The European Quality Assurance Forum (EQAF) has been organised by the E4 Group (ENQA, ESU, EUA and EURASHE) since 2006. The 7th Forum, held at Tallinn University, Estonia, in November 2012 attracted around 400 participants, thus confirming the Forum’s role as the main annual discussion platform for all interested parties in the field of European quality assurance (QA). A collection of selected contributions from the Forum is now available in a new publication.
Entitled “How does quality assurance make a difference?” it includes some of the keynote presentations as well as some of the many excellent contributions that generated lively discussions in the parallel sessions. The Forum Steering Committee hopes that this publication will inspire those involved in QA in their daily work.
During the three-day event, the majority of the plenary and parallel sessions discussed the impact of external and internal QA on higher education policies and institutional realities. New developments in QA at institutional and national level were also explored within the sessions together with the increased international dimension of external QA (e.g. cross-border accreditation and recognition of joint programmes). The new online publication can be downloaded here.
The next European Quality Assurance Forum will take place at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, on 21-23 November 2013. The call for contributions in the form of papers and workshop proposals is currently open and can be accessed here. Meanwhile the Forum organisers are also looking for a university to host the ninth EQAF that will take place in November 2014. The call for expressions of interest can be downloaded here.