Seminar on RPL – Prague 2012

prague_3EURASHE organised a Seminar on Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) titled ‘Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL): Flexible Ties within Higher Education‘ in Prague (Czech Republic) on 14 December 2012. It is organised by EURASHE, the European RPL Network (ERPLN), the Czech Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (MŠMT) and the Czech Association of Schools of Professional Higher Education (CASPHE). Underneath are further information on:

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Following are EURASHE news items related to the event:

  • EURASHE_Sem_RPL_121213-14_Report EURASHE Seminar on RPL – Report by Věra Šťastná published! 7/3/2013 - EURASHE is pleased to present the Report of its Seminar on Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL): Flexible Ties within Higher Education, held on 13-14 December 2012 in Prague (Czech Republic). The Report has been compiled by Věra Šťastná, Czech Republic Representative in the Bologna Follow-Up Group (BFUG), Charles University in Prague (Czech Republic). The Report […]
  • prague_3 EURASHE Seminar on the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) – 14 December, Prague – OUTCOMES soon PUBLISHED 31/10/2012 - EURASHE is pleased to announce that its Seminar on Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) was held on Friday 14 December 2012 in Prague (Czech Republic), with Welcome & opening words and reception on Thursday 13 in the late afternoon. We are pleased to inform you that the outcomes of the Seminar will be published soon. Stay tuned! EURASHE has, […]
Following is the programme of the event:

Day 0 – Thursday 13 December 2012

14.00 – ERPLN meeting

17.00 – Break

18.00 – Welcome Reception

Jiří Nantl, First Deputy Minister of Education, Youth and Sports (Czech Republic)

Raul Ranne, Chair of the European RPL Network (Estonia)

Michal Karpíšek, EURASHE Vice-President (Czech Republic)


Day 1 – Friday 14 December 2012

08.30 – Registration of participants

09.00 – Welcome and Opening Session

Jiří Nantl, First Deputy Minister of Education, Youth and Sports (Czech Republic)

Michal Karpíšek, EURASHE Vice-President (Czech Republic)

09.30 – Plenary Session I: The Mindshift to make RPL a reality in particular drivers and motives of different stakeholders

Overview of RPL’s Role and Position within the EHEA, Raul Ranne, chair of the European RPL Network (Estonia)

10.00 – Panel Discussion and Plenary Discussion

Miroslav Jašurek, ESU (Czech Republic), Frits Schormans, Noord Limburg Police (Netherlands), Michal Kadera, SKODA Auto (Czech Republic), Hans Daale, Leido, EURASHE (Netherlands), Facilitated by Tim Burton, QAA (United Kingdom)

11.00 – Coffee break

11.20 – Parallel Workshops I: RPL Institutional Experience

Workshop 1: Irish Institutional presentation of RPL: Oran Doherty, Work Based Learning (WBL) and RPL Facilitator IT Letterkenny (Ireland), Comments by Frits Schormans, Noord Limburg Police (Netherlands) and Alice Gorissen-Pisters, Zuyd University of Applied Sciences (Netherlands)

Workshop 2: RPL in French Universities: Institutional Mindshifts: Stéphane Lauwick, Director Le Havre University Institute of Technology (IUT), ADIUT Member, EURASHE Board Member (France), Comments by Sylvie Bonichon, La Providence Institution (France) and Dorota Piotrowska, Lodz University of Technology (Poland)

12.20 – Reports from the Workshops I

12.30 – Lunch

13.20 – Plenary Session II: How to embed RPL into the QA system and its effectiveness

Key issues in RPL from the QA view, Patrick Leushuis, Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (Netherlands)

The relevance of UNESCO Guidelines on RVA of the Outcomes of Non-formal and Informal Learning to higher education, Jin Yang, UNESCO Institute for LLLL, Hamburg (Germany)

14.20 – Coffee break

14.40 – Parallel Workshops II: Quality Assurance and RPL

Workshop 3: Kristien Carnel, Leuven University College KHLeuven (Belgium)

Workshop 4: Quality Assurance and RPL: Developing a National HE Framework for Recognising Prior informal Learning in Scotland, Heather Gibson, QAA Scotland, Ruth Whittaker, Glasgow Caledonian University (United Kingdom)

15.40 – Workshop II Findings and Plenary Discussion

16.00 – Seminar Report and Conclusions

Rapporteur: Věra Šťastná, Charles University, BFUG delegate (Czech Republic)

