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The Romanian Agency for Quality Assurance in Higher Education—ARACIS (Romania) is an autonomous public institution of national interest, whose main mission is to execute external evaluations of the quality of higher education in Romania at the level of study programmes, as well as from the institutional point of view. aracis is a full member of the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA) and is registered in the European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education (EQAR).


The European Students' Union—ESU is an umbrella organisation of 47 national unions of students in Europe from 39 countries (September 2013). ESU's member unions are run by students, autonomous, representative and operate according to democratic principles. ESU runs the project called Quest for Quality for Students, or QUEST for short, which seeks to identify students' views on the quality of higher education. ESU has been the main organisation coordinating the research work behind the QUEST project among all the partners.


The free association of local student union bodies—fzs (Germany) is the umbrella organisation of students’ associations of Germany and a full member union of the European Students’ Union (ESU). With approximately 90 member universities, fzs represents over a million students in the Federal Republic.


student participation in quality Scotland—sparqs was created to support a greater engagement of students in the management of quality assurance and enhancement in Scotland’s colleges and universities. It is the responsibility of a consortium of partners consisting of the main stakeholders in higher education in Scotland. sparqs supports an effective student representation. It does this by providing appropriate training and support materials to the full range of student representatives within universities and colleges and assisting institutions and their students’ associations to make their systems more effective. sparqs contribution to the QUEST project has been focused on equipping students with the skills and knowledge to participate effectively in quality discussions. This has involved facilitating a series of workshops with students from across the EU. These workshops, along with their experience of supporting student representatives, helped inform sparqs subsequent work on developing the Student Handbook on Quality Assurance.