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The 5th Global Conference and General Assembly of EASPA shall take place on 10 and 11 December 2018. Suggested locations are Lisbon (Portugal), Valetta (Malta) or Berlin.

4th ASIIN/EASPA Global QA Conference in Higher Education 2017

This is the official website for the 4th ASIIN/EASPA Global QA Conference 2017 which took place on 11 December 2017, in the beautiful city of Düsseldorf, Germany.

The 4th Global Conference on “Professional Higher Education Accreditation: Why does it matter more than ever?” united leading higher education QA experts from around the globe and presented the state of research with regard to the following topics:

  • Measuring and comparing achievement in Higher Education systems: Holy Grail or Curse?
  • Impact and value added of subject specific and professional accreditation.
  • Professional accreditation as a strategic priority in global HE and QA agendas (e.g. United States, Arab Region as well as Africa)
  • Combining professional Learning outcome based QA systems with national institutional and program accreditation schemes
  • New developments in the field of European and global disciplinary accreditation and quality assurance

On 12 December 2017 the EASPA General Assembly was organized.

Creation of the Asian Alliance of Subject Specific and Professional Accreditation – Memorandum of Understanding between EASPA, ASIIN and APQN

On 27th of May 2016, an important milestone in promoting and aligning professional accreditation on the global level was reached.

The European Alliance of Subject Specific and Professional Accreditation (EASPA), represented by its president Dr. Iring Wasser, and the Asian Pacific Quality Assurance Network (APQN) , represented by its outgoing president Dr. Jonathan Patil, signed a cooperation agreement with the ultimate aim of creating an Asian Alliance of Subject Specific and Professional Accreditation (AASPA) in the presence of around 200 leading representatives of the Asian Pacific Higher Education and Quality Assurance Management Sector.

This important step constitutes a further breakthrough in the quest to foster academic and professional mobility for German and international students and graduates on the basis of agreed continental learning outcomes in the global HE sector and is a continuation of important developments which took place over the course of the past five years.

Under the leadership of ASIIN, EASPA was founded on November 29th 2011 in Düsseldorf. Today EASPA is the voice of most European disciplinary Networks in QA of HE in the European Higher Education Area, representing disciplines in practically all STEM areas as well as medicine, music, public administration and so forth. In its so called Düsseldorf Declaration, the political and educational aspirations are clearly formulated.

In 2013, EASPA and the American Alliance of Specialized Accreditors (ASPA), a network representing more than 60 professional accreditation networks in the United States reached a cooperation agreement, which in 2015 was supplemented by an M.O.U between EASPA and the Global TUNING Academy.  On the basis of the present new MoU, the Asian continent will in the future join the existing agreements in and between Europe and the United States.

The MoU can be downloaded here.

For further information, contact: Dr. Iring Wasser, President EASPA ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

Third Global Conference for Specialized and Professional Accreditors
in cooperation with ASPA
New Initiatives in Quality Assurance based on field-specific Learning Outcomes

Berlin, Germany

Monday, 2 May 2016

Pre-Conference workshop to the 2016 ASIIN Interntional Conference
“Quality Assurance in Higher Education - the unsolved Mystery of its untapped Potential”
How can we jointly tackle the five remaining grand challenges?
on 3-4 May 2016.

Location Steigenberger Hotel, Location and Directions

Target Group:

  • Representatives of international Quality Assurance Agencies
  • Representatives of Recognition Authorities
  • Representatives of the national and international higher education community
  • Representatives of the professional organizations

Theme: The pre-conference workshop will explore the current state of affairs in subject-specific and professional accreditation.
In some regions such as in Africa, further steps are taken towards making harmonization of higher education quality and quality assurance a reality. A new initiative financed by the European Commission is set to support these developments which will be complemented by an overview of other world regions. In Europe the next phase of external quality assurance is initiated. A new project will determine whether achieved learning outcomes can be measured and compared in a number of disciplines. This will be viewed in light of the AHELO project results. All of these developments will be analyzed against the backdrop of current developments in the US.

Presentations: The presentations are available below.

New Initiatives in Quality Assurance based on field-specific Learning Outcomes

From 09:00 Registration
10:00 – 13:00 Possibility to participate in morning pre-conference workshops

14:00 - 14:15

Introduction to the Third Global Conference
Dr. Iring Wasser. President EASPA

14:15 - 14:45

Development of the Quality Assurance system for Aerospace Engineering in Europe

Prof. Franco Bernelli, Politecnico di Milano

14:45 - 15:15

Measuring and Comparing Achievements of Learning Outcomes in Higher Education in Europe (CALOHEE Project)
Robert Wagenaar, Director International TUNING Academy, University of Groningen

15:15 - 15:45

Assessment of Higher Education Learning Outcomes – What comes after the AHELO-Project?
Hamish Coates, University of Melbourne

15:45 - 16:15

Coffee break

16:15 - 16: 40

Specialized Quality Assurance in other World Regions – An overview
Jagannath Patil, President International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education

16:40 - 17: 00

State of Play of Specialized and Professional Accreditation in the US
Joseph Vibert, Executive Director, Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors (ASPA)

End of the conference

Possibility to join Tour of Berlin

EASPA has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the International Tuning Academy (TUNING).

