Shaping or sharing? QA in a value-driven EHEA

The 2022 European Quality Assurance Forum (EQAF) will be hosted from 17 to 19 November by West University of Timisoara, Romania.

The Forum, entitled “Shaping or sharing? QA in a value-driven EHEA”, will combine sessions about European policies and trends, research, and practical case examples related to the Forum theme and more generally about current developments in quality assurance.

Shared values of democratic higher education systems – such as academic freedom, institutional autonomy, student participation in governance of higher education institutions, inclusion and equity – are at the core of the EHEA. These values should consolidate and unite higher education systems and foster international cooperation and mobility, while allowing the institutions to independently develop their own goals. Recent societal challenges have emphasised the need for policy makers, higher education institutions and QA agencies to continuously discuss these values and ensure that they are upheld, protected and promoted across the EHEA.

The 2022 EQAF will offer an occasion to discuss the role of QA in shaping, safeguarding and promoting shared values. The Forum will address questions such as how to build public confidence in higher education institutions as autonomous scientific institutions that promote academic freedom, integrity and reliable evidence. It will explore how equity, inclusion and student participation in governance and QA of higher education are promoted and supported. Finally, the Forum will invite the audience to reflect on how to ensure value-driven international collaboration in higher education. During the Forum, paper sessions, workshops and practice presentations will provide space for more in-depth exchange about research, policy initiatives and practical case examples related to the Forum theme and more generally about current developments in QA.

This year’s Forum will take place on-site and will provide participants with opportunities for discussions, debates and networking, also outside the formal programme. The sessions will facilitate audience interaction to allow participants to gain the most from the event.

The Forum will be of interest to rectors and vice-rectors responsible for quality assurance, quality assurance officers in higher education institutions, students, quality assurance agency staff and researchers working in higher education or in the quality assurance field.

For updates, please follow @EQAF and #EQAF on Twitter and/or join the LinkedIn group “European Quality Assurance Forum (EQAF)”.

 

About West University of Timisoara

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With more than a 78 year-long tradition, founded in 1944 through Royal Decree, West University of Timisoara is the main higher education and research institution in Western Romania, with around 6% international students out of a total of over 15,500.

A comprehensive university, with a strong identity and a time-consolidated image, it hosts 11 faculties and a Department for Teacher Training, offering a wide range of study programmes in areas such as: Mathematics, Computer Science, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geography, Sociology, Psychology, Educational Science, Social Work, Political Science, Philosophy, Communication Sciences, Law, Economics, Business Administration, Philology, History, Visual Arts, Design, Music, Theatre and Sports. With over 500 international partners in more than 70 countries around the world and close to a thousand incoming and outgoing mobilities yearly, our community is globally connected.

West University of Timisoara is constantly striving to develop and support an interdisciplinary and international environment for teaching and learning, while aiming to connect our research to the local, regional, national, and international ecosystems. Any study programme at WUT includes language courses, internships and courses dedicated to developing transversal skills. Additionally, we focus extensively on developing entrepreneurial curricula and enabling our students and staff’s competencies for the green and digital transition.

West University of Timisoara is part of the European University UNITA, an alliance of 10 higher education institutions in Portugal, Spain, France, Italy and Romania.

Multiple study programmes at Bachelor and Master level are taught in a foreign language (English, French or German), while the Visiting@WUT programme enables our faculties to welcome international renowned lecturers and researchers.

The student campus is in the heart of Timisoara, the Cultural Capital of Europe in 2023, and is an attraction and a symbol for the city’s multicultural and inclusive character.

 

About the city

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Over the centuries, Timisoara and the Banat region have flourished, fuelled by the energy and ingenuity of its citizens from all over Europe. Over 30 different cultures have lived here for generations: Romanians, Germans, Hungarians, Serbs, Croats, Italians, Spaniards, and Bulgarians.

In 1884, Timisoara was the first city in continental Europe and second in the world after New York with electric street lighting. In 1989, the sparks of the Revolution against the communist regime ignited on the streets of Timisoara. And in 2023, it will be the European Capital of Culture, sharing its aspirations with the rest of Europe.

Today, Timisoara is still a city of friendly people living together in peace, with over 40,000 students in four universities, a vibrant creative sector, and several prestigious cultural institutions. It benefits from economic development, especially in the automotive and IT&C fields.

The charm of this city, settled on the banks of the Bega River, lies in its distinct architectural character and vibrant cultural life, as well as in the impressive number of parks and public gardens. Frequently referred to as “Little Vienna”, due to its Central-European atmosphere, Timisoara is home to year-round and very diverse cultural performances, art galleries, museums, and a buzzing nightlife. Moreover, Timisoara is the only city in Europe that has three state theatres in three different languages – Romanian, German and Hungarian.

