“Expert Voices” is an online platform featuring original commentary and analysis on the higher education and research sector in Europe. It offers EUA experts, members and partners the opportunity to share their expertise and perspectives in an interactive and flexible exchange on key topics in the field.
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13 Oct 2020
Learning outcomes and public trust in higher education
Learning outcomes are increasingly used in qualifications frameworks and quality assurance processes. As such, they aim to secure and foster public trust among education providers. Yet, against the backdrop of internationalised higher education, questions arise on whether learning outcomes can fulfill this function on a global scale and whether there is a way, and need, to verify if learning outcomes have been achieved.
09 Oct 2020
Micro-credentials: What is behind all the buzz?
Micro-credentials are growing exponentially in popularity, attracting the interest of various stakeholders due to their flexibility and ability to meet the demands of a rapidly changing labour market. EUA experts Elena Cirlan and Tia Loukkola break down what exactly micro-credentials are, why higher education institutions should pay attention to the discussion around them, and what needs to be considered when developing a European approach to micro-credentials.
15 Sep 2020
European quality assurance framework: Why all the attention?
The Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area (ESG) have led to major developments, however there are now proposals for revisions. EUA expert Tia Loukkola looks into what is behind these calls and offers examples that highlight the flexibility of the ESG as a key success factor.
09 Jul 2020
Possible scenarios on the path towards a European degree
The idea of a European degree is fascinating and attractive, but it also raises many conceptual and practical questions. What does a European degree mean? How would it differ from the current degrees awarded by universities across Europe? Who would award it? And what would be the added value of such a degree? EUA’s Tia Loukkola and ENQA’s Maria Kelo tackle the various scenarios.
25 May 2020
22 Apr 2020
08 Apr 2020
Considerations for quality assurance in research
Research assessment practices are becoming more accurate, transparent and responsible. This is partly due to the sharp increase in external evaluations of universities that lead to internal evaluation processes. EUA expert Tia Loukkola discusses the role of internal quality assurance in research.
06 Dec 2019
18 Nov 2019
Quality assurance: the challenge of staying relevant
Will quality assurance as we know it remain relevant amid the changing higher education landscape? What changes are needed? EUA’s Tia Loukkola gives an overview of the diverse questions to be addressed at the European Quality Assurance Forum.
13 Sep 2019
A fresh look at internal quality assurance
How can universities frame their internal quality assurance and shake up the image of the bureaucratic burden? EUA’s Tia Loukkola gives us three approaches and tells us why the most effective processes may not even be labelled as quality assurance.