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Quality Assurance Networks and Associations

​ENQA (European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education)

We are an active member of Enqa (European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education), the umbrella organisation representing quality assurance organisations from the EHEA (European Higher Education Area).

Our membership was reconfirmed in September 2014 for a five-year period following an expert review. The review panel's report can be found here.

ENQA promotes European co-operation in the field of quality assurance in higher education and shares information and expertise among its members and stakeholders. 

Dr Padraig Walsh, Chief Executive of QQI and Board member of Enqa since 2011 was elected President of the association at the 4th General Assembly in Vilnius on 29-30 October 2013.


EQAR (European Quality Assurance Register)

EQAR is a register of QA agencies in Europe who have demonstrated that they are compliant with the European Standards and Guidelines (ESG). 

In most European countries, higher education institutions or study programmes are subject to regular external review by a quality assurance agency. The European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education (EQAR) is a register of such agencies, listing those agencies that have demonstrated their substantial compliance with a common set of principles for quality assurance in Europe. These principles are laid down in the European Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance.

QQI has been included in the quality assurance register since 2015.  For more information about EQAR and the criteria for inclusion on the register of quality assurance agencies, click here.


EQAVET (European Quality Assurance in Vocational Education and Training)

The EQAVET Network (European Quality Assurance in Vocational Education and Training) is a community of practice bringing together Member States, Social Partners, VET Providers and the European Commission to promote European collaboration in developing and improving the quality assurance of VET by using the European Quality Assurance Reference Framework.

Following the European Commission call for tender in 2015 to seek support for the network, QQI was successful in its bid to host the EQAVET Secretariat for the period 2016-2017.


IQAVET (Irish Quality Assurance in Vocational Education and Training)

IQAVET is the Irish National Reference Point for EQAVET, a European wide network to promote quality assurance in vocational education and training. 

Each member state in the EQAVET network has a central role in supporting the VET quality assurance arrangements in their system.  In 2016, QQI was awarded project funding under Erasmus+ to support the implementation of the tasks assigned to them by the EQAVET Recommendation.  For more information on the work of IQAVET please click here.

Irish Reference Group for EU Initiatives in Education and Skills

QQI through Europass facilitates a national EU reference group which convenes annually to share information on relevant EU developments.

The 2016 meeting covered topics relating to EU development, Euroguidance, Erasmus+, EQAVET, European Qualifications Framework (EQF), NARIC Ireland and other activities. Speakers included representatives of national agencies, the UK Europass centre and the European Commission DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion.  Click here to view the presentations and proceedings from the meeting.

We plan to hold our next event in Tullamore in October 2017.


Cross-border Quality Assurance Network in Higher Education (CBQAN)

The CBQAN is a new cross-border QA network for in higher education in Asia and Europe.  The network, established in 2015, has 15 founder members from 12 countries, including Ireland.  QQI joined the network as part of its efforts to quality assure Irish higher education being delivered in Asia.

The inaugural forum of the new cross-border QA network for China (CBQAN) took place in Haikou, China on 20-21 December, 2016.  The forum, hosted by the China academic degrees and graduate education development center (CDGDC), was attended by 15 international quality assurance and recognition agencies and over 200 Chinese universities active in cross-border education. 

The network aims to build a communication and cooperation platform for stakeholders of cross-border higher education quality assurances in Asia and Europe, in the following areas:

  1. Mutual understanding and learning

  2. High quality communications-academic and personnel exchanges

  3. Development of cross-border higher education in Asia and Europe

  4. Formation of a platform for international cross-border higher education quality assurances collaboration

A website to promote the work of the CBQAN is currently under development.  We will publish the link to the new website once launched.