In near proximity, the Banat Mountains offers picturesque landscapes, ski resorts and various facilities for nautical, endure, cave and rural tourism. Being the 3rd economic pole of the country, with more than 310 000 inhabitants, Timisoara is a dynamic, progressive and cosmopolitan place.

 

Organisers

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Forum Venues

Forum sessions on 17 to 19 November 2022 

West University of Timisoara

Bd. Vasile Pârvan 4,

Timisoara 300223
Romania

Dinner venue on 18 November 2022, 19.30

The optional Forum Dinner will take place at:

Hotel Timisoara

Strada Mărășești 1-3

Timișoara 300086

Romania

 

For more information on how to get to the venue and practicalities for the Forum, please consult this document

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Registration is now open for the 2022 European Quality Assurance Forum (EQAF)

EQAF is a flagship event in quality assurance organised annually in mid-November by EUA, ENQA, ESU, and EURASHE. It regularly attracts more than 400 participants from the higher education quality assurance community in Europe and beyond.

The Forum provides a platform for discussion, professional development and exchange of experiences among the main stakeholders in quality assurance (QA). Specifically, the Forum will be of interest to rectors and vice-rectors responsible for QA, QA officers in higher education institutions, students, QA agency staff and researchers working on higher education or the QA field.

This year’s Forum will provide participants with sessions of various formats, including interactive audience participation and opportunities for exchange of experiences and good practices. In addition to the sessions on the Forum theme, the event will also provide opportunities to network and learn more about various projects and activities the organisers are involved in.


Registration details

The registration fee includes attendance at the Forum, access to the event app, admission to coffee breaks and lunches at the Forum, and to the networking reception. The name badge issued to you on registration is required for admission to the sessions, lunches and coffee breaks, as well as the social programme. You are kindly requested to wear your name badge at all times.

The Optional Forum Dinner which will take place on Friday 18 November is not included in the registration fee. Participants who wish to attend it are invited to click the corresponding option in the registration form and will be asked to pay an additional €60.

Registration fees paid by participants do not cover travel and accommodation expenses.

CATEGORY

EARLY BIRD FEE
(up to 7 October)

LATE FEE
(after 7 October)

Members (ENQA, EURASHE, EUA, ESU)*

€420

€520

Non-members

€520

€620

Students**

€120

€120

Paper/workshop presenters***

€290

€290

*To check whether your institution is a member, please consult the corresponding directories below:

EUA members
ENQA members and affiliates
EURASHE members
ESU members

**To benefit from this fee, please contact the EUA Events Team to receive an “EUA Student Certificate form”, which must be signed and stamped by your institution’s secretariat.

***This is only applicable to those whose papers/workshops are selected by the EQAF Programme Committee.

The early registration deadline is 7 October 2022

The overall registration deadline is 4 November 2022.

Confirmation

Please note that by filling in the registration form for the event you agree to the full payment of registration fees. Your registration will be confirmed by email.

Payment

Payment must be made upon receipt of confirmation and prior to the Forum, either by bank transfer or credit card. The participant assumes full responsibility for paying all bank charges associated with the payment.

Cancellations

If a cancellation is received on or before 20 October 2022 an administration charge of 30% of the registration fee remains due. Any refunds will be made after the conference. Participants who cancel after 20 October 2022 or fail to attend, will be liable to pay the entire registration fee. Substitutes will be accepted at any time provided that EUA is informed of the change. 
Cancellations or changes must be sent in writing to the following email address: eqaf@eua.eu.

Contact

EUA EQAF Coordination Team 
For enquiries regarding the programme, please contact: 
Cecilia Biaggi
Policy and Project Officer
Tel: +32 2 230 55 44
Email: eqaf@eua.eu   

For enquiries regarding registrations and general information, please contact:
Caroline Marissal
Event Officers
Tel: +32 2 230 55 44
Email: eqaf@eua.eu

To contact the host (for invoices and credit card payments) please contact:

Tel: +40 256 592 697
Email: eqaf2022@e-uvt.ro

The organisers made special arrangements with the hotels listed below.  

In order to make a reservation at any of the listed hotels, please send your booking request directly to the hotels via the given email, mentioning that you will be EQAF2022 guest. 

Hotels in Timișoara

Single room

 Double room

Contact for booking

Hotel Timișoara ****

 from 62€

 from 72€

reservations@hoteltimisoara.ro

Hotel Reghina Blue ****

 from 65€

 from 84€

info@reghinablue.ro

Hotel NH ****  from 65€  from 80€ reservations.nhtimisoara@nh-hotels.com

Hotel Perla ****

Single      3* - from 50€

Single  4*-  from 58€

Double     3* - from 60€

Double     4* - from 68€

office@hotelperla.ro

Ibis Timișoara City Center ***

 from 51€

 from 61€

hb3h6-re@accor.com

Hotel Central Timișoara  **

 from 40€

 from 50€

receptie@hotel-central.ro

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