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European Quality Assurance Forum kicks off in Ljubljana, Slovenia

18 November 2016

The 11th European Quality Assurance Forum (EQAF) is underway in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Co-hosted by the Slovenian Student Union and the University of Ljubljana, the event has gathered more than 400 participants to discuss current issues in quality assurance under the theme “Quality in context – embedding improvement.”

EQAF 2016 5The Forum opened on Thursday, 17 November with a panel discussion exploring the diverse institutional contexts to which quality assurance policies and practices must be adapted to ensure they remain fit for purpose. Contributions from panellists and the audience covered issues such as transferability of principles and methods, flexibility for experimentation in approaches, and the importance of trust in engaging stakeholders in quality assurance activities. Further contextual differences were explored this morning, 18 November, this time focusing on the impact of national characteristics on quality assurance frameworks. Ongoing paper and workshop sessions this afternoon give participants the opportunity to engage in interactive discussions on a wide range of practical case examples, research topics and policy issues.

The paper and workshop sessions will continue on Saturday morning, 19 November, before the final plenary session closes the Forum with a reflection on the modern classroom, and how approaches to quality assurance must keep up with ongoing changes in the learning environment.

Presentations and papers are being uploaded to the EQAF website as the Forum progresses. For the latest updates, please follow @EQAF on twitter and join the #EQAF conversation.

EQAF has been co-organised annually by EUA, ENQA, ESU and EURASHE since 2006 and provides a unique platform for the higher education and quality assurance communities to monitor, shape and anticipate developments in the field. The next Forum will take place from 23 to 25 November 2017 and will be hosted by the University of Latvia in Riga. Further details will be available in early 2017.

Photo: EQAF panel discussion exploring quality assurance in diverse institutional contexts. From left to right: Machteld Verbruggen (Thomas More University College), Stefan Gies (European Association of Conservatoires), Goran Turk (University of Ljubljana), Beate Treml and Caty Duykaerts (EQAF Steering Committee).

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