Best Wishes and a Happy New Year from EURASHE!

EURASHE_wishesAfter yet another important year for EURASHE, illustrated by our Policy Papers unveiled at the EHEA Ministerial Conference in April and further in October (more in our library), our Annual Conference in Riga (May), our Seminar on QA in Nicosia (September) and our latest Seminar on RPL in Prague (December), we will take some days of rest during the end of the year Break.

We hope to see you in 2013, at our Annual Conference in Split for example, to continue to Support Professional Higher Education in Europe!

Best Wishes and a Happy New Year from EURASHE!

EURASHE Seminar on QA Report published!

EURASHE_Sem_QA_120927-28_ReportEURASHE is pleased to present you the Report of its QA Seminar, held on 27-28 September, in Nicosia (Cyprus).

The Seminar Report contains the main outcomes of the discussions of this Seminar titled ‘Seminar on Implementation of Internal and External Quality Assurance‘.

You will have access to information on the Keynote speech by Dr George Demosthenous, Minister of Education and Culture, Republic of Cyprus as well as input from the several workshops conducted by Lucien Bollaert, Mindaugas Misiūnas, Andre Vyt, or Brigitte Noc and Armelle Motte. Moreover learn about the EURASHE Report on the Implementation of the European Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in Higher Education Institutions by reading the Seminar Report.

See also some of the photographs of the Annual Conference in the report, as well as on our website.

Lifelong Learning Week ‘Rethinking skills: A civil society perspective’ 26-29 November 2012, Brussels

EUCIS-LLL_logoEURASHE, member of EUCIS-LLL, is pleased to invite you to the second edition of the Lifelong Learning Week, ‘Rethinking skills: A civil society perspective’, 26-29 November 2012, Brussels.

The aim of the LifeLong Learning Week is to raise awareness on the importance of LifeLong Learning and the social dimension of education and training, as the important factor to reach the headline targets of Europe 2020 in this field. With this year edition, we would like to tackle topics such as active inclusion, social innovation, equity and social cohesion in all forms of education and training, with the intention of putting an emphasis on the development of peoples’ skills and competences, as prerequisite to enable full participation in society in its civic, social and economic dimensions. All events taking place during the LifeLong Learning Week (LLL Week) are presented here below. You can already register.

  • Monday 26 November: Introducing Historiana – History Education and 21st Century Competences-Based Learning

EUROCLIO presents its programme Historiana, Your Portal to the Past, an on-line multimedia tool that offers a framework for comparing and contrasting the impact on and responses by Europe’s nations to a range of different events and developments which have shaped Europe from the distant past to modern times. This online tool to teach and learn history is a result of EUROCLIO’s 20-year-long commitment to improve excellence and equity in education, a pillar of the new EU policy framework.

  • Tuesday 27 November: SOLIDAR-Eurofound conference; Facing new challenges: how social innovation contributes to active inclusion

The conference will bring together key European stakeholders and social service providers to discuss the results of Eurofound’s major study in 11 EU countries on policies to integrate young people with health problems or disabilities into the labour market, using the active inclusion strategy. Social service providers as well as training and education organisations will discuss how the EU’s active inclusion strategy has been implemented in practice at the national and local level. Exchange of successful examples of innovative social services and lifelong learning for active inclusion will also take place.

Parents – Pivot in Lifelong Learning

During this workshop, EPA will present its activities and look at parents as providers of informal learning and partners of the formal education system that progress in parallel by non-formal learning. The winner of EPA’s ALCUIN-Award 2012, the Austrian programme “Parents’ Health Platform” (Plattform Elterngesundheit) will be introduced by the initiator Ingrid Wallner. This initiative is an encouraging example of how to bridge the sectors and co-operate with education, health, social and other policy fields.

