Melinda Szabo is a Policy Analyst at the European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education (EQAR). Melinda has a Masters in Educational Management from Babes-Bolyai University (Romania) and complemented her degree with studies in political science at the Université Libre de Bruxelles. She has previously worked in the Bologna Follow-Up Group Secretariat (2010-2012) in providing support for the activities of the Working Groups and Networks (mainly the Social Dimension Working Group and Network of Experts on Student Support in Europe) and in the quality assurance department of the Babes-Bolyai University (2008-2010) in supporting the internal QA procedures of the institution.
With the support of the Erasmus+ Programme, EQAR and 28 QA agencies, European stakeholder organisations (E4, Education International), CIMEA (Italian ENIC-NARIC) and the Ghent University are implementing the Database of External Quality Assurance Results (DEQAR) project. DEQAR will allow users to find higher education institutions/programmes that have been subject to external quality assurance in line with the ESG, download the corresponding external quality assurance report(s); look up historical records and embed search functionalities etc. The main aim of the database is to contribute to the transparency of quality of higher education and how it is managed across Europe. Better accessibility of external quality assurance results is instrumental for the (automatic) recognition of qualifications.