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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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.


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

IMG_1926_modifEURASHE organised its 24th Annual Conference ‘Qualifications for the Labour Market‘ in Yerevan (Armenia) on 15-16 May 2014.

The material of the conference has now been published!

All presentations and speeches of the conference are available in our online library here, and on the dedicated page of the conference here.

All the photographs of the event, as well as the conference report, and the summary of the evaluation forms will be available in the coming days. Stay tuned!


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:

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

Hovik Abrahamyan, Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia (Armenia) 

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

Hovhannes Tokmajyan, Rector of the State Engineering University of Armenia (SEUA), on behalf of the Rectors’ Council of Armenia State Higher Educational Institutions (Armenia)


Gagik Galstyan, Rector of the National University of Architecture and Construction of Armenia (NUACA) (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), University of Twente (Netherlands)

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

Barbara Kelly, Head of Industry and External Partnerships at Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) (Ireland)

Stéphane Lauwick, Member of the Board of EURASHE, Director of Le Havre University Institute of Technology (IUT) (France)

Armando Pires, Vice-President of the Portuguese Polytechnics Coordinating Council (CCISP), President of the Polytechnic Institute of Setúbal (IPS) (Portugal) 

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 Armenia (Armenia)

Anita Līce, 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, Chairperson of the European Students’ Union (ESU) (Belgium)

Alicia-Leonor Sauli-Miklavčič, Secretary General of the Association of Slovene Higher Vocational Colleges (ASHVC) (Slovenia)

Michal Karpíšek, Vice-President of EURASHE, Executive Officer of the Czech Association of Schools of Professional Higher Education (CASPHE) (Czech Republic)

Gayane Harutyunyan, Head of the Bologna Follow-Up Group (BFUG) Secretariat (Armenia)

Arthur Aghababyan, Rector of Yerevan University after Movses Khorenatsy (Armenia)

Ashot Markosyan, Professor at National University of Architecture and Construction of Armenia (NUACA) (Armenia)

Hovik Musayelyan, Director of Synopsys Armenia (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!