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12th European Quality Assurance Forum

Responsible QA: committing to impact

How can quality assurance (QA) ensure transparent and responsible action? The 12th EQAF explored current developments in research, policy and practice from across Europe that tackle the need for QA to meet the needs of a wide range of internal and external stakeholders.

Hosted by the University of Latvia, Riga, Latvia

23 - 25 November 2017

  • QA, whether aiming at accountability or enhancement, needs to be carried out in a transparent and responsible manner. This means finding ways of responding to the needs and interests of internal and external stakeholders. The 12th European Quality Assurance Forum (EQAF) explored how this can be done in practice, examining issues such as communication, ethics and the concept of change in QA.

    The 2017 EQAF, organised by ENQA, ESU, EUA and EURASHE, took place on 23-25 November 2017, hosted by the University of Latvia in Riga, Latvia.

    Through a mix of plenary and parallel sessions, the Forum, entitled ‘Responsible QA: committing to impact’, combined practice-oriented or research-based discussions in the paper sessions and workshops with presentations of current developments in quality assurance. The Forum provided an opportunity for participants to update their knowledge and extend their professional development.

    The presentations and full papers from EQAF 2017 can be found here.

    For updates follow @EQAF on Twitter.
    For an introductory video on the University of Latvia, click here.

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    UniversityThe University of Latvia was founded in 1919. With more than 12 000 students, 13 faculties and over 20 research institutes and independent study centres, it is currently one of the largest comprehensive and leading research universities in the Baltics. The University offers more than 130 state accredited academic and professional study programmes. Research is conducted in over 50 research fields which represent four main areas: the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and education sciences.

    The University of Latvia contributes to the development of Latvian state and society, guarantees students the opportunity to acquire quality higher education and professional skills, as well as develop scientific and artistic work. The University actively participates in international academic life, contributes to science sector cooperation and the use of knowlege.


    Riga is the capital of Latvia and with its 696 000 inhabitants is the largest city in the Baltic States. Riga was founded in 1201 and in its 800 years of turbulent history, everyone from German knights to Swedish kings and Soviet commissars have left their footprints, and today Latvia’s capital is an exciting European metropolis at the crossroads of eastern and northern Europe.

    Riga is famous for its Old Town (Vecrīga) and city centre, with more than 800 buildings in Art Nouveau style. This style involves intricate building facades, with carvings of flowers and mythological creatures, and ornate doorways and windows. Riga is a UNESCO World Heritage site of cobblestones and breathtaking river views. In 2017, the Riga-Gauja region is European Region of Gastronomy. A special concept, called "Wild at Palate", is the guide to get to know the diverse dining-out pleasures to be found in Latvian cities - Riga, Sigulda, Cesis and Valmiera. 

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    All photos of EQAF 2017 are available here.

    Photos © Ritvars Stankevičs
    Photos © Linda Liepiņa
    Photos © Toms Grīnbergs

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