The AERES, evaluated and recognised at European level!
In 2010, the AERES itself became subject to an evaluation process: the agency first conducted a self-evaluation and then an external evaluation was managed by the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA).
This process resulted in:
- a favourable opinion from the ENQA and renewal of the AERES' full membership of the association on 2nd September 2010.
- the AERES' inclusion in the European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education (EQAR) on 13th May 2011.
Since then, the AERES has improved its methods and procedures by taking account of the recommendations made by the international expert committee.
In January 2012, the AERES submitted a progress report to the EQAR concerning the changes it had made. In September 2012, the AERES also sent a progress report to the ENQA about the improvements made – particularly the introduction of an on-site visit for evaluating bachelor's and master's degrees. The EQAR Committee and ENQA Board respectively praised these new measures.
Find out more about the AERES' external evaluation process:
In 2003, the Bologna Process, in which France is involved, began to set up a quality assurance system of the European Higher Education Area. This is based on a set of Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area (ESG) which higher education stakeholders in the various States that have signed up to the Process must apply.
To ensure the transparency of Member States with regard to this undertaking, the EQAR manages the register of European quality assurance agencies.
In parallel, the ENQA's mission is to help maintain and improve the quality of European higher education at a high level. This association is involved in developing quality assurance in the countries concerned.
For an agency to be listed in the EQAR register, the ENQA must issue a favourable opinion on the basis of the agency's self-evaluation and external evaluation.