joining EQAR he... Read more
  • Jens Vraa-Jensen - Jens Vraa-Jensen holds a MSc in Geography from the University of Copenhagen, and has been employed by DM – the largest Danish Trade Union in Higher education and research –... Read more
  • Alexandre Wipf - Alexandre Wipf is the previous policy and communications officer at EURASHE. Within the secretariat he was in charge of the implementation of quality assurance related activities (policy, projects, events, representation,... Read more