Shaping or sharing? QA in a value-driven EHEA

The 2022 European Quality Assurance Forum (EQAF) will be hosted from 17 to 19 November by West University of Timisoara, Romania.

The Forum, entitled “Shaping or sharing? QA in a value-driven EHEA”, will combine sessions about European policies and trends, research, and practical case examples related to the Forum theme and more generally about current developments in quality assurance.

Shared values of democratic higher education systems – such as academic freedom, institutional autonomy, student participation in governance of higher education institutions, inclusion and equity – are at the core of the EHEA. These values should consolidate and unite higher education systems and foster international cooperation and mobility, while allowing the institutions to independently develop their own goals. Recent societal challenges have emphasised the need for policy makers, higher education institutions and QA agencies to continuously discuss these values and ensure that they are upheld, protected and promoted across the EHEA.

The 2022 EQAF will offer an occasion to discuss the role of QA in shaping, safeguarding and promoting shared values. The Forum will address questions such as how to build public confidence in higher education institutions as autonomous scientific institutions that promote academic freedom, integrity and reliable evidence. It will explore how equity, inclusion and student participation in governance and QA of higher education are promoted and supported. Finally, the Forum will invite the audience to reflect on how to ensure value-driven international collaboration in higher education. During the Forum, paper sessions, workshops and practice presentations will provide space for more in-depth exchange about research, policy initiatives and practical case examples related to the Forum theme and more generally about current developments in QA.

This year’s Forum will take place on-site and will provide participants with opportunities for discussions, debates and networking, also outside the formal programme. The sessions will facilitate audience interaction to allow participants to gain the most from the event.

The Forum will be of interest to rectors and vice-rectors responsible for quality assurance, quality assurance officers in higher education institutions, students, quality assurance agency staff and researchers working in higher education or in the quality assurance field.

For updates, please follow @EQAF and #EQAF on Twitter and/or join the LinkedIn group “European Quality Assurance Forum (EQAF)”.

 

About West University of Timisoara

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With more than a 78 year-long tradition, founded in 1944 through Royal Decree, West University of Timisoara is the main higher education and research institution in Western Romania, with around 6% international students out of a total of over 15,500.

A comprehensive university, with a strong identity and a time-consolidated image, it hosts 11 faculties and a Department for Teacher Training, offering a wide range of study programmes in areas such as: Mathematics, Computer Science, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geography, Sociology, Psychology, Educational Science, Social Work, Political Science, Philosophy, Communication Sciences, Law, Economics, Business Administration, Philology, History, Visual Arts, Design, Music, Theatre and Sports. With over 500 international partners in more than 70 countries around the world and close to a thousand incoming and outgoing mobilities yearly, our community is globally connected.

West University of Timisoara is constantly striving to develop and support an interdisciplinary and international environment for teaching and learning, while aiming to connect our research to the local, regional, national, and international ecosystems. Any study programme at WUT includes language courses, internships and courses dedicated to developing transversal skills. Additionally, we focus extensively on developing entrepreneurial curricula and enabling our students and staff’s competencies for the green and digital transition.

West University of Timisoara is part of the European University UNITA, an alliance of 10 higher education institutions in Portugal, Spain, France, Italy and Romania.

Multiple study programmes at Bachelor and Master level are taught in a foreign language (English, French or German), while the Visiting@WUT programme enables our faculties to welcome international renowned lecturers and researchers.

The student campus is in the heart of Timisoara, the Cultural Capital of Europe in 2023, and is an attraction and a symbol for the city’s multicultural and inclusive character.

 

About the city

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Over the centuries, Timisoara and the Banat region have flourished, fuelled by the energy and ingenuity of its citizens from all over Europe. Over 30 different cultures have lived here for generations: Romanians, Germans, Hungarians, Serbs, Croats, Italians, Spaniards, and Bulgarians.

In 1884, Timisoara was the first city in continental Europe and second in the world after New York with electric street lighting. In 1989, the sparks of the Revolution against the communist regime ignited on the streets of Timisoara. And in 2023, it will be the European Capital of Culture, sharing its aspirations with the rest of Europe.

Today, Timisoara is still a city of friendly people living together in peace, with over 40,000 students in four universities, a vibrant creative sector, and several prestigious cultural institutions. It benefits from economic development, especially in the automotive and IT&C fields.

The charm of this city, settled on the banks of the Bega River, lies in its distinct architectural character and vibrant cultural life, as well as in the impressive number of parks and public gardens. Frequently referred to as “Little Vienna”, due to its Central-European atmosphere, Timisoara is home to year-round and very diverse cultural performances, art galleries, museums, and a buzzing nightlife. Moreover, Timisoara is the only city in Europe that has three state theatres in three different languages – Romanian, German and Hungarian.

In near proximity, the Banat Mountains offers picturesque landscapes, ski resorts and various facilities for nautical, endure, cave and rural tourism. Being the 3rd economic pole of the country, with more than 310 000 inhabitants, Timisoara is a dynamic, progressive and cosmopolitan place.

 

Organisers

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Registrations for the 2022 European Quality Assurance Forum will open soon. More information will follow in due time.

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