What is EURASHE?

EURASHE is the European association of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) that offer professionally orientated programmes and are engaged in applied and profession-related research within the Bologna cycles.

Currently, more than 1,100 higher education institutions in 40 countries within and outside the European Higher Education Area (EHEA are affiliated to EURASHE.

The Association is present mostly through National Associations of Higher Education Institutions and individual institutions, such as Universities, (University) Colleges and Universities of Applied Sciences, as well as through other professional associations and stakeholder organisations active in the field of higher education.

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With the support of the Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Union


24th Annual Conference ‘Qualifications for the Labour Market’ – Speakers!

The 24th Annual Conference of EURASHE ‘Qualifications for the Labour Market‘ will take place on 15-16 May 2014 in Yerevan (Armenia).


Join the following speakers in Yerevan:

Prof. Andreas G. Orphanides, President of EURASHE, Rector of European University Cyprus (Cyprus)

Armen Ashotyan, Minister of Education and Science of the Republic of Armenia (Armenia)

Hovhannes Tokmajyan, Rector of the Polytechnic University of Armenia (Armenia)

Jim Allen, Senior Researcher at Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market, Maastricht University (Netherlands)

Don F. Westerheijden, Senior research associate at the Center for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS) (Netherlands)

Raimund Hudak, Professor at Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University Mosbach (DHBW), CEO of Synesis GmbH (Germany)

Slava Pevec Grm, Senior expert in the Qualifications and Learning Outcomes at CEDEFOP (Greece)

Karine Harutyunyan, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Armenie (Armenia)

Anita Lice, Adviser on Education and Employment Affairs, BUSINESSEUROPE – Employers’ Confederation of Latvia (Latvia)

Armen Budaghyan and Kristina Tsaturyan, Higher Education NQF Working Group of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Armenia (Armenia)

Mike Grey, EC Futures Team Leader, Faculty of Engineering and Computing, Coventry University (United Kingdom)

Jari Riihelainen, Education policy and system analyst at the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA), European Commission (Belgium)

Jens Vraa-Jensen, Chair of HERSC, The Higher Education and Research Standing Committee of Education International in Europe (ETUCE) (Belgium)

Rok Primožič, Chair of the European Students’ Union (ESU) (Belgium)

Gayane Harutyunyan, Head of the BFUG Secretariat (Armenia)  


Further information on the rationale, the programme, the registration as well as travel and accommodation information on the page of the conference here

Learn more here! Register here! 

Higher education stakeholder organisations present proposal for revised “Standards and Guidelines for quality assurance in the European Higher Education Area” (ESG)

The E4 Group (European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA), European Students’ Union (ESU), European University Association (EUA), European Association of Institutions in Higher Education (EURASHE)), in cooperation with Education International (EI), BUSINESSEUROPE and European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education (EQAR) have today (18 March) published a joint proposal for a revised version of the “Standards and Guidelines for quality assurance in the European Higher Education Area (ESG)”.




The current ESG, adopted in 2005 by European Ministers, are used by institutions and quality assurance agencies as a reference document for internal and external quality assurance (QA) systems in higher education. Moreover, they help to contribute to the common understanding of quality assurance for learning and teaching across borders and are also used as criteria by the European Quality Assurance Register (EQAR), which is responsible for the register of quality assurance agencies that comply with the ESG.

Since 2005, considerable progress has been made in quality assurance as well as in other Bologna Process action lines such as qualification frameworks, recognition and the promotion of the use of learning outcomes, all these contributing to a paradigm shift towards student-centred learning and teaching. Given this changing context, in 2012 the Bologna Process Ministerial Communiqué invited the E4 Group (ENQA, ESU, EUA and EURASHE) in cooperation with Education International , BUSINESSEUROPE and EQAR, to prepare an initial proposal for a revised ESG “to improve their clarity, applicability and usefulness, including their scope”.


The proposal for a revised ESG

The proposal for a revised version of the ESG, published and presented today at an event in Brussels, has been forwarded to the Bologna Follow Up Group (BFUG), which oversees the Bologna Process in between Ministerial meetings.

As requested by Ministers, the organisations responsible for the proposal have sought to make the ESG clearer, particularly in terms of their structure and in order to avoid potential confusion with their interpretation. The proposal, which presents the joint views of all of the organisations, reflects the recent changes in the EHEA and shows the way forward, we believe, by making a more explicit link to the learning and teaching process in the section on internal QA and defines the relationship of QA with other Bologna Process developments that have taken place since 2005 (including those relating to Qualifications Frameworks and learning outcomes).


Next steps

The proposal will be discussed at the next BFUG meeting in April. The expectation is that the proposal will be adopted at the latest at the next EHEA Ministerial Meeting that will take place in Armenia in 2015.


The full proposal for the revised ESG is available here

The current ESG (in 12 languages) are available here


For further information, please contact Stefan Delplace (Secretary General) or Alexandre Wipf (policy and communications officer)


9th European Quality Assurance Forum (EQAF) – Call for Contributions!

The 9th European Quality Assurance Forum (EQAF) will take place on 13-15 November 2014 in Barcelona (Spain) at the University of Barcelona. ENQA, ESU, EUA and EURASHE, the co-organisers, have now issued a call for contributions. 

This year’s edition will also include a plenary session on the results of HAPHE (Harmonising Approaches to Professional Higher Education in Europe) and first outcomes of PHExcel (Testing the Feasibility of a Quality Label for PHE Excellence). Both projects are coordinated by EURASHE. 


EURASHE members and professional higher education institutions are encouraged to contribute to the 9th EQAF.


IDEAS collection of case studies impacting equity

IDEAS_logoEURASHE is taking part in the IDEAS initiative aiming at Identifying Effective Approaches to Enhancing the Social Dimension of Higher Education.

The first stage of this project is to gather case studies that have a demonstrable impact on improving equity in higher education.

Following this collection of case studies we will analyse them by creating a typology of intervention and further refining the criteria and characteristics of each intervention. Finally we will create a toolbox of effective approaches and widely promote them through a lecture tour in 10 institutions in Europe. 


Participate in the collection of case studies improving equity with the IDEAS grid!

Contribute to the 2015 Trends Report

EUA_Trends_2010The European University Association (EUA) is currently preparing its next Trends Report, to be published in time for the Bologna Ministerial meeting in the spring of 2015 in Yerevan (Armenia).  

EUA has been conducting its Trends surveys, which aim to feed an institutional perspective into European higher education policy discussions, since 1999 (view Trends 2010 here). Over time, these reports have become sources of information and reference for policy makers and the higher education community. The 2015 Trends survey will concentrate on learning and teaching in European higher education.

The institutional questionnaire was launched in January 2014, and EUA is now inviting higher education institutions from all over Europe to participate in the survey.

If you think your institution may be interested in participating, please contact the Trends team at The questionnaire is aimed at the institutional leadership of higher education institutions. The deadline for submitting the questionnaire to the EUA secretariat is 30 April 2014.

More details on the Trends 2015 survey is provided in the information document and on the official page here


EURASHE invites professional higher education institutions to take part in this new edition of the Trends Report.