The European University Association (EUA) represents and supports higher education institutions in 47 countries, providing them with a forum to cooperate and keep abreast of the latest trends in higher education and research policies.
The members of the association are European universities involved in teaching and research, national associations of rectors and other organisations active in higher education and research.
The association’s mandate within the Bologna Process, contribution to EU research policy-making and relations with intergovernmental organisations, European institutions and international associations, ensure its capacity to debate issues that are crucial for universities in relation to higher education, research and innovation. ESU has agreements with EUA on the Institutional Evaluation Programme (IEP) and nominates students to participate in panels for quality reviews.
The European Network for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA) was established in 2000 to promote European cooperation in the field of quality assurance in higher education. In 2004, it was transformed into the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education, but its acronym remained the same. Since then, the mission of ENQA has been to contribute significantly to the maintenance and enhancement of the quality of higher education in Europe at a high level, and to act as a major driving force for the development of quality assurance across all the Bologna signatory countries.
ENQA is a membership-based association that represents its members at the European level and internationally. ENQA’s members are quality assurance organisations from countries within the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) that operate in the field of higher education. The membership criteria of ENQA encompasses Part III of the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area (ESG).
Bodies that do not wish to, or for whatever reason are unable to, apply to become members of ENQA may request affiliate status within ENQA. Affiliates are bona fide organisations or agencies with a demonstrable interest in the quality assurance of higher education.
ESU has an agreement with ENQA and nominates his student-experts to participate in panels for quality assurance agencies’ reviews.
Estonian Quality Agency for Higher and Vocational Education (EKKA) is the national quality assurance agency responsible for evaluations of higher and vocational education in Estonia. EKKA’s mission is to promote quality in the field of education and thereby increase the competitiveness of the Estonian society.
Key activities of EKKA include institutional accreditation of higher education institutions and quality assessment of their study programme groups, also accreditation of study programme groups in VET.
The Estonian Higher Education Quality Agency (EKKA) won the public procurement of the Ministry of Education in Moldova to conduct the assessment of study programmes in Law in that country. During 2015, 26 study programmes in 13 different higher education institutions were accredited.
European Quality Assurance Agency (EQAA) offers international accreditation to universities, other higher education institutions and a wide range of other education and training providers, including providers of technical and vocational education. EQAA has been established on the basis of the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area (ESG) and operates accordingly.
EQAA is the first international agency offering institutional accreditation. EQAA also offers accreditation of individual study programmes and other qualifications. Whilst EQAA works on the basis of the European Standards and Guidelines, it offers its services to universities and higher education institutions worldwide.
The guiding rationales for EQAA are among others: quality assurance as an indispensable tool for continuous quality enhancement, development and improvement of a quality culture in institutions is key to improvement and quality assurance has to fully acknowledge the contextual setting.
ECBE, the European Council for Business Education, is an international not-for-profit educational organisation, registered in Brussels as an AISBL – Association Internationale Sans But Lucrative. It is committed to supporting academic and professional learning institutions in business and related fields. It provides advice and consulting services to encourage and support institutions to commit themselves to continuous improvement by engaging in its accreditation processes. It also creates valuable networking opportunities for schools interested in internationalising their curriculum and contacts. These services help to enhance the learning environment and career opportunities for students of business.