Seminar on QA – Bucharest 2013

bucharest_1EURASHE organised a Seminar on Quality Assurance (QA) titled ‘Implementation of Internal and External Quality Assurance‘ in Bucharest (Romania) on 24-25 October 2013. It is organised by EURASHE, under the auspices of the Ministry of National Education (Romania), and hosted by the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration (SNSPA). Underneath are further information on:

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Following is the programme of the event:

Day 1 – Thursday 24 October 2013

10.45 – Registration with coffee

11.30 – Opening session

11.50 – Plenary session I – Keynote speaker

12.30 – Lunch

13.30 – Plenary session II

14.00 – Parallel workshops I

WS 1: Internal Quality Assurance & External Quality Assurance: what comes first, with which indicators and how do we involve stakeholders?

WS 2: Quality Assurance and Learning Outcomes (and qualifications frameworks)

WS 3: Quality Assurance and Quality Culture

16.00 – Coffee break/Networking/Presentation of projects

16.45 – Plenary session III – Highlights of the workshops

19.30 – Welcome seminar dinner at Hanul lui Manuc

View the programme in the seminar portfolio here.

 

Day 2 – Friday 25 October 2013

9.00 – Plenary session IV

10.00 – Coffee break

10.30 – Parallel workshops II

WS 1: Internal Quality Assurance & External Quality Assurance: what comes first, with which indicators and how do we involve stakeholders?

WS 2: Quality Assurance and Learning Outcomes (and qualifications frameworks)

WS 3: Quality Assurance and Quality Culture

WS 4: Quality Assurance and Professional Higher Education (workshop offered in French language with follow-up discussions and exchanges in English and French)

12.30 – Lunch

13.30 – Plenary session V/Summary of the workshops/Conclusions of the seminar

3.30 – Closing Session – Round Table on QA in the EHEA

4.30 – Closing buffet at SNSPA

View the programme in the seminar portfolio here.

Implementation of Internal and External Quality Assurance

bucharest_1Background and purpose of the seminar

The European dimension of quality assurance is based on a guaranteed flexibility for governments to choose their system or ‘model‘ of quality assurance, while observing the generic European Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance (ESG), which are universally used in all European institutions of higher education conducting their own internal quality assurance and/or being subjected to external quality assurance by agencies.

EURASHE as a European members’ organisation with a broad representation in the majority of countries in the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) has committed itself to provide hands-on support to higher education institutions in the implementation of the priority areas of the Bologna Reform Process, a logical consequence of the creation of the EHEA in 2010, where the focus has shifted to implementation of the ‘Bologna achievements’ on the institutional level. This is certainly the case for quality assurance, as one of the domains with most visible successes, on systemic and institutional level.

Quality assurance has always been and remains a major interest for EURASHE, given our prominent role in the development of the European Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance (ESG), and secondly because of our involvement in the establishment of the European Quality Assurance Register (EQAR), always in close cooperation with the other E4 partners, namely ENQA, ESU and EUA.

With the seminar’s targeted attendants (from higher education institutions, but also from a wider background of policy-makers and quality assurance practitioners) we want to bring together a ‘community of practice’, which will be guided through the proceedings on the basis of a Manual for Internal Quality Assurance: Practical guide for implementing internal quality assurance processes in higher education institutions, which is being developed by experts, on the basis of their own expertise and relying on the feedback received from a consultation among our membership and stakeholders in higher education.

The Minister of National Education of the Republic of Romania, Mr Remus Pricopie, has offered his patronage for this European seminar on quality assurance, and the Rector of the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration (SNSPA) in Bucharest, Ms Alina Bargaoanu, as an institutional member of EURASHE has kindly accepted to host the event.

Proceedings of the seminar

The quality assurance seminar in Bucharest is our second hands-on seminar focusing on internal quality assurance proceedings, and therefore a useful addition to the annual gathering of policy-makers and quality assurance coordinators at the European Quality Assurance Forum (EQAF, of which EURASHE is a co-organiser with its E4 partners), and to the training seminars for participants in external review teams organised by quality assurance agencies.

The broad survey conducted by EURASHE in view of the revision of the European Standards and Guidelines (ESG) has shown that more expert hands-on support is needed for institutions in implementing Bologna tools such as quality assurance proceedings, learning outcomes, qualifications frameworks, etc. Secondly, a general need is felt for a forum for practitioners on the institutional level, where expertise and experience on those tools and instruments are shared and exchanged, with practitioners from other higher education institutions.

