Seminar on QA – Vilnius 2014

(Photograph: CC by-nc-nd by <a href="" target="_blank">Vaidotas Mišeikis</a>)EURASHE organised a Seminar on Quality Assurance (QA) titled ‘How to Manage Quality in (Professional) Higher Education? – A Practical Approach‘ in Vilnius (Lithuania) on 3-4 December 2014. It is organised by EURASHE, the Rectors’ Conference of Lithuanian University Colleges (LKDK), and Vilniaus Kolegija/University of Applied Sciences (VIKO). Underneath are further information on:

(Photograph: CC by-nc-nd by Vaidotas Mišeikis)

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Following is the programme of the event:

Day 1 – Wednesday 3 December 2014

13.30 – Registration

14.00 – Opening

14.30 – Keynote speech

A Manual for Internal Quality Assurance in Higher Education with a Special Focus on Professional Higher Education

Questions & Answers

16.00 – Workshops A: A Manual for Internal Quality Assurance in Higher Education – with a special focus on professional higher education: what are the specificities of QA for PHE?

Quality and QA from HEIs’ vision and mission

Quality and QA of student-centred learning

Quality, QA and quality culture

QA and standards: ESG, EQA, rankings and transparency tools with a special focus on the revised ESG

19.00 – Dinner in Vilnius


Day 2 – Thursday 4 December 2014

10.00 – Plenary

Quality Assurance at the Hearth of the Need for Reform in European Higher Education

11.00 – Coffee

11.30 – Workshops B: QA Good Practices for PHE and from Lithuania

Quality of dual education programmes

Internationalisation of EQA

13.00 – Lunch

14.30 – Workshops C: QA Good Practices for PHE and from Lithuania

Quality, sector-specific quality assurance and labels

Quality (assurance) of stakeholders’ involvement

16.00 – Plenary

Panel discussion: What is the Gist of Quality Management for PHE?


17.30 – Cocktail

How to Manage Quality in (Professional) Higher Education? – A Practical Approach

The seminar on ‘How to Manage Quality in (Professional) Higher Education? – A Practical Approach’ is a 2-day event focusing on the management of quality (assurance) in higher education institutions.

It is intended to inspire institutional management, as well as staff members, and all stakeholders (e.g. students, world of work representatives, policy-makers) who are managing, coordinating and involved in quality in higher education institutions; bringing together a ‘community of practice’.

EURASHE has focused in the past years on providing hands-on support to its member institutions and other higher education institutions in implementing the priority areas of the Bologna reform process, this is especially true when considering the need for such support in the area of quality assurance and quality management.

To achieve this, next to two previous hands-on seminars on internal quality assurance in 2012 and 2013, Lucien Bollaert, recognised expert in European quality assurance, has developed with the support of EURASHE’s working group on quality assurance A Manual for Internal Quality Assurance in Higher Education – with a special focus on professional higher education.

This publication is meant to be an inspirational guidebook with fundamental issues and clarifications next to good practices and also with warnings of possible pitfalls to explore internal quality assurance.

It will serve as a basis for the discussions in Vilnius, with an opening plenary session where it will be presented and followed with open debates with the audience on the various steps of quality (management). Participants will then concentrate on 4 identified chapters of the Manual, namely: quality and QA from HEIs’ vision and mission; quality and QA of student-centred learning; quality, QA and quality culture; and finally, QA and standards: ESG, EQA, rankings, transparency tools, with a special focus on the revised ESG (a process led by the E4-Group: ENQA, ESU, EUA, EURASHE).

Further discussions will take place on the need for reform in European higher education with input by the representative of the European Commission. Additional workshop sessions will provide participants with examples of good practices for professional higher education, addressing quality, sector-specific quality assurance and labels; and quality of internationalisation. Examples of good practices from Lithuania will also be presented, where internationalisation of external quality assurance and regional cooperation in quality assurance are exemplary.

The involvement of various experts and representatives from European higher education, policy-makers, student representatives as well as experts from the world of work, will stimulate further the self-reflection of (professional) higher education in managing quality in a practical approach.

Following are the speakers of the event:

