Quality Assurance Fit for the Future (QA-FIT) Project


IUA is a project partner in the QA-FIT project which aims to gather comprehensive evidence and reflect if and how the current EHEA framework of the ESG is perceived to limit the responsiveness of quality assurance to trends and innovations in higher education, and if and how there should be more room for development of alternative approaches to quality assurance.

More specifically, the project will:

  • conduct a comprehensive mapping exercise of the state of play of internal and external quality assurance in the EHEA;
  • take a critical look at the ESG and see how they have been adapted to different contexts;
  • explore how quality assurance activities are addressing recent and emerging developments in higher education including activities that go beyond the focus of the ESG and that use innovative approaches, and
  • gather perspectives on the future of quality assurance in the EHEA.


The main activities of the project will include:

  • Surveys to the main quality assurance stakeholders, namely higher education institutions, students, quality assurance agencies, and ministries;
  • A series of papers to present findings from the surveys;
  • A series of webinars, organised in conjunction with the publication of the papers;
  • Five focus groups to discuss in detail some of the matters arising from the surveys;
  • A final publication and policy recommendations;
  • A final conference organised in Brussels.

ENQA’s role

ENQA is the coordinator of this project.


  • ENQA – European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education, Belgium
  • ESU – European Students’ Union, Belgium
  • EUA – European University Association, Belgium
  • EURASHE – European Association of Institutions in Higher Education, Belgium
  • EQAR – European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education, Belgium
  • ANOSR – National Alliance of Student Organisations in Romania, Romania
  • FINEEC – Finnish Education Evaluation Centre, Finland
  • IUA – Irish Universities Association, Ireland
  • MOESGE (associate partner) – Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia, Georgia

Funding and duration

Call: ERASMUS-EDU-2021-EHEA-IBA – European Higher Education Area (EHEA) – Initiative to support to the implementation of the reforms

Timeline: The project is being held from 1 June 2022 to 30 November 2024 (30 months).

This project is co-funded by the European Union

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