EQAC - EDUCATION QUALITY ACCREDITATION COMMISSION
The Education Quality Accreditation Commission (EQAC) was established with a mission to promote the development and maintenance of quality and ethical standards in education and training programs. The development was made possible by means of standard-setting, evaluation, and consultation processes. The Education Quality Accreditation Commission identifies and accredits education and training institutions that have attained and maintained the standards deemed necessary to operate according to our established Education Quality Standards.
In 1999, the EQAC founders were aware of the need of international standard-setting instruments in the field of education that were indispensable in a decentralized global world in order to keep pace with rapid changes in the private educational sector and to guaranty quality standards while promoting the development of efficient education systems. Following the premise of thinking globally though acting locally, the EQAC was rooted in the most representative socioeconomic environments of the Western World.
In 1999 the EQAC was incorporated in the United Kingdom with Companies House Reg. Number: 3.728.049 to best represent the interest of UK and Commonwealth countries in the provision of accreditation and quality auditing to education institutions.
In 2000 the EQAC was incorporated in Washington D.C., USA as a non profit corporation to best represent North America and the English language areas of influence. Additionally it was incorporated in Spain with Reg. Number: B80317283 to best represent the interest of European, Mediterranean and Latin America and Spanish Speaking countries.
In 2000, the "Together in the World Foundation (TW)", which developed programs and activities in line with the orientations set out by UNESCO in respect of the promotion of social and cultural development fostered the establishment of the EQAC as the means to enhance the promotion of quality education and complement social and cultural development through sound independent educational initiatives. The EQAC was deeply inspired by the UNESCO policy on education for the Twenty-First Century.
In 2001, the TW Foundation recognized the need of the EQAC institutional autonomy for further development of the project. Mrs. Mercedes Lopez, director of TW Foundation resigned her duties in relation to the EQAC. Dr. Francis Dessart in Belgium becomes the president of the independent EQAC. Dr. Samuel Murinda was appointed EQAC Secretary.
In 2004, Prof. Dr. Francis Dessart resigned from his position due to age and health problems. Dr. Samuel Murinda reduced his implication in the EQAC Secretary due to his other professional and academic ventures. The EQAC fell into a period of minimum maintenance and actitity.
In 2008, Dr. Guillermo M. Olsen became the new president of EQAC. The activities, regulations and services of the EQAC were deeply revised.