EQAR is a non-voting member of the Bologna Follow-Up Group.
In most European countries, higher education institutions or study programmes are subject to regular external review by a quality assurance agency. The European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education (EQAR) is a register of such agencies, listing those agencies that have demonstrated their substantial compliance with a common set of principles for quality assurance in Europe.
These principles are laid down in the European Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance.
EQAR aims to provide the public with clear and reliable information on quality assurance agencies operating in Europe, and the register is therefore web-based and freely accessible.
As of November 18th 2010, 24 quality assurance agencies, active in 23 European countries, feature on the European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education (EQAR). Five new agencies have been added after their applications were approved by the Register Committee on 13 November:
To be included, quality assurance agencies have to evidence in an independent external review that they comply substantially with the European Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance (ESG).
"We are glad about the keen interest of quality assurance agencies. From a survey we are conducting amongst agencies we can see that international reputation is the top motivation for becoming registered on EQAR, next to better international recognition of qualifications awarded by higher education institutions that have been quality reviewed by the agency"
says Kjell Frønsdal, Chair of the EQAR Register Committee.
A judge of the Gulating Court of Appeal (Bergen, Norway), Mr Frønsdal has chaired EQAR’s independent decision-making body since 1 July 2010. The Register Committee comprises of quality assurance experts nominated by the key European stakeholder organisations in higher education.