24th Annual Conference – Yerevan 2014

yerevan_1EURASHE organised its 24th Annual Conference titled ‘Qualifications for the Labour Market‘ in Yerevan (Armenia) on 15-16 May 2014. It is organised by EURASHE, with the Yerevan State University (YSU), the National University of Architecture and Construction of Armenia (NUACA), with the support of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Armenia, the Rectors’ Council of Armenia State Higher Educational Institutions, the Bologna Follow-Up Group (BFUG) Secretariat and the Armenian National Agrarian University (ANAU). Underneath are further information on:

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Following are EURASHE news items related to the event:

  • 24th Annual Conference ‘Qualifications for the Labour Market’ – Material! 27/5/2014- EURASHE 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... Read more
  • 24th Annual Conference ‘Qualifications for the Labour Market’ – Speakers! 19/3/2014- 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,... Read more
  • Register for EURASHE 24th Annual Conference ‘Qualifications for the Labour Market’ 11/2/2014-
  • 24th Annual Conference ‘Qualifications for the Labour Market’ – 15-16 May 2014 – Yerevan (Armenia) 17/1/2014- EURASHE will organise on 15-16 May 2014 its 24th Annual Conference titled ‘Qualifications for the Labour Market‘. It will be hosted by the Yerevan State University (YSU) and the National... Read more
  • Following is the programme of the event:

    Day 1 – Thursday 15 May 2014

    09.00 – Registration and coffee

    10.00 – Opening plenary

    Welcome words by the President of EURASHE, Andreas G. Orphanides, President of EURASHE, Rector of European University Cyprus (EUC) (Cyprus)

    Prime Minister 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)

    11.15 – Keynote speech: Higher Education Graduates in the 21st Century: Trends and Challenges

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

    12.00 – Lunch break

    13.30 – Track I: Diversity of European systems and qualifiations and their supporting policies

    Diversity of European systems and qualifications and their supporting policies through U-Multirank – the multidimensional ranking of higher education institutions, Don F. Westerheijden, Senior Research Associate at the Center for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS), University of Twente (Netherlands)

    14.00 – Track I parallel workshops

    Workshop 1.1: Diversity of Professional Higher Education in Europe / HAPHE project outcomes, Raimund Hudak, Professor at Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University Mosbach (DHBW), CEO of Synesis GmbH (Germany)

    Workshop 1.2: Quality and Transparency of education-business partnerships, Barbara Kelly, Head of Industry and External Partnerships at Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) (Ireland)

    Workshop 1.3: The supporting role of innovation and applied research in creating a knowledge triangle, 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)

    Workshop 1.4: Level 5 in the EQF, at the interface of vocational education and training (VET) and higher education, facilitating access to HE, Slava Pevec Grm, Senior expert in the Qualifications and Learning Outcomes at Cedefop (Greece)

    16.00 – Coffee break

    16.30 – Pleanery session

    Issues of Amployability in the Armenia context, Karine Harutyunyan, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Armenia (Armenia)

    16.50 – Panel discussion: Diversity of European systems and qualifications and their supporting policies

    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)

    Sandra Kraze, BA School of Business and Finance (Latvia)

    19.30 – Performance of the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia “Orphanides meets Arutiunian and Khachaturian” and Opening reception Venue: Arno Babadjanyan Concert Hall, 2 Abovyan St, Yerevan (semi-­formal dress)

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    Day 2 – Friday 16 May 2014 

    09.30 – Track II: Cooperation between Education and Business for supporting employability

    Employability and cooperation between education and business sectors – the Employers’ view, Anita Līce, Adviser on Education and Employment Affairs, BUSINESSEUROPE – Employers’ Confederation of Latvia (Latvia)

    Armenian National Qualifications Framework for Higher Education and its implementation issues, Armen Budaghyan and Kristina Tsaturyan, Higher Education NQF Working Group of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Armenia (Armenia)

    10.00 – Track II parallel workshops

    Workshop 2.1: Models for Embedding Employability and Placements into Programmes and Courses in Higher Education, Mike Grey, EC Futures Team Leader, Faculty of Engineering and Computing, Coventry University (United Kingdom)

    Workshop 2.2: Indicators of employment and employability from various data sources, Eurydice, European Commission’s evidence-­based viewpoint, Jari Riihelainen, Education policy and system analyst at the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA), European Commission (Belgium)

    Workshop 2.3: Stakeholders involvement for increasing employability of young graduates, 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)

    Workshop 2.4: Promoting apprenticeship schemes and initiatives across Europe: The European Alliance for Apprenticeships, 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)

    12.00 – Lunch break

    13.30 – Plenary session

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

    The cooperation of private universities with the business sector, Arthur Aghababyan, Rector of Yerevan University after Movses Khorenatsy (Armenia)

