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ENQA was first established in 2000 as the European Network for Quality Assurance in Higher Education to promote European cooperation in the field of quality assurance in higher education. In 2004, it became the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education with the aim to contribute to the maintenance and enhancement of the quality of European higher education, and to act as a major driving force for the development of quality assurance across all the Bologna Process signatory countries.
As the designated stakeholder organisation of quality assurance agencies in the EHEA, ENQA represents their interests internationally, supports them nationally and provides them with comprehensive services and networking opportunities.
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Membership of ENQA is open to quality assurance bodies in the area of higher education that:
- Are based in the European Higher Education Area; and
- Are compliant with the ESG Parts 2 and 3, demonstrated by an external review report or EQAR registration.
Membership is valid for five years and may be renewed by an updated proof of compliance with the ESG.
The membership fee is 4,867€ per year.
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ENQA agency reviews are conducted according to the following principles:
- The review is an evidence-based process carried out by independent experts.
- The information provided by the agency is assumed to be factually correct unless evidence points to the contrary.
- The review is a process of verification of information provided in the self-assessment report (SAR) and other documentation and the exploration of any matters which are omitted from that documentation.
- The process is transparent, and outputs are published.
- The level of conformity with the ESG required for ENQA membership is that of “overall compliance”, not rigid adherence.
The methodology has been developed in cooperation with agencies and stakeholders to ensure it is fit-for-purpose. Each review consists of a self-assessment by the agency, a site visit by a team of reviewers representing different stakeholders, a written report, and a follow-up process including a progress visit. More information about the methodology can be found in the ‘step-by-step’ section and in the Guidelines for ENQA Agency Reviews.
ENQA is mindful of its social responsibility in developing its criteria and processes. In its communication with stakeholders, ENQA promotes social responsibility in quality assurance and its contribution to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.