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EQAR celebrates 10th anniversary

20 March 2018

The European Quality Assurance Register (EQAR) is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.

Founded by the E4 (of which EUA is a member, together with ENQA, EURASHE, ESU) in 2008, EQAR is the register of quality assurance agencies that have demonstrated through an external review that they operate in compliance with the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area (ESG).

To mark this milestone, EQAR organised an Anniversary Reception on 5 March 2018. EUA secretary general, Lesley Wilson, spoke at the reception about her memories of the work that went into turning EQAR from an idea into reality. Photos of the reception can be found here

EQAR 10th Anniversary Reception From left to right: Karl Dittrich, EQAR President; Colin Tück, EQAR Director; Lesley Wilson, EUA Secretary General; Annelies Traas, EQAR Events and Communications Officer; Melinda Szabo, EQAR Policy Analyst

The first seeds of what was eventually to become EQAR were planted at the 2005 Bergen Bologna Ministerial Meeting: ministers adopted the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area (ESG) and welcomed the concept of a European register of quality assurance agencies, to be further developed during the next two years.

The E4 then presented an operational model at the London Bologna Ministerial Meeting in 2007. EQAR was founded on 4 March 2008, after further work by the E4 to turn the operational model into reality, thus becoming the only legal body to be established by the Bologna Process.

EUA continues its involvement in EQAR by providing one member of the governing Executive Board and two members of the Register Committee. Further information about EQAR can be found here.

EQAR history: a few highlights

EQAR now features 46 registered agencies that have demonstrated their compliance with the ESG. It is governed and supported by the European stakeholder organisations and now 39 governmental members (from amongst the 48 countries making up the European Higher Education Area, EHEA).

Much has happened since 2008:

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