AQU Catalunya was one of the first three agencies to be registered with the European Quality Assurance Register, EQAR. Founded by the various European associations that group together the universities and other higher education institutions, students and quality assurance agencies —EUA (European University Association), EURASHE (European Association of Institutions in Higher Education), ESU (European Students Union) and ENQA (European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education)—, its purpose is to foster the development of the EHEA by raising the level of transparency in quality assurance.
EQAR is a register that lists the quality agencies that substantially comply with a common set of principles for quality assurance in Europe. AQU Catalunya was entered in the EQAR following an international external review which verified the Agency's compliance with the ESG.
At the Bucharest Ministerial Conference in April 2012, European ministers of higher education decided to revise the European Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance (ESG).
Ministers invited BUSINESSEUROPE, Education International, ENQA, ESU, EUA, EURASHE and EQAR to prepare an initial proposal. Ministers envisage to adopt the revised ESG at their next ministerial conference in Yerevan, Armenia, in 2015.
The Steering Group has launched an open call for contributions to the revision process. The call addresses the Bologna Follow-Up Group (BFUG) as well as all others interested in contributing to the revision of the ESG.
AQU Catalunya has already sent its contribution.