Rector UAveiroIt is a pleasure to welcome you to EQAF 2023, the annual event in quality assurance organised by EUA, ENQA, ESU, and EURASHE. This year’s EQAF will focus on ‘Internationalisation in a changing world. New trends and challenges for QA’.

The University of Aveiro is proud of hosting this landmark event in quality assurance. The theme is very timely: internationalisation has been a major trend in higher education for many years, and there is a real need to discuss opportunities and challenges for quality assurance in this increasingly international context.

Quality assurance agencies, researchers, students and practitioners will certainly enjoy the sessions, workshops and presentations that will set the stage for an in-depth analysis of quality assurance and internationalisation. We do hope that the pleasant campus of the University of Aveiro and the nearby lagoon and canals will help in creating additional opportunities for discussion, outside the formal programme, in a beautiful natural setting.

The University of Aveiro is itself an international institution. In research, we are part of an extended set of international cooperation networks, which we see as key forums for the building of strong and impactful collaborations. Our network of partners is global, and the activities carried out within this network are very diverse. In the period 2019-2022, the research output of the University of Aveiro involved 4192 institutions from 140 countries and five continents. We are part of ECIU University, one of the first European Universities, in the sense of the European Universities Initiative. About 15% of our 17,000 students come from other countries. At the start of each academic year, about 95 different nationalities meet at our campi.

Immersed in international world, we fully understand the need to develop new and flexible approaches to transnational joint degrees. We recognise the importance of enabling and supporting deeper cooperation arrangements with a growing pool of international partners. We are aware of the difficulties created by the very different nature of our higher education systems, and we understand the pressure to address new forms of higher education and mobility, such as micro-credentials and virtual mobility. So do all other participants.

The stage is set, the players are ready. I wish you all a great EQAF here at the University of Aveiro.

Paulo Jorge Ferreira

Rector of the University of Aveiro


EQAF 2023 will combine sessions about policies and trends, research, and practical case examples related to the Forum theme and more generally about current developments in quality assurance.

Internationalisation has been a major trend in higher education for decades: cross-country mobility of students and academic staff has grown, cooperation between institutions and states has intensified, and, in general, transnational sharing of good practice in learning and teaching and research has increased. Both within and outside the EHEA, internationalisation brings opportunities and challenges for quality assurance. These range from the urgency of developing new and flexible approaches for transnational joint degrees to the need to enable and support more intense cooperation arrangements across very different higher education systems, as well as addressing new forms of higher education and mobility, such as micro-credentials or different forms of virtual mobility.

EQAF 2023 will explore QA policies and practices that support new forms of internationalisation, and invite the audience to reflect on how quality assurance can meet emerging needs and arising challenges in the sector. The Forum will address questions such as how QA can promote sustainability in transnational mobility and cooperation, if the ESG and other European tools are fit for the future, and how the European framework can connect and compare with quality assurance outside the EHEA. EQAF 2023 offers the opportunity to discuss how to innovate in quality assurance according to the different priorities of various stakeholders involved in the internationalisation of higher education, and how to internationalise quality assurance itself.

This year’s Forum will take place on-site and will provide participants with opportunities for discussion, 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)”.



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Registration is now open for the 2023 European Quality Assurance Forum (EQAF)

EQAF is a flagship event in quality assurance organised annually in November by The European University Association (EUA), The European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA), The European Students' Union (ESU), and the European Association of Institutions in Higher Education (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 24 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.



(up to 29 September)


(after 29 September)




Members (ENQA, EURASHE, EUA, ESU)* - group registration – 15% (3-5 participants, one participant must be a student).

Please be advised that students who are part of a group registration are not eligable for the student fee of €120.00. Instead, they will be required to pay the full member fee. 

€357 €442







Paper/workshop presenters***



*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 download our ''EUA Student Certificate'' which must be signed and stamped by your institution’s secretariat and sent back to eqaf@eua.eu

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

The early registration deadline is 29 September 2023

The overall registration deadline is 3 November 2023.


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 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.

Cancellation policy

  • 30 September to 13 October 2023 included – a loss of 30% of the registration fee
  • 14 October 2023: no refund will be possible

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.


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:
Gemma Fagan
Events Officer
Tel: +32 2 230 55 44
Email: eqaf@eua.eu

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

Email: eqaf2023@ua.pt

Tel.: +351 234 370 833

Conference Venue 

The event will be hosted at the following address:PC050049 Resized

Auditório Renato Araújo within the Rectory building
University of Aveiro
Campus Universitário de Santiago
3810-193 Aveiro, Portugal

Google Maps GPS Coordinates

40.6320127 -8.6597914 (40º37’53’’N 8º39’27’’W)


In order to make a reservation at any of the listed hotels, please send an email to the hotel you wish to book and indicate the reservation code: EQAF

Some Hotels may require advance payment to guarantee the reservation.

Hotels in Aveiro

Single Room**

Double Room**

Meliá Ria Hotel Spa 4*

Email:  melia.ria@meliaportugal.com



Hotel Salinas 3*

Email: reservas@hoteldassalinas.com



Hotel Aveiro Center 3*

Email: reservas@hotelaveirocenter.com



Hotel Veneza 3*

Email: info@venezahotel.pt



Hotel Afonso V 3*

Email: info@hotelafonsov.pt



Hotel Jardim 3*

Email: info@hoteljardim.pt



Hotel As Americas 4*

Email: info@hotelasamericas.com



Hotel Moliceiro 3*

Email: info@hotelmoliceiro.pt



Hotel Imperial 3*

Email: reservas@hotelimperial.pt



**Approximate cost

Check this document on how to get to Aveiro and the venue.

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