ENQA Newsletter Issue 18 - March 2017
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Message from the President
Padraig Walsh

Dear colleagues,
This issue of the newsletter brings many updates from the association – from the Board and Secretariat, as well as from our members and affiliates.
Referring to an article below, I would like to take this opportunity to encourage our members and affiliates to consider submitting a proposal for one of EQAF’s paper sessions or workshops. EQAF, the European Quality Assurance Forum, is the premiere European event for professionals working in quality assurance of higher education, and I have learned that submissions from QA agencies have unfortunately dwindled in recent years. So, please consider whether you or your organisation could contribute to the Forum’s programme, and in any case, mark your calendars so that we may see you in attendance.
It is nearly the last call for participants of the EQUIP focus group addressed to QA agencies, organised in conjunction with the 7th ENQA Members’ Forum to be held in Oslo in May. ENQA members and affiliates have voiced concerns about implementation challenges with the ESG 2015, and this event will contribute to developing better solutions for us. If you have not done so already, kindly consider arriving in Oslo a day early in order that you may participate.
ENQA is also organising a couple of events which are open to participants from outside the association. It is the ambition of the ENQA working group on quality assurance and recognition, and also of the LIREQA project consortium, to encourage greater dialogue and collaboration between QA agencies and recognition bodies, especially since this may contribute to improved compliance with ESG 1.4 and examples of good practice. Considering this, kindly help us to spread word that all are welcome at the upcoming QA and Recognition event in Dublin in June, described below.
Lastly, I am pleased to welcome our newest members and affiliate to the association; it is encouraging indeed that interest in ENQA continues to grow, even as my last term as President draws nearer to a close.
I look forward to seeing you at the Members’ Forum in Oslo in May.

Padraig Walsh
President of ENQA

News from ENQA
Several agencies submitted applications for membership for the February meeting of the ENQA Board. Satisfied that they have achieved substantial compliance with the ESG 2015 (as measured by an external review), the Board of ENQA granted membership to ANQA, Armenia and IQAA, Kazakhstan. > More
The 12th European Quality Assurance Forum (EQAF), hosted by the University of Latvia, will take place in Riga, Latvia, on 23-25 November 2017. > More
In the framework of the “Enhancing Quality through Innovative Policy and Practice” (EQUIP) project, in which ENQA is a partner, a series of focus groups are being organised. > More
Conclusions from the ENQA working group on QA and recognition’s recent survey to QA agencies will be revealed during the ENQA workshop, “Exploring synergies between quality assurance and qualifications recognition”, taking place on 1-2 June in Dublin, hosted by Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI). > More
ENQA, in collaboration with ESU, EUA, EURASHE, and EQAR, has developed the “Key considerations for cross-border quality assurance in the European Higher Education Area”, which aims to provide information and support to higher education institutions and QA agencies that engage in cross-border quality assurance activities within the EHEA. > More
On 30-31 January and 10 March 2017, AQU Catalunya, EQANIE, and ENQA conducted a round of experts’ trainings for the “An Adaptive Trust-based e-assessment System for Learning” (TeSLA) project. > More
Since 2011, ENQA has been involved in the ASEAN-QA project, which aims at strengthening the capacity for internal and external quality assurance through dialogue and training events for quality assurance professionals in Southeast Asia. > More
News from ENQA Partners
EUA invites all European higher education institutions to participate in the TRENDS 2018 survey. The eighth in the series, the EUA flagship initiative aims to map developments in Europe’s changing higher education landscape. > More
News from ENQA Members and Affiliates
The Slovenian higher education system is undergoing changes in response to a legislation amendment adopted in December 2016. > More
UKÄ (Swedish Higher Education Authority), has developed a new system for evaluating and developing the quality of higher education, which will be used for the first time in 2017 and then for the next six years. > More
The Hong Kong Council for Accreditations of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ) has launched an electronic knowledgebase, the Quality Assurance Online Knowledgebase (QAOK) which contains examples of good practices in quality assurance drawn from the local and international post-secondary education sector. > More
IFLA Europe (the International Federation of Landscape Architects) joined universities from Estonia, Poland, Hungary, the Netherlands, and Lithuania to launch a project, called EU-LAND21 and supported by the EU, aimed at trans-European recognition of the landscape architecture profession. > More
A competition for the Director's vacancy at SKVC announced by the Ministry of Education and Science was won by Mrs. Nora Skaburskienė, who temporarily held SKVC Director's position. > More
Policy Developments and projects
The European Commission has opened its public consultation aimed at supporting the mid-term evaluation of the Erasmus+ programme (including activities undertaken during the period of 2014-2016). > More
The European Commission has launched a public consultation regarding the Review of the 2006 Recommendation on Key Competences for Lifelong Learning. > More
Eurydice, the Education Information Network in Europe, published in January a report describing the mechanisms and practices that support evidence-based policy-making in the education sector in Europe. > More
Universities in the Netherlands may soon be able to offer full degree programmes overseas. If the bill passes through the Dutch Senate as anticipated, an administrative decree will follow in the summer of 2017, laying out more details such as accreditation procedures. > More
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Upcoming ENQA Events  

4-5 May 2017
Oslo, Norway
More information here.

1-2 June 2017
Dublin, Ireland
More information here.

15-16 June 2017
Brussels, Belgium
More information here.

Associated Events  

5-9 June 2017
Gloucester, United Kingdom
More information here.

6-8 June 2017
Glasgow, United Kingdom
More information here.


Key considerations for cross-border quality assurance in the EHEA
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