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 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:

  • 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,... Read more
  • 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... Read more
  • 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.... Read more
  • 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... Read more
  • 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... Read more
  • 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... Read more
  • 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... Read more
  • 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... Read more
  • 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... Read more
  • 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... Read more
  • 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... Read more
  • 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,... Read more
  • 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... Read more
  • 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... Read more
  • 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... Read more
  • 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... Read more
  • 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... Read more
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EURASHE Seminar on RPL