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.
The Register has been established to:
In 2018, EQAR launched a new database to be found directly on the EQAR website. DEQAR is the Database of External Quality Assurance Results on activities performed by EQAR-registered quality assurance agencies. DEQAR not only collects their reports and decisions but also helps to understand reports in their context by describing the national QA frameworks of the EHEA countries.
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 and commitment by the participating quality assurance agencies. The database is an important milestone towards enhanced transparency and recognition solutions in the European Higher Education Area (EHEA)"
says Karl Dittrich, President of EQAR.
The wider benefits of DEQAR are manifold: