What is EURASHE?

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

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

Members of EURASHE are national associations of higher education institutions and individual institutions, such as universities, (university) colleges and universities of applied sciences, as well as other professional associations and stakeholder organisations active in the field of higher education.

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How to Manage Quality in (Professional) Higher Education? – A Practical Approach: Join us in Vilnius (Lithuania) on 3-4 December 2014

vilnius_3The seminar on ‘How to Manage Quality in (Professional) Higher Education? – A Practical Approach’ is a 2-day event focusing on the management of quality (assurance) in higher education institutions organised in Vilnius (Lithuania) on 3-4 December 2014.

(Photograph: CC by-nc-nd by Vaidotas Mišeikis)

It is intended to inspire institutional management, as well as staff members, and all stakeholders (e.g. students, world of work representatives, policy-makers) who are managing, coordinating and involved in quality in higher education institutions; bringing together a ‘community of practice’.

To support institutions in implementing quality assurance, next to two previous hands-on seminars on internal quality assurance in 2012 and 2013, Lucien Bollaert, recognised expert in European quality assurance, has developed with the support of EURASHE’s working group on quality assurance A Manual for Internal Quality Assurance in Higher Education – with a special focus on professional higher education. It will serve as the backbone to the seminar.

Speakers include:

Lucien Bollaert, Member of the Executive Board of the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO) (Netherlands/Belgium-Flanders)

Andreas G. Orphanides, President of EURASHE (Cyprus)

Marieke Janssen, Head of the Quality Care and Educational Development Unit of University College Ghent (HoGent – Faculty of Science and Technology) (Belgium)

Klara Engels-Perenyi, Policy Officer at European Commission, DG Education and Culture (Belgium)

Maria Kelo, Director of the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA) (Belgium)

Asnate Kažoka, Steering Committee Member of the QA Experts Pool of the European Students’ Union (ESU) (Belgium)

Catherine Owen, Researcher at University of Glasgow (United Kingdom)

Nora Skaburskienė, Acting Director of Centre for Quality Assessment of Higher Education (SKVC) (Lithuania)

Gintautas Bražiūnas, Rector of Vilniaus Kolegija/University of Applied Sciences (VIKO) (Lithuania)


Registrations open in the coming days.

The registration fee is set at 300 EUR, members of EURASHE and regional participants (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania) will benefit from a reduced rate of 150 EUR.

Each participant will receive a free copy of the Manual.

Learn more here!

Outcomes of the 3rd European Education Training and Youth Forum 2014


Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou and EURASHE’s Secretary General Johan Cloet

On 9 and 10 October 2014, the European Commission organised in Brussels the annual European Education, Training and Youth Forum 2014. Focused on the future priorities of the Education and Training 2020 Strategic Framework (ET2020) for cooperation in education and training and synergies with youth policies, the Forum gathered more than 400 participants representing civil society, institutions and national authorities. Opening speeches were given by Ms Androulla Vassiliou, outgoing European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, Ms Silvia Costa, Chair of the Culture and Education Committee of the European Parliament, and Mr Xavier Prats Monne, Director General for Education and Culture at the European Commission.

During her last speech as European Commissioner, Ms Vassiliou stressed the developments in cooperation with civil society that visibly increased in the past years. One of the best examples is this Forum, which develops a dialogue between stakeholders, civil society and European Institutions, resulting in a better cooperation and stronger results. Just as the other speakers, Ms Vassiliou stressed the employability question which is nowadays mentioned very often in links with employment, and reflected in the new structure of the European Commission, dividing skills and competences from the education portfolio, and placing it under the competencies of the DG for Employment.


Building bridges for a more professional higher education: Join us in Otocec (Slovenia) on 16-17 October

otocec_2EURASHE will organise a Seminar on Professional Higher Education (PHE) titled ‘Building bridges for a more professional higher education’ in Otočec (Slovenia) on 16-17 October 2014.

The Seminar on Building bridges for a more professional higher education is a 2 day event focusing on the mission of professional higher education (PHE). It is intended to inspire institutional management, staff members, world of work and policy-makers in profiling their institutions and their everyday work.

EURASHE has focused in the past years on the mission of professional higher education, mainly though the HAPHE (Harmonising Approaches to Professional Higher Education in Europe) project. At the very end of the project, EURASHE decided to host this Seminar, based on the outcomes of the organisation’s and project’s work. While developing Profile of Professional Higher Education in Europe, a diversity of approaches has been researched, large amount of stakeholders consulted, bringing us to the final ‘Definition and Characteristics of PHE’. These will serve as a basis for the discussions in Otočec, developing the programme in 3 tracks: Policy and Strategy, Teaching and Learning and Research, Innovation and Development. Throughout the sessions grouped around these core characteristics of PHE, we will gather input from institutional representatives, the world of work and other relevant stakeholders. We will as well welcome speakers from various countries in order to share with participants best practices from both institutional and policy point of view. Involvement of different stakeholders, with a strong position of the world of work in the programme will further stimulate building of bridges between the higher education sector and the world of work, for a more professional higher education.


Registrations are now open here! The registration fee is set at 290 EUR, members of EURASHE will benefit from a reduced rate of 190 EUR. Further information on the rationale, the programme as well as travel and accommodation information on the page of the conference here!

Learn more here! Register here!

Quality Tools for Professional Higher Education Review and Improvement

PHExcel_Quality_Tools_PHE_coverThe PHExcel report on Quality Tools for Professional Higher Education Review and Improvement is now available for download in our online library here.

The report is the first outcome of the project, and provides an overview of quality tools, quality models and quality labels, currently in use in (professional) higher education. It is followed by a gap analysis as regards the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area (ESG), and the identified characteristics of PHE.

More specifically, after identifying 46 quality tools, 7 models and 12 labels were selected for further investigation based on their full coverage or not of the preliminary HAPHE definition and key characteristics of PHE. A typology of quality tools was conducted with the aim to provide an overview of basic information needed for each model and label, and to clarify common features and dissimilarities of the tools. The extent of coverage and the gaps in each model and label were then identified with reference to the ESG, and to the preliminary HAPHE key characteristics of PHE.


New Secretary General of EURASHE


EURASHE announces that at the 2014 General Assembly of EURASHE, held on 14 May in Yerevan (Armenia), Mr Johan Cloet (Belgium) was appointed as the new Secretary General of EURASHE (from 2014 to 2016), to succeed Stefan Delplace (Secretary General from 2004-2014). The EURASHE community wishes him a successful career in our association.
You will find attached a brief biographical note of the new Secretary General of EURASHE.

Johan Cloet is the former General Director of Lessius University College / Vice-General Director of Thomas More University College in Antwerp, Belgium (2008-2012). He has been involved in the activities of the Flemish Council of University Colleges (VLHORA – member of EURASHE) as member of its steering board, and president of the steering group of educational policy. In 2013 Johan Cloet has been selected as a member of evaluation teams in the framework of the Institutional Evaluation Programme (IEP) of the European University Association. A former ministerial advisor to the government of the Brussels Region, Johan Cloet’s field of study is psychology.