The idea of the creation of an association originates from the European Pilot Project for Evaluating Quality in Higher Education (1994-95) which demonstrated the value of sharing and developing experience in the area of quality assurance.

Following the Recommendation of the Council (98/561/EC of 24 September 1998) on European co-operation in quality assurance in higher education and the Bologna Declaration of 1999, ENQA was established in 2000 as the European Network for Quality Assurance in Higher Education to promote European co-operation in the field of quality assurance.

In 2004 the Network was transformed into the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA) which was established as an organization to represent quality assurance and accreditation organisations from the European Higher Education Area and internationally. Its members and affiliates are agencies with a demonstrable interest in the quality assurance of higher education accreditation.

In 2003, the Ministers of the Bologna process asked ENQA to elaborate “an agreed set of standards, procedures and guidelines” for higher education. The task was completed and European Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance (ESG) were adopted by the Bologna Process Ministers in 2005.

In April 2015, the Asian Minister for Education was seeking Asia and European cooperation between universities in Europe and Asia to help improve quality of education, student mobility and ultimately the employ-ability of graduates.

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