Seminar on PHE – Warsaw 2015

warsaw_2EURASHE organised a Seminar on Professional Higher Education (PHE) titled ‘Innovative PHE: New Trends for the Future‘ in Warsaw (Poland) on 14-15 October 2015. It is organised by EURASHE and the Conference of Rectors of State Schools of Higher Vocational Education in Poland (KRePSZ). Underneath are further information on:

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Following is the programme of the event:

Day 1 – Wednesday 14 October 2015

13.00 – Registration

14.00 – Opening of the seminar and Welcome words

Johan Cloet, Secretary General of EURASHE (Belgium)

Andrzej Kolasa, Dean of Faculty of Production Engineering WUT (Poland)

Jozef Garbarczyk, Head of the Conference of Rectors of State Schools of Higher Vocational Education in Poland (KRePSZ) (Poland)

14.30 – Keynote speech: Performance-based funding of higher education in Europe

Hans Vossensteyn, Director and Senior Research Associate at CHEPS of the University of Twente (Netherlands)

15.30 – Poster session on different models of financing of professional higher education

Kazakhstan, Netherlands, Poland & Portugal

16.30 – Panel discussion on financing of Professional Higher Education in Europe

Chaired by Johan Cloet, Secretary General of EURASHE (Belgium)

17.30 – End of the first day

19.30 – Dinner


Day 2 – Thursday 15 October 2015

09.30 – Plenary session: Working together for student development

Ketan Makwana, international speaker and entrepreneur, Enterprise Lab (United Kingdom)

10.30 – Parallel working sessions

Working session 1: Ensuring access to higher education for underrepresented group – case studies from the IDEAS project, Sadie King, principal Researcher and Consultant at the Tavistock Institute in London (United Kingdom)

Working session 2: Measures for supporting student development – Polish case study, Marek Frankowicz, professor at the Tarnow Higher Vocational School and rectors plenipotentiary on quality assurance (Poland)

12.00 – Lunch break

13.30 – Plenary session: Regional cooperation for development of PHE in Europe

Michaël Joris, Policy advisor at the international office of the University College Leuven-Limburg (UCLL) (Belgium)

14.00 – Parallel working sessions

Working session 1: Sectorial cooperation, Irene Sheridan, Head of CIT Extended Campus, Cork Institute of Technology (Ireland)

Working session 2: Regional cooperation in research, Sławomir Wiak, vice-rector of Lodz University of Technology (Poland)

16.00 – Conclusions and closing of the seminar

16.30 – End of the seminar and closing reception

Innovative PHE: New Trends for the Future

warsaw_2Professional higher education as a sector keeps growing in Europe, as a result of a growing demand for profession-orientated higher education programmes that support students in acquiring skills and competencies fitting with labour-market needs. EURASHE’s mission is to strengthen our sector further, profile institutions and programmes, and support their development. In this regard, EURASHE is organising its annual seminar on professional higher education (PHE) titled ‘Innovative PHE: New Trends for the Future’. The seminar will take place in Warsaw (Poland) on 14 and 15 October 2015, and will be co-organised by the Conference of Rectors of State Schools of Higher Vocational Education in Poland (KRePSZ). This year’s seminar will develop 3 hot topics in professional higher education.

The economic crisis has made the higher education sector rethink its financing capacities and different European countries have shown various approaches to diversifying financial sources. The seminar will present best practices and discuss what is the role of the world of work in supporting PHE institutions in this regard.

Students are the central focus of higher education, and PHE institutions continue developing tools for student development. The second day of the seminar will focus on prevention models for student drop-out and tools for ensuring access to higher education for underrepresented groups. While PHE institutions cooperate with the world of work, and especially in establishing placements and internships for students in order to apply theoretical knowledge in a working environment, this seminar will look into the quality of such placements and internships in order to increase the student experience.

Finally, we will look more closely into regional cooperation, and how the engagement of different stakeholders ensures that PHE institutions also support regional development. In this regard, the seminar will bring together regional representatives, the world of work, chambres of commerce etc.

With a more practical approach, this seminar intends to bring together practitioners in order to further strengthen the capacities of PHE institutions. World of work representatives and regional stakeholders will on the other hand benefit from developing ties with the PHE sector, and the networking opportunities will support the establishment of cooperation among seminar participants.

Following are the speakers of the event:

