„Identifying barriers in promoting the European Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance at institutional level and making recommendations as to how these might be addressed”– IBAR


Project partners:

Centre for Higher Education Studies (CHES) – leading researcher
University of Strathclyde/University of Durham, UK
University of Latvia, Latvia
Centre for Research in Higher Education Policies, Portugal
Warsaw School of Economics, Poland
Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra, Slovakia
University of Twente, Centre for Higher Education Policy Studies, Holland


Project period: 1 January 2011 – 31 December 2013


Project support: Lifelong Learning Programme



Case studies (in total 28 studies concerning individual HEIs, which were involved in the project) on internal quality assurance systems, quality and access to higher education, quality and students, quality and management, quality and partners, quality and academic staff, quality and information and the quality in relation to secondary education (in national languages and in English) and, based on these studies, national studies on the implementation of ESG (in English) in every involved country. All studies are available electronically in CHES.

Methodological materials processed by expert teams of IBAR and used for this project are also available in CHES.

Arecommendation for the ESG revision was created within the project, presented to the EUA and discussed in Brussels with its representatives.


Kohoutek, J., Land, R., Owen, K. 2014.  Final Synthesis Report.– See here.

Eggins, H. (ed.) 2014. Drivers and Barriers to Achieving Quality in Higher Education. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers



Achieving and assuring quality is always relevant and urgent for HEIs around the world.

This book presents readers a discussion concerning different aspects of quality assurance based on results of a three-year research project involving seven countries: Czech Republic, United Kingdom, Latvia, Portugal, Poland, Slovakia and the Netherlands. It deals with access to higher education, student evaluation, management, stakeholder groups, academic staff, information and transition between secondary education and tertiary education sectors. The authors, who were members of international project teams, examined specific aspects of individual research questions in order to find incentives for quality assurance as well as opportunities to overcome obstacles at HEIs in Europe and consequently worldwide.   


Šebková, H., Beneš, J., Roskovec, V. 2013. Využití evropských standardů pro zajištění kvality na českých vysokých školách. (The use of European Standards for quality assurance at Czech HEIs”) Publisher Vyšehrad, Prag. – Seehere (in Czech)