    Employment and remuneration problems for the higher education specialists in the Republic of Armenia, Ashot Markosyan, Professor at National University of Architecture and Construction of Armenia (NUACA) (Armenia)

    14.30 – Coffee break and space for promotion, networking and exchange

    15.00 – Closing panel: Qualifications for the Labour Market

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

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

    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)

    15.45 – Closing of the Conference

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

    Announcement of the 25th EURASHE Annual Conference, Armando Pires, Portuguese Polytechnics Coordinating Council (CCISP) (Portugal)

    19.00 – Gala dinner Venue: Ojakh Restaurant, Kotayk Marz, Balahovit village (Abovyan region)

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    Qualifications for the Labour Market

    yerevan_1The theme of the 24th Annual Conference of EURASHE, which is held this year in Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, is ‘Qualifications for the Labour Market’. In the run-up to our 25th anniversary and to the next Ministerial Conference of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA), also to be held in Yerevan in 2015, the choice of this topic shows the confidence of a sector of higher education, which has gained in status and relevance. Professional qualifications are also a focal point in EURASHE’s EU-funded pilot project HAPHE, which is an attempt at mapping professionally-oriented programmes in a number of countries, in different national systems and contexts, irrespective of the level or qualification. Underneath the project rationale also lies the wish to show to both students and employers the features that make graduates from professional qualifications employable on a short or medium term.

    Employability is more and more a central topic in education, also in spheres where it was previously not acknowledged as an objective of education, such as in quality assurance processes. The question what contributes to a graduate’s employability, and therefore indirectly to his or her employment prospects, is a crucial one in current difficult economic times. The European Union has always considered employability of graduates as a strong factor to meet the internal EU challenges of fighting unemployment and also to ensure Europe’s competitive strength on a global scale. ‘Europe 2020, Europe’s growth strategy’, specifically mentioned in its education section, ‘Education and Training 2020’ (ET 2020) employability as the cure for unemployment, but also, through it, a way to enhance social inclusion and democratic participation (citizenship). This broader definition of employability, much wider and more integrated than a mere economic vision, is also strongly advocated by the Council of Europe and the student organisations on national and European level (ESU).

    A recent ‘EURASHE Study on Employability among Professional Higher Education Graduates in Europe’ is surveying ways to monitor and improve employability in Europe and also wants to benchmark our conclusions transnationally. Professionally-oriented programmes, specifically in a binary higher education context, appear to respond well to the challenge of employability imposed on the younger generations, but the transferability of our systems to other regions still has to be proven.

    With this conference, we want to offer a comprehensive and holistic picture of the various models, higher education systems and qualifications that create an environment favouring graduates’ employment, and at the same time having an impact on the choice of the study discipline, studying cycle and finally the chances of immediate employment. We also want to bring in case studies showing the broad variety of higher education institutions, the systems in which they operate, and the supporting policies in the different countries. They are taken from the broad membership of EURASHE, which contains ample evidence of the variety of systems and institution’s profiles. The Universities of Applied Sciences (UAS), known under different names in countries having a binary system of higher education, offer programmes with a professional orientation at levels 6 and sometimes 7 of the European Qualifications Framework (EQF), in which innovation and applied research is fully embedded in the curriculum.

    At the other end of the scale, vocational trainings are more clearly distinguished from academic trainings in the disciplines or fields of study, and also in the level of the qualification offered (Level 5, short-cycle tertiary education). The variety of the professional higher education landscape is often the result of historical choices, but also very much determined by stimuli coming from the world of employment, which is clearly shown by the greater impact of stakeholders in the governing structures and the design of curricula in professional higher education (PHE).

    While it is true that Europe’s higher education infrastructure is not limited to the EU countries, still the typology of those institutions that are generally styled professional higher education is mainly a product of the EU countries. The BaLaMa study3 undertaken by the UASnet, has revealed the potential of this type of higher education institutions in fostering programmes geared to labour market needs, but also its limitations when it comes to adopting such a system or structure in other national contexts/a university only context. With the appearance of dual systems of higher education, where higher education providers and employers set up joint programmes directly catering for the specific needs in a region, proof is given that the setting can vary in which professional programmes can flourish.

    The aforementioned HAPHE project has the merit of broadening the interpretation of what is professional higher education, while at the same time valorising its successes. The 24th Annual Conference of EURASHE, with its two distinct tracks, each providing the theoretical input to be further exemplified and evidenced in four alternating hands-on workshops, will combine the systems level in which qualifications are offered with the tools supporting the different approaches, in the different higher education landscapes of the EHEA. In a first conference track we are featuring how the diversity of higher education systems contributes in different ways to the expectations of the labour market. In a second track we are looking at the way the employability of graduates can be considered as a sign of responsiveness to societal and labour market needs, through an analysis of the different tools and instruments that support the employability objectives. The other recurring focus points in the two tracks next to employability, are the recognition of qualifications and the transparency of programmes, each of them supporting the implementation of qualifications that serve the demands of the labour market, and through this, the aspirations of the entire society. The 24th Annual Conference of EURASHE concludes with a panel discussion on the main conference theme, with the Minister of Education of Armenia, the President of EURASHE, a student and the employers’ representative.

