Seminar on QA – Nicosia 2012

nicosia_2EURASHE organised a Seminar on Quality Assurance (QA) titled ‘Implementation of Internal (and External) Quality Assurance and of the ESG in HEIs‘ in Nicosia (Cyprus) on 27-28 September 2012. It is organised by EURASHE, under the auspices of the Cyprus Presidency of the Council of the European Union, with the European University Cyprus (EUC) and the Open University of Cyprus (OUC). Underneath are further information on:

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Following is the programme of the event:

Day 1 – Thursday 27 September 2012

13.30 – Registration of Participants

14.00 – Opening Session

Welcome Address, Prof. Andreas G. Orphanides, President of EURASHE & Rector of European University Cyprus (EUC) (Cyprus)

Opening Address, Ms Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth (Cyprus)

Opening Keynote Speech, Dr George Demosthenous, Minister of Education and Culture, Republic of Cyprus (Cyprus)

14:30 – Plenary Session I

Discussion of ESG, the ESG Survey and the E4 Joint Report & ENQA’s Point of View on ESG Implementation, Fiona Crozier, ENQA (United Kingdom)

Moving from Theory to Practice on the Implementation of ESG in Internal & External QA & the EURASHE’s Survey on the Implementation of the ESG, Lucien Bollaert, NVAO (Netherlands/Belgium-Flanders)

16.00 – Coffee break

16.30 – Parallel Workshops I

Workshop 1: Organising and Implementing Internal QA: Application of ESG: “Organising and Implementing Internal QA: Fundamentals and pitfalls” (for HEIs’ QA Managers/Coordinators), Lucien Bollaert, NVAO (Netherlands/Belgium-Flanders)

Workshop 2: “How do the Mission and Role of Professionally Oriented HEIs Impact Internal QA Proceedings”? (for Heads of HEIs and Policy Makers), Mindaugas Misiūnas, Rector of Kaunas University College (Lithuania)

18.00 – Short break

18.10 – Summary of the Workshops and Plenary Discussion

20.15 – Official Seminar Dinner (Including a performance of Cypriot dances and songs)

 

Day 2 – Friday 28 September 2012

09.30 – Plenary Session II

Testimonial from a Head of an institution in the implementation of QA proceedings, Based on the ESG for QA, and Other Instruments for QA with a Professional Connotation, Pascale De Groote, Artesis University College (Belgium-Flanders)

Quality Research at HEIs, Nicolae Dură, “Ovidius“ University of Costantza (Romania)

Developing an Integrative Quality Management Policy and System with Links to ESG, Andre Vyt, Artevelde University College (Belgium)

11.15 – Coffee break

11.30 – Parallel Workshops II

Workshop 1: Organising and Implementing Internal QA: Application of ESG (for HEIs’ QA Managers/Coordinators – Second session): “Using the PROSE Toolbox and PROSE Online Diagnostics in Developing a Quality Management System”, Andre Vyt, Artevelde University College (Belgium)

Workshop 2: Professional Labels and the ESG: Complementarity or Conflict? “Quality assessment in the University Institutes of Technology: an original process in the French University system”; Armelle Motte, IUT Le Havre, Le Havre University (France); Brigitte Noc, IUT La Rochelle, La Rochelle University (France)

13.00 – Lunch

14.15 – Plenary Session III: Summary of the Workshops

Panel Discussion on the different perspectives of the ESG

Moderator: Terence Clifford-Amos, European Higher Education specialist (Untied Kingdom)

Panellists: Fiona Crozier, ENQA (Agency perspective); Fernando M Galán Palomares, ESU (Student perspective); Institutional perspective; Stefan Delplace, EURASHE (PHE perspective)

Plenary Discussion

15.30 – Conclusions of the Seminar & Presentation of the Recommendations of the EURASHE Report on the implementation of the ESG for QA

Lucien Bollaert, NVAO (Netherlands/Belgium-Flanders)

16.00 – Closing of the Seminar

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

16.15 – Cocktail Reception

19.30 – Greek and Byzantine Music Event – Concert (free of charge)

Implementation of Internal (and External) Quality Assurance and of the ESG in HEIs

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EURASHE organised a ’Seminar on the implementation of Internal (and External) Quality Assurance and of the ESG in HEIs’ on 27 and 28 September 2012 in Nicosia, Cyprus.

This event was organised in cooperation with European University Cyprus, and Open University of Cyprus, both EURASHE members, and took place under the Auspices of the Cyprus Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

The objective of the seminar was to train individuals responsible for the management/coordination of internal QA at institutions (e.g. Quality Assurance managers, Quality Assurance coordinators, Quality Assurance administrators, Heads of Higher Education Institutions), so that after the completion of the seminar they would be able to organise and implement fully, efficiently and effectively internal Quality Assurance based on the ESG, preparing also in this way for the external Quality Assurance evaluation of their institutions.