Plenary sessions will present a keynote speech on the major role of quality assurance in the Bologna Process by a first-hand player, next to a country profile of internal quality assurance with individual experience gained from this, and a closing plenary session confronting a panel of experts who have participated in institutional reviews, in their capacity of managers of higher education institutions and/or acknowledged quality assurance experts familiar with professionally-oriented programmes.

Input by participants to the Manual for Internal Quality Assurance: Practical guide for implementing internal quality assurance processes in higher education institutions during the seminar will be developed in the specific/relevant workshops, such as the link between internal and external quality assurance and the choice of indictors; involvement of stakeholders; quality assurance and its relation to learning outcomes and qualifications frameworks; the role and importance of quality culture in an institution. Workshops will be offered twice, so as to enable attendants to follow two different sessions.

Following are the speakers of the event:

  • Anca_Prisacariu_RO Anca Prisăcariu - Anca Prisăcariu is a PhD candidate at the University of Bucharest in the field of Educational Sciences and of QA research. She is a member of the Register Committee of the European Quality Assurance Register (EQAR). She has been involved in the work of ENQA, the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education, as […]
  • Anthony_F_Camilleri_MT Anthony F. Camilleri - Anthony F. Camilleri is a tertiary education policy consultant. He holds qualifications in law from the University of Malta, and was also active in the Malta national students’ union and the European Students’ Union. He works on topics related to Quality Assurance of Higher and Vocational Education, Social Dimension of Education and Innovation in Education. […]
  • Andreas_G_Orphanides_CY 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. Professor Orphanides had served as Rector of European University Cyprus, Assistant Director of the Institute of Cypriot Studies at SUNY at Albany, Assistant Director of […]
  • Alina_Bargaoanu_RO Alina Bargaoanu - Vice-Rector of the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration (SNSPA) (Romania)
  • Nicolae_Dura_RO Nicolae Dură - Nicolae Dură is the former Vice-Rector of the ‘Ovidius’ University of Constanta (Romania). He holds a PhD in Theology and Utriusque Juris Doctor (Civil and Canon Law). He is visiting professor at the University of Toulouse (France). He was awarded the French ‘National Order of Merit’ in June 2001 by President Chirac for his publication […]
  • Viktoras_Sencila_LT Viktoras Senčila - Viktoras Senčila, prof. dr. is the President of the Rectors Conference of Lithuanian University Colleges (LKDK) (2013 – ). He is the rector of the Lithuanian Maritime Academy (LMA) since 2008, and director of the Lithuanian Maritime College (LMC) between 1993 and 2008. Viktoras Senčila has been associated professor and professor at Klaipeda University. From […]
  • Ligia_Deca_RO Ligia Deca - Ligia Deca is a PhD candidate in political science at the University of Luxembourg, focusing on higher education and Europeanisation policy research, with a special interest in the Bologna Process. She recently published in the Journal of the EHEA and Internationalisation of HE Handbook (RAABE) and she is now editing a research volume on higher […]
  • Axel_Aerden_BE Axel Aerden - Axel Aerden is senior international policy advisor at the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO). He contributes to NVAO’s international policy-making and assessment procedures with an international (cross-border) perspective. Within the European Association for International Education (EAIE), he is a member of the board for Admission and Credential Evaluators (ACE) with a focus […]
  • Stefan_Delplace_BE 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 groups, such as of the ’Structural Reforms’ and ‘Reporting on the Implementation of the Bologna Process’ groups. Stefan Delplace was the chair of EURASHE’s working […]
  • Isabelle_Pouliquen_FR Isabelle Pouliquen - Isabelle Pouliquen is Professor at Aix Marseille University (AMU) (France), Specialist in Quality Management and Doctor in Analytical Chemistry. She is Manager of the Master ‘Quality’ which prepares students to be quality managers in all the type of industries, services and public institutions. She is also in charge of Information System at the Higher Education […]
  • Barbara_Michalk_DE Barbara Michalk - Barbara Michalk is Head of the Section ‘Higher Education Reform in Germany and Europe’ of the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK). Before that she was head of the Quality Management Project of HRK. Barbara Michalk holds State Examinations in the fields of History, Theology, Jewish Studies and Educational Studies. She has studied at Duisburg University and […]
  • Melinda_Szabo_RO Melinda Szabo - Melinda Szabo has been working as a Project Officer for the European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education (EQAR) since March 2013. She studied at the Babes-Bolyai University in Romania, and has a Master Degree in Educational Management from the institution. Before joining EQAR, Melinda worked in the Directorate General for Presidency in the European […]
  • Dries_Berings_BE Dries Berings - Dries Berings is professor in Organisational Behaviour at the university college HUB, part of the university of Leuven (KULeuven). My research interests include OB/HRM issues such as work values; vocational interest; business ethics, work attitudes, especially when they interfere with organizational processes and policies like total quality management and diversity in higher education.
  • Lucien_Bollaert_BE Lucien Bollaert - Lucien Bollaert was between 2009 and 2015 member of the executive board of the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO). In June 2012 he was elected as member of the management group of the European Consortium for Accreditation (ECA). Before this he was acting general director and director of education and research at […]
  • 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), […]
  • Remus_Pricopie_RO Remus Pricopie - Remus Pricopie graduated from the Faculty of Chemistry and Physics, University of Bucharest (1995), continued his studies at the University of Liège, Belgium, in the area of International Relations and European Policies (1997) and at the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration where he obtained a master degree in the field of Communication […]
  • Radu_Damian_RO Radu Damian - A graduate of the Technical University of Civil Engineering (UTCB) in Bucharest, Radu Damian has been since 2005 the Director of the Quality Evaluation Department of ARACIS, the Romanian Agency for Quality Assurance in Higher Education. Since 2009 he is also a Board member of ENQA, of which ARACIS is a member. Previously he was […]
Following are the practicalities of the event:

