ENQA Newsletter Issue 21 – December 2017
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Message from the President
Christoph Grolimund

Dear colleagues,
It is my pleasure to invite you to read this newsletter, the first to be published since my election as President of ENQA.

This issue contains many articles written by the staff of the ENQA Secretariat, but it also features an abundance of those submitted by members, affiliates, and partners. Hopefully you will find it interesting to read about one of the first experiences of an agency using the European Approach for Quality Assurance of Joint Programmes and to learn the outcomes of one agency’s recent thematic evaluation on how higher education institutions are promoting sustainable development. Perhaps you will find yourself in agreement with conclusions drawn during a recent conference in Belfast, or maybe you will be inspired to submit an abstract on recent work in the area of university-industry interaction. In fact, several calls are detailed herein, including one to host an upcoming ENQA Members’ Forum or General Assembly. Several reports have been recently published, including one by ENQA’s working group on quality assurance and recognition, the recommendations in which I hope you will consider.

Above all, I would like to take the opportunity to welcome ENQA’s newest Board members, Review Committee members, and affiliates; I look forward to collaborating with you all.

My best wishes for a happy holiday season.
See you in the new year,

Christoph Grolimund
President of ENQA

News from ENQA
Members present at the General Assembly in October have elected ENQA’s newest Board members, Sofija Pekic Quarrie from the Commission for Accreditation and Quality Assurance (CAQA, Serbia) and François Pernot from the High Council for the Evaluation of Research and Higher Education (HCERES, France). > More
At its October Board meeting, the ENQA Board reconfirmed the membership of the National Agency for Quality Assessment and Accreditation of Spain (ANECA, Spain). > More
The ENQA Secretariat has opened a call inviting all ENQA members and affiliates to nominate themselves as hosts for the Members’ Forums and General Assemblies taking place in 2019 and 2020. > More
The 12th European Quality Assurance Forum (EQAF) took place on 23-25 November 2017 in Riga, Latvia, hosted by the University of Latvia, under the theme “Responsible QA: committing to impact”. > More
The European Approach for Quality Assurance of Joint Programmes was adopted at the Bologna Process Ministerial Conference in Yerevan in May 2015. The European Approach is a step towards minimising barriers in external quality assurance of joint programmes. > More
ENQA’s Working Group VII on Quality Assurance and Recognition published its final report, entitled Current practices on external quality assurance of academic recognition among QA agencies. > More
News from ENQA Partners
The European Association of Distance Teaching Universities (EADTU) has recently published a report stemming from its September Peer Learning Activity (PLA) on QA of blended and online education. > More
With universities and governments alike paying greater attention to learning and teaching (L&T) in higher education, the European University Association (EUA) strengthened its activities on the topic last year and launched the L&T Initiative. > More
The University-Industry Interaction Conference is currently calling for abstracts relating to university-industry interaction, engaged and entrepreneurial universities, and innovation spaces and districts. > More
News from ENQA Members and Affiliates
A consortium of cooperating public and private universities from Austria, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, and Slovenia requested AQ Austria to conduct an external quality assurance of its joint master’s programme in Political Science – Integration and Governance (PoSIG) according to the European Approach for Quality Assurance for Joint Programmes. > More
Working in partnership in the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) was the theme of the joint QAA and QQI conference in Belfast, Ireland, on 7 November 2017. > More
The Swedish Higher Education Authority (UKÄ) has recently published a report concerning their thematic evaluation on how Swedish higher education institutions (HEIs) work in promoting sustainable development in higher education. > More
The Italian Association for Management Development (ASFOR) recently organised the seventh edition of the Learning Lab, which gathered 100 participants from among its membership to discuss the theme “Leadership readiness for the future”. > More
The Council of Ministers of the Republic of Cyprus appointed, after consultation with the related stakeholders, the members of the Council of the Cyprus Agency of Quality Assurance and Accreditation in Higher Education (DIPAE), as laid out in recent legislation. > More
ASHE invites higher education experts in the technical field, and the economics and information and communication sciences fields (social sciences area) to become members of expert panels. > More
Policy Developments and projects
The Global Education Monitoring Report, which monitors progress towards the internationally agreed Sustainable Development Goal for Education (SDG4), has recently published the second in its GEM Report series, entitled Accountability in education: meeting our commitments. > More
According to the vision, the European Education Area should, for instance, make mobility a reality for all by building on the positive experiences of the Erasmus+ programme and the European Solidarity Corps and expanding participation in them. > More
The European Parliament has published a study on modernisation of higher education which analyses policy developments since the European Commission’s 2011 agenda for the modernisation of Europe’s higher education systems and assesses developments towards the aims of the agenda. > More
One of the key challenges in developing quality mass higher education systems is to ensure that students have the necessary material conditions to study and fulfil their potential. > More
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