  • Wednesday 28 November: EUCIS-LLL Public Hearing on ‘Basic Skills for Inclusive Growth: A civil society perspective’

As the Commission is about to release a Communication on “Rethinking Skills in Europe” partly aiming to raise the level of basic skills, EUCIS-LLL will dedicate a public hearing on the role of basic skills in lifelong learning strategies in a context of crisis, on 28th November in Brussels. Contributing every day through grassroots initiatives to equip people with the right competences to become fulfilled, active and employed citizens, civil society can help framing the concept and fostering basic skills in lifelong learning strategies. The public hearing will include the presentation of three cases studies from EUCIS-LLL members, followed by an open discussion with the participants and representatives from the EU Institutions.

Round table on ‘Building learning societies: Recognition and validation of learning outcomes of social work and volunteering’

Currently one can observe a severe increase of inequalities in Europe: more than 120 million people are living in poverty or are threatened to fall into poverty and 14 million young Europeans are not in employment, education and training (NEETs). In order to diminish inequalities and to promote the well-being of our society at large, the inner potential of communities has to be unlocked. The promotion of Learning Societies in which each member’s personal contribution is being utilised, and knowledge, skills and competences are both shared and developed has to be at the core of this endeavour. SOLIDAR and CEMEA invite you to discuss with education and training practitioners, social service providers, representaties of EU Institutions and researchers how recognition and validation of non-formal and informal learning outcomes can be better integrated into policy strategies on national and European levels.

  • Thursday 29 November: Workshop on ‘Technology Enhanced Learning with Game Based Learning’

This workshop will concentrate on Technology Enhanced Learning with Game Based Learning – Clues for Training Exploitation on Methodologies on Future of Learning.

EURASHE Seminar on the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) – 14 December, Prague – OUTCOMES soon PUBLISHED

Photograph: CC by-nc-sa by Edgar Barany C

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, in close cooperation with and support from the European RPL Network (ERPLN), and the Czech Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (MŠMT), hosted this event in Prague’s National Technical Library (NTK). 

The overarching thematic of the Seminar is ‘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 as regards to RPL implementation at institutional level, through the 4 different workshops scheduled throughout the Seminar.

Two major areas of discussions have dealt with:

  • The Mind-shift 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

Learn more on the dedicated page of the Seminar here!


7th European Quality Assurance Forum (EQAF) – Tallinn 22-24 November!

E4-Group_logoThe EQAF is an annual event co-organised by ENQA, ESU, EUA and EURASHE. It is the main European conference on quality assurance in higher education, which brings together all key stakeholders in this field, such as higher education institutions, quality assurance agencies and students. The final programme is now available here.

Through a mix of plenary and parallel sessions, the 2012 EQAF, entitled ‘How does quality assurance make a difference?‘, will combine practice-oriented or research-based discussions with presentations of current developments in quality assurance (QA).

This year, the Forum will specifically explore the impact of external and internal QA on higher education policies and institutional realities. In this context, the sessions will aim to address issues such as external evaluation and institutional follow-up; the relationship between QA, pedagogical approaches and student learning; QA supporting institutional aims and profiles; QA supporting informed decision-making; and the role of QA in globalised higher education.

More on the European Quality Assurance Forum here. More on the 7th EQAF here.

EURASHE’s Council (2nd meeting 2012) Outcomes

EURASHE_logoOn 13 October 2012, EURASHE’s Council gathered in Antwerp (Belgium), for its second meeting of 2012. It was hosted by the Antwerp Maritime Academy (AMA), institution of EURASHE’s Vice-President Patrick Blondé. The Council discussed EURASHE’s Policy priorities, but also appointed a new Board for 2012-2014 (photograph) and had the pleasure to welcome 5 new Members to EURASHE’s ranks:

  • Conference of Academies for Applied Studies in Serbia (KASSS, Serbia)
  • Kyiv University of Law of National Academy of Science of Ukraine (KUL, Ukraine)
  • National School of Political and Administrative Studies (SNSPA, Romania)
  • Association of Law Schools (ALS, Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, Armenia)
  • International Association of Trade and Economic Education (IATEE, Russia, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Armenia)

Learn more on current members here. More information on our new members will be available soon.

