History

EURASHE, the European Association of Institutions in Higher Education, was founded in Patras (Greece) in 1990 as an international association that promotes and emphasises professional higher education (PHE). While EURASHE originally admitted only national organisations (such as councils of directors) as members, it later opened up membership to individual institutions. Nowadays its members are colleges, polytechnics, university colleges, universities of applied sciences and universities with their professional trainings.

Three purposes were at the origin of EURASHE: to promote the interests of PHE at a national and European level; to cooperate internationally on the development of PHE; and to promote internationalisation within its member institutions.

From a gathering of 5 national associations of directors of colleges we have evolved into the acknowledged representative of PHE on the European higher education forum, not the least through our active involvement in the major reform of European higher education, the Bologna Process. In March 2010 we published, as an input to the Ministerial Conference celebrating 10 years of ‘Bologna’, EURASHE’s 10 Commitments for the European Higher Education Area in 2020, in which we tried to clarify our views on some important aspects of the Bologna Process and our own responsibilities towards the continued creation of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA). The introductory text for this publication very well summarised our intention with this ‘Bologna Anniversary’ publication, where it says: “We wish to communicate an optimistic look at a potential progress in the different areas covered in the Communiqué, realising that progress in each domain very much depends on our willingness to change things. Rather than to see this as wishful thinking, we proclaim such progress in terms of objectives which can be met wholly, substantially or even partially. They, however, remain the overall target of the Bologna reform process, irrespective of the degree of their implementation in the different countries and institutions. And they remain the overall priorities of EURASHE.”

From the commemorative publication celebrating 10 years of EURASHE (2000) we read: EURASHE was founded in 1990 in Brussels (although the official launching took place in Patras, Greece), on the initiative of Yves Beernaert (Belgium) and Kees van Gageldonk (Netherlands), in cooperation with 5 associations of colleges (Belgium-Flanders, Denmark, Greece, Ireland, Netherlands) and an individual institute, the Ealing College of Higher Education. The same year Portugal joined the association. The founding President was Dr Neil Merrit, Principal of the (then) Ealing College of Higher Education. The motivation of the founding fathers was “to create an instrument to advocate the interests of Europe’s extra-university sector of tertiary education vis-à-vis the European Commission and others.”

Twenty years later the same commitment remains, and with our acceptance as Consultative Members in the Bologna Follow-Up Group (Prague, 2001), this role and engagement has intensified.

(adapted from Highlights in EURASHE’s 20 Year History 1990-2010)

 

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‘EURASHE in 2004’

 

Underneath are the Presidents of EURASHE throughout the years:

  • Stéphane Lauwick, President of EURASHE- Stéphane Lauwick joined the University of Le Havre (France) in 1993 as a professeur agrégé. After heading the Electrical Engineering Department of the University Institute of Technology (IUT) of that... Read more
  • Andreas G. Orphanides- Professor Andreas G. Orphanides has been President of EURASHE and of EQAR as well as a consultative member of both BFUG Board and BFUG, and a member of the E4-Group.... Read more
  • Lars Lynge Nielsen- Born 1948, Copenhagen, Denmark. Holds an MA in Psychology from the University of Copenhagen. Lars Lynge Nielsen joined EURASHE in 1998. Previously he held a number of senior positions in... Read more
  • Roland Vermeesch- Roland Vermeesch was the General Director of the Hogeschool West-Vlaanderen and the President of EURASHE. He is a past President of the Flemish Council of Hogescholen, as well as Vice-President.... Read more
  • Gay James Corr- Dr Gay James Corr was the 6th President of EURASHE (2000 – 2002) and Director at Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology in Ireland. Gay James Corr (Ireland), 6th President of EURASHE... Read more
  • Søren Nørgaard- Søren Nørgaard, a previous President and Secretary General of EURASHE, he was also Senior Advisor of the organisation. † Søren Nørgaard (Denmark), 5th President of EURASHE (1998 – 2000), 3rd Secretary General... Read more
  • João Duarte Silva- João Duarte Silva is member of the executive council of the A3ES, the Portuguese Agency of Evaluation and Accreditation of Higher Education since December 2008. Previously he was President of... Read more
  • Edward Dhondt- Edward Dhondt (Belgium), was the third president of EURASHE between 1994 and 1996 and went on to be the second secretary general of the organisation between 1996 and 2000. Previously... Read more
  • Socrates Kaplanis- Socrates Kaplanis is the President of TEI of Patras (Greece) and was the 2nd President of EURASHE (1992 – 1994). Socrates Kaplanis (Greece), 2nd President of EURASHE (1992 – 1994)... Read more
  • Neil Merritt- Neil Merritt (United Kingdom) was the 1st President of EURASHE (1990 – 1992). He was educated at the University of Hull (LLB). He lectured in law at various colleges in 1962-73. He... Read more
  • Underneath are the former Board members of EURASHE throughout the years:

