EU Report on Progress in Quality Assurance in Higher Education (2009)

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Front page of the publication

Full title
Report on progress in quality assurance in higher education. Report from the Commission to the Council, the European Parliament, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions.

Abstract
This first triennial report on quality assurance in higher education in Europe is published in response to a request by the European Parliament and the Council in 2006 (Parliament and Council Recommendation on further European cooperation in quality assurance in higher education (2006)). The report looks at developments at national, European and international levels, and suggests a number of areas for further discussion including the need to make the infrastructure of quality assurance more efficient for users.

Authors: European Commission


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European Commission. (2009). Report from the Commission to the Council, the European Parliament, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions. Report on progress in quality assurance in higher education. Download



This is the European Commission's first report on progress in quality assurance in higher education in Europe. In this report, the European Commission points to developments towards more transparency and credibility. Progress has been made in the way universities and other institutions deal internally with this, but also on external evaluation of institutions and programmes. Many new quality assurance agencies have been established at national level and there is increased awareness of the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area.

Globalisation, economic integration and increased academic and professional mobility are making mutual recognition and cross-border quality assurance increasingly important. As a consequence, higher education is becoming more transparent and credible for citizens, employers and students within and outside Europe.

At national level many new quality assurance agencies have been created. There are now agencies in almost all of the 46 countries of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA). They are rather heterogeneous in terms of size, scope, statute, focus and international capacity.

At the same time quality assurance is receiving a more and more solid foundation at the European level. There is an increased awareness of the European Standards and Guidelines on Quality Assurance, also thanks to the work of the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA). A growing number of agencies are engaging in quality assurance outside their national context. The European Quality Assurance Register (EQAR), the major new body in the European context, was set up in 2008, with support from the European Commission. The Register is open to agencies operating both in the European Higher Education Area and worldwide who can demonstrate their compliance with the European Standards and Guidelines.


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