Organisational Development and Finances
All 49 signatory countries of the Bologna Process can become governmental member of EQAR. No new members joined EQAR in 2022, which means that 41 countries* are involved in the overall governance of EQAR.
*In the past we have sometimes counted the number of of governmental members (in stead of countries). This can lead to a higher number if the country is divided into two (or more) separate entities, as is the case for Belgium and will be the case for the UK. Henceforth, in order to avoid confusion, we will therefore speak of the number of countries that are governmental member.
The 2022 EQAR General Assembly was held in Strasbourg on 13 April in conjunction with the BFUG meeting. The GA was hosted by the Council of Europe, with support of the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union as well as the French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation.
Apart from the yearly recurring agenda items such as the annual accounts, the budget, the work plan and the annual report, there were two other issues under consideration:
- The war on Ukraine and the status of Russia in the EHEA
The GA took note of the statement published by EQAR in reaction to the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the recommendations addressed to EQAR-registered agencies and considered the consequences for EQAR of the BFUG suspension of the rights of representation of both Russia and Belarus in the EHEA.
- The follow-up on the External Evaluation of EQAR
The GA gave feedback to the Register Committee’s proposed amendments to the Procedures for Applications (expediting the process and clarifying Substantive Change Reports) and adopted the amendments to the Appeals Procedure.
Read more about the 18th General Assembly in the relevant news item
The following elections took place:
- Selection Committee for the EQAR President
The GA appointed Belgium (French Community), Croatia, Lithuania and Ukraine as governmental representatives on the selection committee for the EQAR President 2023-2026
- Executive Board
The General Assembly elected an Executive Board for a term until the GA of 2024. John Edwards (EURASHE) was newly elected, Goran Daković (ENQA) and Jakub Grodecki* (ESU) were re-elected and Maria Kelo (EUA) was co-opted.
* Jakub Grodecki then resigned at the end of August and was succeeded by Horia Onita (co-opted)
According to the agreed annual rotation, the Executive Board assumed the following functions (until the 2023 GA), with Karl Dittrich as President:
- Re-elected: Goran Dakovic (ENQA) – Vice-President
- Newly elected: John Edwards (EURASHE) – Treasurer
See under Annexes “EQAR data” the full composition of the various EQAR bodies in 2022.
Blazhe Todorovski joined the Secretariat as Policy and Project Officer in October. He supports the Register (analysis of applications and change reports, reviewing and updating information, guidance of agencies) and does project related work and desk research.
The total Secretariat staff at the end of 2022 was 5,4 FTE.
The year 2021 resulted in a surplus of EUR 14 925,93.
EQAR relies on a diverse funding base including annual contributions from its members (governments and European stakeholder organisations), application and listing fees paid by quality assurance agencies and occasional project grants, which currently is the Erasmus+ funding for the DEQAR CONNECT Project.
|Assets||Liabilities and Equity|
|Fixed assets||6 621,88||Own funds||253 129,89|
|Immaterial assets||787,50||Profit/loss previous years||53 203,96|
|Office equipment||5 686,72||Result per 31/12/2021||4 925,93|
|Liquid assets||389 108,90||Liabilities||133 146,04|
|Receivables up to 1 year||18 358,48||Payables up to 1 year||115 586,62|
|Cash and term accounts||368 803,98||thereof: pre-financing EU grants||56 668,32|
|Adjustment accounts||1 946,44||Adjustment accounts||17 559,42|
|Total||395 730,78||Total||395 730,78|
|Operational income||463 230,33||Operational expenditure||443 821,21|
|Membership fees||350 992,00||Meetings||11 114,49|
|Agency fees||60 114,00||Project direct costs||8 919,37|
|Project income||50 315,68||Office and administration||62 262,89|
|Other income||1 808,65||Staff||283 735,55|
|Other costs (incl. external evaluation)||77 788,91|
|Operational result||19 409,12|
|Financial income||0,03||Financial costs and taxes||4 483,22|
|Total result||14 925,93|
|Withdrawal from reserves||0,00||Allocation to reserves||10 000,00|
|Result to be reported||4 925,93|
- Financial accounts (detail)
- Auditor’s Report