"The Concept of Excellence in Higher Education"


ENQA established five working groups in 2012 to respond to the needs expressed by its membership and to fulfill ENQA’s work-plan and wider objectives. The working groups’ main task was to elaborate ideas on a given theme and to share knowledge and experience among the participants. As a consequence of the A3ES’s participation in one of these groups, on “Quality Assurance and Excellence in Higher Education”, a report was produced which records the discussions on the theme and reflects the progress made in describing, evaluating and defining the concept of excellence in higher education. It considers various approaches to the recognition of excellence in higher education, and includes recommendations on how the concept could be applied in the context of the work of quality agencies. 

The Concept of Excellence in Higher Education (PDF)