HAPHE – Harmonising Approaches to Professional Higher Education in Europe

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EURASHE is leading the HAPHE project on Harmonising Approaches to Professional Higher Education in Europe.

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This group of 11 dedicated actors in the field of Professional Higher Education in Europe believe that while the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) has contributed significantly to harmonisation of HE in Europe, the ‘Professional’ Higher Education sector is still in significant flux. Thus, e.g. ‘Fachhochschule’ are increasingly becoming Universities of applied Sciences while traditional universities are increasingly providing professionally orientated programmes. The wide variety of systems which now fall under the umbrella term of ‘Professional’ HE, makes it difficult to transnationally analyse this sector, hinders recognition of qualifications, and limits the ability of soft-policy tools to strengthen its growth.

To address this issue, the HAPHE group intends, to bring together a group of field experts, who, through a wide consultation with stakeholders from education, business and society, will harmonise approaches to professional higher education (predominantly at European Qualifications Framework (EQF) level 6 and above) throughout Europe, by:

  • Surveying the different approaches to PHE provision throughout EU-member states;
  • Setting out the defining characteristics of a ‘professional’ Higher Education programme;
  • Proposing a set of quality criteria which contribute towards the best-case fulfilment of those characteristics;
  • Collecting and sharing best practice on how institutions can adopt the criteria;
  • Suggesting indicators and quantification methodologies to allow comparison of PHE in the context of overall HE and LLL provision.

The involvement of stakeholders in all stages (research, design, valorisation), will ensure the group’s ability to provide sustainable results by creating a critical mass of consensus, to allow the de-facto adoption of the proposals as a standard.

By strengthening the PHE sector, and improving the transparency of PHE provision, the group wishes to enhance employability of European HE as a whole, to contribute towards a more cohesive Higher Education Area, and to support the modernisation of European HEIs, through encouragement of increasing responsiveness to enterprise and society.

Following are EURASHE news items related to the project:

Following are events related to the project:

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Seminar on Professional Higher Education: Building bridges for a more professional higher education
Otočec (Slovenia), 16 Oct 2014 - 17 Oct 2014
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Slovene Validation Seminar on Defining Professional Higher Education (PHE)
Ljubljana (Slovenia), 1 Jul 2014
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Czech Validation Seminar on Defining Professional Higher Education (PHE)
Prague (Czech Republic), 18 Jun 2014
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Croatian Validation Seminar on Defining Professional Higher Education (PHE)
Zagreb (Croatia), 9 Jun 2014
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German Validation Seminar on Defining Professional Higher Education (PHE)
Stuttgart (Germany), 6 Jun 2014
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French Validation Seminar on Defining Professional Higher Education (PHE)
Paris (France), 26 May 2014
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Maltese Validation Seminar on Defining Professional Higher Education (PHE)
Valletta (Malta), 17 May 2014
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Danish Validation Seminar on Defining Professional Higher Education (PHE)
Copenhagen (Denmark), 1 May 2014
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Portuguese Validation Seminar on Defining Professional Higher Education (PHE)
Lisbon (Portugal), 30 Apr 2014
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Belgian-Flemish Validation Seminar on Defining Professional Higher Education (PHE)
Brussels (Belgium), 28 Apr 2014
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Estonian Validation Seminar on Defining Professional Higher Education (PHE)
Tallinn (Estonia), 21 Apr 2014
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Polish Validation Seminar on Defining Professional Higher Education (PHE)
Legnica (Poland), 21 Mar 2014
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EU Validation Seminar on Defining Professional Higher Education (PHE)
Brussels (Belgium), 5 Feb 2014
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HAPHE partner meeting
Brussels (Belgium), 3 Feb 2014
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HAPHE partner meeting
Prague (Czech Republic), 12 Dec 2013
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HAPHE Expert Group on PHE (3rd meeting)
Prague (Czech Republic), 11 Dec 2013
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Harmonizing Professional Higher Education in South-Eastern Europe - 2nd International Conference and Exchange of Good Practice
Bled (Slovenia), 28 Nov 2013 - 29 Nov 2013
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HAPHE partner meeting
Brussels (Belgium), 14 Nov 2013
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HAPHE Expert Group on PHE (2nd meeting)
Stuttgart (Germany), 12 Nov 2013
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HAPHE partner meeting
Brussels (Belgium), 25 Sep 2013
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HAPHE Expert Group on PHE (1st meeting)
Stuttgart (Germany), 9 Sep 2013
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HAPHE work package meeting
Brussels (Belgium), 29 Jul 2013
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HAPHE partner meeting
Brussels (Belgium), 19 Jun 2013
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HAPHE Stakeholders’ Session - Czech Republic
Prague (Czech Republic), 15 May 2013
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23rd Annual Conference: Higher Education - Making the Knowledge Triangle Work
Split (Croatia), 9 May 2013 - 10 May 2013
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HAPHE mid-term partner meeting
Split (Croatia), 8 May 2013
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HAPHE partner meeting
Brussels (Belgium), 29 Apr 2013
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HAPHE partner meeting
Brussels (Belgium), 27 Feb 2013
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HAPHE work package meeting
Brussels (Belgium), 9 Feb 2013
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HAPHE work package meeting
Brussels (Belgium), 15 Jan 2013
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HAPHE work package meeting
Prague (Czech Republic), 15 Dec 2012
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Harmonizing Professional Higher Education in South-Eastern Europe
Maribor (Slovenia), 29 Nov 2012 - 30 Nov 2012
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HAPHE work package meeting
Brussels (Belgium), 26 Nov 2012
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HAPHE work package meeting
Brussels (Belgium), 5 Nov 2012
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HAPHE partner meeting - Administration
Brussels (Belgium), 26 Oct 2012
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HAPHE partner meeting - Administration
Brussels (Belgium), 16 Oct 2012
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HAPHE kick-off meeting
Brussels (Belgium), 11 Oct 2012 - 12 Oct 2012
Following are the partners of the project:

