Supporting societal engagement of higher education

Credits: © TU Berlin/Dahl

Papers presented at EQAF are available in the EUA publications section, photos are available here.

The European Quality Assurance Forum (EQAF) 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.


Through a mix of plenary and parallel sessions, the 2019 EQAF, entitled ‘Supporting societal engagement of higher education’, will combine practice-oriented or research-based discussions that will take place in the paper sessions and workshops with presentations of current developments in quality assurance. The Forum provides an opportunity for participants to update their knowledge and extend their professional development.

Societal demands on higher education are changing and becoming more complex. Higher education institutions need to foster academic excellence in research, drive innovation and ensure through high-quality teaching that graduates have the knowledge and skills that prepare them for their future careers and role as active citizens. To do this successfully, institutions are expected to engage internal and external stakeholders, and entertain partnerships with industry actors, their local and regional environment, and often in collaboration with other higher education institutions. This year’s EQAF will explore how external and internal QA processes can support engaged higher education institutions in developing activities that meet the expectations and needs of all stakeholders and demonstrate their value to society.

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For enquiries regarding registrations and general information, please contact:


About TU Berlin

With almost 34 000 students, circa 100 course offerings and 40 institutes, the historic Technische Universität Berlin is one of Germany’s largest and most internationally renowned technical universities. Located in Germany’s capital city – at the heart of Europe – outstanding achievements in research and teaching, imparting skills to excellent graduates, and a modern service-oriented administration characterise TU Berlin.

The range of services offered by our seven faculties serves to forge a unique link between the natural and technical sciences on the one hand, and the planning, economics and social sciences and humanities on the other. This is indeed a significant achievement for any technical university.

The roots of the Technische Universität Berlin and predecessor institutions date back to the time of Frederick the Great. These included important educational establishments of the Prussian State such as the Königliche Bergakademie zu Berlin (Royal Mining Academy) established in 1770, the Königliche Bauakademie zu Berlin (Royal Building Academy) founded in 1799, and the Königliche Gewerbeakademie zu Berlin (Royal Trade Academy), which opened its doors in 1827. The Königlich Technische Universität zu Berlin (Royal Technical Academy) arose in 1879 through a merger of the Royal Trade and Building Academies. The architect Karl Friedrich Schinkel, whose structures even today adorn Berlin’s cityscape, and Christian W. Beuth, the “Father of Engineering”, were instrumental in establishing these institutions.

The University played a pivotal role in Berlin’s ascent to one of Europe’s most important industrial cities. The TH zu Berlin became the “intellectual nucleus of a much envied model and focal point of technical progress”, as stated by the Association of German Engineers in 1906. Into the 1930s, numerous Nobel Prize winners studied and taught at the University, for instance the chemists Carl Bosch and Fritz Haber, and physicists Gustav Hertz, Eugene Paul Wigner, Wolfgang Paul, George de Hevesy, Dennis Gabor and Ernst Ruska.

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About  Berlin

 visitBerlin Photo Wolfgang ScholvienBerlin is unique. This 3.5-million metropolis in the heart of Europe stands for innovation and new ideas, lived freedom, and creating tomorrow’s future today. It attracts people from around the world – a place which international politicians, renowned scientists and scholars, and successful artists all call home. Berlin can look back on a chequered history, even in the recent past. Yet today Germany’s capital city has reinvented itself, and is now a world city with an inimitable feeling for life.

With famous museums and three UNESCO World Heritage Sites, a lively international art scene and trendy shopping districts, this is a place to stroll and explore. Berlin’s nightlife is also a living legend: clubs, bars and discos with no official closing time. Creativity and inspiration are vibrantly alive at this former East-West interface, and freedom and tolerance a lived reality.

The main campus of the conference venue – Technische Universität Berlin – is in walking distance to some of the most popular sights of Berlin like Siegessäule, Brandenburg Gate and Potsdamer Platz. Due to its central location, the vicinity of TU Berlin offers many hotels, restaurants with dishes from all over the world, cinemas, museums, bars, and pubs with music and dancing.






