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 is now subject to the approval of the next EHEA Ministerial Conference in May 2015. The revised ESG 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 aims at Enhancing Quality through Innovative Policy & Practice in European higher education by supporting and promoting a consistent, efficient and innovative embedding of the revised ESG at grass-root level. The project will identify the challenges and work collaboratively with all stakeholders and policy-makers to propose, share and discuss the applicability of new solutions.