One of the main aims of this Council was to discuss EURASHE’s policy commitments during a Policy & Strategy planning Workshop in the framework of the meeting. Members had the opportunity to prioritise the various policy lines and commitments of EURASHE.

During this Council meeting, EURASHE renewed its Board. Marc Vandewalle, Secretary General of the Flemish Council of University Colleges (VLHORA) was re-conducted for a 2-year term. Gintautas Bražiūnas, Rector of Vilnius Kolegija/University of Applied Sciences, and President of the Rectors’ Conference of Lithuanian University Colleges (LKDK), and Stéphane Lauwick, Director of the Havre University Institute of Technology (IUT) and Member of the Association des Directeurs d’IUTs (ADIUT), have been both selected for a first term of 2 years.

EURASHE welcomes 5 new members!

EURASHE_logoFollowing the decision of the Council of EURASHE in its meeting of 13 October 2012 in Antwerp (Belgium), EURASHE has the pleasure to welcome 5 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.


EURASHE_Policy_Paper_Mobility_Oct2012_coverEURASHE_Policy_Paper_QA_TT_Oct2012_coverEURASHE is pleased to officialy publish two Policy papers endorsed by EURASHE’s Council, which gathered on Saturday 13 October in Antwerp (Belgium): the EURASHE Policy Paper on Mobility (here), and the EURASHE Policy Paper on Quality Assurance and Transparency Tools (here).

Both papers are the result of the Work of EURASHE’s dedicated working groups which developed the paper and extensive consultations inside the structures of EURASHE.

They join EURASHE’s Overarching Policy Paper (here) and the joint EURASHE-UASnet Position Paper on Research and Innovation (here) unveiled at the EHEA Ministerial Conference in Bucharest (Romania) on 26-27 April 2012. More on EURASHE’s participation in the Conference can be found here.

Read the Policy Paper on Mobility here. Read the Policy Paper on Quality Assurance and Transparency Tools here.

EURASHE Report on the Implementation of the ESG for QA in HEIs

EURASHE_Report_Implementation_ESG_August_2012In 2010, five years after the adoption of the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the EHEA (ESG) by the European Ministers of Education in Bergen (2005), in cooperation with the other partners of the E4-Group, ENQA, ESU and EUA, EURASHE accepted the mandate from the Ministers of the European Higher Education Area to examine the awareness, implementation and usefulness of the ESG in view of a possible revision of the ESG.

The E4-Group responded by running a project, ‘Mapping the Implementation and Application of the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area (MAP-ESG project)’, and presented a joint report of the MAP-ESG project at the Ministerial meeting in Bucharest in April 2012.

As we had completed an extensive consultation amongst members and stakeholders for the MAP-ESG project, which had delivered substantial input and which had only partly fed into the joint E4 report, EURASHE proposed to publish a report of its own, focusing on the results and recommendations affecting professional higher education.

Participants of the QA Seminar in Nicosia received a copy of EURASHE’s Report on the Implementation of the European Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in Higher Education Institutions.

This report is now officially published for the QA Seminar, and is also available here.

EURASHE 22nd Annual Conference Report published!

EURASHE_AC_Riga_120510-11_ReportEURASHE is pleased to present you its Report of its 22nd Annual Conference, held on 10 – 11 May 2012 in Riga Latvia.

The Conference Report contains the main outcomes of the discussions of this Conference titled ‘Responding to Challenges in European Higher Education: Lifelong Learning and the Welfare Society‘.

You will have access to information on both Keynote speeches by Joeri van den Steenhoven and Jørn Henrik Petersen as well as input from the several sessions on both Lifelong Learning and the Welfare Society. Moreover learn about the FLLLEX Radar, a tool designed to evaluate the LLL strategy of a higher education institution; and the results of the project which created it; by reading the Annual Conference Report.

See also some of the photographs of the Annual Conference in the report, as well as on our website.

July Brussels Seminar: Academic Cooperation and Mobility between Europe and the Caribbean

CaribErasmus_logoOn 20 April, EURASHE was represented at the CaribErasmus (Caribbean Opening to Erasmus Mundus) Seminar in Haiti dedicated to Academic Cooperation and Mobility between the Caribbean and Europe.

