As the main objective of the Bologna Process, the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) was meant to ensure more comparable, compatible and coherent systems of higher education in Europe. The EHEA was launched in March 2010, during the Budapest-Vienna Ministerial Conference. During the first decade, the main efforts were targeted to creating the European Higher Education Area, that became reality with the Budapest-Vienna Declaration of March, 2010. Currently, the main goal is consolidating the EHEA and thus the current EHEA permanent website will play a key role in this process of intense internal and external communication.
The European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA) is an umbrella organisation which represents quality assurance organisations from the EHEA member states. The goal of ENQA is to promote European co-operation in the field of quality assurance in higher education and disseminate information and expertise among its members and towards stakeholders in order to develop and share good practice and to foster the European dimension of quality assurance.
The European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education (EQAR) is a register of such agencies, listing those agencies that have demonstrated their substantial compliance with a common set of principles for quality assurance in Europe:
All quality assurance is governed by European standards that are mandatory for all agencies that want to be part of EQAR and ENQA. The Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area (ESG) have been produced by ENQA, in co-operation and consultation with its member agencies and the E4 Group (ENQA, EUA, EURASHE and ESU). The ESG are designed to be applicable to all higher education institutions and quality assurance agencies in Europe, irrespective of their structure, function and size, and the national system in which they are located.
Since 2016 the ACPUA undergoes an international assessment every 5 years to demonstrate compliance with ESG.
The ACPUA is full member of the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education
The ACPUA is listed on the European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education
The ACPUA is full member of the European Consortium for Accreditation
The ACPUA is full member of the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education and since march 2023 has become "GGP ALIGNED MEMBERS" ( first category of membership)