Quality Assurance refers to one or more processes which safeguard the quality of Further and Higher education within the economic, social, and cultural context, on a national European and international level;
- Ensure the use of appropriate measures as a means of improving the quality of teaching, learning training, and research;
- and communicate the outcome of such findings within an internal and external framework of accountability.
The MFHEA has strengthened quality assurance in Malta through the establishment of the National Quality Assurance Framework for Further and Higher Education, which was launched in July 2015. Through this framework, the MFHEA supports accredited and prospective further and higher education institutions in Malta by providing guidance on areas that are considered important to ensure a quality assured learning environment in further and higher education. Through the National Quality Assurance Framework, the MFHEA has established the parameters for national external quality audits (EQA) system that complements the internal quality assurance (IQA) mechanisms of individual further and higher education entities. In view of this, the framework itself sets a number of internal quality assurance Standards in order to help further and higher education institution to develop their Quality Assurance policies.
The National Quality Assurance Framework provides the conceptual context for EQA Procedures. In view of this, the MFHEA has developed the External Quality Audit Manual of procedures, In line with the National Quality Assurance Framework, the EQA process applies to all accredited further higher education providers that are corporate entities. The practice of EQA means that it is not enough that the entity has IQA systems on paper or simply a statutory setup. The EQA needs to check that these systems are fit for purpose, are in fact functioning and effective, and are sustainable.