ENQA Newsletter Issue 16 - September 2016
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Message from the President
Padraig Walsh

Dear colleagues,
This edition of the newsletter brings several updates from the ENQA Secretariat, including information about staff changes, the recent publication of the Guidelines for ENQA Agency Reviews, and four upcoming events.

I would like to kindly request that those readers employed by QA agencies within the EHEA please consult with your colleagues and take a few minutes to complete the ENQA survey on external quality assurance of recognition. Members of the ENQA working group on recognition are working hard to improve this area of our work in order that we may better comply with the ESG 2015, and every agency’s input is valued tremendously.

I would also like to especially mention the reopened invitation to nominate candidates for the ENQA Board (the election for which will take place during the October General Assembly). Following June’s original invitation, the ENQA Secretariat received three nominations for the three open positions before the 9 September deadline. One of the nominees, however, is no longer eligible to run for election, so the invitation to ENQA members to nominate candidates has been reopened, with a new deadline set for Friday, 30 September, midnight GMT.

Lastly, as the newsletter is a vital element of ENQA’s communications strategy, I would like to invite every reader to let us know how we’re doing. Your comments are highly appreciated.


Padraig Walsh
President of ENQA

News from ENQA
In order to better contribute to the aims of the strategy and to respond to the needs of the Association, the ENQA Secretariat recently underwent some staff changes. > More
Following a thorough revision process, ENQA has finalised and published the Guidelines for ENQA Agency Reviews, which describes ENQA’s new external review model and the main principles for the ENQA Agency Reviews considering the ESG 2015. > More
ENQA members and affiliates that are QA agencies operating within the European Higher Education Area are invited to complete a Survey on external quality assurance of recognition. > More
In the framework of “TeSLA - An adaptive trust-based e-assessment system” project in which ENQA is a partner, ENQA is organising a seminar entitled “Social dimension of e-learning – Addressing challenges through QA” in Athens, Greece, on 12-13 December 2016. > More
Registration for the 2016 ENQA General Assembly, hosted by QAA and taking place in Gloucester, United Kingdom, on 20-21 October 2016, will continue until 30 September or until capacity is reached. Also, online registration for the ENQA seminar on “Quality assurance in the European context” (taking place in Brussels on 3-4 November 2016) remains open. > More
Early-bird registration is open for the 11th European Quality Assurance Forum (EQAF), which will take place on 17-19 November 2016 in Ljubljana, Slovenia, until 3 October. > More
News from ENQA Members and Affiliates
The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA, United Kingdom) has been looking closely at the issue of “contract cheating” – where students pay a third party to write assignments and then submit them as their own. > More
SKVC’s study revealed that eight HEIs published evaluation conclusions or a conclusions’ summary with recommendations and accreditation decisions, while 14 HEIs published no (or almost no) information about the external evaluation results. > More
The Estonian Quality Agency for Higher and Vocational Education (EKKA) is preparing for its first-ever joint assessment of vocational education and training (VET) and higher education study programmes which will take place at the Estonian Academy of Security Sciences. > More
The new Guide to the Accreditation of Recognised Bachelor’s and Master's Degrees incorporates changes related to the ESG 2015, rubric tables, evidence and indicators, and more. > More
The Hong Kong Qualifications Framework (HKQF), established in 2008, ensures the integrity and quality of Hong Kong’s qualifications in the academic, vocational, and professional as well as continuing education sectors. > More
Policy Developments and projects
DAAD offers advice on TNE provision
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) has published a position paper entitled “Transnational Education in Germany”, which describes transnational education (TNE) within the German context. > More
The Council for Higher Education Accreditation's International Quality Group or CHEA-CIQG, and the International Institute for Educational Planning or IIEP-UNESCO recently published the Advisory Statement for Effective International Practice: Combatting corruption and enhancing integrity. > More
The report analyses how different types of system-level structural reforms in higher education have been designed and implemented in selected higher education systems. > More
The Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report is an evidence-based annual report published by the United Nations Educational and Scientific Cultural Organisation (UNESCO). It monitors and reports on the fourth global goal on education as well as on education targets in the other Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). > More
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Upcoming ENQA Events  

20-21 October 2016
Gloucester, United Kingdom
More information here.

3-4 November 2016
Brussels, Belgium
More information here.

17-19 November 2016
Ljubljana, Slovenia
More information here.

12-13 December 2016
Athens, Greece
More information here.

Associated Events  

10-14 October 2016
London, United Kingdom
More information here.

25 November 2016
Bern, Switzerland
More information here.


Guidelines for ENQA Agency Reviews
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