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, ensures 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.
EURASHE is the European association of higher education institutions that offer professionally oriented programmes and are engaged in applied and profession-related research within the Bologna cycles. Currently, there are more than 1.400 higher education institutions in 40 countries within and outside the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) affiliated to EURASHE. The association is present mostly through national associations of higher education institutions and individual institutions, such as universities, (university) colleges and universities of applied sciences, as well as through other professional associations and stakeholder organisations active in the field of higher education.
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) and some additional requirements and guidelines.
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.
In most European countries, higher education institutions or study programmes are subject to regular external reviews by a quality assurance agency. The European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education (EQAR) is a registry of such agencies, listing those that substantially comply 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. The registry is web-based and freely accessible to everyone.
Education International represents organisations of teachers and other education employees across the globe.
It is the world’s largest federation of unions, representing thirty million education employees in about four hundred organisations in one hundred and seventy countries and territories, across the globe. Education International unites all teachers and education employees.