Launch of new Database of Quality Assurance Reports (DEQAR), supported by NVAO

Launch of new Database of Quality Assurance Reports (DEQAR), supported by NVAO

Woensdag 23 mei 2018 — At the start of the EHEA Ministerial Conference in Paris and EQAR’s 10th anniversary, the new Database of Quality Assurance Reports (DEQAR) was launched. It aims to support the transparency of quality in European higher education by giving easily access to quality assurance results across Europe. NVAO participates actively in this project. In the coming weeks, more data on Flemish institutions and programmes will be uploaded.

DEQAR allows a broad range of users to easily access quality assurance results based on the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area (ESG), and to download the corresponding reports. A survey conducted in 2016 found that these were sometimes difficult to find, especially when looking for reports in other countries.

DEQAR was selected for EU co-funding by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union. Seventeen of EQAR’s registered agencies actively participate as project partners for the technical implementation, with support of the key European stakeholder organisations (ENQA, ESU, EUA, EURASHE, Education International, ECA), CIMEA (Italian ENIC-NARIC) and Ghent University.

The current preview of the database includes around 400 higher education institutions, including most institutions from Belgium (Flemish Community), Croatia, Finland, Romania and Spain (Catalunya). In the coming weeks, more data on Flemish institutions and programmes will be uploaded.

Since DEQAR is a work in progress, more and more agencies are expected to upload their results and reports of external QA activities. The final release of the database will take place in October 2018.

Ann Verreth, vice chair of NVAO: “NVAO was eager to participate in this project. In the European Consortium for Accreditation (ECA), we stood at the cradle of Qrossroads (www.ecahe.eu). DEQAR is now building on the experiences we have gained in this project. Our efforts, along with those of other agencies, have led to a sustainable platform. The database is an important milestone towards enhanced transparency and recognition solutions in the European Higher Education Area (EHEA). It will help enhance automatic recognition of qualifications. The transparency of data on the quality of programmes and institutions will stimulate mobility of students and staff.”

More about the DEQAR project, the aims and its project partners: https://www.eqar.eu/kb/projects/deqar-project/

Visit DEQAR: http://www.deqar.eu/