The seminar was built upon two themes, Internal QA processes & instruments for improvement; and Implementation of the ESG for QA in the institutions.

At Registration of Participants on 27 September, the attendants were given the opportunity to sign up for themselves (and their accompanying persons when applicable) for the Greek and Byzantine Music Event (concert) on the evening of 28 September at 7.30pm, and/or the Guided Tour of Nicosia on 29 September morning at 9:30am. Both events, programmed as part of the social programme were offered to participants by EURASHE free of charge.

EURASHE Report on the Implementation of the European Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in Higher Education Institutions

In 2010, five years after the adoption of the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the EHEA (ESG) by the European Ministers of Education in Bergen (2005), in cooperation with the other partners of the E4-Group, ENQA, ESU and EUA, EURASHE accepted the mandate from the Ministers of the European Higher Education Area to examine the awareness, implementation and usefulness of the ESG in view of a possible revision of the ESG.

The E4-Group responded by running a project, “Mapping the Implementation and Application of the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area (MAP-ESG project)”, and presented a joint report of the MAP-ESG project at the Ministerial meeting in Bucharest in April 2012.

As we had completed an extensive consultation amongst members and stakeholders for the MAP-ESG project, which had delivered substantial input and which had only partly fed into the joint E4 report, EURASHE proposed to publish a report of its own, focusing on the results and recommendations affecting professional higher education.

Participants of the Seminar received a copy of EURASHE’s Report on the Implementation of the European Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in Higher Education Institutions.

This report has been published for the seminar, and is available here.

Following are the speakers of the event:

  • Fernando_Galan_Palomares_ES Fernando Miguel Galán Palomares - Fernando Miguel Galán Palomares (Segovia, 1986) is a medical student at the University of Cantabria (Santander) and has been at the Università Degli Studi di Bari “Aldo Moro” (Bari, Italy),... Read more
  • 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... Read more
  • 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... Read more
  • Mindaugas_Misiunas_LT Mindaugas Misiūnas - Mindaugas Misiūnas holds doctoral degree in Social science (Kaunas Vytautas Magnus University) and master degrees in Mechanical engineering (Kaunas University of Technology) and in Social science (Kaunas Vytautas Magnus University).... Read more
  • 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.... Read more
  • Brigitte_Noc_FR Brigitte Noc - Brigitte Noc has 15 years of experience in Higher Education, with both teaching and administration experience. For the past 10 years at the University Institute of Technology (IUT) at the... Read more
  • Terence_Clifford-Amos_UK Terence Clifford-Amos - Terence is an International Consultant has spent more than 20 years in higher education in the UK and still holds a visiting lectureship at the Université Catholique de Lille, France.... Read more
  • Armelle_Motte_FR Armelle Motte - Armelle Motte has 20 years in Higher Education experience, with both teaching and administration experience at the University Institute of Technology (IUT) at the University of Le Havre, France as... Read more
  • 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... Read more
  • Pascale_De_Groote_BE Pascale De Groote - Pascale De Groote was appointed as vice-chancellor of the Artesis University College in Antwerp, Belgium in January 2012. She has been Dean of the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp (Artesis University... Read more
  • Andre_Vyt_BE Andre Vyt - Andre Vyt is associate professor in behavioural sciences at the departments of health care and rehabilitation sciences (Artevelde University College & Ghent University) and responsible for quality management and research... Read more
  • 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... Read more
  • George_Demosthenous_CY George Demosthemous - Professor George Demosthenous, Minister of Education and Culture of the Republic of Cyprus, obtained the Diploma of Mechanical Engineering and a Doctorate from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece.... Read more
  • Fiona_Crozier_UK Fiona Crozier - Fiona Crozier is a former Vice-President of the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA) Board, serving since 2008; she also served on the ENQA Review Committee. Fiona Crozier... Read more
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Organisers

  • cyprus-eu_logo Cyprus Presidency of the Council of the European Union - During its Presidency, Cyprus will work Τowards a Better Europe, more relevant to its citizens and to the world; meaning a more effective Europe, contributing to growth and job creation.... Read more
  • 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... Read more
  • EUC_logo European University Cyprus (EUC) - Ευρωπαϊκό Πανεπιστήμιο Κύπρου (ΕΠΚ) European University Cyprus, which is part of the largest international university organization, Laureate International Universities, developed out of Cyprus College, which was founded in 1961 by... Read more
  • OUC_logo_1 Open University of Cyprus (OUC) - Ανοικτό Πανεπιστήμιο Κύπρου (ΑΠΚΥ) The Open University of Cyprus is the country’s only Higher Education Institution dedicated solely to distance education. The mission of the OUC is to provide high... Read more
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EURASHE Seminar on QA