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The EQUIP project

The Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area (ESG) are the basis for quality assurance in the European Higher Education Area (EHEA). In 2014 the Bologna Follow-Up Group (BFUG) endorsed a revised version of the ESG that was proposed by stakeholders, which has been formally approved by the EHEA Ministerial Conference in May 2015. The ESG 2015 include a number of updated and amended elements that will undoubtedly bring implementation challenges for users of the ESG namely higher education institutions and quality assurance agencies. Quality assurance in general, and the ESG in particular, are a recognised driver in enhancing the attractiveness and competitiveness of European higher education. Yet, previous studies (e.g. MAP-ESG, Bologna progress reports) have shown that inconsistent implementation has been a major issue.

The EQUIP project aimed at Enhancing Quality through Innovative Policy & Practice in European higher education by supporting and promoting a consistent, efficient and innovative embedding of the ESG 2015 at grass-root level. The project identified the challenges and worked collaboratively with all stakeholders and policy-makers to propose, share and discuss the applicability of new solutions.



The EQUIP project has:

  • Produced an analytical report highlighting the innovative aspects of the ESG 2015;
  • Published and promoted the ESG 2015 to the entire higher education community;
  • Facilitated the use of the ESG 2015 through multi-level peer-learning groups with five training events including webinars;
  • Identified and promoted innovative ways to apply the ESG 2015 by consulting all higher education actors through surveys and the organisation of focus groups for all stakeholders in the spring of 2017;
  • Highlight changes to be made in quality assurance at various levels with a study on implementation challenges, solutions and policy impact;
  • Put forward European-level policy recommendations to stakeholder groups to feed into the discussions leading up to the 2018 EHEA Ministerial Conference.


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