Building trust and enhancement: from information to evidence

The 2021 European Quality Assurance Forum (EQAF) will take place online on 18 and 19 November.

The Forum, entitled “Building trust and enhancement: from information to evidence”, will combine online 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.

To promote trust and serve as a basis for informed decision making and quality enhancement, quality assurance needs to be evidence-based. The amount of data on higher education and the performance of higher education institutions has increased in recent years and its nature is changing partly due to digitalisation. This makes it increasingly important to determine which information is meaningful and relevant for stakeholders in higher education, hence worth serving as evidence for robust quality assurance processes.

The Forum will address questions such as how to ensure an appropriate balance between qualitative and quantitative data and diverse sources of information. It will also focus on how to analyse and interpret the data, as well as how to ensure that it is used to enhance quality and promote trust. Notably, the 2021 EQAF will offer an occasion to analyse how to make the best out of the opportunities offered by digitalisation while avoiding pitfalls. The Forum will explore the evidence used in external and internal quality assurance and how to improve its use and impact.

True to the EQAF tradition, this year’s Forum will be organised using an event platform that will provide participants with opportunities for networking, also outside the formal programme, and will facilitate audience interaction.  

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 2021 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, all materials and access to the event platform before the event, as well as access to all session recordings for two weeks following the event.

 Members (ENQA, EURASHE, EUA, ESU)*  €90 3-7 GROUP: 10% per person
8+ GROUP: 15% per person
 Non-members  €190  
 Students**  €50  
 Paper/discussion starter presenters***  €50  


*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 discount applies only to the E4 member organisations. To benefit from this rate, please register the group at once, so please ensure you register everyone at the same time.

The registration deadline is 12 November 2021. Please note, that as of 2 November only credit card payments will be accepted.


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 (until 2 November 2021 only) or credit card. The participant assumes full responsibility for paying all bank charges associated with the payment. The registrants will receive the link to join closer to the event dates and as soon as the payment has been received.


EUA EQAF Coordination Team 

For enquiries regarding the programme, please contact: 
Elena Cirlan
Policy and Project Officer
Tel: +32 2 230 55 44

For enquiries regarding registrations and general information, please contact:
Caroline Marissal or Aurélie Clenet
Event Officers
Tel: +32 2 230 55 44

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