Seminar on SCHE – Budapest 2011

budapest_3EURASHE organised a Seminar on Short-Cycle Higher Education (SCHE) titled ‘Embedding Professional Short-Cycle Higher Education (SCHE) in the (Higher) Education System‘ in Budapest (Hungary) on 20-21 January 2011. It is organised by EURASHE, Budapest Business School (BBS) and the L5Missing project. Underneath are further information on:

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Following is the programme of the event:

Day 1 – Thursday 20 January 2011 

12.30 – Registration of participants, lunch buffet

13.30 – Welcome and opening session

Chair: Ernő Keszei, President Hungarian National Bologna Board, Co-chair of the BFUG

Hungarian Ministry for National Resources (MNR), László Dux, Deputy State Secretary for HE

Hungarian Rectors’ Conference/Budapest Business School, Eva Sándor-Kriszt, Chair Hungarian Rectors’ Conference, Rector Budapest Business School

EURASHE, Michal Karpisek, Vice-president EURASHE

13.50 – Plenary presentations

Position SCHE in the EHEA: European and National Policy Level, Findings from the EURASHE survey ‘L5 – Missing Link in the Bologna countries’ Part 1: National Qualifications Frameworks and the SCHE, Magda Kirsch, Educonsult, Belgium

The Hungarian situation in the Higher Education Area, László Dux, Deputy State Secretary for HE

Approaches to Quality Assurance in SCHE (Associate degree), Henri Ponds, NVAO (Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organisation)

SCHE in Higher Education: the opinion of the Hungarian employer, Akos Niklai, Vice-President of MGYOSZ (Business Hungary), former president of the Hotel Association of Hungary and of the Hungarian National Tourist Office

Panel Discussion (all presenters)/Questions

15.30 – Coffee break

 15.50 – Workshops

Mission and role of SCHE on a national level: Sylvie Bonichon, France, Bologna promoter/expert SCHE; Magda Kirsch, Educonsult, Belgium; Henri Ponds, NVAO, the Netherlands

Role of SCHE, other HE-awards and ‘instruments’ promoting LLL

Use of embedded awards at SCHE in the Irish Qualifications Framework to promote LLL, Richard Thorn, IoTI, Ireland

SCHE and other ‘instruments’ promoting LLL, Ad Vermeulen, Fontys University of Applied Science, member of the LLL-network in the Netherlands

Erzsébet Szlamka, Ministry for National Resources, Hungary

SCHE and its target groups – specifics of students: Janneke Korf, manager SCHE, Hanzehogeschool, University of Applied Sciences, the Netherlands; Balázs Heidrich, Dean, College of Finance and Accountancy, Budapest Business School; Dániel Kővári, The National Union of Students in Hungary (HÖOK)

NQF: Links of SCHE with HE and VET: Hans Daale, EURASHE, Chair WG on LLL; Nick Davy, Higher Education Policy Officer, Association of Colleges, UK/partner in EUproVET, European Network of National VET Associations; József Roóz, President, Representative Association for Higher Level Vocational Training, Hungary, rector emeritus, BBS

17.10 – Short break

17.20 – Summary of the workshops and plenary discussion

19.30 –  Official seminar dinner in Restaurant Alma Mater

 

Day 2 – Friday 21 January 2011

09.00 – Plenary presentations

Chair:  Michal Karpisek, Vice-President EURASHE

Short summary of the outcomes of the first day of the seminar

Position of the SCHE in the EHEA – Findings from the EURASHE survey ‘L5 – Missing Link in the Bologna countries’  Part 2: SCHE and HEIs, Magda Kirsch, Educonsult, Belgium

The Community College Model, Michael Allen, Associate Vice President for International Programmes & Services, American Association of Community Colleges (AACC)

SCHE in the USA and Europe, Snejana Slantcheva-Durst, Asst. Prof. Higher Education, University of Toledo/manager of the international ATLANTIS project ‘SHE-programs in the USA and in Europe’

Partnership and progression – the role of vocational short-cycle HE in lifelong learning and employment in Scotland, John Lewis, manager Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA), Scotland

