8th European Quality Assurance Forum – 21 – 23.11.2013.

Following the success of previous years, the 8th European Quality Assurance Forum, co-organised by ENQA, ESU, EUA and EURASHE, will take place at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, on 21-23 November 2013. Through a mix of plenary and parallel sessions, the 2013 EQAF, entitled “Working together to take quality forward”, 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.

As stated by organizers, recent studies show that European quality assurance has taken huge steps forward in the past decade: both institutions and quality assurance agencies have developed sophisticated processes that aim to assure and enhance the quality of European higher education. However, it is also widely recognised that while processes are in place, there is still need for further work in developing the engagement of the whole academic community in quality, as well as communication and cooperation with other stakeholders.

The preliminary programme of the EQAF is as follows:

Thursday 21 November

14.00 Registration
17.00 Official Opening
17.15 Plenary Session I: Quality culture as a form of organisational culture
18.45 Musical performance, University of Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
19.15 Welcome Reception

Friday 22 November

09.00 Plenary Session II: Working together in QA – stakeholders’ view and expectations
10.15 Coffee Break
10.45 Papers and Workshops – Session I
12.30 Lunch
14.00 Parallel Plenary Session I: Updates on new developments in quality assurance
15.00 Coffee Break
15.30 Parallel Plenary Session II: Updates on new developments in quality assurance
19.30 Optional Conference Dinner

Saturday 23 November

09.30 Papers and Workshops – Session II
11.15 Coffee Break
11.45 Plenary Session III: Internationalisation as a vehicle for quality
13.00 Lunch and departure of participants