european students’ union

Quality Assurance Student Experts (QA EXP)

Project:

Erasmus KA2 – Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices

KA203 – Strategic Partnerships for higher education

Duration:

24 months (September 2019 – August 2021)

Partners:

ŠRVŠ Student Council of Higher Education, Slovakia

HÖOK National Union of Students, Hungary

ESU European Students’ Union, Belgium

ECA European Consortium for Accreditation in Higher Education, The Netherlands

Priorities:

  • Sustainable investment, quality, and efficiency of education, training and youth systems.
  • Consolidating and improving evidence-building on higher education.
  • Promoting and rewarding excellence in teaching and skills development.

Topics:

  • Reaching the policy level/dialogue with decision-makers.
  • Quality Assurance.
  • Youth (Participation, Youth Work, Youth Policy).

Project Summary:

Throughout Europe, higher education institutions on regularly ought to go through an external process that will assess the quality of the education and the system they have in place to assure it. Students, main education stakeholder,  plan an essential role in processes that examine the quality of education. But due to lack of capacity, expertise and professional experience, their feedback is often disregarded. The project aims to provide students with sufficient knowledge and resources to ensure their position as equal partners in the institutions’ evaluation.

Recent changes in the Slovak legislature and lacking students experts in Hungary forced both student unions to seek expert support in the European Students’ Union and the European Consortium for Accreditation. In 24 months the four organizations will address challenges met not only by students and QA system in Slovakia and Hungary but spread all around the continent. The results of the projects will raise awareness and develop strategies for more meaningful European students’ involvement in quality assurance.

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