You can view here the presentation by EURASHE delivered during this event. Read here the draft Report of the Seminar.

Moreover the CaribErasmus project plans an International Seminar titled ‘Higher education cooperation between the Caribbean and Europe: challenges and opportunities’ in Brussels on 4 July. This will be the final event of the project. This Seminar envisions to share information, exchange knowledge, and begin a process of road-mapping; based on research results and data on EU-Caribbean cooperation.

University of Oslo’s European Master in Higher Education’s Students visiting EURASHE

Repr_0523BXL_photo_3On Wednesday 23 May 2012, EURASHE had the pleasure to welcome students from the European Master of Higher Education (HEEM) from the University of Oslo (UiO) to its premises.

It was the occasion for the students to discover the works of European associations active in higher education.

EURASHE took this opportunity to present the organisation, the functioning of a higher education association on European-level as well as its activities in policy development, based on the Policy Paper and the Joint UASnet EURASHE Position Paper released on the occasion of the EHEA Ministerial Conference in Bucharest; and European projects, their framework and the example of the CaribErasmus project.

EURASHE Seminar on IQA, EQA based on the ESG in HEIs – Outcomes soon published…

EURASHE_sem_qa_all_spk_120920EURASHE has organised a ’Seminar on the implementation of Internal (and External) Quality Assurance and of the ESG in HEIs’ on 27 and 28 September 2012 in Nicosia, Cyprus.

This event was organised in cooperation with European University Cyprus (EUC), and Open University of Cyprus (OUC), both EURASHE members, and took place under the Auspices of the Cyprus Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

The input provided by speakers is already available here; EURASHE will publish the seminar report soon! Stay tuned for more!

Andreas G. Orphanides (CY), EUC Rector, EURASHE President; George Demosthenous (CY), Minister of Education and Culture; Fiona Crozier (UK); Lucien Bollaert (NL/BE-FL); Mindaugas Misiunas (LT); Pascale de Groote (BE-FL); Nicolae Dură (RO); Andre Vyt (BE); Armelle Motte (FR) and Brigitte Noc (FR) have contributed to the plenary sessions and different practical workshops.

The objective of the seminar was to train individuals responsible for the management/coordination of internal QA at institutions (e.g. quality assurance managers, quality assurance coordinators, quality assurance administrators, heads of higher education institutions), so that after the completion of the seminar they would be able to organise and implement fully, efficiently and effectively internal quality assurance based on the ESG, preparing also in this way for the external Quality Assurance evaluation of their institutions.

The seminar was built upon two themes, internal QA processes & instruments for improvement; and Implementation of the ESG for QA in the institutions.

EAN 21st Annual Conference – 27 – 29 June 2012, Zagreb, Croatia

EAN_logoThe European Access Network (EAN) conference, ‘Access to Higher Education: is it a right, a privilege or a necessity’ will discuss the impact of rankings; issues of affordability, quality, equity and diversity; the responsiveness of education systems to new demands and trends. There will be a strong element of student participation within the programme. This year there will be two additional pre-conference training sessions:

  1. Creating an accessible academic environment and support services for students with disabilities; and
  2. Developing inclusive teaching and learning methods for diverse student groups.

Participants will also be invited to the SiS Catalyst conference ‘Children as Change Agents: Putting Global Thinking into Action‘ free of charge. This event takes place on 26th, a day before the EAN conference.

Access the programme of the Conference here. More information are available on the EAN website here.

EURASHE Annual Report 2011

EURASHE_Annual_Report_2011EURASHE is pleased to unveil its 2011 Annual Report which was endorsed by the General Assembly meeting in Riga, Latvia, on 11 May 2012.

It comprises information on the activities of EURASHE in 2011, its members, the policy development activities of EURASHE, as well as information on the projects in which EURASHE is involved.

Moreover a log of event will inform you of all the events and activities EURASHE organised and took part in throughout the year.

