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13th European Quality Assurance Forum

Broadening the scope of QA


The 13th EQAF will explore how institutions and agencies build quality assurance systems that look at the full range of institutional activities, including learning and teaching, research, governance and administration, and service to society.

Hosted by WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business) and AQ Austria, Vienna, Austria

15 - 17 November 2018

  • As a tool for supporting the quality of higher education, quality assurance (QA) has in many European higher education systems focused largely on learning and teaching. However, as underlined in the introduction to the Standards and guidelines for quality assurance in the EHEA (ESG), higher education institutions should have QA policies and processes that cover other institutional activities, and in parallel, external QA is increasingly looking into these policies. This edition of EQAF will explore how institutions and QA agencies can build QA systems that encompass a broad range of activities, including learning and teaching, research, governance and administration, and service to society.

    The 2018 EQAF, organised by ENQA, ESU, EUA and EURASHE, from 15 to 17 November 2018 in Vienna, Austria, hosted by WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business) and AQ Austria. Watch the invitation video from the hosts for a sneak preview!

    Through a mix of plenary and parallel sessions, the 2018 EQAF, entitled ‘Broadening the scope of QA’, will combine presentations of current developments in QA with discussions on research, policy and practice that will take place in paper sessions and workshops.

    Each year EQAF provides a platform for discussion, professional development and exchange of experiences among the main stakeholders in QA. Specifically, the Forum will be of interest to rectors and vice-rectors responsible for QA, QA officers in higher education institutions, students, QA agency staff and researchers working on higher education or the QA field.

    For updates follow @EQAF on Twitter.

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  • About the host

    About WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business)

    The institution that would later become today’s WU was founded over 100 years ago on 1 October 1898. Now WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business) is a modern public university committed to excellence in research and research-led teaching.

    The mission WU has defined for itself goes well beyond providing a high-qualityCampus2 education for the university’s over 22,000 students. WU’s roughly 2,100 employees are working continuously to further improve teaching and research quality and campus life in all relevant areas. One of the goals WU has set itself is to achieve and maintain a place among the worlds’ leading institutions of higher education. WU is working to strengthen its global profile by offering a range of English-taught Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes and by emphasising internationalisation in its research activities. WU’s triple accreditation by EQUIS, AACSB, and AMBA – the three foremost international accreditations for business and economics universities – is a testimonial of WU’s high quality standards. WU’s excellent international reputation is reflected in its student population: roughly one in four students on campus has come to study at WU from abroad.


    WU’s campus, which was officially opened in 2013, is located in Vienna’s second district and consists of six building complexes. Campus WU boasts modern auditoriums with state-of-the-art equipment, Austria’s largest business and economics library, plenty of workstations for independent study, and generously sized PC labs. The buildings on Campus WU take up a total built-up area of 35,000 m². Apart from its impressive architecture, Campus WU also boasts a range of attractive publicly accessible grounds that encourage students, staff, and visitors to explore the area and enjoy its unique atmosphere. Campus WU provides meeting places, event locations as well as open spaces – a completely new neighborhood within Vienna’s second district has emerged.

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    About
    AQ Austria

    The Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation Austria (AQ Austria) is the national independent quality assurance agency for the Austrian higher education system. It was founded in 2011 by a merger of three former existing Austrian agencies. 

    According to its legal mandate, AQ Austria is responsible for the accreditation of higher education institutions and their programmes (private universities and universities of applied sciences), audits of the internal quality management systems (public universities and universities of applied sciences) consultancy to HEI and thematic analyses.

    AQ Austria has a strong international profile and performs quality assurance activities also outside the country, notably in the German speaking countries and Southeast and Eastern Europe. Being member of ENQA and also EUA and EURASHE, the agency participates actively in international projects in order to develop quality assurance approaches further.


    About
    Vienna

    2009-07-09-schloss-schoenbrunn-2Austria’s capital city of Vienna is situated in the heart of Europe and is well known all   over the world for its rich cultural heritage, its beautiful historical buildings and its excellent cuisine. Today, Vienna is a growing, modern city with a population of over 1.8 million and, according to current forecasts is on course to hit the two million mark by 2030. Vienna is a very innovative and creative city with a pulsating start-up community. It is ranked as one of the top 10 start-up cities worldwide and hosting one of Europe’s biggest start-up events. Every year Vienna finds itself among the top cities in various European and international rankings: in 2018 Vienna was again ranked as the city with the highest quality of living worldwide (Mercer ranking 2018). Vienna has topped this ranking without interruption since 2009. The main reasons that make Vienna attractive are the high level of public safety and security, the well-structured public transport network, as well as the large variety of cultural facilities and leisure activities.

    2010-08-10-fiaker-vor-rathausTourists, too, know that Vienna is a good place to visit: there is a consistent growth of international visitors, both in the international conference sector as well as in city tourism. With 15.51 million overnight stays, Vienna achieved a new record result in 2017. With around 195,000 students, Vienna has the largest university population in the German-speaking region. Hence, Vienna profits from the high availability of qualified labour and from its high share of tertiary education graduates, making Vienna a very attractive business location, also from an international perspective. More than half of all international businesses expanding to Austria, set up office in Vienna.

    Vienna is packed with imperial history; at the same time, it has exciting contemporary museums, lively eating and a vibrant nightlife. This exceptional mix of tradition and modernity is what makes Vienna unique.


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