The aim of the Database of External Quality Assurance Reports (DEQAR) project is the development of a database that will enhance access to reports and decisions on higher education institutions/programmes externally reviewed against the European Standards and Guidelines (ESG), by an EQAR-registered agency.
The database is expected to enable a broad range of users, including but not limited to:
To satisfy their information needs and support different types of decisions (e.g. recognition of degrees, mobility of students, portability of grants/loans). Through this database EQAR will contribute to the transparency of external quality assurance in the European Higher Education Area. The first public preview version of the database is now available.
The project is co-funded by the EU programme Erasmus+ Key Action 3 – European Forward-Looking Cooperation Projects.
As a member of EQAR’s Executive Board and part of the E4 Group, the European Students’ Union (ESU) is involved in the project ensuring relevance of the database links with the end users.
The origin of EQAR is the 2005 Bergen summit: ministers adopted the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area (ESG) and welcomed the concept of a European register of quality assurance agencies.
The E4* presented an operational model to Ministers at the London summit in 2007. Ministers “welcomed the establishment of a register by the E4 group, working in partnership, based on their proposed operational model”. EQAR was founded on 4 March 2008.
*The European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education – ENQA; the European Association of Institutions in Higher Education – EURASHE; the European Students’ Union – ESU; and the European University Association – EUA.