Q-PlaNet, the Quality Placements Network is network of Quality Reference Centres (QRC) for student placements. QRCs are offices acting at regional level for checking placement quality and promoting the mobility of students in practical training. Q-PlaNet sets up concrete standards and structures for quality assurance in order to provide students, host organisations and universities a solid an secured basis for European wide comparable placements.

Q-PlaNet was initially a project funded by the EU from 2008 to 2010. It was born as sub-project of EUE-Net, the European University Enterprise network trying to boost cooperation between industry and the education sector (see www.eue-net.org). Q-PlaNet project was run by a consortium of 10 partners from Romania, Germany, Estonia, Luxembourg and Belgium - building a mixed con-sortium of universities, enterprises, networks and associations. EUE-Net also still exists and stays the "mother organisation" of Q-PlaNet, by e.g. recognising officially new QRCs in the network.

Q-PlaNet tries to improve exactly this: the matching between students and placement offers, on a European scale, but without one-to-one-mediation. Via this central websites, it gives students, teachers, professors and the higher education sector the possibility to find quality checked placements in any region of Europe. The network tries to build up Quality Reference Centres (QRCs) in all regions of the EU, which are awarding the Q-PlaNet label to high quality host organisations. One host organisation is assigned exactly to one QRC. This QRC could contact the host organisation, or the other way round, in order to communicate, cooperate and check the Q-PlaNet quality criteria for the host organisation. If the label is awarded to your company you can publish the Q-PlaNet logo and your website and are listed as "quality host organisation" on the QRC's website. Your QRC gives you furthermore the pos-siblity to post your student job offers directly on its website. In this way it is visible not only to students of one university, but to all students in Europe searching for a placement in your region!

Some of the q-PlaNet outputs

Reference centres

Q-PlaNet works on the basis of Quality Reference Centres which check the local host organisations for placements, in a region which is fixed to them when they become member of the network. Each QRC has its on webspace, in general on the website of their higher education institution, providing all information about host organisations in the region, placement opportunities and more. Students searching for high quality placements find a list of all currently existing QRC`s here, providing the link and adress to each QRC`s website. Higher education institutions interested in becoming member of Q-PlaNet find all information under "new QRCs".

If you want to know more about the initiative, the Q-PlaNet label, and how to become "quality checked" you can contact your regional Quality Reference Centre. You can find it in the QRC section of this website; simply search for the one located geographically the closest to you. If you don’t find a suitable QRC, you can write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The quality standard and criteria for labelling are published in the Documents section of this website.

 Further info: www.q-planet.org