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Stakeholder Organisations

Governmental members of EQAR

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Malta

Malta has been a Governmental Member of EQAR since 2008.

Focus of external quality assurance

  • Institutional audit
    All institutions, including self-accrediting ones, have to be reviewed and audited periodically by NCFHE as part of the External Quality Assurance process as defined by NCFHE.
  • Programme accreditation
    Education institutions (whether national, international, public or private) must have their programme audits approved by the National Commission for Further and Higher Education (NCFHE).
    By exception, public institutions that have a 'self-accrediting status' established by NCFHE do not need to submit programmes for accreditation if these fall within the scope of the Malta Qualification Framework (MQF) level of their self-accrediting status. They would need to do so if they intend to provide programmes that exceed the MQF level of their self-accrediting status.

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

Yes, under certain conditions:

  • Eligibility requirements for foreign agencies: Prior approval by the National Commission for Further and Higher Education (NCFHE) is required for suitability, language proficiency, capacity and experience. The audit process and the terms of reference must be reviewed and approved by NCFHE before the audit process begins.
  • Conditions for the agencies’ work (e.g. criteria to be used): The external quality assurance agency has to follow the accreditation criteria set out in the national legislation governing further and higher education and, therefore, also all relevant regulations and communications issued by NCFHE.
  • Recognition of reviews carried out by foreign agencies:  The final decision is taken by the NCFHE on the result of the accreditation procedure.

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

  • Self-accrediting public higher education institutions in Malta can employ the  European Approach for the Quality Assurance of Joint Programmes i.e. the University of Malta; the Malta College for Arts, Science and Technology; and the Institute for Tourism Studies.

Further information

Registered agencies based in this country

  • None.

Registered agencies operating in this country

  • None.

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

  • BUSINESSEUROPE, Brussels
  • 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