EURASHE 22nd Annual Conference held on 10 & 11 May 2012

Photograph: CC by by Arian Zwegers

EURASHE is pleased to report that its 22nd Annual Conference titled ‘Responding to challenges for European higher education: Lifelong learning and the Welfare Society‘ was successfully held on 10 & 11 May 2012 in Riga, Latvia.

The event was hosted by the Banku Augstskola – BA School of Business and Finance (member) at the Radisson Blu Hotel Latvija, in cooperation with the Danish Rectors’ Conference – University Colleges Denmark (our member) and the FLLLEX project.

A really theme-bound conference of EURASHE was organised, which produced a Conference rich in subject specific content. Keynote speakers provided the wider background for the two themes. Joeri van den Steenhoven (NL) reflected on the modernisation of the welfare society and the role of (higher) education in Lifelong learning, social innovation and the welfare society. Jørn Henrik Petersen (DK) discussed a dilemma embedded in all European societies: a weakening of individual responsibility as the State has taken over and the role of the welfare society and (higher) education in this sense.

On this occasion the FLLLEX project has also been presented, in particular the instrument which has been developed in order to implement Lifelong Learning strategies in higher education institutions: the FLLLEX-Radar. This is a project initiated and supported by EURASHE, which aims at identifying challenges and implications of the incorporation of Lifelong Learning into European Higher Education institutions.

EURASHE is pleased to announce that a Conference report will be published in the coming weeks.More information on the Conference, the presentations delivered by the Speakers, descriptions of the different sessions and much more is already available on the dedicated page of the Conference.

Following the Annual Conference a Cross-cutting Session on Policy, and the 2012 EURASHE General Assembly have been also organised.

Evaluate our performance during the Annual Conference. Learn more on the 22nd Annual Conference on its dedicated page and access all the content of the speeches, presentations, photographs. Read more on previous EURASHE Annual Conferences in the specific section. Learn about the FLLLEX project here. Discover our members here.

EURASHE’s participation and message at the Bologna Ministerial Meeting, Bucharest: TOWARDS A DIVERSIFIED, RESPONSIVE AND COMPETITIVE EUROPEAN HIGHER EDUCATION

EURASHE’s President, Prof. Andreas G. Orphanides (first row, left) amongst other Heads of Delegation © UEFISCDI

A delegation of EURASHE led by President, Prof. Andreas G. Orphanides, participated in the Bucharest Ministerial Conference and the 3rd Bologna Policy Forum on 26-27 April. This high-profile biannual event gathered the 47 EHEA Ministers and the stakeholders’ organisations in the Bologna Process for a state of the art HE reform conference, and fixed the agenda for the coming years, whereas additional non-EHEA Ministers and stakeholders also participated in the 3rd Bologna Policy Forum.

In the interactive panel discussion in the plenary meeting at the opening of the Ministerial Conference, EURASHE’s President, Prof. Andreas G. Orphanides, underlined the fact that the relevance of the Bologna Process lies in the fact that it has strengthened the internal cohesion of European HE, while managing to respect its enormous diversity and its proper values, and it put Europe and European HE on the map creating the basis and prospect for a competitive European HE in a global perspective, while enhancing the employment prospects of the European graduates. He stressed the role of stakeholder organisations in implementing the process, which is for EURASHE continuing on the path of fully involving the HE institutions, in support of the welfare society, through knowledge creation and regional development. Stressing also the importance of Quality and Innovation as sine qua non in achieving competitiveness of EHEA, Prof. Orphanides proposed that action programs on Bologna reforms are developed and launched on a European level, promoting, encouraging and supporting the implementation of the reforms via bilateral and multilateral agreements between institutions (and stakeholders).

In the various thematic sessions and discussion groups, EURASHE’s message to the governments and HE stakeholders was passed by EURASHE’s delegation, based on the Association’s input in the Ministerial Communiqué, which was released at the beginning of and endorsed at the conclusion of the conference.

