The International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE) was established in 1991 with only 8 members. Today the total membership exceeds 250 members. Its objectives are:
To create, collect and disseminate information on current and developing theory and practice in the assessment, improvement and maintenance of quality in higher education.
To undertake or commission research in areas relevant to quality in higher education.
To express the collective views of its members on matters relevant to quality in higher education through contacts with international bodies and by other means.
To promote the theory and practice of the improvement of quality in higher education.
To provide advice and expertise to assist existing and emerging quality assurance agencies.
To facilitate links between quality assurance agencies and support networks of quality assurance agencies.
To assist members to determine the standards of institutions operating across national borders and facilitate better-informed international recognition of qualifications.
To assist in the development and use of credit transfer and credit accumulation schemes to enhance the mobility of students between institutions (within and across national borders).
To enable members to be alert to improper quality assurance practices and organisations. To organise, on request, reviews of the operation of members.
INQAAHE is a Quality Assurance community which organizes biennial conferences and biennial member's workshops as well as it provides a forum for debate for the network of its agencies while disseminating information on such activities. It acts as a focal point for the quality assurance aspects of new forms of higher education that integrate different forms of media. This NGO also organizes seminars and publishes a large number of newsletters, documents, journals and books related to higher education initiatives and activities.