ENQA Newsletter Issue 17 - December 2016
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Message from the President
Padraig Walsh

Dear colleagues,
My sincerest congratulations on the conclusion of another productive year! The activities presented in this newsletter and the three earlier issues from 2016 reveal the many and varied outcomes and activities of the ENQA Board and Secretariat, its members and affiliates, and its partners.
This issue of the newsletter includes summaries of the decisions taken during ENQA’s recent General Assembly and Board meetings and information coming from ENQA’s involvement in EU-funded projects. Readers may find an update from our former Czech colleagues concerning the establishment of their new agency, while members FIBAA and ASHE share news on their recent work. A couple relevant European reports have recently been published, and ENQA is pleased to announce an upcoming event from one of our international partners.
Before the year concludes, please also take a moment to provide your feedback on the ENQA newsletter using the link at the right. Finally, the ENQA Board and Secretariat are beginning their preparations to carry out several events next year, and I would like to invite members and affiliates to please contact the ENQA Secretariat if they are willing to offer themselves as hosts for these occasions.
I look forward to seeing you all in 2017!
Happy holidays,

Padraig Walsh
President of ENQA

News from ENQA
ENQA’s long-time affiliate, the Independent Agency for Accreditation and Rating (IAAR, Kazakhstan), successfully underwent an ENQA Agency Review and was granted membership in November. > More
The 7th ENQA General Assembly, hosted by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA), took place on 20-21 October 2016 in Gloucester, United Kingdom. > More
ENQA is involved as a partner in an Erasmus+ project called “Internal Quality Management: Evaluating and Improving Competence-Based Higher Education” (IQM-HE) which aims to support institutions which have started to explore and use new pedagogical methods that are more student-centred and to implement competence-based approaches to teaching and learning. > More
To assist European universities in becoming more mature users and custodians of digital data about their students as they learn online, the SHEILA project (Supporting Higher Education to Incorporate Learning Analytics) will build a policy development framework that promotes formative assessment and personalised learning, by taking advantage of direct engagement of stakeholders in the development process. > More
News from ENQA Members and Affiliates
The newly amended Higher Education Act established a QA agency called the National Accreditation Bureau for Higher Education (NAB) and introduced significant changes to the quality assurance system. > More
In 2015, the ministers responsible for higher education of the Bologna states adopted three documents in which student-centred learning (SCL) is addressed: the Yerevan Communiqué, the ECTS Users’ Guide (2015) and the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area (ESG 2015). > More
The Croatian Agency for Science and Higher Education (ASHE) is leading the Erasmus+ programme project called HRMinHEI (”Modernisation of Higher Education Institutions through enhancement of Human Resources Management function”) in partnership with higher education institutions (HEIs) from Croatia and Europe. > More
Policy Developments and projects
The report brings together the latest quantitative and qualitative data, technical reports, and studies, as well as policy documents and examples of policy measures from different EU member states. > 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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