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Our next IQAP course will take place on 12-16 November​ in Dubai​.

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​​​At ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​QAA, we play an active role in international developments in quality assurance​, working with government bodies, quality agencies and universities across the world. We work internationally to ensure the quality of UK higher education that is offered overseas. 

We offer a number of specially designed products and services aimed at supporting the development of quality assurance systems and quality assurance professionals worldwide.

Our current services are:
  • Concepts of quality - an online training programme that provides an introduction to UK higher education quality assurance and would be beneficial to colleagues who have recently taken up responsibilities related to quality assurance.
  • International Quality Assurance Pr​ogramme (IQAP)​ - a five-day, face-to-face training course offering experienced non-UK higher education professionals an engaging way to learn about the UK quality assurance system whilst building connections with other relevant professionals.
  • International Quality Review - a comprehensive peer review of higher education institutions outside the UK, designed to provide valuable insight, strengthen global positioning and establish partnerships with UK institutions.​

​Our exp​ert​ise

We are a full member of the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA) (opens in new window). Following our review in 2013, we were the first agency to be judged fully compliant with the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area (ESG).​

We are listed on the European Quality Assurance Register (EQAR) in recognition of our compliance with the ESG.​

We are a full member of the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE). In 2014 INQAAHE found us to be comprehensively aligned with the INQAAHE Guidelines of Good Practice.​

We are an observer of the Asia-Pacific Quality Network (APQN). In 2015, we were recognised by APQN for our efforts in achieving international cooperation in assuring the quality of cross-border education.​​

​​Capacity building and enhancement of quality assurance

We offer bespoke consultancy services to universities, government bodies and quality assurance agencies across the world to enable them to build capacity and enhance their approach to quality assurance. Alongside national-level capacity building, our services extend to individual institutions that wish to develop their internal approaches to quality.​

​Training for external quality review

Based on our experience of designing evidence-based academic peer reviews and training over a thousand reviewers, we offer our expertise to government bodies and quality assurance agencies across the world to support their methodology as well as training reviewers ​and staff.​