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The Board of EQAA is the main decision making body of the agency. It takes the decisions about accreditations in order to ensure coherence and consistency of decisions. The members of the Board are highly acclaimed international experts in higher education and quality assurance.


Stefan Delplace

Stefan Delplace is an educationalist, with a professional background in teaching (in-service training, higher and continuous education), who later specialised in Higher Education policies and their interaction with civil society. Stefan studied Commercial Sciences (BA) and has a MA degree in Linguistics from the University of Gent, and has acquired wide experience in working in international and intercultural environments.

Stefan was the Secretary General of EURASHE New window for 10 years, (2004-2014), and during this period he represented EURASHE in in the Bologna Follow-up Group and several of its working and coordination groups. In 2014, he was elected a member of the Bureau of the Steering committee for Policy and Practice at the Council of Europe.

Stefan specialised in policy towards and activities with partner countries of the EU (in the Tempus-TACIS & MEDA programmes). He regularly contributes to Business-Education fora and is a co-founder of the SPACE network (Business Studies and Languages), and a Member of the International Expert group, Education and Business Cooperation of the European Training Foundation (ETF).

Stefan has wide experience in quality assurance and accreditation issues, as a member of review teams, and as the EURASHE delegate in the ‘E4’ Group (with ENQA, EUA, ESU), In this capacity he contributed to the elaboration and later the revision of the European Standards and Guidelines for QA, and was also a member of the Executive Board of EQAR, the European Register for Quality Assurance Agencies, from 2012-2014.