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Forum Venues

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Networking reception on Thursday 21 November / all Forum sessions

Technische Universität Berlin
Straße des 17. Juni 135,
10623 Berlin, Germany




Optional Forum Dinner on Friday 22 November

Johannisstraße 2
10117 Berlin, Germany

A map with the location of the different venues and hotels (see Accommodation tab) can be consulted here.

Social Programme

The Networking Reception will take place at the Forum venue on Thursday 21 November at 18:30 and will be open to all registered participants.

The optional Forum Dinner will take place at Kalkscheune on Friday 22 November at 19:30. The evening will start with a welcome drink, followed by a seated dinner. The fee to attend the dinner is 60€ for Forum participants. Reservations can be made during the registration process. Please note that spaces for the optional Forum Dinner are limited and registrations will be confirmed on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information on how to get to the venue and practicalities for the Forum, please consult both documents below: 

EQAF 2019-Getting around
EQAF 2019-Good to know

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Due to the high demand to participate in the Forum, maximum attendance was reached before the planned deadline. As a result we can, unfortunately, no longer accept additional participants. All presentations and papers from the Forum will be published here after the event. We hope to see you at the 2020 Forum!

The European Quality Assurance Forum (EQAF) 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.

The Forum organisers will not be able to accept additional registrations once the event is full, even if this occurs before the registration deadline. In order to guarantee a certain balance between countries and institutions and due to the high number of registrations, we have to restrict attendance. Please note that therefore a maximum of five people per institution/organisation will be allowed to register. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

The deadline to register at early bird fee was 7 October 2019.
The registration deadline for the Forum is 4 November 2019.

Registration fees

The registration fee includes attendance at the Forum, access to all documentation, 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 22 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 7 October)
(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 ENQA Affiliates
ESU Members

** to benefit from this fee, please contact the EUA Events Team, who will provide you with an “EUA Student Certificate form”, which has to be signed and stamped by your institution’s secretariat.

*** only applicable to those whose papers/workshops are selected by the EQAF Programme Committee, they will be sent a separate link to register in September.


Please note that by filling in the registration form for an event you agree to full payment of registration fees. Your registration will be confirmed by email. Please wait for your confirmation before making any further arrangements.

Please note that if you want to benefit from the special accommodation rates, we recommend that you book as soon as possible. For more information about hotel rates and booking instructions, please visit the “Accommodation" page.


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. You will receive further instructions on how to proceed with the payment as soon as your registration has been approved. Cash payments are not possible. Please bring the email confirming receipt of payment with you to the Forum for presentation at the registration desk.


Cancellations must be sent in writing to EUA by email: or by fax: +32 2 230 57 51. If a cancellation is received on or before 28 October 2019, an administration charge of 30% of the registration fee remains due. Any refunds will be made after the Forum. Participants who cancel after 28 October 2019, or fail to attend the Forum on the day, will be liable to pay the entire registration fee. Substitutes will be accepted at any time, provided that EUA is informed of the change.


Neither EUA nor the host institution will be liable for any losses, accidents or damage to persons or objects, regardless of the cause. Participants attend the Forum and all related events at their own risk and responsibility.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the EUA events team at:  


EUA Coordination Team 
For enquiries regarding the programme, please contact: 
Anna Gover
Programme Manager
Tel: +32 2 230 55 44

For enquiries regarding registrations, visa applications and general information, please contact:
Sabien De Hanscutter
Events Manager
Tel: +32 2 230 55 44

Arianna Palomba
Events & Marketing Officer
Tel: +32 2 230 55 44

Coordination at TU Berlin
For enquiries regarding local logistics, payments and debit notes, please contact: 
Lisa Hertel


15.30-16.30     Pre-forum meetings

Introduction to the European quality assurance framework
Tia Loukkola, EUA
Maria Kelo, ENQA

17.00-17.15 Forum Official Opening 

Introduction to the Forum

Ronny Heintze, Chair, EQAF Programme Committee

Welcome from the host, Christian Thomsen, President, TU Berlin

17.15 - 18.30 Plenary Session I: Strengthening universities’ position in society

Peter Maassen, University of Oslo, Norway

Fiona Crozier, Independent Quality Assurance Consultant, United Kingdom

Chaired by Barbara Michalk, German, Rectors’ Conference (HRK)



