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Report on External Review of ENQA Agency Reviews released

19 May 2020

The European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA) has carried out reviews of its member agencies and agencies applying for registration in the European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education (EQAR) systematically since 2011, and since 2015 with a revised review methodology.  In Spring 2018, ENQA’s members decided that ENQA Agency Review process should undergo an external evaluation to assess the system’s compliance with the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area (ESG) and its fitness for purpose in supporting agencies in enhancing the quality of their work. After an open call for tender, the independent stakeholders steering committee selected the Nordic Institute for Studies in Innovation, Research and Education (NIFU) to be the coordinator of the review of ENQA. The self-assessment report (SAR) by ENQA was prepared in Spring 2019, followed by a site-visit in September 2019.  The review panel, chaired by Professor Bjørn Stensaker, Research Professor of University of Oslo, also Council Member of HKCAAVQ, comprises the following members:

  • Susanna Karakhanyan, President, INQAAHE
  • Ian Kimber, Director of Quality Development, QAA
  • Liv Teresa Muth, PhD Student, University of Ghent
  • Maria João Pires da Rosa, Assisstant Professor, University of Aveiro
  • Maiki Udam, Development Manager, EKKA

The external review report by NIFU was published in February 2020.  ENQA has set up a review process revision team to take forward the recommendations, including a revised and improved methodology in line with the outcomes of the SAR and external review, to be completed by the end of 2020.

View ENQA’s website for details.