16.30 – End of the Seminar

18.30 – Optional social programme

Brief (about 1hr) Boat tour through Prague’s City Centre with a guide and drinks (extra fee)

Read the Programme hereDownload the Portfolio here.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL): Flexible Ties within Higher Education

prague_3Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) in Higher Education has been one of the issues within the Bologna Process debates for the last years. The topic received full attention and support within the Ministers’ Communiqué “Making the Most of Our Potential: Consolidating the European Higher Education Area (EHEA)” in Bucharest (Romania) in April 2012. The theme of RPL is invevitably linked to qualifications, combination of knowledge, skilss and competences, lifelong learning. Due to societal and technological developments, both in private and public sectors, Higher Education systems will have to accommodate a growing proportion of adult learners, allow more flexibility in Higher Education provisions, in lifelong learning and in professional programmes.

Therefore the development of modern tools of recognition of any prior knowledge, skills and competences and their mutual acceptance within the EHEA, learning about different approaches and bridging them may be of great importance for further compatibility and transparency of different national systems. An improvement of the RPL-procedures with the purpose to make them first of all payable, trustable and effective is key at this stage.

The overarching thematic of the Seminar was “RPL: Flexible Ties within Higher Education”. This Seminar aimed at providing participants with an overview of general developments as regards RPL, with the opportunity to discuss the current challenges and to learn from the examples of best practices regarding RPL implementation at institutional level, through the 4 different workshops scheduled throughout the Seminar.

Two major areas of discussions dealt with:

  • The Mindshift to make RPL a reality in particular drivers and motives of different stakeholders, and
  • How to embed RPL into the QA system, and its effectiveness


EURASHE is pleased to present the Report of the Seminar compiled by Věra Šťastná, General Rapporteur of the Seminar and Czech Republic Representative in the BFUG.

It summarises the points of the discussions and debates, as well as provides the conclusions and recommendations of participants to make RPL a reality.

Download the Report of the Seminar here.

Following are the speakers of the event:

