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New “clearer” quality guidelines for European HE

An alliance of organisations has put forward new plans for upholding quality standards across European universities.

The proposals have been published by the E4 Group – a partnership of four organisations tasked with finding ways of improving quality assurance in higher education across Europe – and will be considered by European ministers.

It aims to make a “clearer” version of the existing Standards and Guidelines (ESG) for quality assurance in the European Higher Education Area (EHEA). Launched in 2010, the EHEA seeks to ensure more comparable, compatible and coherent systems of higher education in Europe.

E4 says institutions should have a policy for quality assurance that is made public and forms part of their strategic management. Institutions should assure themselves of the competence of their teachers, and they should apply fair and transparent processes for the recruitment and development of the staff. Quality assurance agencies should have an established legal basis and should be formally recognised as quality assurance agencies by competent authorities.

The E4 group consists of the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA); the European Students’ Union (ESU); the European University Association (EUA) and the European Association of Institutions in Higher Education (EURASHE).

More information about the proposals can be found at: http://revisionesg.wordpress.com/