Conference Room © UEFISCDI

EURASHE favours a higher education that focuses on making graduates employable in a sustainable way, in continuous contact with stakeholders in HE, with the support of a lifelong learning framework and a student-centred approach, and based on a transparent and quality-assured provision of programmes, irrespective of the institutional or country context.

The role of the Bologna tools’ was a recurring theme in EURASHE’s input in both the Communiqué and the Ministerial Conference and Bologna Policy Forum proceedings, with a focus on a student-centred approach, learning outcomes and qualifications frameworks. At the same time we were professing our firm belief that, where the country context allows it, there is a specific role for Universities of Applied Sciences in the creation and practical development of knowledge and its technological applications. This message was also expressed in the joint policy paper with UASnet, “Position paper on Research and Innovation”, which was presented to the Ministers, alongside our overall message for this Conference, “Towards a diversified, responsive and competitive European Higher Education”.

After the conference, President Orphanides participated in the official press conference, together with the Ministers of Romania, Denmark and Armenia, and the President of ESU, where he stressed that the Ministerial Conference was very successful, and he voiced his satisfaction for its major conclusions in relation to EURASHE’s recommendations and proposals.

More on the EHEA. More on the BFUG and EURASHE’s involvement. You can read our policy paper and position paper in our library.

30 stakeholders’ proposals to improve the draft regulation “Erasmus for All”

EUCIS-LLL_coalition_membersEURASHE is a member of the Coalition and supports its goals; it is composed of:

“Erasmus for All” is the new programme proposed by the European Commission on 23 November 2011 for education, training, youth and sport.

The coalition of stakeholders involved in lifelong learning praises the proposed budget of 19 billion EUR while acknowledging that it 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 key and transversal competences and skills gained through non-formal education, to strengthen the complementary aims of learning – active citizenship, social inclusion and employability as equally important.

Furthermore, it is crucial to better acknowledge the importance of civil dialogue and civil society and the support to them. The coalition invites EU institutions to take into account the arguments that underlie each of these statements. It also presents very concrete proposals in order to simplify the management and administration of the future programme. You can read the proposals in the Coalition’s Position Paper on “Erasmus for All”.

22nd EURASHE Annual Conference

Photograph: CC by by Arian Zwegers

The final programme of the conference can be read here.

EURASHE is pleased to invite you to its 22nd Annual Conference titled ‘Responding to challenges for European higher education: Lifelong learning and the Welfare Society’.

On this occasion the FLLLEX project will be presented, in particular the instrument which has been developed in order to implement Lifelong Learning strategies in higher education institutions. This is a project initiated and supported by EURASHE, which aims at identifying challenges and implications of the incorporation of Lifelong Learning into European Higher Education institutions.

The event will be hosted by the BA School of Business and Finance in Riga (our member) and held on 10 and 11 May 2012 at the Radisson Blu Hotel Latvija.

Our member, the Danish Rectors’ Conference – University Colleges Denmark (UC-DK) is also a partner of this event. UC-DK is a policy-making and coordinating body of professionally-oriented higher education at university college level.

This interesting event will be followed by a cross-cutting Workshop session on policy, which will be held in the afternoon of 11 May in the framework of the 2012 EURASHE General Assembly at the same venue (NEW DATES!).

Learn more on the Conference here. The final programme of the Conference can be read here.

Workshop on Legal Education in the Russian Federation

FLAMENCO_logoOn Monday 12 March 2012, EURASHE and FLAMENCO, Flanders Agency for Mobility and Cooperation in Higher Education, have co-organised a Workshop on Legal Education in the Russian Federation. This event was held at EURASHE’s and FLAMENCO’s premises, Ravensteingalerij 27/3, 1000 Brussels, Belgium.

Here you can read the invitation letter. More than 25 participants from Russia, Ukraine and Belgium attended the Workshop. They include the Provost of Kiev Law University of the Ukranian Academy of Science; lecturers from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel as well as Universiteit Gent.

Stefan Delplace, EURASHE’s Secretary General represented the organisation along Simone Goetschalckx on behalf of FLAMENCO.

