Revised European Standards and Guidelines (ESG) adopted at the EHEA Ministerial Conference

The revised version of the “Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area“, commonly known as ESG  has been adopted at the EHEA Ministerial Conference held in Yerevan (Armenia) the 14th and 15th of May together with the Fourth Bologna Policy Forum.

This revised version was proposed by the E4 Group (ENQA, ESU, EUA and EURASHE) in cooperation with EI, BUSINESSEUROPE and EQAR, following the mandate given in the Bucharest Communiqué by the ministers, and endorsed by the Bologna Follow-Up Group (BFUG) in September 2014. The revision included several consultation rounds involving both the key stakeholder organisations and ministries. The many comments, proposals and recommendations received have been very useful and of extremely importance for the revision process. They are reflected in the resulting revised version.

As requested by Ministers, the revised version make the ESG clearer, particularly in terms of their structure and in order to avoid potential confusion with their interpretation. The revised ESG also make a more explicit link to the learning and teaching process in the section on internal QA, and defines the relationship of QA with other Bologna Process developments that have taken place since 2005 (including those relating to Qualifications Frameworks and learning outcomes).

*Information relevant for QA agencies: The European Quality Assurance Register (EQAR) has developed a Policy on Transition to the Revised ESG [October 2014]. This policy concerns the transition to the revised version of the European Standards and Guidelines (ESG) as regards registration and renewal of registration of quality assurance agencies.

Revised European Standards and Guidelines (ESG) endorsed by the BFUG

The revised version of the “Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area”, commonly known as ESG  has been endorsed by the Bologna Follow-Up Group (BFUG) in September 2014.

Now it is subjected to approval by the Ministerial Conference in May 2015, Yerevan (Armenia).

This revised version was proposed by the E4 Group (ENQA, ESU, EUA and EURASHE) in cooperation with EI, BUSINESSEUROPE and EQAR, following the mandate given in the Bucharest Communiqué by the ministers. The revision included several consultation rounds involving both the key stakeholder organisations and ministries. The many comments, proposals and recommendations received have been very useful and of extremely importance for the revision process. They are reflected in the resulting revised version.

As requested by Ministers, the revised version make the ESG clearer, particularly in terms of their structure and in order to avoid potential confusion with their interpretation. The revised ESG also make a more explicit link to the learning and teaching process in the section on internal QA, and defines the relationship of QA with other Bologna Process developments that have taken place since 2005 (including those relating to Qualifications Frameworks and learning outcomes).

Next steps
The revised version will be discussed and proposed for adopting at the next EHEA Ministerial Meeting that will take place in Yerevan Armenia, May 2015.

(You can also download the proposal directly from here)

Stakeholders’ proposal for a revised version of the ESG

The proposal for a revised version of the ESG, published and presented today at an event in Brussels, has been forwarded to the Bologna Follow up Group (BFUG), which oversees the Bologna Process in between Ministerial meetings.

As requested by Ministers, the organisations responsible for the proposal have sought to make the ESG clearer, particularly in terms of their structure and in order to avoid potential confusion with their interpretation. The proposal presented by the E4 Group (ENQA, ESU, EUA and EURASHE) in cooperation with EI, BUSINESSEUROPE and EQAR also makes a more explicit link to the learning and teaching process in the section on internal QA, and defines the relationship of QA with other Bologna Process developments that have taken place since 2005 (including those relating to Qualifications Frameworks and learning outcomes).

Next steps
The proposal will be discussed at the next BFUG meeting in April. The expectation is that the proposal will be adopted at the latest at the next EHEA Ministerial Meeting that will take place in Armenia in 2015.

(You can also download the proposal directly from here)

Open call for contributions

It is our pleasure as the Steering Group for revision of the ESG to invite you to contribute to the revision process We would kindly ask you to take note of this document: “Context Scope Purposes ESG – February 2013“, which defines the context, scope and purposes of the revised ESG as agreed upon by the Steering Group in its meeting in February 2013.

In order to structure the responses, we suggest the following set of questions to be answered by your national authority or organisation:

  1. Do you find the attached draft introduction clear and easy to understand? /follow? Please elaborate.
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  2. With regards to the current version of the European Standards and Guidelines (ESG), is there something particular you would like to see clarified or better emphasised in the revised version? Please elaborate your specific proposals.

We look forward to receiving your replies by 26th March 2013 at the following e-mail address: esg.revision[at]ehea.info. The Steering Group will collect all proposals and comments and consider them in the next meeting of the Group.

Should you have any further questions or require clarifications, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Welcome to the ESG revision website

ENQA, ESU, EUA, EURASHE, EI, BUSINESSEUROPE and the EQAR, the seven stakeholders’ organisations in charge of preparing the initial proposal for the revised ESG, would like to welcome you to this website.

This website has been created in order to rise awareness of the revision of the “Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the EHEA“ (ESG), to increase its transparency and to promote a broader participation as well as to take into account any input since the early stages of the process.

We kindly invite you to keep visiting this website, where we will be posting updates of the ESG revision process that could be of your interest.

Welcome once again!