European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education


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Stakeholder Organisations

Governmental members of EQAR



Albania has been a governmental member of EQAR since 2015.

Focus of external quality assurance

  • Programme and institutional evaluation.

Can higher education institutions choose a suitable EQAR-registered agency?

Yes, all Albanian higher education institutions are able to choose an EQAR-registered agency for their mandatory external quality assurance. Additional conditions apply:

  • Eligibility requirements for foreign agencies: Registration on EQAR is sufficient.
  • Conditions for the agencies’ work: EQAR-registered agencies should follow the standards and procedures adopted by the Ministry of Education and Science (e.g. Institutional evaluation and evaluation of study programs last no more than 6 months). See here.
  • Recognition of reviews carried out by EQAR-registered agencies: The reports produced by the reviewing agency are used to inform a final decision on accreditation, which is taken by the Minister of Education and Science, based on recommendations by the Accreditation Council of the Public Agency for accreditation of Higher Education (PAAHE).
  • Further information/regulations: Ministry Decision No.424, date 02.6.2010 on the approval of the regulation of accreditation system, organisation and operation of institutions of external quality assurance (amended No. 368, date 14.4.2011).

Can higher education institutions use the European Approach for the Quality Assurance of Joint Programmes?

  • European Approach not available to higher education institutions in the country.

Registered agencies based in this country

  • None.

Registered agencies operating in this country

There are three different categories of members of the EQAR Association:

  • Founding Members;
  • Social Partner Members;
  • Governmental Members.

Membership is not to be confused with being listed on the Register: a quality assurance agency that has evidenced its compliance with the European Standards and Guidelines and has successfully applied for inclusion will not be an association member.

The Founding Members are the E4 Group, the four organisations that have founded EQAR following the mandate given by European ministers of higher education.

The consultative members of the Bologna Follow-Up Group (BFUG) that represent the interests of employers or employees can become Social Partner Members.

All signatory countries of the Bologna Process, as well as the intergovernmental organisations involved consultatively in the Bologna Process, can become Governmental Members of the association. See Becoming a Governmental Member for details on how your ministry can apply for membership.

Founding Members

  • ENQA, European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education, Helsinki
  • ESU, European Students' Union, formerly ESIB, Brussels
  • EUA, European University Association, Brussels
  • EURASHE, European Association of Institutions in Higher Education, Brussels

Social Partner Members

  • Education International, Brussels

Governmental Members

  • Albania
    Ministry of Education and Sports
  • Armenia
    Ministry of Education and Science
  • Austria
    Federal Ministry of Science and Research
  • Azerbaijan
    Ministry of Education
  • Belgium (Flemish community)
    Flemish Department of Education and Training
  • Belgium (French community)
    Direction générale de l'Enseignement non obligatoire et de la Recherche scientifique
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
    Ministry of Civil Affairs
  • Bulgaria
    Ministry of Education and Science
  • Croatia
    Ministry of Science Education and Sports
  • Cyprus
    Ministry of Education and Culture
  • Czech Republic
    Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports
  • Denmark
    Danish University and Property Agency / Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation
  • Estonia
    Ministry of Education and Research
  • Finland
    Ministry of Education and Culture
  • France
    Ministry of Higher Education and Research
  • Georgia
    Ministry of Education and Science
  • Germany
    Federal Ministry of Education and Research / Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder in the Federal Republic of Germany
  • Greece
    Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs
  • Ireland
    Department of Education and Science
  • Kazakhstan
    Ministry of Education and Science
  • Latvia
    Ministry of Education and Science
  • Liechtenstein
    Office of Education
  • Lithuania
    Ministry of Education and Science
  • Luxembourg
    Ministry of Culture, Higher Education and Research
  • Malta
    Ministry of Education, Youth and Employment
  • Moldova
    Ministry of Education
  • Montenegro
    Ministry of Education and Sports
  • the Netherlands
    Ministry of Education, Culture and Science
  • Norway
    Ministry of Education and Research
  • Poland
    Ministry of Science and Higher Education
  • Portugal
    Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education
  • Romania
    Ministry of Education, Research and Youth
  • Slovenia
    Ministry of Education, Science and Sport
  • Spain
    Ministry of Education and Science
  • Switzerland
    State Secretariat for Education and Research
  • "the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia"
    Ministry of Education and Science
  • Turkey
    The Council of Higher Education
  • Ukraine
    Ministry of Education and Science
  • United Kingdom
    Department for Business Innovation and Skills / Scottish Government / Welsh Government / Department of Education Northern Ireland