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ANECA participates in New Horizons in University Quality conference

Publication date: 16/11/2021

PICTURE OF THE PARTICIPANTS

The New Horizons in University Quality conference was held on 11 and 12 November in Tenerife, promoted by the Spanish Network of University Quality Agencies (REACU) and jointly organised by the Canarian Agency for University Quality and Educational Assessment (ACCUEE) and the Madrid Knowledge Foundation. Representing ANECA were director, Mercedes Siles Molina, and José Ángel Domínguez, head of the Agency’s Committee for Internationalisation.

New Horizons in University Quality focussed on the challenges facing the university sector in light of the changing nature of higher education and quality systems. Representing ANECA were director, Mercedes Siles Molina, and José Ángel Domínguez, head of the Agency’s Committee for Internationalisation, who presented on ANECA’s study of the quality assurance of micro-credentials in the Spanish university system.
The New Horizons in University Quality conference was held on 11 and 12 November in Tenerife, promoted by the Spanish Network of University Quality Agencies (REACU) and jointly organised by the Canarian Agency for University Quality and Educational Assessment (ACCUEE) and the Madrid Knowledge Foundation. Participants included General Secretary for Universities, José Manuel Pingarrón and representatives of regional quality agencies making up the Spanish Network of University Quality Agencies (REACU), the European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education (EQAR) and the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA).
The conference looked at the implementation of microcredentials in the Spanish university system as a response of institutions of higher learning to the rapidly changing needs of society and the labour market. There was also discussion of the joint degrees between several European universities, accredited by different quality agencies and the need to establish university partnerships at European level (European Approach) and mechanisms to ensure the quality of these joint programmes.
The challenges facing teaching with the 2030 Agenda, the inclusion of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in higher education quality assurance, the future of the Bologna Process and the new challenges of the European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education (EQAR) were also covered over the course of the event.
As well as the president of ENQA, the conference brought together experts in teaching assessment process in Spanish universities, members of assessment committees, university management, technical quality unit staff and members of Spanish quality agencies to analyse the present and the future of university policies, faced with the transformations these institutions have undergone in recent decades and analyse the constantly changing challenges facing the higher education sector and quality systems, both in terms of objectives and activity, such as the changes brought about by globalisation.