Analysis and exploration of the results of two Grundtvig measures

WoSCoP_logoOver the past 18 months, the West of Scotland Colleges’ Partnership (WoSCoP) led a transnational team of experts in the field of adult education to undertake two studies aimed at analysing and exploiting the results of two Grundtvig Measures – (i) European Co-operation Projects, Networks and Accompanying Measures and (ii) In-Service Training activities.

The results of these extensive studies have just been published and, amongst other things, they highlight examples of interesting and sector-leading practice, provide information and advice on disseminating and exploiting project results, suggest improvements in the field of in-service training and provide details of relevant networks, publishing houses and conferences across the 31 eligible countries.

To access the studies please follow these links:

  1. Study number 1: Grundtvig European co-operation projects, networks and accompanying measures
  2. Study number 2: Grundtvig In-service training activities

4th Conference of DOBA Faculty – Maribor, Slovenia

DOBA_logoDOBA Faculty of Applied Business and Social Studies Maribor invites you to attend the Dynamic Entrepreneurship for Economic Growth – Promoting sustainable growth for the prosperity and new jobs scientific conference with international attendance that will be organised on 7 and 8 May 2012 at the Habakuk Hotel in Maribor in cooperation with the Ministry of the Economy of the Republic of Slovenia, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia and the Dnevnik publishing house.

This year’s central theme is dynamic entrepreneurship and the contribution of companies with high growth potential to the reactivation of economic growth. The conference is aimed at reacting to the challenges of the environment, which is eagerly awaiting development and growth, while at the same time facilitating dialogue between the economy and higher education for a comprehensive approach.

Furthermore, you are invited to present your views and your activities relating to the theme of the conference with a scientific paper.

MAP-ESG launch conference in Copenhagen

E4-Group_logoENQA, in collaboration with EUA, EURASHE and ESU organised a launch conference of the report Mapping the implementation and application of the ESG in the EHEA. The conference, which was held in Copenhagen on 17 January, had the purposes to present the findings of the mapping exercise which took place in the course of 2010/2011 and discuss the recommendations to the Bologna Process ministerial conference 2012 on further development of the ESG.

It gathered more than 100 participants, including the members of the Bologna Follow-Up Group, representatives of ministries, national rectors’ conferences, student organisations, quality assurance agencies, employers, and higher education institutions.

EURASHE President Andreas G. Orphanides honored by ‘Ovidius’ University of Costantza with the title Doctor Honoris Causa

Andreas G. Orphanides (left) and Nicolae Dură (right)
Andreas G. Orphanides (left) and Nicolae Dură (right)

‘Ovidius’ University of Costantza, Romania, conferred upon the President of EURASHE, Professor Andreas G. Orphanides, the title Doctor Honoris Causa. The conferment ceremony took place in Aula Magna of the University at Costantza, and it was led, on behalf of the Senate, by the Rector, Professor Victor Ciupina, together with the Vice-Rectors and the Deans of the Faculties of the University, on 20 January 2012.

Vice-Rector Professor Nicolae Dură and His Grace the Archbishop of Costantza and Dean of the Faculty of Theology Professor Theodosius read the reasoning of the Senate to honor Professor Orphanides, and they presented his curriculum vitae, his personality and his life achievements.

Inter alia, they mentioned the following: ‘We express a Laudatio today in honour of one of the great personalities of European education, Professor Andreas Orphanides, the Rector of European University Cyprus and President of the European Association of Institutions in Higher Education (EURASHE).  He has an impressive resumė that underlines both the remarkable path of his academic life and his fruitful involvement in the institutional organization and reform of higher education in his country and in the European Union. We are standing face-to-face with a great personality of the European cultural and academic world, whom our University honours by conferring upon him the title of Doctor Honoris Causa, with which he becomes one of our members. The Students and the Professors of our University are looking forward to welcome him to the lecture rooms of our University as one of our own Professors …‘. A polyphonic choir was singing during the ceremony.