CEU Elkana Center Selected to Coordinate External Evaluation of EQAR

The European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education (EQAR) announced on December 14 that Central European University’s Yehuda Elkana Center for Higher Education (CEU YECHE) was selected to coordinate the EQAR external evaluation. As the register of higher education quality assurance/accreditation agencies that have demonstrated compliance with a common set of principles for quality assurance, EQAR is a key institution in the European Higher Education Area (EHEA).

CEU YECHE was chosen for its global expertise in higher education, including in European HE policy, the development of the EHEA and the workings of the Bologna Process.   

Regarding the EQAR’s collaboration with CEU YECHE, CEU Provost, Professor of Higher Education Policy and Director of the center, Liviu Matei comments; “We feel privileged that an important actor in the European Higher Education Area has entrusted us to lead such a significant review process. We are looking forward to make a contribution to the work of EQAR and to quality assurance in the EHEA more broadly. We trust that our cooperation with EQAR will add to the growing European reputation of our center”.

CEU YECHE will be responsible for delivering the evaluation report in November 2021, containing a qualitative analysis, conclusions and recommendations for improvement. The report will measure aspects including EQAR compliance with EHEA Standards and Guidelines for Quality assurance (ESG standards), EQAR’s performance against the indicators defined in the strategic plan (2018-2020), as well as EQAR’s contribution to the wider policy goals enshrined in its mission and objectives.

EQAR offers a coherent quality assurance framework for the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) so that higher education institutions and study programs, subject to regular external review by a quality assurance agency have a register of agencies which have demonstrated substantial compliance with a common set of principles for quality assurance in Europe.

CEU YECHE is a collaborative academic initiative carrying out applied policy research, consultancy and professional training in higher education. The center was established in 2009 and builds on more than two decades of experience at CEU in policy advising and professional development programs for governments, international organizations, non-governmental organizations and higher education institutions from countries on all continents.

The center is committed to pursuing the overall open society mission of CEU through activities in the area of higher education policy, placing a particular focus on applied studies and practical initiatives regarding the relationship between higher education policies and practices, and issues of democratic development. Research, training and applied policy projects are carried out by CEU faculty members, researchers and graduate students in cooperation with higher education experts from other universities and organizations worldwide.