Panel Discussion (all presenters)/Questions

10.50 – Coffee break

11.10 – Workshops

Employability: SCHE and the Labour Market, need for specialized qualifications: Snejana Slantcheva-Durst, Asst. Prof. Higher Education, University of Toledo, Ohio; Csaba Ferencz, Hungarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Student centred learning in Higher Education – paradigm shift, methodology & implementation: Zdenka Steblovnik Župan, Association of Slovene HVC & Wood Technology School Maribor, Slovenia; Jan Nienhuis, project manager, Leido, the Netherlands

The Canadian and American Experience: Community Colleges and HE: Hervé Pilon, President, Cégep international, Community Colleges, Quebec, Canada; Michael Allen, Associate Vice President for International Programmes & Services, American Association of Community Colleges (AACC)

Specifics of SCHE: Characteristics and Requirements in a HE context: John Lewis, SQA, Scotland; Eva Sándor-Kriszt, Chair Hungarian Rectors’ Conference, Rector Budapest Business School

12.30 – Lunch buffet in Restaurant Alma Mater

14.00 – Summary of the workshops and plenary discussion

15.00 – Conclusions of the seminar by the general rapporteur

Jiri Nantl, director HE Department, Czech Ministry of Education

15.40 – Closing of the seminar

Embedding Professional Short-Cycle Higher Education (SCHE) in the (Higher) Education System

budapest_3Short Cycle Higher Education (SCHE) is a sector of higher education which has started a rather dynamic development in a number of European countries within the recent decade. It seems to be a response to changing requirements for qualified skills and manpower flexibility on the European labour market. Governments of a number of countries are running a discussion on the role, position and arrangements of the sector which has been recognised as a part of the higher education system, and yet indicates some specific characteristics.

The seminar provided a platform for sharing experience and best practices among the participants from different countries. It should lead to identification of perspectives and priorities of further development of the sector and its role within the Bologna process. The programme of the seminar included a presentation of the results and findings of the survey on the situation of SCHE throughout Europe, contributions from the guests from the U.S.A. and Canada, a presentation of the Hungarian situation and views of key stakeholders – students and employers. The seminar benefited from the first public presentation of the results and findings of a complex comparative cross‐European survey on SCHE which was run by EURASHE within the EU‐funded project “L5: Missing Link”.

The seminar also offered the possibility to understand this issue more in details and to discuss different experience within a number of parallel workshops which focused on more detailed aspects of SCHE.

The seminar examined the current situation of the SCHE in the European Higher Education Area from various aspects including:

  • mission and position within HE systems;
  • links to labour market and employers;
  • links to other sectors of higher education, as well as vocational education & training;
  • links to European (respectively national) Qualification Frameworks, profile and characteristics of graduates;
  • methods of teaching/learning including recognition of prior learning (RPL);
  • quality assurance and accreditation;
  • regional role of HEIs and community colleges in a changing social and economical environment, in context of life‐long learning;
  • role of national bodies, regional and local authorities in steering and (co)funding SCHE.

Conclusions and report

Seminar on ‘SCHE and (Professional) Higher Education’: Important outcomes for the next years!

The official Bologna seminar in Budapest gave the participants the possibility to hear more about the results of the survey by EURASHE on the situation of the Short Cycle Higher Education (SCHE) in the European Union (and within the Bologna Process). The conclusions and recommendations from this report will be no doubt the start for (more) interesting discussions on an international level, about the EQF and the National Qualifications Frameworks, and for international debates on the position of the SCHE – and other programmes at the same level like higher vocational education in the higher education area.

It was therefore very important to hear more about the situation in Canada and the United States of America, in Community Colleges – offering higher education programmes. We can learn from them – but the developments in the Bologna Process can also inspire the policy makers outside Europe.

In the workshop sessions the participants could learn from what is happening in Hungary, Scotland, England, the Netherlands, Slovenia, France – with good practices which also can be used as input in the national debates on the position of the SCHE.

In the next years there will be more seminars on SCHE, as a degree in higher (professional) education. All experts, interested staff members of HEI’s, managers, representatives of national and international organisations and everyone who is looking for more information about the developments concerning the use of the SCHE for Lifelong learning, flexible learning pathways and employability… you are welcome to join those seminars.