On 1 September 2015, the two Directors of the International Tuning Academy and the President of EASPA have signed a Memorandum of Understanding. The aim of the MoU is to promote and guarantee the quality of higher education degree programmes respecting disciplinary requirements.

EASPA and TUNING set out to work together in the implementation of a disciplinary learning outcome approach in higher education, for example by jointly organizing conferences and workshops to that regard. The two organizations also plan to support each other and contribute to projects and studies in their respective areas of expertise, with TUNING focusing on the development of disciplinary and sectoral frameworks and profilse of reference points and EASPA focusing on external quality assurance.

The full text of the MoU can be viewed here.

The Second Global Conference will take place

in Chicago, USA on March 31, 2015

Under the umbrella and with support of INQAAHE, the international community of specialized and professional accrediting agencies has grown into a vast network of quality assurance agencies all across the globe. ASIIN, its partner organizations in the European Alliance of Subject Specific and Professional Quality Assurance and Accreditation (EASPA) as well as our American sister ASPA are inviting all INQAAHE members and partner institutions from across the globe to attend our second global conference after its successfull inauguration in Tallinn, Estonia one year ago.

The conference will revolve around the following topics:

  • The importance of transnational disciplinary qualification framework and LO conventions for regional integration processes, as witnessed in almost all world regions

  • The process of developing benchmarks/methodology of elaborating disciplinary standards and their link to mutual recognition agreements

  • The introduction of professional cards as a tool for fostering international mobility

  • Successful examples for regional/continental professional QA networks from around the globe: here the floor will be given to continental organization from America (ASPA), Europe (EASPA) and other member associations from Africa, the Americas as well as Asia to present their newest ideas and endeavors to the interested public.

Further information and registration is possible on the conference website - here.


13:30 – 13:40

Introduction to the conference

13:40 – 14:10

The importance of transnational qualification frameworks and learning outcome conventions for regional integration

- Dr. Iring Wasser, President EASPA, Managing Director ASIIN –

Room for questions and discussion


14:10 – 15:00

Developing subject-specific benchmarks as tool for internal and external quality assurance

The example of East Africa

- Prof. Mike Kuria, Inter-University Council for East-Africa (IUCEA)


The example of the Carribbean

- Lorna M. Parkins, Carribean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine and Other Health Professions


Room for questions and discussion

15:00 – 15:20

The next step: Professional cards as tool for professional mobility

Achievements of the engineerING card in Europe

- Ralph Appel, Lars Funk, VDI Association of German Engineers


Room for questions and discussion

15:20 – 16:20

Successful examples of subject-specific regional networks and the accomplishment of mutual recognition

Presentation of networks around the world

- ASPA, Daniela Iacona, ABET


- EQANIE, Prof. Dr. Hans-Ulrich Heiss, Past-President


- THE-ICE, Pauline Tang, CEO


16:20 – 16:30

Concluding remarks: Summaries and Outlook

- Jana Möhren, Secretary General EQANIE, Secretary EASPA -

Eqanie Easpa Chicago 31-01-2015

Benchmarking in East Africa

Easpa Presentation Parkins Lorna March 2015

Pauline Tang


Subject-Specific and Specialized Accreditation - Potential for Cooperation and Cross-Country Accreditation

The EASPA-INQAAHE Conference was successfully implemented on Monday, 26 May 2014 in Tallinn, Estonia

The speakers included

Carol L. Bobby, President of the International Network of Quality Assuranc Agencies in Higher Education

. EASPA: Role and function of cooperation in subject-specific Quality assurance

Iring Wasser, President EASPA, presentation

· ASPA: State of the Art of subject-specific accreditation in the US

Laura Rasar King, Incoming Chair American Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors, presentation

· Current trends Tuning around the world

Edurne Bartolomé Peral, Tuning Academy, presentation

· APQN: Moving towards subject-specific accreditation in Asia

Jagannath Patil, President Asia-Pacific Quality Network (APQN), presentation

. Regional inter-governmental Quality assurance in Africa

Cosam Joseph, Inter-University Council for East Africa, presentation

· EPBS: the role of the profession in the development of field-specific qualifications

Marie Culliton, President, European Association for Professions in Biomedical Science, presentation

· CONAET: Initiatives for mutual recognition of accreditation in the area of tourism

Rafael Gutierrez Niebla, President Consejo Nacional para la Calidad de la Educacion Turistica, presentation


We thank all the Speakers and the participants for the dicussions. We are looking forward to meeting you again next year!

EASPA Members have signed the Düsseldorf Declaration addressed at the Conference of European Ministers of Education for their Conference in Bucharest in April 2012.

In the Declaration, EASPA pledges to support the Ministers in their joint political goal to complete the European Higher Education Area by 2020 through:

  • creating European quality standards for other appropriate disciplines and professions;
  • further developing the existing criteria and standards based on learning outcomes for the award of subject-specific accreditation certificates or European quality labels;
  • acknowledging the significance of European quality labels complementary to national evaluation and accreditation for the assurance of quality in the European Higher Education Area and for the mobility of holders of academic qualifications;
  • calling upon the governments of Bologna signatory states to facilitate the recognition of the European Quality Labels by the relevant national authorities.
  • The full declaration can be downloaded here.