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QAA CEO Douglas Blackstock elected President of European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA)

Date: April 22 - 2021

Today the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA) elected QAA CEO Douglas Blackstock as its next President. Previously serving as an ENQA Board member, Douglas has been involved in higher education quality assurance since the 1980s when Student President at his university in Scotland, subsequently going on to work at QAA in numerous roles since 2002.

As part of his platform for the ENQA Presidency, Douglas pledged to work collectively with the ENQA Board and its Secretariat to implement its new review process, develop services that deliver value for member agencies, and address developing issues facing the sector such as maintaining academic integrity and the recognition of micro-credentials. He also intends to explore ways in which ENQA and the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) can use more innovation in their approaches to quality assurance, such as developing new services for the HE sector.

Paying tribute to Christoph Grolimund, his predecessor as ENQA President, Douglas said: ‘He has steered ENQA through a period of change and built a platform for innovation and successfully represented ENQA at EHEA Ministerial forums. I enjoyed our times working together on developing a European programme for staff development in quality assurance.’

Douglas has also thanked outgoing ENQA Treasurer Anne Flierman for his outstanding service and leadership in the past few years.

ENQA was first established in 2000 to promote European cooperation in the field of quality assurance in higher education and today it has an expansive membership comprising of quality assurance agencies from across the EHEA. It contributes to the maintenance and enhancement of quality in European higher education and acts as a major driving force across all Bologna Process signatory countries. More information on ENQA and the role it plays in European higher education can be found on the ENQA website.