Following are the speakers of the event:

  • Michael Allen- Michael Allen has been Associate Vice President for International Programmes & Services of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC).
  • Nick Davy- Nick Davy was Higher Education Policy Officer at the Association of Colleges, United Kingdom, a partner in EUproVET, the European Network of National VET Associations.
  • Jan Nienhuis- Jan Nienhuis has been project manager of Leido in the Netherlands.
  • Ad Vermeulen- Ad Vermeulen represents Fontys University of Applied Science, he is a member of the LLL-network in the Netherlands.
  • Richard Thorn- Richard is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin (Bachelor degree in Natural Sciences in 1978 and a PhD in 1983) and the Institute of Public Administration (MA in Public Management,... Read more
  • 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
  • Janneke Korf- Janneke Korf is the Team Manager SCHE at Hanzehogeschool (University of Applied Sciences) in Netherlands.
  • Magda Kirsch- Magda Kirsch has 30 years of experience in education and training in Europe. Her particular areas of work include Socrates, Leonardo da Vinci, ESF (European Social Funds) such as Equal,... Read more
  • Hervé Pilon- Mr Hervé Pilon has held the position of General Director at Cégep André-Laurendeau in Montreal for eight years. Prior to this, he was academic dean for two years at the... Read more
  • László Dux- László Dux represents the Hungarian Ministry for National Resources (MNR) and is a former Deputy State Secretary for Higher Education.
  • Dániel Kővári- Dániel Kővári represents the National Union of Students in Hungary (HÖOK).
  • Csaba Ferencz- Csaba Ferencz represents the Hungarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
  • Snejana Slantcheva-Durst- Snejana Slantcheva-Durst has been Asst. Prof. in Higher Education at the University of Toledo (United States) and a manager of the international ATLANTIS project ‘SHE-programs in the USA and in... Read more
  • Hans Daale- Hans Daale is general manager of LEIDO, an independent network in the Netherlands, involved in lifelong learning. One of the most important tasks of LEIDO is to organise national and... Read more
  • Erzsébet Szlamka- Erzsébet Szlamka is the representative of the Ministry for National Resources in Hungary.
  • 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
  • Akos Niklai- Akos Niklai is the Vice-President of MGYOSZ (Business Hungary), former president of the Hotel Association of Hungary and of the Hungarian National Tourist Office.
  • Eva Sándor-Kriszt- Dr Eva Sandor-Kriszt is the Co-President of Hungarian Rectors’ Conference and she is the Rector of the Budapest Business School (BBS) in Hungary.
  • Zdenka Steblovnik Župan- Excellent connoisseur of international professional higher education, specialized in Short Cycle Higher Education, head of School Centre Maribor Higher Vocational College, vice-president of Woodworking Association of Slovenia, former president of... Read more
  • Henri Ponds- Henri Ponds has been Policy Advisor at the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO).
  • Sylvie Bonichon- Involved in Professional Higher Education as a teacher, Sylvie Bonichon has also been in charge of International development and an Erasmus coordinator at her institution (La Providence Institution, Blois) in... Read more
  • József Roóz- József Roóz has been Rector Emeritus of the Budapest Business School (BBS) (Hungary). President and Representative of the Association for Higher Level Vocational Training, as well as President of the... Read more
  • John Lewis- John Lewis is the manager of Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) in Scotland.
  • Balázs Heidrich- Balázs HEIDRICH, PhD is Rector and a Professor at the Institute of Management and Human Resources at Budapest Business School, University of Applied Sciences. He used to be the Dean... Read more
  • Following are the practicalities of the event:

    Organisers

  • Budapest Business School – University of Applied Sciences (BBS)- Budapesti Gazdasági Egyetem (BGE) With its four faculties, with about 18,000 students and 450 academic staff BBS become the first University of Applied Sciences in Hungary which covers the wide-ranging... Read more
  • 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 research within the Bologna cycles. EURASHE represents universities of applied sciences... Read more
  • L5Missing- Short Cycle Higher Education (SCHE) as first level in higher education and as level 5 of the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) has become more and more important in the last... Read more
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