EURASHE 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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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)
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)
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.
- 2012 Seminar QA: Evaluation summary (0.3 MB)
- 2012 Seminar QA: Portfolio (1.0 MB)
- 2012 Seminar QA: Programme (0.6 MB)
- 2012 Seminar QA: Rationale (0.4 MB)
- 2012 Seminar QA: Report - Implementation of internal and external quality assurance (7.7 MB)
- Developing an Integrative Quality Management Policy and System (0.7 MB)
- EURASHE's Manual for Internal Quality Assurance in Profession-Oriented Higher Education (0.6 MB)
- From Theory to Practice - EURASHE Report on Implementation of ESG on (P)HEI (1.0 MB)
- From Theory to Practice - Preliminary Conclusions EURASHE Seminar on Implementation of IQA & EQA (0.7 MB)
- How do the Mission and Role of Professionally Oriented HEIs impact internal QA proceedings? (1.6 MB)
- Opening Address (11 KB)
- Opening Keynote Speech (0.2 MB)
- Quality Assessment in the University Institutes of Technology, an Original Process in the French University System (0.5 MB)
- Quality Research at HEIs (0.2 MB)
- Some Observations from the Seminar (0.4 MB)
- Testimonial from a Head of an institution in the implementation of QA proceedings (5.3 MB)
- The MAP-ESG project: the E4 joint report & ENQA’s view on the implementation of the ESG (0.2 MB)
- Welcome Address (0.4 MB)