  • Maria_Kelo_FI Maria Kelo - Maria Kelo is the Director of the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA). Together with the Association’s President she represents ENQA in the E4 group and in the Bologna Follow-Up Group. She is a member of the Executive Board of the European Register for Quality Assurance (EQAR). Prior to joining ENQA in […]
  • Andrius_Pleckaitis_LT Andrius Pleckaitis - Andrius Pleckaitis is Innovation Manager at INFOBALT since 2010, and as such responsible for innovation policy and innovation funding schemes (national, regional and EU public sector); Information Society strategic issues, including e-skills, e-services and IT infrastructure; entrepreneurship and clustering initiatives, research and innovation setups for business and science, digital technologies curricula transformation in high school, […]
  • Johannes_Haas_AT Johannes Haas - Johannes Haas has been since 2002 lecturer and Director of Dual Education Programmes in Production Technology and Organisation at FH JOANNEUM University of Applied Sciences (Austria). After studies in technical chemistry in Graz, he conducted research at the Technical University of Graz in the early 1980. He went on, amongst others, to be lecturer in […]
  • Nora_Skaburskiene_LT Nora Skaburskienė - Ms Nora Skaburskienė has worked in the field of quality assurance since 2001. She became the Head of Institutional Review Division in 2009 and serves as the Acting Director of the Centre for Quality Assessment in Higher Education in Lithuania since 2013. Currently, she is a board member of the Network of Central and Eastern […]
  • Marieke_Janssen_BE Marieke Janssen - Since 1999 Marieke Janssen is working in the higher educational sector as a quality manager. She was staff employee for the quality of education at several Higher Educational Institutes (University of Ghent, Plantijn Hogeschool, LUCA School of Arts). At this moment she is Head of the Quality Care and Educational Development Unit of the Faculty […]
  • Catherine_Owen_UK Catherine Owen - Catherine Owen is currently a PhD candidate and researcher in strategy at the Adam Smith Business School at the University of Glasgow. Catherine has worked as an international researcher and consultant in higher education policy, with emphasis on the management of educational quality policy and educational development in CEE, Western Balkans and accession country universities. […]
  • Klara_Engels-Perenyi_HU Klara Engels-Perenyi - Klara Engels-Perenyi is Policy Officer at the European Commission. In the higher education policy unit of the Directorate-General for Education and Culture Klara is responsible for the policy areas quality assurance and the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS). She is co-ordinating a working group of ministry officials on the Modernisation of Higher Education, […]
  • Anthony_Dean_UK Anthony Dean - Prof. Anthony Dean is Professor of Performing Arts, Dean of Cultural Engagement and Dean of Faculty of Arts at the University of Winchester ( He has considerable experience in developing new subject areas in higher education, particularly in creative fields – such as puppetry, circus and street arts. He is also interested in interaction between […]
  • Rimantas_Vaitkus_LT Rimantas Vaitkus - Dr Rimantas Vaitkus was born on 1 October 1957 in Plungė. Dr Vaitkus has been Vice-Minister of Education and Science of the Republic of Lithuania since February 2013. Since February 2013 Dr Rimantas Vaitkus received his Ph.D. in the field of organic chemistry, he had research grants at Uppsala University (Sweden) and Creighton University (Nebraska, […]
  • 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), […]
  • 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 […]
  • Asnate_Kazoka_LV Asnate Kažoka - Asnate Kažoka is a member of the Steering Committee for the ESU Student Experts’ Pool on Quality Assurance (ESU QA Pool). She holds a master degree in Information Technology Project Management from Riga Technical University. She was Academic Affairs Officer for the Student Union of Latvia from 2010 to 2012. She is a member of […]
  • Gintautas_Braziunas_LT Gintautas Bražiūnas - Gintautas Bražiūnas is Rector of Vilniaus Kolegija/University of Applied Sciences (VIKO). A professor of digital telecommunications systems, he has been involved in EURASHE’s activities since 1995, when LKDK became a member. He has been a member of EURASHE’s Council, and also served as Vice-President (2000-2004), and as elected member of the 2012-2014, and 2014-2016 Board […]
  • 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 […]
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Seminar map

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Seminar location

The seminar will be hosted by the Faculty of Informatics and Electronics of Vilniaus Kolegija/University of Applied Sciences (VIKO), located at Jasinskio Str. 15, 01111 Vilnius, Lithuania. It is show (in yellow) on the map above .


Suggested hotels

The following hotels are suggested to participants. They are show (in red) on the map above.

  1. Radisson Blu Hotel Lietuva****, Vilnius, Konstitucijos prospektas 20, 09308 Vilnius, Lithuania – (you can book your accommodation per email at [email protected], mention EURASHE-14 and you will receive a beneficial rate)
  2. Neringa Hotel****, Gedimino Ave 23, 01103 Vilnius, Lithuania –
  3. Ratonda Centrum Hotels****, A. Rotundo gatvė 1, 01110 Vilnius, Lithuania –
  4. Europa City Vilnius ***-, J. Jasinskio gatvė 14, 01112 Vilnius, Lithuania –



  • 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.
  • LKDK_logo Rectors’ Conference of Lithuanian University Colleges (LKDK) - Lietuvos kolegijų direktorių konferencija (LKDK) It is the association of the rectors of 13 Lithuanian state UAS and 11 private UAS.
  • VIKO_logo_2 Vilniaus Kolegija/University of Applied Sciences (VIKO) - Vilniaus Kolegija/University of Applied Sciences (VIKO) is the largest accredited higher professional education institution in Lithuania. It provides higher professional education in the sectors of Tourism, Business, Information Technologies, Electronics, Pedagogical Education, Economy, Health Care, Agriculture and Arts. Founded in 2000, now VIKO has more than 7100 students (Oct. 2013), who study here under 42 […]
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EURASHE Seminar on QA