Seminar map

View EURASHE Seminar on QA in Google Maps here.

 

Seminar location

The seminar will be hosted by the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration (SNSPA) at Povernei Street, Number 6, 1st district, Bucharest, 010643. It is shown (in yellow) on the map above.

 

Suggested hotels

Following are 5 suggested hotels situated nearby the seminar host. Please note, participants will arrange for their own accomodation. Hotels are also shown (in red) on the map above.

  1. Hotel Minerva 4*, Str.Gheorghe Manu 2-4, 010445 Bucharest – www.minerva.ro
  2. Hotel Unique Bucharest 4*, 35 Caderea Bastiliei Street, Sector 1, 010615 Bucharest – www.hotelunique.ro
  3. Hotel Christina 4*, No. 13 Ion Slatineanu Street, 010601 Bucharest – www.hotelchristina.ro
  4. Le Boutique Hotel Moxa 4*, 4 Mihail Moxa St, Sector 1, 010962 Bucharest – www.hotelmoxa.com
  5. Hotel Marshal 3*, 2, Dr. Emanoil Bacaloglu Str. , Sector 2, Bucharest – www.hotelmarshal.ro

 

Social programme

EURASHE is inviting seminar participants to the welcome seminar dinner on Thursday 24 October from 7.30 pm at the restaurant Hanul lui Manuc, located at Str. Franceza nr. 62-64, Bucuresti, Sector 3 Cod postal 030106. It is shown (in blue) on the map above.

On Saturday 26 October, EURASHE is proposing (against an additional fee) a 3 hour guided tour of the Palace of the Romanian Parliament. Participants will meet at 10 am in front of the Parliament at located at Palatul Parlamentului, str.Izvor nr.2-4, sect.5. It is shown (in blue) on the map above.

More on the Palace of the Parliament on the official website here.

 

Organisers

  • 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.
  • ministry-RO_logo Ministry of National Education (Romania) - The Ministry of National Education (Romanian: Ministerul Educației Naționale) is one of the ministries of the Government of Romania. Over the years the Ministry changed its title. Initially it was called Ministry of Religion and Public Instruction (Romanian:Ministerul Religiei și Instrucțiunii Publice), then Ministry of Public Instruction (Romanian: Ministerul Instrucţiunii Publice), then it changed to Ministry […]
  • SNSPA_logo National University of Political Studies and Public Administration (SNSPA) - Şcoala Naţională de Studii Politice şi Administrative (SNSPA) The National University of Political Studies and Public Administration (NUPSPA), established in 1991 as a school of governance and training of professionals for essential social areas, is a landmark in the Romanian academic setting. Throughout its existence over more than two decades, NUPSPA has trained knowledgeable professionals who […]
Following are the photographs of the event:

EURASHE Seminar on QA