This is an umbrella project to support the work of the Bologna Thematic Peer Group C on Quality Assurance. The project will focus not only on quality assurance in the broad sense and thereby work on the implementation of the key commitment in all EHEA countries while making use of the peer support method, but also dive into some specific themes with an innovative focus.
Apart from the organisation of six TPG meetings (over three years), there are two other packages in the project that are open to all participants in the TPG and that support the overall working structure of the group:
The Thematic Peer Group C on Quality Assurance was established with the aim of fostering peer support among countries. Accordingly, a staff mobility scheme was created to facilitate mobilities across Europe with the aim of sharing expertise in the field.
Within the IMINQA project, supporting the Bologna Thematic Peer Group C on Quality Assurance, funding is available for staff mobilities among the partner countries of the group. As these mobilities are organised on individual basis or in small groups, the specific needs for learning can be addressed in a very effective way. A matchmaking committee guides the process of the staff mobility scheme.
The first call was published in May 2022 and the second call will be published in February/March 2023.
Three Peer Learning Activities (PLAs) are organised on EHEA policy priorities in quality assurance. These activities aim to catalyse exchange between national authorities and stakeholders on effective approaches to implement these agreed policies in their national/local QA systems.
The policy priorities addressed by the PLAs are aligned with the priorities identified by the Rome Ministerial Communiqué (2020):
- Aligning the legal framework with the ESG (i.e. EHEA key commitment)
- Cross-border QA (CBQA) and QA of transnational education (TNE)
- European Approach for QA of Joint Programmes
To enable a productive exchange, each PLA will be informed by a thematic preparatory note based on existing analyses, data and reports, complemented by additional analysis (e.g. surveys, focus groups) where required.
End objective: based on all three PLAs, a cross-cutting policy brief will inform the preparations of the Tirana Ministerial Conference 2024.
The PLAs are open to TPG C on QA members. The PLAs take place on:
- 1 September 2022, Belgium: PLA 1 – Aligning the legal framework with the ESG
- 21 March 2023, Romania: PLA 2 – Cross-border QA (CBQA) & QA of TNE
- 13 September 2023, Belgium: PLA 3 – European Approach to the QA of Joint Programmes
Next to this, three thematic topics are addressed:
Aim: to create practical tools for QA of micro-credentials as a follow-up of the MICROBOL project.
The Working Group on the QA of Micro-credentials will create practical tools for QA of micro-credentials as a follow-up of the MICROBOL project (2019-2021). The task of the working group is specifically to address the recommendations of the MICROBOL project related to internal and external quality assurance (recommendations 11-13) and on the establishment of a register and catalogues of providers and micro-credentials (recommendations 16-17).
Albania, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium/Flemish Community, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, EQAR, ESU, EUA, European Commission, France, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Malta, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, UK/Scotland
The Working Group on the QA of European Universities involves national authorities, QA agencies and of course European Universities. The main work of the group is focused on the follow up of the EUniQ framework for the QA of European Universities.
As the development of (QA of) European Universities has just started, peer learning activities will be carried out to increase mutual awareness and understanding of QA expectations between the different stakeholders. Equally, or even more important, is the necessity of bringing together national authorities to discuss the legal obstacles.
Albania, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium/Flemish Community, Croatia, Cyprus, ESU, ETUCE, EUA, European Commission, EQAR, Finland, France, Georgia, Hungary, Italy, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Sweden.
- Map the situation of QA systems in EHEA countries from the perspective of digitalisation (including changes triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic) as well as data management and sharing.
- Reflect on a medium-term vision for enhancing QA processes and procedures based on technology.
- Synergies will be eventually built to the QA-FIT project so that the outcomes of this (umbrella) project can feed into the future vision for QA to be put forward by the QA-FIT project. Other new studies and initiatives will also be taken up during the time-frame of the activity.