ECA is a project in itself. But in order to facilitate its cooperation and to contribute to achieving its aims ECA is continuously carrying out projects within the fields of QA and recognition of qualifications. ECA is currently carrying out the projects; JOQAR and E-TRAIN.
Joint programmes: Quality Assurance and Recognition of degrees awarded (JOQAR)
ECA is currently carrying out the EU funded project JOQAR. The overall purpose of the project is to ensure that Erasmus Mundus programmes (and joint programmes in general) are facilitated in two specific areas: accreditation and recognition. The project partnership consequently includes quality assurance/accreditation agencies (QA/A agencies) and recognition bodies (ENIC-NARICs.
European Training of QA Experts (E-TRAIN)
E-TRAIN is another ECA project which is funded by the EC. The main aims of E-TRAIN are to develop a European training programme for QA experts and to develop a database with QA experts.
Transparent European Accreditation decisions and Mutual recognition agreements II (TEAM II)
Autumn 2010 ECA finalised the TEAM II project. The main aims of TEAM II were to explore recognition of qualifications from joint programmes and facilitate single accreditation procedures of these programmes.
In order to achieve the aims of the project a variety of activities were carried out. E.g. a focus group consisiting of ENIC/NARICs analysed practices related to the recognition of qualifications from joint programmes. Additionally a proposal for a methodology for single accreditation procedures of joint programmes was put forward.
The outcomes of TEAM II were presented at a dissemination conference in Graz on 10 and 11 June, 2010.
Qrossroads is actually the result of the TEAM projects but deserves some special attention here. The main aim of Qrossroads is to present the qualifications awarded by programmes and institutions that were quality assured and accredited. The members of ECA have implemented a system in which their databases can communicate all the relevenant information to a central database. In return they can gather information from that central database to be used in their own database.
Transparent European Accreditation decisions and Mutual recognition agreements (TEAM)
The European Consortium for Accreditation in higher education (ECA) has been established in Córdoba in November 2003 and renewed in Kraków in June 2008.
Click here to read more about the ECA agreement and results.
Principles for accreditation procedures regarding joint programmes
Click here to consult the principles for accreditation procedures regarding joint programmes.
Joiman is not a project of ECA, but is a European Commission funded LLP project focusing on Erasmus Mundus programmes.
Joiman aims at providing a platform in which an experienced group of partners could share knowledge and know how on the solutions found for the problems faced during the first stage of the Erasmus Mundus Programme.
Code of Good Practice
Click here to consult the Code of Good Practice (2004) that lays down a set of requirements regarding the member accreditation organisations of ECA.
Joint Declaration concerning the Automatic Recognition of Qualifications
Click here to consult the Joint Declaration concerning the Automatic Recognition of Qualifications signed by ECA members and the corresponding ENIC-NARICs.
ECA has entered into cooperation agreements with other QA networks.
Through the year ECA organises various conferences and seminars.