Overview of QA in Europe

EUA is a member of the E4 Group, alongside the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA), the European Students' Union (ESU) and the European Assocication of Institutions in Higher Education (EURASHE).

EUA is one of the founding members, along with other E4 Group members, of the European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education (EQAR).

Since September 2001, EUA has been meeting regularly with the E4 Group to discuss how to further develop a European dimension for quality assurance. This partnership resulted in the European Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance (ESG) which were adopted by the European Ministers for Education in Bergen in 2005. Following a request from the European Ministers for higher education, the E4 Group is now working on the revision of the ESG in co-operation with Education International, Business Europe and EQAR.

At EUA’s initiative, the E4 has been organising an annual European Quality Assurance Forum (EQAF) since 2006. The EQAF gathers together QA agencies and higher education institutions at European level in order to bring forward a European QA agenda based on a broad understanding of what constitutes best QA practices in the context of European higher education trends.