Parliament and Council Recommendation on further European cooperation in quality assurance in higher education (2006)

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Recommendation of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 February 2006 on further European cooperation in quality assurance in higher education (2006/143/EC)

Abstract
The European Parliament and Council of the European Union calls on the Member States to facilitate further European cooperation in quality assurance in higher education. The Recommendation strongly supports European developments and explicitly endorses the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area. The Recommendation also calls upon Member States and quality assurance actors to set up a ‘European Register of Quality Assurance Agencies’ as proposed by the Standards and Guidelines.

Authors: The European Parliament and the Council of the European Union


Cite:
Recommendation 2006/143/EC of 15 February 2006 (OJ L 64 of 4.3.2006). Download



The first recommendation of 1998 called for the support and, where necessary, the creation of transparent quality assurance systems. This second recommendation deals with further European cooperation in quality assurance in higher education.

The Recommendation encourages higher education institutions to introduce or develop internal quality assurance systems and for quality assurance or accreditation agencies to apply the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area. Representatives of national authorities, the higher education sector, quality assurance and accreditation agencies, together with social partners, are invited to set up a European Register of Quality Assurance Agencies which would allow institution to choose, from amongst the agencies in the register, an agency which meets their needs and profile. The Recommendation also called for Member States to enable institutions to seek accreditation from registered agencies outside their own country; for cooperation between quality assurance agencies in order to build mutual trust; and for public access to the assessments made by the agencies.

To conclude, the Recommendation invites the Commission to present triennial reports on progress in the development of quality assurance systems in the various Member States and on cooperation activities at European level. This led to the so called progress reports.


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