ACQUIN European Activities

ACQUIN contributes to the enhancement of the Higher Education Area by providing in depth expertise in current quality assurance topics and efficient management of EU funds.

Policy Reform & Capacity Building Projects

  • improving the quality of education and training in Europe
  • promoting transnational learning and cooperation between authorities
  • addressing challenges in the management and governance of higher education institutions
  • developing the basis for evidence based policy-making

Strategic Partnership Projects

  • fostering cooperation across different regions of the world through joint initiatives
  • developing and sharing innovative practices, peer learning and exchanges of experiences
  • supporting innovation and the exchange of good practices


Taking into account various quality cultures within the European Higher Education Area, ACQUIN actively participates in different co-funded projects together with its international and European partners in a variety of topics, including among others: 

• International & European accreditation and certification procedures in Higher Education and Vocational Educational Training (VET)
• Quality Assurance  & Monitoring of projects’ management and deliverables
• External Evaluation of projects
• Training of international experts & reviewers
• Enhancement of International & European mobility
• Support implementation of ESG in different regions
• Relevance of Higher Education to ever-changing labour market needs
• Development of university self-assessment systems
• Exchange of good practices from German experience




ELDICARE 2.0 2023-2027

Funded under the “Knowledge Alliances – Blueprint Projects”, Eldicare 2.0 project objectives are to raise the quality and attractiveness of training in the health care sector at European, national, regional and local level, as well as to provide new teaching and learning approaches, by creating competence-based courses, work-based learning procedures, employers’ handbook, with the use of micro credentials and the MOOC platform. ACQUIN is involved in the quality assurance of the courses and their international certification based on the ESG standards. For more information on the Eldicare 2.0 project:



INSPIRE 2024-2027

Funded under the “Partnerships for Innovation – Alliances”, INSPIRE project aims at upscaling the Performing Arts Sector in terms of green, digital, entrepreneurial, and soft skills with the view to upskill VET and HE professionals in a holistic and innovative way, so as the sector to act as a driver of sustainable development in Europe and beyond. ACQUIN is involved in the quality assurance of the new training courses that will be developed under this project and their international certification based on the ESG standards. For more information on the INSPIRE project: (website will be launched in spring 2024)



CHAISE 2020-2024

Funded under Sector Skills Alliances, CHAISE “A Blueprint for Sectoral Cooperation on Blockchain Skill Development” project aims to set forward an open, inclusive blockchain skills governance system, to address skills mismatches and deliver appropriate training, intelligence gathering & mobility solutions tailored to sectoral needs. For more information on the CHAISE project:


KAZDUAL 2021-2024

Since 2015 Kazakhstan has been developing a Road map for the development of dual education mainly driven by the Atameken National Chamber of Entrepreneurs. Funded under Capacity Building, KAZDUAL “Implementing dual system in Kazakhstan“ project aims to strengthen the role of enterprises and regional chambers of entrepreneurs in the organization of dual training. For more information on the KAZDUAL project:



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MENTORME 2020-2023

Funded under KA2 Strategic Partnerships, the project MentorME is designed to support the testing of innovative practices for enhancing HEIs civic engagement. Based on the renewed EU agenda for HE in 2017, which highlights the need of ‘’HE to be inclusive and not just institutions with ivory towers”, the project MentorME aims to strengthen HEIs interaction with ‘society’ through the development of an online tool for establishing mentoring relationships. For more information on the MENTORME project:


VETENTRE 2020-2022

Funded under KA2 Strategic Partnerships, the project VETEntre, targets two key challenges: (1) The need to improve the attractiveness and quality of Vocational Education and Training (VET) in Europe and the competences of VET educators to engage their students in meaningful learning. (2) To promote entrepreneurship education across European education systems. For more information on the VETENTRE project:


RegAgri4Europe 2020-2022

Funded under KA2 Strategic Partnerships, the project RegAgri4Europe aims to design an innovative vocational curriculum on Regenerative Agriculture, which will provide learners skills and knowledge to implement sustainable cultivation methods, therewith giving impetus to transform agricultural practices and landscapes. For more information on the RegAgri4Europe project:


DEQAR CONNECT (2020-2022)

The project was selected for EU co-funding under the Erasmus PLUS call to support the implementation of European Higher Education Area (EHEA) reforms. DEQAR is EQAR’s Database of External Quality Assurance Reports, launched in 2018. For more information on the DEQAR CONNECT project:


GDPR4H (2018-2020)

GDPR4H Project “Upgrading the Health Sector with high-skilled Data Protection Officers (DPOs) under GDPR” was successfully granted by the German Agency BiBB under Erasmus+. The project is a pioneer in the field and will set the basis for a European approach in the sensitive field of health and patient data monitoring. For more information on the GDPR4H project:


ELDICARE (2018-2020)

EldiCare Project “Matching skills in a growing European Silver Economy” was successfully granted by EACEA under Sector Skills Alliances (SSA) to offer a pathway out of the atypical/undeclared elderly care givers, through education and training in ICT & health applications. For more information on the EldiCare project:


DataPRO (2018-2020)

DataPRO Project was successfully granted by EACEA’s KA3 Policy Reform “Joint Qualifications in Vocational Education and Training” and its aim is to incorporate the new digital mentality under GDPR 2016/679 to companies, employees and young learners, while responding to the fragmented certification system in the field. For more information on the DataPRO project:



Giorina Maratsi

EU Project Manager

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• European Social Fund Project “Making Quality Visible”, Malta, 2015
• Quality Assurance in the Higher Education Change Agenda
(QAHECA), 2009
• ACQUIN/AUQA/HETAC Quality Agencies Benchmarking Project, 2006
• Institutional Evaluation Programm of the European University Association (EUA), 2006
• Accreditation – Pathway to Quality Assurance, 2010-2012
• Modernising Teacher Education in a European Perspective, 2010-2012
• QASYR – Assurance Qualité dans les Instituts Intermédiaires en Syrie, 2009-2011
• Formation à l´Evaluation Externe au Maroc, 2006
• Quality Assurance in Higher Tertiary Education, 2006
Other Initiatives:
• Project of the International Center for Higher Education Research Kassel (INCHER) “External and internal quality assurance of study and teaching through accreditation and evaluation procedures”, 2018
• Member of QACHE Project “Quality Assurance of Cross-border Higher Education”, 2013-2016
• Participation on BMBF Ukrainian-German Forum “Education, Science, Innovation at Universities: Current Challenges” in Kiev, 2014
• Member of the working group “Impact of Quality Assurance” set up by ENQA in 2012