 

Following are experts involved in the project:

  • Anthony_F_Camilleri_MT Anthony F. Camilleri - Anthony F. Camilleri is a tertiary education policy consultant. He holds qualifications in law from the University of Malta, and was also active in the Malta national students’ union and...... Read more
  • Johan_Cloet_BE Johan Cloet, Secretary General of EURASHE - Johan Cloet has been the Secretary General of EURASHE in 2014-2016, which he represents in the Bologna Follow-Up Group (BFUG) and several of its working groups, such as on ‘Structural...... Read more
  • Stefan_Delplace_BE Stefan Delplace - Stefan Delplace became the Secretary General of EURASHE in 2004, a position he occupied until 2014. He represented in the Bologna Follow-Up Group and several of its working and coordination...... Read more
  • Ulf-Daniel_Ehlers_DE Ulf-Daniel Ehlers - Prof. Dr Ulf-Daniel Ehlers is Vice-President for Quality and Academic Affairs at the Baden-Württemberg State University (DHBW) in Stuttgart (Germany). He has been appointed Professor for Educational Management and Lifelong...... Read more
  • Justin_Fenech_MT Justin Fenech - Dr. Justin Fenech graduated from the University of Malta as a Doctor of Laws (LLD). He was highly active in student representation, being elected as President of the Kunsill Studenti...... Read more
  • Marek_Frankowicz_PL Marek Frankowicz - Specialist in Theoretical Chemistry and expert on Higher Education reforms. Professor at State Higher Vocational School in Tarnow and Associate Professor at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. Vice Head of...... Read more
  • Michael_Gaebel_DE Michael Gaebel - Michael Gaebel is the head of the Higher Education Policy Unit, which focuses on issues related to higher education learning and teaching, including the Bologna Process, lifelong learning, e-learning and...... Read more
  • Nicole_Graf_DE Nicole Graf - Since autumn 2014 Prof. Dr Nicole Graf has been the president of the new independent Heilbronn Campus, Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University. From 2005 to 2009 Prof. Dr Nicole Graf led...... Read more
  • Marko_Grdosic_HR Marko Grdošić, Project Manager of EURASHE - Marko Grdosic is the Project Manager at EURASHE coordinating running projects as well as developing future ones. He is following the thematic agenda of Lifelong Learning and Employability and supports...... Read more
  • Guy_Haug_FR Guy Haug - Played a key role in the shaping and initiating the Bologna Process and the EU’s agenda for the modernization of higher education as part of the Lisbon Strategy (now EU2020),...... Read more
  • Raimund_Hudak_DE Raimund Hudak - As senior lecturer and researcher with over 10 years of experience at leading academic institutions Raimund Hudak has been involved in various research programmes in Germany and abroad. He is...... Read more
  • Michal_Karpisek_CZ Michal Karpíšek, Vice-President of EURASHE - Michal Karpíšek 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...... Read more
  • Jan_Koucky_CZ Jan Koucký - Jan Koucký, Director of the Education Policy Centre at the Faculty of Education, Charles University in Prague (Czech Republic) focuses on the relationship between education and the broader social and...... Read more
  • Anne_Kraav_EE Anne Kraav - Anne Kraav is an associated professor of civil engineering at TTK University of Applied Sciences, since 2001, Vice Rector for Development. Anne Kraav has been intensively involved in applied research...... Read more
  • Regitze_Kristensen_DK Regitze Kristensen - Regitze Kristensen was SPACE’s Secretary General for more than 3 years. Her valuable experience includes her work as Director of international relations from her home institution and as project manager of many...... 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
  • 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
  • Zarko_Nozica_HR Žarko Nožica - Žarko Nožica is professor and scientist. He obtained his masters and PhD degrees at University of Zagreb (Croatia). Mr Nožica has over 25 years of experience in University (Croatia) and...... Read more
  • Armando_Pires_PT Armando Pires, Vice-President of EURASHE - Armando Pires is a graduate of Electrical Engineering from the Technical University of Lisbon. He received his MSc degree in 1988 and PhD degree in 1994 in Electrical Engineering at...... Read more
  • Alicia-Leonor_Sauli-Miklavcic_SI Alicia-Leonor Sauli-Miklavčič, Board member of EURASHE - Alicia-Leonor Sauli-Miklavčič is a good connoisseur of international professional higher education, she has been Project Expert at the Slovene Association HVC as well as a member of the EURASHE working...... Read more
  • Richard_Thorn_IE Richard Thorn - Dr Richard Thorn is a science graduate of Trinity College Dublin, holds a Masters in Public Administration from The Institute of Public Administration in Dublin and a Doctorate in Environmental...... Read more
  • Marc_Vandewalle_BE Marc Vandewalle, Board member of EURASHE - Marc Vandewalle is Secretary General of VLHORA, the Flemish Council of University Colleges. As CEO he is chief of the VLHORA staff and member of the board of UAS-directors. As...... Read more
  • Ann_Verreth_BE Ann Verreth - Ann Verreth worked as secretary general of VLHORA, the umbrella organisation of Flemish university colleges. The VLHORA gives advice to the Flemish authorities on all policy aspects regarding college education,...... Read more
  • Iva_Voldanova_CZ Iva Voldánová - Iva Voldánová is a former project associate of EURASHE. In 2009-2013 she worked on the follow-up and monitoring of European projects assisted the Secretary General in policy activities. Previously, she...... Read more