23 Nov 2018
Current developments in quality assurance in higher education discussed in Vienna
The 13th European Quality Assurance Forum (EQUAF) focused on how institutions and quality assurance agencies can build systems that encompass a broad range of activities, including learning and teaching, research, governance and administration, and service to society.
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. In parallel, external QA is increasingly looking into these policies. This edition of EQAF explored 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.
Through a mix of plenary and parallel sessions, the 2018 EQAF, entitled "Broadening the scope of QA", combined presentations of current developments in QA with discussions on research, policy and practice that took 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 was 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.