In the autumn of 2012, EUA launched a new project in the Western Balkans entitled ‘Empowering Universities to fulfil their responsibility for Quality Assurance’ (EUREQA).

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EUA has a long record in working on QA in Europe and it has worked with its members in developing their internal QA systems through a variety of activities. While many of these activities have been co-funded by the European Commission’s Lifelong Learning Programme, the participation in such activities has been limited to universities from the LLP-eligible countries. Consequently, universities in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo** have not yet been able to take full advantage of these activities. Considering this background, the project aims to share with the universities from these countries the considerable experience and knowledge of EUA and the universities in the EU member states in developing efficient internal QA systems adapted to different national and institutional contexts.

EUREQA is co-funded by the European Commission under the Tempus Programme (2012). 
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The objectives of the project are:

  • to support universities in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo** in improving their internal quality assurance (QA) processes and linking them into a comprehensive, all-encompassing system that leads to the enhancement of quality and the creation of a quality culture;
  • to foster the transfer of good practices from EU countries to promote innovative approaches to internal QA;
  • to develop networks between the partner universities to facilitate future cooperation; and
  • to facilitate the involvement of the Western Balkans’ universities in European-level discussions on QA.

Activities

The partners will seek to achieve the project objectives through the extensive capacity building of key institutional actors in beneficiary institutions, achieved through:

  • four regional training workshops
  • participation in the European Quality Assurance Forum (EQAF) 2013 and 2014
  • job shadowing in participating EU institutions
  • development of action plans for internal QA, and
  • final project report in five languages and launch conference in September 2015.

The EUREQA project is run by EUA in collaboration with higher education institutions in the European Union and in the Western Balkans (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo**), the latter being the main beneficiaries of the project.

The partnership includes:

   Albania

  • "Fan S. Noli" University*
  • Shkodra University "Luigj Gurakuqi"*
  • University of Tirana

   Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • University of Banja Luka
  • University of Mostar
  • University of Sarajevo

   Kosovo**

  • University of Prishtina
  • University of Prizren*
  • World University Service – Kosova (Regional coordinator)*

   European Union

  • European University Association (Project coordinator)
  • Dublin City University, Ireland
  • Instituto Politecnico do Porto, Portugal*
  • Roskilde University, Denmark
  • University of Eastern Finland, Finland
  • University of Graz, Austria
  • University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • University of the Arts The Hague - Royal Conservatoire, the Netherlands*

* Institutions which are not members of EUA are marked with an asterisk

** This designation is without prejudice to position on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.

For further information on the EUREQA project, please contact eureqa@eua.be

More details about the project can also be found on the EUREQA website: www.eureqa-tempus.eu

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