  • Patrick Blondé- Capt. Patrick Blondé (°19/09/1951) is Master in Nautical Sciences. His first career was at sea, sailing as a Captain in the merchant navy. Afterwards he held various positions in the... Read more
  • Neil Merritt- Neil Merritt (United Kingdom) was the 1st President of EURASHE (1990 – 1992). He was educated at the University of Hull (LLB). He lectured in law at various colleges in 1962-73. He... Read more
  • Hans Daale- Hans Daale is general manager of LEIDO, an independent network in the Netherlands, involved in lifelong learning. One of the most important tasks of LEIDO is to organise national and... Read more
  • Michael Cholewa-Madsen- Michael Cholewa-Madsen has been Director of Education at the Danish Insurance Academy, Denmark, and he was President of DAN-EURASHE (Denmark)
  • Michal Karpíšek, Secretary-General of EURASHE- Michal Karpíšek is the Secretary-General of EURASHE, starting 1 June 2016. He has been Executive Officer of the Czech Association of Schools of Professional Higher Education (CASPHE) since 1994. He... Read more
  • Edward Dhondt- Edward Dhondt (Belgium), was the third president of EURASHE between 1994 and 1996 and went on to be the second secretary general of the organisation between 1996 and 2000. Previously... Read more
  • Stefan Delplace- Stefan Delplace became the Secretary General of EURASHE in 2004, a position he occupied until 2014. He represented in the Bologna Follow-Up Group and several of its working and coordination... Read more
  • Andreas G. Orphanides- Professor Andreas G. Orphanides has been President of EURASHE and of EQAR as well as a consultative member of both BFUG Board and BFUG, and a member of the E4-Group.... Read more
  • Zdenka Steblovnik Župan- Excellent connoisseur of international professional higher education, specialized in Short Cycle Higher Education, head of School Centre Maribor Higher Vocational College, vice-president of Woodworking Association of Slovenia, former president of... Read more
  • Prof. László Dinya- Prof. László Dinya is a professor at the University of Szeged and Eszterhazy Károly University – Eger in Hungary. Former he was Director, Vice-Director at several University Colleges, President of... Read more
  • Ronald Guillen- Ronald Guillen is professor at Nantes University and was a member of the 2010-2012 board of EURASHE. He was at the head of IUT (University Institute of Technology) of Saint-Nazaire and... Read more
  • Johan Cloet- Johan Cloet has been the Secretary General of EURASHE in 2014-2016, which he represented in the Bologna Follow-Up Group (BFUG) and several of its working groups, such as on ‘Structural... Read more
  • Socrates Kaplanis- Socrates Kaplanis is the President of TEI of Patras (Greece) and was the 2nd President of EURASHE (1992 – 1994). Socrates Kaplanis (Greece), 2nd President of EURASHE (1992 – 1994)... Read more
  • Gay James Corr- Dr Gay James Corr was the 6th President of EURASHE (2000 – 2002) and Director at Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology in Ireland. Gay James Corr (Ireland), 6th President of EURASHE... Read more
  • Roland Vermeesch- Roland Vermeesch was the General Director of the Hogeschool West-Vlaanderen and the President of EURASHE. He is a past President of the Flemish Council of Hogescholen, as well as Vice-President.... Read more
  • Søren Nørgaard- Søren Nørgaard, a previous President and Secretary General of EURASHE, he was also Senior Advisor of the organisation. † Søren Nørgaard (Denmark), 5th President of EURASHE (1998 – 2000), 3rd Secretary General... Read more
  • João Duarte Silva- João Duarte Silva is member of the executive council of the A3ES, the Portuguese Agency of Evaluation and Accreditation of Higher Education since December 2008. Previously he was President of... Read more
  • Lars Lynge Nielsen- Born 1948, Copenhagen, Denmark. Holds an MA in Psychology from the University of Copenhagen. Lars Lynge Nielsen joined EURASHE in 1998. Previously he held a number of senior positions in... Read more
  • Underneath are the Secretary Generals of EURASHE throughout the years:

