Talk of the town

DEQAR is getting more and more exposure on different plaforms and in various ways. Hereunder a selection of DEQAR in the limelight – with links to the full articles as well as short extracts – among which DEQAR in the press, a review of DEQAR by a well-known QA expert and more to come.

Interview in SPHERE with Colin Tück

"The DEQAR Database" - June 2019

Extract from interview:

CT: EQAR used to provide a list of trustworthy agencies, with basic information on their work. But understandably, most people are interested in the quality of a higher education institution or study programme, rather than information on an agency as such.

But to read actual reports and decisions on higher education institutions or programmes you had to visit the agencies’ own websites. This is not an easy task with 46 agencies: you had to find out which agency might have reported on the institution or programme you are interested in (in many countries several agencies carry out evaluation or accreditation) and then had to navigate differently structured websites in different languages. In a survey we did, a clear majority of respondents told us that they found reports only “somewhat accessible”.

Especially now that European ministers have set out to realise automatic recognition of qualifications, different users – and not only experts – will need a simple way to see that a higher education institution or programme was quality assured in line with the ESG. 

With DEQAR we try to create one pan-European database of quality assurance reports and decisions to make them more easily accessible and understandable. Our aim is to create a one-stop shop for all external quality assurance in line with the ESG, carried out by the EQAR-registered agencies.

Link to the full article

Article in EUA “expert voices” by Colin Tück

"The use of external quality assurance reports and the Database of External Quality Assurance Results"  - June 2019

Extract from article:
One key use of quality assurance reports is in the recognition of qualifications or periods of study. Recognition officers, in national information centres (ENIC-NARICs) and higher education institutions, need a quick and clear way to find out if an institution underwent external quality assurance in line with the ESG. Especially if quality assurance intends to catalyse the automatic recognition of qualifications, more organisations and individuals will need a way to easily establish this themselves, without a lengthy search or process. There are plenty of other situations in which external quality assurance results are consulted.

Link to the full article


Article in ASEM Education

"Launch of Database of External Quality Assurance Results (DEQAR)" - May 2019

Extract from article”
“DEQAR already includes 9 737 on 1 624 higher education institutions from 56 countries. For 12 EHEA countries, DEQAR covers all or most higher education institutions. Country profiles for each EHEA country are embedded to contextualise the information on QA reports. It is expected that DEQAR will grow to 20 000 reports by the end of 2019. 

In addition to many European partners, DEQAR also includes reports on higher education institutions from 4Asian partners in the ASEM Education Process: a couple of universities in Australia, China, Indonesia and Mongolia were evaluated or accredited by EQAR-registered agencies.”

Link to the full article

Article in University World News by Karl Dittrich

"HE can provide basis for European culture and identity" - March 2019

Extract from article:
Supporting student mobility: it goes without saying that the enormous growth in mobility of students is one of the great accomplishments of this European initiative. To support mobility across Europe, to enhance trust in our higher education systems and to make automatic recognition of degrees a reality, we are currently working towards establishing a database of higher education institutions and programmes which have been externally reviewed against the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area (ESG). The database is an important milestone in achieving our goals and in building a European community of trust and transparency.”

Link to the full article

Article in ASIIN Newsletter by Karl Dittrich

“Trends and Developments in Quality Assurance” - March 2019 (page 4)

Extract from article:
“DEQAR (Database of External Quality Assurance Results), in which all accreditation decisions and reports by EQAR-registered agencies will be gathered and published. This database consists of information presented by trustworthy agencies complying with the ESG. This is to say that students can trust this information and use it to make well-informed choices. For countries and HEIs, this tool aims to ease the re-cognition procedures. That is why DE-QAR has led to great enthusiasm with students and governments. At the end of 2019, DEQAR is expected to provide ac-cess to over 20.000 reports and decisions on HEIs and study programmes!”

Link to the full article

Review of DEQAR by Lucien Bollaert

EURASHE asked Lucien Bollaert to write a review of EQAR’s DEQAR project as independent QA expert.

This review is based on the visit of DEQAR’s website as developed and accessible in its public preview on 22 and 23 March 2019 and uses as criteria its transparency and the quality of the amount of public information already collected, the accessibility and research features as well as the comparability of its data. The remarks as user are purely personal and not as representative of one of its identified users’ categories.
Conclusions (extract from the review):
“… The most added value of DEQAR is that the information is international, trustworthy and complete and that it can be researched at one place by some clicks. The fact that this database is managed and controlled by EQAR, being the only independent Bologna organisation existing, but in close collaboration with all the stakeholders, is an important victory. Hopefully the information will extend to the whole EHEA. The information is easily accessible and the research is user friendly. The information is important for all stakeholders of HE, but will primarily be used for reasons of recognition (ENIC-NARIC), for reasons of information about national EQA systems (QAAs and national authorities), the EQA status of HEIs and/or study programmes (HEIs’ strategic partner search and recognition of mobility and students’ enrolment and/or mobility choices). While DEQAR holds a lot of information, the information can and will be used less for reasons of comparison.”

Link to the full review