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    Following are the speakers of the event:

  • Armen Ashotyan- Armen Ashotyan, Minister of Education and Science of the Republic of Armenia, gained education in Yerevan State Medical University (YSMU). In 2005 he graduated from Moscow School of Political studies... Read more
  • Alicia-Leonor Sauli-Miklavčič, Board member of EURASHE- Alicia-Leonor Sauli-Miklavčič is a good connoisseur of international professional higher education, she has been Project Expert at the Slovene Association HVC as well as a member of the EURASHE working... Read more
  • 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
  • Barbara Kelly- Barbara Kelly holds a BA in Economics & History, a HDip and an MA in Education, a Post Graduate Diploma in Social & Vocational Rehabilitation and a Certified Diploma in... Read more
  • 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
  • Hovik Abrahamyan- Hovik Abrahamyan is the Prime Minister of Armenia, being appointed on 13 April 2014. Previously he was the Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic Armenia. Under President Robert... Read more
  • Arthur Aghababyan- Arthur Aghababyan is the acting rector of the Yerevan University after Movses Khorenatsy. In 1978 he entered Yerevan State University (YSU), the faculty of mechanics and mathematics and graduated in... Read more
  • Gagik Galstyan- Gagik Galstyan is the Rector of the National University of Architecture and Construction of Armenia. In his work as architecture and construction specialist, he has participated in several reconstructions of... Read more
  • Slava Pevec Grm- Slava Pevec Grm works as a senior expert in the Qualifications and Learning Outcomes team at Cedefop. Her main focus of research is monitoring the implementation of national qualifications frameworks... Read more
  • Mike Grey- Mike Grey manages the EC Futures team in The Faculty of Engineering and Computing at Coventry University. EC Futures were recently awarded The Best University Placement Service in the UK... 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
  • Rok Primožič- Rok Primožič has been the Chairperson of the European Students’ Union (ESU), which is the umbrella organisation of 47 national unions of students from 39 European countries. He has a... Read more
  • Jens Vraa-Jensen- Jens Vraa-Jensen holds a MSc in Geography from the University of Copenhagen, and has been employed by DM – the largest Danish Trade Union in Higher education and research –... Read more
  • Jari Riiheläinen- Jari Riiheläinen is Education Policy and Systems Analyst in the education and youth policy analysis unit (formerly Eurydice) in the European Commission’s Executive Agency for Education, Audiovisual and Culture (EAEAC).... Read more
  • Raimund Hudak- As senior lecturer and researcher with over 10 years of experience at leading academic institutions Raimund Hudak has been involved in various research programmes in Germany and abroad. He is... Read more
  • Sandra Kraze- Dr. Sandra Kraze is a Bologna expert for Latvia and a Council member of EURASHE. She holds a Doctor in Philology from the University of Latvia. She studied at St... Read more
  • Jim Allen- Jim Allen is since 1997 (senior) researcher at the Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA) of the Department of Economics and Business Administration at the University of... Read more
  • Anita Līce- Anita Līce is an Adviser on Education and Employment Affairs at the Employers’ Confederation of Latvia (LDDK). She is also a member of the Advisory Committees on Vocational Education and... Read more
  • Don F. Westerheijden- Don F. Westerheijden is senior research associate at the Center for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS) of the University of Twente (Netherlands), where since over 20 years he co-ordinates research... Read more
  • Armen Budaghyan- Armen Budaghyan graduated from the faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Yerevan Polytechnic Institute. He did his postgraduate study at the Moscow Automobile Road Institute. In 1990 he earned his PhD in... Read more
  • Armando Pires, Vice-President of EURASHE- Armando Pires is a graduate of Electrical Engineering from the Technical University of Lisbon. He received his MSc degree in 1988 and PhD degree in 1994 in Electrical Engineering at... Read more
  • Karine Harutyunyan- Karine Harutyunyan is the Deputy Minister of Education and Science of Armenia. She holds PhD Degree in Physics and Mathematics, as well as Master Degree in Social Sciences from the... Read more
  • Kristina Tsaturyan- Kristina Tsaturyan holds a BA in Oriental Studies from Yerevan State University (YSU) and a MA in Marketing Communications from the Armenian State University of Economics. She has started her... Read more
  • Ashot Markosyan- Ashot Markosyan is a Doctor of Science (Economics) since 1998, professor, full member of the Academy of Social Sciences of the Russian Federation since 1998. From 2003 he has been... 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
  • Gayane Harutyunyan- Gayane Harutyunyan has assumed the responsibility for the Armenian National Information Centre for Academic Recognition and Mobility in 2006 and since then she has been representing Armenia in the Bologna... Read more
  • Hovhannes Tokmajyan- Hovhannes Vache Tokmajyan graduated in 1978 from Yerevan Polytechnic Institute with a qualification in hydraulic engineering. In 1991 he defended his doctoral dissertation and he received the title of Doctor... Read more
  • Following are the practicalities of the event:

    Traveling to Yerevan

    We suggest participants to use direct flights from, or connect through the following cities: Paris, Prague, Vienna or Moscow.

    Please take into account when looking at the arrival time of your flight that Armenia is situated in a timezone 3 hours ahead of Central European Time.

     

    Visa requirements

    The following countries are exempted from the requirement to obtain a visa: European Union (28) plus EFTA countries (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland), Argentina, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan.

    Nationals of most other countries can obtain a visa on arrival at the airport. If you require a visa prior to your arrival, please contact us, and we will support you in the process.

     

    Conference map

    View EURASHE 24th Annual Conference in Google Maps here.

     

    Conference location

    The 24th Annual Conference will be hosted by Yerevan State University (YSU) at 1 Alex Manukyan Street, 0025 Yerevan, Armenia. It is shown (in yellow) on the map above.

     

    Suggested hotels

    Following is a selection of hotels near the conference venue. They are shown (in red) on the map:

    1. Best Western Congress Hotel 4*, 1 Italy Street, 0010 Yerevan, Armenia – www.congresshotelyerevan.com
    2. Ani Plaza Hotel 4*, 19 Sayat-Nova Avenue, 0001 Yerevan, Armenia – www.anihotel.com
    3. Tufenkian Historic Yerevan Hotel 4*, 48 Hanrapetutyan Street, 0001 Yerevan, Armenia – www.tufenkianheritage.com
    4. Armenia Marriott Hotel 5*, 1 Amiryan Street, Republic Square, 0010 Yerevan, Armenia – www.marriottarmenia.am

     

    Social programme

    Performance of the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia “Orphanides meets Arutiunian and Khachaturian” and Opening reception 7.30 pm on Thursday 15 May 2014

    Venue: Arno Babadjanyan Concert Hall, 2 Abovyan St, Yerevan

    Gala dinner 7.00 pm on Friday 16 May 2014

    Venue: Ojakh Restaurant, Kotayk Marz, Balahovit village (Abovyan region)

    Optional social programme: A guided tour in and around Yerevan with lunch provided (additional fee) 9.00 am on Saturday 17 May 2014

    In the morning a visit of Matenadaran and the Genocide Memorial, followed by lunch outside of Yerevan. Then onto the Temple of Garni, and Geghard Monastery – with an approximate return in Yerevan around 5.00 pm.

     

    Organisers

  • Armenian National Agrarian University (ANAU)- Armenian National Agrarian University is the only higher educational institution that trains and prepares specialists for agrarian sphere. ANAU has passed a glorious scientific and educational road, and the University... Read more
  • Bologna Follow-Up Group (BFUG) Secretariat- Between 1 July 2012 and 30 June 2015, the Secretariat of the Bologna Follow-up Group is held by Armenia, as organiser of the next 2015 EHEA Ministerial Conference. The team representing... Read more
  • European Association of Institutions in Higher Education (EURASHE)- EURASHE is the European Association of Institutions in Higher Education that offer professionally orientated programmes and are engaged in applied research within the Bologna cycles. EURASHE represents universities of applied sciences... Read more
  • Ministry of Education and Science (Armenia)- The Republic of Armenia Ministry of Education and Science is a republican body of executive authority, which elaborates and implements the policies of the Republic of Armenia Government in the... Read more
  • National University of Architecture and Construction of Armenia (NUACA)- A technical school opened within the newly established Yerevan State University in 1921, graduating its first students in 1928. In July 1930, the Armenian Construction Institute, which by this stage... Read more
  • Rectors’ Council of Armenian State Higher Educational Institutions- One of the two main representative bodies in the tertiary education system: the Council of Rectors of State Higher Educational Institutions and the Council of Rectors of Private Higher Educational... Read more
  • Yerevan State University (YSU)- Yerevan State University (YSU) is a public university in Yerevan, Armenia. Founded on May 16, 1919, it is the largest university in the country with 110 departments. Of its 3,150 employees,... Read more
  • Following is the material of the event:

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    EURASHE 24th Annual Conference