  • Michal Karpíšek, Secretary-General of EURASHE- Michal Karpíšek is the Secretary-General of EURASHE, starting 1 June 2016. He has been Executive Officer of the Czech Association of Schools of Professional Higher Education (CASPHE) since 1994. He... Read more
  • Johan Cloet- Johan Cloet has been the Secretary General of EURASHE in 2014-2016, which he represented in the Bologna Follow-Up Group (BFUG) and several of its working groups, such as on ‘Structural... Read more
  • Stefan Delplace- Stefan Delplace became the Secretary General of EURASHE in 2004, a position he occupied until 2014. He represented in the Bologna Follow-Up Group and several of its working and coordination... Read more
  • Søren Nørgaard- Søren Nørgaard, a previous President and Secretary General of EURASHE, he was also Senior Advisor of the organisation. † Søren Nørgaard (Denmark), 5th President of EURASHE (1998 – 2000), 3rd Secretary General... Read more
  • Edward Dhondt- Edward Dhondt (Belgium), was the third president of EURASHE between 1994 and 1996 and went on to be the second secretary general of the organisation between 1996 and 2000. Previously... Read more
  • Underneath are the former members of the Secretariat of EURASHE throughout the years:

  • Iva Voldánová- Iva Voldánová is a former project associate of EURASHE. In 2009-2013 she worked on the follow-up and monitoring of European projects assisted the Secretary General in policy activities. Previously, she... Read more
  • Merel Van Hove- Merel Van Hove is a former trainee at EURASHE. She is a last year college student at the University College of Ghent, in business translator-interpreter Dutch, French, English and Spanish... Read more
  • Renata Radvanska- Renata Radvanska is a former project officer of EURASHE, she worked on the general administration of the organisation, as well as on the organisation of EURASHE events.
  • Johan Cloet- Johan Cloet has been the Secretary General of EURASHE in 2014-2016, which he represented in the Bologna Follow-Up Group (BFUG) and several of its working groups, such as on ‘Structural... Read more
  • Alja Kiseleva- Alja Kiseleva is a former membership and administration officer of EURASHE. She was responsible for the management of members and partners of EURASHE as well as for the office administration... Read more
  • Kristina Kockova- Kristina Kockova is a former financial and administrative officer of EURASHE, she worked on the general financial framework of the organisation, being responsible for the financial management of several EU-funded... Read more
  • Marcin Krasnodębski- Marcin Krasnodębski is a former research officer at EURASHE working in the area of mobility and international openness.
  • Georgios Triantafyllou, Part-time Project Officer of EURASHE- Georgios Triantafyllou is a temporary part-time Project Officer at EURASHE. Within the Secretariat he is involved in organisational, financial and administrative tasks related to the coordination, implementation and reporting of... Read more
  • Alexandre Wipf- Alexandre Wipf is the previous policy and communications officer at EURASHE. Within the secretariat he was in charge of the implementation of quality assurance related activities (policy, projects, events, representation,... Read more
  • Francesca Operti- Francesca Operti is a former communications officer of EURASHE, she worked on the re-launch of EURASHE communication channels, and also represented EURASHE in events organised by stakeholders.
  • Nathalie Lugano- Nathalie Lugano is a former office and membership administrator of EURASHE. She was responsible for the general administrative management of the office, dealing with finances and personnel issues, supporting communication... Read more
  • Søren Nørgaard- Søren Nørgaard, a previous President and Secretary General of EURASHE, he was also Senior Advisor of the organisation. † Søren Nørgaard (Denmark), 5th President of EURASHE (1998 – 2000), 3rd Secretary General... Read more
  • Stefan Delplace- Stefan Delplace became the Secretary General of EURASHE in 2004, a position he occupied until 2014. He represented in the Bologna Follow-Up Group and several of its working and coordination... Read more
  • Mario De Martino- Mario De Martino is a former project officer of EURASHE, he supported the organisation of EURASHE’s conferences and seminars.
  • Sophia Botte- Sophia Botte is a former project officer of EURASHE, working in the area of lifelong learning.
  • Adina Timofei- Adina Timofei was a researcher at EURASHE, working on a project on the implementation of lifelong learning strategies at Higher Education Colleges in Flanders. This project comes as a follow-up of the... Read more
  • Béatrice Schobbens- Béatrice Schobbens is a former policy and research officer at EURASHE working in the area of employability and lifelong learning, as well as international mobility.
  • Edward Dhondt- Edward Dhondt (Belgium), was the third president of EURASHE between 1994 and 1996 and went on to be the second secretary general of the organisation between 1996 and 2000. Previously... Read more