ENQA Newsletter Issue 22 – March 2018  
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Message from the President
Christoph Grolimund

Dear colleagues,
I am delighted to present the first issue of the ENQA newsletter of 2018.

I would firstly like to take the opportunity of this message to kindly remind you to register your participation for the upcoming Members’ Forum in Zaragoza. The Board, Secretariat, and host agency have developed an engaging programme, taking into consideration feedback from previous events and with the continued aim to improve the experience of participants. I look forward to welcoming you there soon.

Kindly also note three other opportunities for involvement. The organisers of the European Quality Assurance Forum have opened the call for contributions, for which I hope to see several submissions from among ENQA’s membership. ENQA is also organising the third edition of the seminar on quality assurance in the European context and the final conference for the SHEILA project, the latter of which will be an excellent occasion for those of us in the field of quality assurance to understand more how higher education institutions are using learning analytics.

This newsletter also details some changes taking place in Estonia, Germany, and Moldova and shares recent publications from QA agencies in the United Kingdom and Croatia. My own agency is pleased to report the outcomes from the recent UNESCO regional consultation, of which AAQ was a co-organiser.
ENQA’s European partners have also contributed articles to this newsletter, which reminds me of my final point: I would like to wish our colleagues at the European Quality Assurance Register (EQAR) a happy ten-year anniversary!


Christoph Grolimund
President of ENQA

News from ENQA
At its February meeting, the ENQA Board reconfirmed the membership of two agencies – the Estonian Quality Agency for Higher and Vocational Education (EKKA, Estonia) and the National Evaluation and Accreditation Agency (NEAA, Bulgaria). > More
The Forum organisers are seeking proposals for papers and workshops from quality assurance practitioners from higher education institutions and QA agencies, students, and researchers in the field. > More
The partners of the EQUIP project, including ENQA, have published a study and recommendations on the role of quality assurance in improving higher education in the European Higher Education Area. > More
The “Supporting Higher Education to Incorporate Learning Analytics (SHEILA)” project consortium is organising the project’s final conference on 5 June 2018 in Brussels, Belgium.
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Save the date for ENQA’s annual seminar on the European dimension of quality assurance, taking place on 14-15 June 2018 at the University Foundation in Brussels, Belgium. > More
Registration for the 2018 ENQA Members’ Forum, hosted by ACPUA and taking place in Zaragoza, Spain, on 19-20 April 2018, will continue until 4 April or until capacity is reached.
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News from ENQA Partners
The European Quality Assurance Register (EQAR) is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. Founded by the E4 (ENQA, EURASHE, ESU, and EUA) in 2008, EQAR started with 19 governmental members and three agencies registered. > More
During their meeting last month, the EQAR Register Committee decided to remove the Kosovo Accreditation Agency (KAA) from the register after concluding that the agency is no longer able to “act autonomously” and is no longer in a position to assume “full responsibility for [its] operations”, as required by ESG standard 3.3. > More
The Supporting Apprenticeships between Professional Higher Education & Small and Medium Enterprises (SAPS) project consortium has recently developed the Apprenticeship Quality Toolkit. > More
EURASHE has recently published a statement on the recognition of qualifications, which includes proposals for the successful implementation of automatic recognition, alignment of access and admission procedures, and enhanced cross-national cooperation and mobility.
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News from ENQA Members and Affiliates
The quality assurance of Estonian higher education will undergo a major change starting in 2019, when the former system of parallel institutional accreditation and study programme group assessment will be replaced with a new, integrated model. > More
When higher education institutions (HEIs) foster a culture of enterprise and entrepreneurship, it equips students with the skills for a rewarding, self-determined professional life. > More
As a result of a decision of Germany’s Federal Constitutional Court in February 2016, the distribution of tasks between the German Accreditation Council (GAC) and the accreditation agencies in Germany has changed. > More
ACSUCYL is participating in a project promoted by the Regional Education Ministry and the Directorate General for Universities and Research at the Regional Government of Castile and León that aims to aid the introduction of Morocco to the European Higher Education Area.
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As part of the “Improvement of quality assurance and enhancement systems in higher education (SKAZVO)” project, ASHE published "Higher education in the Republic of Croatia: Guide for members of expert panels in evaluations of higher education institutions and scientific organisations." > More
UNESCO’s Regional Consultation Meeting for Western Europe took place in Geneva, Switzerland, on 15-16 February 2018 under the title "The role of Quality Assurance in Higher Education: challenges, developments and trends". > More
The ultimate aim of the reorganisation is to strengthen the work of the state institutions responsible for quality assurance in the educational field and to contribute to the development and quality assurance in the fields of education and research. > More
The Cyprus Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation in Higher Education (CYQAA) recently held a roundtable discussion on quality assurance of distance learning. > More
ENQA member evalag (Evaluation Agency of Baden-Württemberg, Germany) is coordinating the Erasmus+ project “Sustainable Quality Enhancement in Higher Education Learning and Teaching. Integrative Core Dataset and Performance Data Analytics (SQELT)” until August 2020. > More
Policy Developments and projects
UNESCO’s International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP) has published a book called Internal Quality Assurance: Enhancing higher education quality and graduate employability.
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For those unable to attend last year’s international conference on “Single accreditation of joint programmes – turning the Bologna guideline into reality” (30-31 May 2017, Vilnius, Lithuania), the conference report is now available. > More
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Upcoming ENQA Events  

19-20 April 2018
Zaragoza, Spain
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16-18 May 2018
Brussels, Belgium
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31 May 2018 - 1 June 2018
Madrid, Spain
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5 June 2018
Brussels, Belgium
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14-15 June 2018
Brussels, Belgium
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20 June 2018
Brussels, Belgium
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15-17 November 2018
Vienna, Austria
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Associated Events  

5-6 April 2018
Zurich, Switzerland
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19-20 April 2018
Tallinn, Estonia
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