ENQA-VET Thematic Group Peer Review
Peer Review was included in the ENQA-VET Work Programme 2008-2009.
A Thematic Group on Peer Review was set up in spring 2008 involving 12 European countries. Austria, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. Additionally, the European Training Foundation (ETF) which has substantial experience with Peer Reviews on a system level participated very actively.
Between May 2008 and September 2009 the group dealt with the future of transnational Peer Reviews on the European level. In particular, the group’s mandate was to develop a sustainable process and structure for European Peer Reviews.
The following four issues were tackled:
- European Peer Register
- Peer Training
- coordinating body and structure for European Peer Review
- integrating countries with no Peer Review experience.
In 2009, the sub-groups were restructured to work a) on the structure and the common principles for European Peer Reviews and b) on the support for European Peer Review necessary in a European implementation project. The contributions of these work groups were the basis of the “Proposal for a sustainable process and structure for transnational European Peer Reviews”, the group’s major product.
Demand for a continuation of transnational European Peer Reviews
In a survey of ENQA-VET member states (Jan.-Feb. 2009), so far 18 member states have voiced their interest in participating in further Peer Review activities on the European level, 14 of which have also given a first forecast of the number of transnational European Peer Reviews between 2010 and 2013, which add up to almost 250 Peer Reviews within this four-year-period.
If implemented properly, European Peer Review as a practical, tangible and concrete tool to implement the EQARF recommendation has the potential to become one of the main pillars of European VET quality policy in the next five to ten years encompassing all relevant actors – VET providers, social partners and other stakeholders as well as the VET systems of the participating member states.