The European Consortium for Accreditation in higher education (ECA) is an association of recognised accreditation and quality assurance agencies in Europe.
The vision of ECA is to act as an internationally acknowledged driver of innovation in accreditation and quality assurance in higher education. With its expertise, networking and services ECA contributes to the implementation of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA), promotes internationalisation of higher education and “state of the art” activities of its members.
ECA is a professional organisation that strives for continuous progress in the area of accreditation and external quality assurance, facilitates mutual recognition of qualifications, promotes internationalisation of higher education and creates transparency in QA to the benefit of students, HE institutions and society.
The ECA objectives are:
- to achieve mutual recognition of accreditation and quality assurance decisions, to enhance the conditions for such mutual recognition, especially for joint programmes;
- to provide a platform for mutual learning and disseminating experiences with accreditation and accreditation-like practises;
- to provide transparent information on quality;
- to facilitate the internationalisation of institutions and students and, furthermore,
- to perform any and all acts relating to the foregoing in the broadest sense.
In order to achieve the ECA objectives the Members agree to undertake activities in Working Groups. The topics of these activities and their corresponding Working Groups are determined in the Annual Work Plan, which also includes the dissemination of work and the exchange of good practices with other organisations, both in and outside of Europe.
ECA does not have the objective to make a profit.
The objectives, organisation and main activities of ECA are defined in the statutes of the association.
The ECA’s mission, priorities and strategic approaches are highlighted in the Strategic plan.
ECA Management Plan
The mission, vision and overall objectives as outlined in the ECA strategic management plan of 2013 are still valid.
Partnerships and cooperation
ECA cooperates with the following international quality assurance networks (by alphabetical order):
- Agreement with the Arab Network for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ANQAHE)
- Agreement with Asia-Pacific Quality Network (APQN)
- Agreement with Central and Eastern European Network of Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (CEENQA)
- ECA is an affiliate of the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA)
- Agreement with the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE)
The European Consortium for Accreditation in higher education
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For any questions or comments, please send your inquiries to the ECA secretariat.