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Quality Assurance in the EHEA
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The introduction of a quality assurance perspective in the 2006 Education Act is tied to developments in the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) that was set up with the Bologna Declaration [PDF] of 1999. Malta is one of the founder members of the EHEA. The purpose of the Bologna Process is to strengthen the competitiveness and attractiveness of European higher education and to foster student mobility and employability through a number of tools and mechanisms. Quality assurance has played an important role from the outset in the Bologna Process, and led to the development of the European Standards and Guidelines (ESG) [PDF] for the fostering of internal and external quality assurance in higher education institutions. The ESG have been adapted to the Maltese context and incorporated in the National Quality Assurance Framework for Further and Higher Education [PDF] that was launched by the NCFHE in July 2015. The external quality audits conducted by the NCFHE are based on this framework. 

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Last Updated: 9 August 2016

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