9.30 - 10.45 Plenary Session II: The value of stakeholder input

Karin Åmossa, European Trade Union Committee for Education

Ana Tecliazić Goršić, Croatian Ministry of Science and Education

Gohar Hovhannisyan, ESU

Chaired by Jens Jungblut, EQAF Programme Committee

 11.15 -13.00 Papers and Workshops – Session I  

Workshop 1: How to work with external stakeholders

Workshop 2: Creating positive pathways for societal engagement through scenarios, visualisation and storytelling

Workshop 3: Linking academic recognition and quality assurance

Workshop 4: Higher education institutions and sustainability: what is needed to contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals?

Paper 1: Third mission activities in quality assurance systems: do theory and practice match?

Paper 2: Could we create a European framework for community engagement in higher education?

Paper 3: The impact of an online simulation platform on training of evaluation teammembers

Paper 4: A case example of co-designing a strategy to support meaningful integration of patient and public involvement in health and social care at Dublin City University

Paper 5: A study of the relationship between societal engagement and quality assurance in Irish higher education institutions

Paper 6: A methodology for perpetually enhancing student employability through quality assurance processes and based on stakeholder engagement

Paper 7: Thinking out of the box as a precondition for sustainability and innovation development

Paper 8: How CTI supports societal engagement of institutions in the field of sustainable development


 14.30 - 15.45 Parallel Plenary Session I – Perspectives on QA

  - Global trends in higher education: challenges and opportunities in internal and external quality assurance 

    Susanna Karakhanyan, International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE)

    Chaired by Ronny Heintze, EQAF Programme Committee

  - Translating the ESG into practice: evidence from external quality assurance reports

     Maria Manatos, University of Aveiro 
     Rainer Arnold, ASIIN

     Chaired by Karl Dittrich, EQAR

  - The role of QA in fostering inclusiveness

    Nina de Winter, ESU

    Vera Jost, Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences

    Klara Engels-Perenyi, European Commissio

   Chaired by Øystein Lund, NOKUT


 16:15 - 17.30 Parallel Plenary Session II – Perspectives on QA

    - Student-centred learning: approaches to quality assurance

       Anna Gover, EUA, Helene Peterbauer, EUA

       Chaired by Aleksandar Šušnjar, EQAF Programme Committee

  - An independence index of quality assurance agencies: European and Latin American countries compared

    Jacint Jordana, Universitat Pompeu Fabra

    Chaired by Christoph Grolimund, ENQA

   - Implementing sustainable development in higher education

     Marta Fonolleda, Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education of Andorra

     Maria Kirrane, University College Cork, Monika Skadborg, ESU

     Chaired by Marieke Janssen, EQAF Programme Committee



09.30 - 11.15 Papers and Workshops – Session II

Workshop 5: Faculty advisory board or peer evaluation? How to get substantial stakeholder input for programme development

Workshop 6: Increasing societal engagement in Higher Education Institutions

Workshop 7: Inspiring a dialogue for change

Paper 9: The assessment of the social dimension of higher education. A global or a local process?

Paper 10: Filling the Gap: Defining a robust quality assurance model for work-based learning in higher education

Paper 11: Competences and qualities for student experts: a view from quality assurance agencies

Paper 12: Engendering quality assurance processes: A matter of (e)quality

Paper 13: Development of a new student-centred quality enhancement framework for Ireland’s first technological university

Paper 14: A first exploration of the European Approach for Quality Assurance of Joint Programmes

Paper 15: Quality assurance within student representation in Croatia: breaking the barriers between academia and community

Paper 16: An analysis of topics addressed by recommendations in the reports of the Institutional Evaluation Programme

Paper 17: Beyond Medical Degrees: What employers view as indicators of quality in medical graduates in Saudi Arabia

 11.45 - 13.00 Plenary Session III: Future-proofing external QA

Sokratis Katsikas, Open University of Cyprus

Anne Flierman, NVAO

Facilitated by Tia Loukkola, EQAF Programme Committee


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