Formerly the EEAA

External Review

The ECTE is committed to undergo an external review at least once every five years in order to demonstrate compliance with the ESG (see ESG 3.7). This page reports on the external review history of ECTE related to the application for inclusion in the EQAR (European Quality Assurance Register).

Initial EQAR application

  • In September 2020 the ECTE applied for inclusion in the (EQAR).
  • The application of 11/09/2020 adhered to the requirements of the EQAR Procedures for Applications.
  • The Register Committee confirmed eligibility of the application (tripartite Terms of Reference) on 2020-11-23, having considered clarification received from the review coordinator on 2020-11-09.
  • The ECTE submitted its Self Assessment Report against the European Standards and Guidelines and hosted a site visit 14-17/06/2021. The review process was coordinated by the ASIIN e.V., based in Germany. The report was submitted in 2021 to the European Quality Assurance Register (EQAR) for inclusion in the register.
  • Following the site visit, the Register Committee considered the External Review Report of 06/08/2021 on the compliance of ECTE with the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area (ESG, 2015 version).
  • The Register Committee considered the additional information and documentation concerning the changes introduced after the completion of the external review. The Register Committee also sought and received clarification from the chair of the review panel.
  • In 2021, the Register Committee postponed the consideration of the application until March 2022 in light of an ongoing policy consultation of EQAR governmental members on questions related to alternative providers.
  • On 16/03/2022, the Register Committee Deferred a Decision and invited ECTE to make additional representation on the grounds for possible rejection. The Register Committee considered ECTE’s Additional Representation received on 18/05/2022.
  • On 22/07/2022, the Register Committee Rejected ECTE’s application on the grounds of non-compliance to ESG 2.1, and partial compliance to ESG 3.1 and 3.3.
  • On 13/09/2022 the ECTE applied for focused review to demonstrate compliance to ESG 2.1, 3.1 and 3.3. A Focused Self Assessment Report was submitted for a site visit on 23/11/2022.
  • Following the site visit, the  External Focused Review Report on ESG 2.1, 3.1, and 3.3 was submitted to the EQAR Committee in January 2023 for a decision in March 2023.
  • On 3/03/2023, the Register Committee Deferred ECTE’s application on the grounds of partial compliance to ESG 2.1, ESG 3.1 and 3.3.
  • On ECTE submitted Additional Representation and an Addendum to the ECTE Focused Review from the external review panel, responding to the concerns raised by the Register Committee related to ESG 2.1, ESG 3.1 and 3.3.
  • On 11/07/2023 the Register Committee Approved ECTE’s application for inclusion on the EQAR register, with validity from 01/12/2022 until 30/08/2026. The Approval of the Application concluded that ECTE has demonstrated compliance to ESG 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 3.1, 3.2, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6 and 3.7 and partial compliance to ESG 2.1 and 3.3.  In its holistic judgement, the Register Committee concluded that ECTE complies substantially with the ESG as a whole and approves for inclusion on the Register.
  • The following link leads to ECTE’s listing on the EQAR.