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


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!

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)