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Become an International External Quality Assurance Reviewer

EQ-Arts’ signature training comes back this autumn for an online edition. Join us for our yearly training event for international external quality reviewers.

If you wish to have a better grasp of Quality Assurance within the  European Higher Education Area (EHEA), this training will offer you the right space to simulate activities aimed at replicating key aspects of a typical site-visit to an institution undergoing an external quality review.

Specially designed for academic and administrative staff working in Higher Arts Education, this training is targeted at those interested in participating in external quality assurance and enhancement review activities.


Designed for three online sessions (exact time frames to be announced), the training will take place on:

Session 1           Monday, November 18th             PM CET             (ZOOM)
Session 2           Monday, December 2nd              PM CET             (ZOOM)
Session 3           Tuesday, December 3rd              PM CET             (ZOOM)

Participants will also be expected to undertake some preparatory work in advance and to complete assigned group tasks between each session of the training.

The programme covers (inter alia):

  • Understanding the QA in the context of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) and the importance of the ESG;
  • An appreciation of how the ESG is interpreted in the EQA standards applied by external quality assurance agencies;
  • The timeline of a typical external review process and the responsibilities of review team members;
  • How to formulate questions, critically assess and triangulate evidence in the process of reaching shared judgments;
  • Drafting recommendations and conditions, preparing oral feedback, and contributing to accreditation/enhancement review reports.


The key aims of the training provided by EQ-Arts are designed to enable participants to adapt a range of their pre-existing skills to work as an international peer-review expert in the field of external QA (in line with the ESG 2015 guidelines).

The training provides insight into the operation of The European Standards & Guidelines (ESG) and current developments in the area of external quality assurance and enhancement processes, as well as hands-on, practical guidance on how to participate successfully in international external QA processes.

The format of the training is designed to replicate as far as reasonably possible the preparation, teamwork, report generation, intensity of workload and complexity of tasks associated with participation in international quality assurance processes. Throughout the training, participants will be actively engaged in a series of simulation exercises that mirror how they will be expected to perform in an external international QA visit.


The fee is related to the Country Lists as defined by the Council of Europe and is related to the gross national income based on the purchasing power of each member country (GNI PPP per capita).

In the previous editions, several institutions have recognised the training as part of the Staff Development Plan, covering this way the cost of the course.

Category 1 (Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Georgia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Ukraine): 299 EUR

Category 2 (Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Russian Federation, Slovakia, Turkey): 399 EUR

Category 3 (Andorra, Belgium, Cyprus, France, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, United Kingdom): 499 EUR

Category 4 (Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Netherlands, Sweden): 599 EUR

Category 5 (Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Norway, Switzerland): 699 EUR


Prof. Anthony Dean, Emeritus Professor University of Winchester, UK;
Paula Crabtree, Vice-Chancellor Stockholm University of the Arts, Sweden.

For inquiries and information about the 2024 autumn edition, do not hesitate to reach out to Micol Manunta (


Since 2005 EQ-Arts has been organizing an annual international training programme for arts sector experts, which has included academics, quality managers and staff from international Quality Agencies. A register of trained experts is maintained by EQ-Arts for potential reviews within the CPAD sector.

As well as drawing on its register of trained experts to populate its own review panels, EQ-Arts is regularly approached by national Quality Agencies to recommend its trained arts sector experts for national accreditation reviews. This has included requests from: HAKA (former EKKA)– Estonia, SKVC – Lithuania, ARACIS – Romania, UKA– Sweden, NQA - Netherlands, EQE - Georgia,  QAA - Scotland and NVAO - the Netherlands.