  • Miroslav_Jasurek_CZ Miroslav Jašurek - Miroslav Jašurek is a Ph.D. student at the Department of Public and Social Policy of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University in Prague. He received his Master’s degree in Political Science. Since 2009 he has been the Chairperson of the Student Chamber of the Council of Higher Education Institutions, the Czech national students’ representation […]
  • Michal_Karpisek_CZ Michal Karpíšek, Secretary-General of EURASHE - Michal Karpíšek is the Secretary-General of EURASHE, starting 1 June 2016. He has been Executive Officer of the Czech Association of Schools of Professional Higher Education (CASPHE) since 1994. He has been engaged in the introduction and development of Czech professional higher education since its very beginning. Focusing on internationalisation, CASPHE became a member of […]
  • Frits_Schormans_NL Frits Schormans - Frits Schormans began his career with general police work. General police work is a good basis for other more general police jobs in the future. The most important activities were related to traffic, crime, environment and public order. After this job he became a manager combined with auxiliary Prosecutor. After 20 years of practice experience […]
  • Hans_Daale_NL Hans Daale - Hans Daale is general manager of LEIDO. One of the most important tasks of LEIDO is to organise seminars and conferences about developments in higher education, in cooperation with stakeholders, including the development and implementation of the Associate degree, the Short Cycle Higher Education in the Netherlands. He has been working in different management positions […]
  • Ruth_Whittaker_UK Ruth Whittaker - Professor Ruth Whittaker is Head of the Centre of Learning Enhancement and Academic Development (GCU LEAD). Her role includes leading and supporting academic and professional development and enhanced approaches to learning, teaching, assessment underpinned by scholarship and research; providing strategic and academic leadership for implementation of the university’s Widening Participation Strategy, including Articulation, in collaboration […]
  • Stephane_Lauwick_FR Stéphane Lauwick, President of EURASHE - Stéphane Lauwick joined the University of Le Havre (France) in 1993 as a professeur agrégé. After heading the Electrical Engineering Department of the University Institute of Technology (IUT) of that university, he is now the director of the Institute, an institution that enrolls some 2500 students and delivers 26 awards. He has been member of […]
  • Patrick_Leushuis_NL Patrick Leushuis - Patrick Leushuis is Senior Policy Advisor Higher Education & Labour Market in the Department of Higher Education and Student Finance at the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. He has gained relevant experience as project leader of national programmes on lifelong learning in higher education and flexible higher education for working adults. Moreover Mr […]
  • Vera_Stastna_CZ Věra Šťastná - Věra Šťastná heads the analytical unit at the Rectorate of Charles University. She was the head of the Higher Education Development Unit at the Ministry of Education until 2006. She has cooperated closely with the Higher Education and Research Committee of the Council of Europe and was its President between 2003 and 2005. She has […]
  • Heather_Gibson_UK Heather Gibson - Heather Gibson has a BSc (Honours) degree in Zoology and a research MSc (Parasitology) both from the University of Glasgow and acquired a Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Studies in Education from the Open University (2010). She has been working within the Enhancement Team at QAA Scotland since 2000. Her main areas of work involve development […]
  • Michal_Kadera_CZ Michal Kadera - Michal Kadera, External Affairs Director at SKODA AUTO, graduated at the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen majoring in Law, studied Political Science and graduated at University of Passau, Germany, in Law (LL.M.). He has been active in advocacy, worked for the Senate Chamber of the Parliament of the Czech Republic, served as Head of […]
  • Anne_Murphy_IE Anne Murphy - Anne Murphy has been involved in RPL policy and practice for over 20 years, contributing to a number of EU-funded research projects and nationally funded projects. She was first to develop an APEL model for achievement of a whole award in the university sector, contributed to the development of the Irish policy and operational guidelines […]
  • Oran_Doherty_IE Oran Doherty - Oran Doherty has been employed as the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Work Based Learning Facilitator (WBL) at Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT) in Ireland since 2006. Prior to this, Oran was employed in various private national and international organizations. In his RPL capacity, he is responsible for dealing with enquiries from full time […]
  • Jiri_Nantl_CZ Jiří Nantl - Jiří Nantl is First Deputy Minister of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic since 2012. Prior to this post he was responsible for Higher Education in the Ministry. In his work at Masaryk University (Czech Republic), he was Head of the Department of Studies in 2005, Chancellor from 2006 to 2009 and Director […]
  • Raul_Ranne_EE Raul Ranne - Raul Ranne is Chair of the European RPL Network and has been Coordinator of Recognition of Prior Learning for the Estonian Archimedes Foundation since 2008. Archimedes Foundation is a body established by the Estonian government with the objective to coordinate and implement different international and national programmes and projects in the field of training, education […]
  • Tim_Burton_UK Tim Burton - Tim Burton joined the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) as an Assistant Director in 2009, where he is part of the Standards, Quality and Enhancement (SQE) strand of the Research, Development and Partnerships Group. Prior to that Mr Burton was at the University of Hull, graduating with a PhD in law in 1991, […]
  • Jin_Yang_CN Jin Yang - Jin Yang is currently a senior programme specialist at the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) in Hamburg, Germany. He carries out research on lifelong learning policies and strategies, facilitates the development of an international network of learning cities/regions, and coordinates UIL’s programme to develop capacity for establishing lifelong learning systems in UNESCO Member States. […]
  • Kristien_Carnel_BE Kristien Carnel - A Graduate of Pedagogical and Psychological Sciences at from University and University College Gent (Belgium) Kristien Carnel is specialised in the areas of reflective practice, assessment policy, and cooperation with training schools. Since 1993 she has been head of department for Teacher Education, Primary School Teacher Education at University College Leuven (KHLeuven). In this position […]
Following are the practicalities of the event:


  • CASPHE_logo Czech Association of Schools of Professional Higher Education (CASPHE) - Sdružení pofesního terciárního vzdělávání (SSVS) CASPHE is the Czech Association of Schools of Professional Higher Education, an independent organisation of 9 higher professional schools/colleges and extra-university higher education institutions in the Czech Republic. It has been a member of EURASHE since 1994 and is represented in its bodies by Michal Karpíšek, Vice-President of EURASHE.
  • 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.
  • Bologna-Process_logo_1 European RPL Network (ERPLN) - The European RPL Network (ERPLN) is a network group of the Bologna Process. The purpose of the European RPL Network is to help promote and inform about practices and effective implementation and use of RPL across the EHEA; to provide a platform for EHEA countries to share and learn from policies and practices on RPL […]
  • MSMT_logo Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (MŠMT) (Czech Republic) - The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (MEYS, MŠMT in Czech) is responsible for public administration in education, for developing educational, youth and sport policies and international cooperation in these fields.
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EURASHE Seminar on RPL