30 Stakeholders’ common messages on the Erasmus for All programme

EUCIS-LLL_logoOn 15 December, a coalition of 30 European networks gathering thousands of organizations in secondary and higher education, vocational education and training, youth, adult education and popular education adopted common messages on the future “Erasmus for All” programme. The coalition praises the proposed budget of 19 billion EUR while acknowledging that is a minimum allocation necessary to have a real impact in the current economic crisis and to match the ambitious targets of the Europe 2020 strategy. It also welcomes the commitment to simplify the programme. However it considers that some adjustments could be brought to the proposed Regulation in order to ensure a greater impact and European added value. This concerns the need to reinforce the lifelong learning dimension and the recognition of competences and skills gained through non-formal education, to strengthen the complementary aims of learning – active citizenship, social inclusion as well as employability. Furthermore, it is crucial to better acknowledge the importance of civil dialogue and civil society and the support to them.

Read the press release of EUCIS-LLL here.

Annual National Conference – Higher Vocational Colleges in Slovenia

ASHVC_logoOn Tuesday, 6 December and Wednesday, 7 December 2011, in a Conference Hall of Hotel Astoria in Bled, there has been held the Annual national conference entitled “2020”. This conference, organised by the Association of HVC and the Slovene Ministry of Education and Sport, was the most important and biggest event on higher vocational education (SCHE) in 2011 in Slovenia. On the base of conclusions and experience of all the stakeholders the future development of higher vocational education at national level were disccussed.

The current position of SCHEI within international and national aspects were presented, the basic policy standpoints reviewed and the dilemmas of future development of short cycle professional HE in Slovenia exposed, all resulting into the preparation of strategy for vocational higher education 2020.

Download the programme of the conference of Slovene Association of HVC here.

Slovenian Student Union Annual Conference

SOS_logoLast week our Slovene EURASHE member (representatives of ASHVC) participated in the Conference ‘Study – the intersection between theory and practice? – Partnership role of tertiary education stakeholders in study programme development in order to increase employability’, which was organised by the Slovenian Student Union. The conference took place on 25-26 November 2011 in Podčetrtek, Slovenia. It aimed at studying the possibility of integration of higher education into a wider (economic) environment and to key stakeholders, both in the preparation and implementation of study programmes, with the purpose of raising the employability of graduates in various fields. Through the content of the conference the participants have tried to identify the central issues of employability of Slovenian higher education graduates and to offer a ‘solution’ for all involved, by analising the individual components of the study programmes and by introducing good practices. Our Board member Mrs Zdenka Steblovnik Župan as a representative of EURASHE and the Slovene Association of HVC was invited to join the panel discussion titled ‘Where to now?’. She spoke about good practise of Slovene Vocational Colleges in implementing Bologna principles emphasising the importance of co-operation between all stakeholders and responsibility of HEI that should correspond to their autonomy.

European University Cyprus (EUC) has been awarded the ECTS Label

EUC_logoEURASHE is pleased to announce that European University Cyprus (EUC) has been awarded the ECTS Label, a special and supreme recognition of quality in the European Higher Education Area (EHEA). Being awarded the ECTS Label, European University Cyprus (EUC) is recognized as an outstanding example of an institution committed to European academic mobility in a rapidly-changing higher education sector, that makes teaching and learning more transparent and facilitates the recognition of studies and qualifications. The ECTS Label gives EUC credibility in Cyprus and abroad, and is also a symbol of quality for its graduates who want either to continue their studies or seek employment globally.

EURASHE welcomes 9 new members!

EURASHE_logoFollowing the decision of the Council of EURASHE in its meeting of 10 September 2011 in Brussels (Belgium), EURASHE has the pleasure to welcome 9 new members. They are:

View more information on all our members here. If you wish to join EURASHE as a member, view our membership requirements here.

Lean Learning Academy Project

LLA_logoThis project aimed at creating strong links between the local and regional academic partners and the industrial partners in each of the participating countries. We are happy to inform you that the modular online state-of-the-art course in lean manufacturing was published in English (soon also in Dutch, Polish, Swedish, Romanian and Portuguese).

These course modules give bachelor and master students in applied sciences an excellent opportunity to learn the lean concepts and to improve their education curriculum.

Moreover, it will be soon available an accompanying Lean Production Game which make that course more attractive, resulting in more motivated students and higher study yields. To download the course and to learn more about this project visit its website.

EURASHE is pleased to introduce its new President!

Lars Lynge Nielsen (left) and Andreas G. Orphanides (right)
Lars Lynge Nielsen (left) and Andreas G. Orphanides (right)

During the General Assembly of EURASHE, hosted by Erasmus University College in Brussels on Saturday 24 September EURASHE elected a new President.

Professor Andreas G. Orphanides, Rector of European University Cyprus (EUC) and Professor of Humanities and Social Sciences, succeeded Lars Lynge Nielsen, from the University College Lillebælt in Denmark. Andreas G. Orphanides has been a member of EURASHE since the association’s establishment. He served as Vice-President of EURASHE in charge of Bologna and QA issues from 2004 to 2011. He has served, on behalf of EURASHE, as a member of the Bologna Follow-Up Group (BFUG), the BFUG Board and the E4-Group (ENQA, ESU, EUA and EURASHE). Furthermore, he was President and currently is Vice-President of the EQAR Board and Member of the Cyprus Rectors’ Conference.

On the same occasion, Michal Karpíšek (CASPHE) was re-elected Vice-President of EURASHE for a two-year mandate and Patrick Blondé (Director General of the Maritime Academy of Antwerp, a member of the Council of the Flemish University Colleges – VLHORA) was elected Vice-President in replacement of Andreas G. Orphanides.

6th European Quality Assurance Forum (EQAF) – Antwerp 17-19 November!

E4-Group_logoENQA, ESU, EUA and EURASHE organised the 6th European Quality Assurance Forum (EQAF), in Antwerp (Belgium) on 17-19 November 2011.

The EQAF combined practice-oriented discussions with presentations on current policy developments in quality assurance (QA). The Forum was attended by rectors and vice-rectors responsible for QA, QA officers in higher education institutions, students, QA agency staff and researchers working in higher education or in the field of quality assurance.

More information on the 6th EQAF here.