  • Johan_Cloet_BE 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 Reforms’ and ‘Reporting on the Implementation of the Bologna Process’. He has also been the representative of EURASHE in the E4-Group (with ENQA, ESU and EUA), […]
  • Sadie_King_UK Sadie King - Sadie King is a principal Researcher and Consultant at the Tavistock Institute in London, as well as the Project Coordinator of the IDEAS project. She works primarily on evaluation projects and social policy research, and in a broad range of fields including Cultural Services, Crime Reduction, Adult Social Care, Mental Health and Well-being, Education and […]
  • Irene_Sheridan_IE Irene Sheridan - Having worked with national and multinational electronics companies before joining CIT, Irene Sheridan was appointed Head of Department of Electronic Engineering, CIT in 2004. In 2012, Irene completed a Doctorate on Change Management in Higher Education with the University of Middlesex.  Since 2007 she has managed two collaborative projects exploring engagement interactions between higher education […]
  • Hans_Vossensteyn_NL Hans Vossensteyn - Hans Vossensteyn is Director and Senior Research Associate at CHEPS of the University of Twente and Programme Leader / Professor at the MBA Higher Education and Science Management of the Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences in Germany. He completed his PhD (cum laude – with distinction) on student price-responsiveness in 2005. Since 1991, he has […]
  • Jozef_Garbarczyk_PL Jozef Garbarczyk - Jozef Garbarczyk is head of the Conference of Rectors of State Schools of Higher Vocational Education in Poland (KRePSZ) and rector of Hipolit Cegielski State College of Higher Education in Gniezno.
  • Andrzej_Kolasa_PL Andrzej Kolasa - Professor at Warsaw University of Technology and at State School of Higher Vocational Education in Ciechanow. Representative of Conference of Rectors of State Schools of Higher Vocational Education in Poland KRePSZ to EURASHE.
  • Marek_Frankowicz_PL Marek Frankowicz - Specialist in Theoretical Chemistry and expert on Higher Education reforms. Professor at State Higher Vocational School in Tarnow and Associate Professor at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. Vice Head of the Jagiellonian University Centre for Research on Higher Education. Member of EURASHE Council. Bologna Expert for Poland. Member of the Work Group for Polish National […]
  • Ketan_Makwana_UK Ketan Makwana - Ketan Makwana is a renowned international speaker and serial entrepreneur who has started, scaled a sold multiple businesses. In a response to the emerging skills gap between education to employment and enterprise in 2011 Ketan launched Enterprise Lab; to date his agency offers programming in 11 countries, training over 100,000 people a year. In 2012 Ketan […]
  • Michael_Joris_BE Michaël Joris - After a career in teaching languages to student interpreters and translators, Michaël Joris set up the international office of his institution KHLim, which has gone through a merger operation to become UCLL. He has worked in the international office since 1998. He has supported the development of the internationalisation processes of the institution, in close […]
Following are the practicalities of the event:

Travelling to Warsaw

Warsaw is a well connected, centrally located capital city of Poland. LOT Polish Airlines is the main national airline connecting the city with most of the large European airports, making Warsaw easly reachable. Besides LOT and most of the large European cariers, Warsaw is as well connected with low-cost companies Wizzair and Ryanair making your travel more economical. Most of the flights land to the bussiest airport in Poland, Warsaw Chopin Airport. Only 10 km away from the centre of the city, it is well connected with an underground train. The second airport is the Warsaw Modlin Mazovia Airport, 40 km away from the centre of the city. This airport is mostly used by the low-cost carriers.


Visa requirements

Most European countries’ nationals are exempted from visa to enter Poland for a stay up to 90 days. In case you need to apply for a visa, please contact the secretariat to support you in the process.


Seminar map

View Seminar on PHE in Google Maps here.


Seminar location

The seminar will be hosted by the Warsaw University of Technology and will take place at the Faculty of Production Engineering, Narbutta Street 85, 02-524 Warsaw, Poland. It is shown in yellow on the map above.


Seminar dinner

The seminar dinner will take place at Pub Żaczek, located at ul. Wołoska 141A, Warsaw 02-507, Poland. It is shown in green on the map above.


Suggested hotels

Following is a selection of hotels in the city centre of Warsaw. They are shown (in red) on the map above.

  1. Hotel MDM, pl. Konstytucji 1, 00-647 Warsaw, Poland, from PLN 445/night or €106/night
  2. Hotel Metropol, ul. Marszałkowska 99a, 00-693 Warsaw, Poland, from PLN 445/night or €106/night
  3. Novotel Warszawa Centrum Hotel, ul. Marszałkowska 94/98, 00-510 Warsaw, Poland, from PLN 464/night or €111/night
  4. Polonia Palace Hotel, Al. Jerozolimskie 45, 00-692 Warsaw, Poland, from PLN 727/night or €173/night
  5. Hotel Mercure Warszawa Centrum, ul. Złota 48/54, 00-120 Warsaw, Poland, from PLN 445/night or €106/night



  • KRePSZ_logo Conference of Rectors of State Schools of Higher Vocational Education in Poland (KRePSZ) - Konferencja Rektorów Publicznych Szkół Zawodowych (KRePSZ) Rectors Conference of State Schools for Higher Vocational Education KRePSZ gathering 36 rectors of all state colleges for professional higher education in Poland is a national representative of this type of institutions. The main aim of the Conference is activity for higher professional education development, representation of member institution […]
  • EURASHE_block 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 and profession-related research within the Bologna cycles. EURASHE represents univerisities of applied sciences and university colleges; other members of EURASHE are national and sectorial associations of higher education institutions, and other individual institutions, such as universities.
  • WUT_logo Warsaw University of Technology (WUT) - The Warsaw University of Technology, so named in 1915, continues the tradition of the Preparatory School for the Institute of Technology set up in Warsaw in 1826 thanks to the efforts of Stanisław Staszic. The University’s roots also reach down to the Hipolit Wawelberg and Stanisław Rotwand School of Machine Construction and Electrical Engineering, created […]
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EURASHE Seminar on PHE