A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from EURASHE!

EURASHE_wishes2013 was yet another important year for EURASHE, with among our many activities our Round Table on Employability in Brussels (February), our 23rd Annual Conference in Split (May), our Seminar on QA in Bucharest (October) and our latest Workshop on LOs in Prague (December).

We are now leaning back for a while, please note that the Secretariat will be closed from Monday 23 December 2013 to Monday 6 January 2014.

We hope to see you in 2014, at our 24th Annual Conference in Yerevan for example, to continue our support for Professional Higher Education in Europe!

The EURASHE Secretariat

EURASHE Community of Practice Workshop on Learning Outcomes within PHE Context – 13 December 2013 – Prague (Czech Republic)

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Photograph: CC by-sa by Andrés Nieto Porras

EURASHE organised a Community of Practice Workshop on Learning Outcomes within PHE Context on 13 December 2013 in Prague (Czech Republic) jointly with the Czech Association of Schools of Professional Higher Education (CASPHE) and the College of Nursing (VŠZ)

This EURASHE Community of Practice Workshop on Learning Outcomes within PHE Context proposed discussions and debates on the following topics: reflection of labour market needs, promotion of graduates’ employability, learning outcomes translation into content, methods of learning and assessment in PHE.

The Community of Practice Workshop is a new format for sharing experience within EURASHE events; it allowed participants to share and discuss their concrete experience and practices as regards reflections of labour market needs in learning outcomes, curricula, methods of teaching & learning and students’ assessment, as well as used practices regarding reflection of these key aspects within accreditation and evaluation procedures.

Speakers included Gabriele Abermann (Salzburg University of Applied Sciences, Austria), Irène Hermans (Leuven University College, Belgium), Oran Doherty (Letterkenny Institute of Technology, Ireland) or Danutė Rasimavičienė (Vilniaus Kolegija/University of Applied Sciences, Lithuania).

The outcomes of the workshop will be published soon on the page of the workshop here.

Learn more here!

HAPHE update: Profile of PHE in Europe

Profile-of-Professional-Higher-Education-in-Europe-FINALThe HAPHE project reached the second stage in its development, after Mapping Professional Higher Education in Europe, the wide examination of the different approaches to PHE provision through desk research and an empirical Europe-wide survey. The consortium has recently published the Profile of Professional Higher Education in Europe and the first results were showcased at EURASHE seminar on quality assurance in Bucharest (Romania). The presentation from Bucharest will give you a better insight into the preliminary results.

The next phase consists of incorporating the findings into the experts’ discussion, in order to further define and characterise professional higher education and highlight their core criteria for each defined characteristic. To this end, the HAPHE project organised the second meeting of the Expert Group on PHE on 12 November in Stuttgart (Germany). The second in a series of drafting workshops aimed at establishing a European definition for professional higher education. To ensure the high level expert view within the larger context, besides the 6 consortium experts, two external experts on European higher education have been invited to contribute to the discussion: Ann Verreth (Belgium-Flanders) and Regitze S. Kristensen (Denmark).

During the full day workshop, following the presentation on the profile of professional higher education in Europe, further development on an initial set of PHE characteristics were put forward, including defining their respective core. These characteristics aim at arriving to a model for a European definition of PHE. The workshop concluded by looking into potential qualitative features of PHE characteristics while focusing at this stage on the larger context, using core reference framework with key characteristics describing PHE.

The final stage of the HAPHE Expert Group on PHE is the third meeting, to be organised on 11 December in Prague (Czech Republic). It is planned to be a wrapping up session with the goal of finalising the above mentioned concepts, resulting in a policy paper on defining PHE, its characteristics and its quality core.  First outcomes of the expert group dedicated work will be presented during the EURASHE Community of Practice Workshop on Learning Outcomes within PHE Context on 13 December in Prague (Czech Republic). The final set of proposed definition, characteristics and their quality core, in the form of a policy paper, will be presented to European stakeholders in early 2014 in a series of local, national and European validation seminars.

More on HAPHE here. View the Profile of Professional Higher Education in Europe here. View the first outcomes of the HAPHE project here.

Data collection on the social dimension of the European Higher Education Area

PL4SD_logoAs part of the commitments taken by ministers of the European Higher Education Area in the 2012 Bucharest Communiqué to develop a system of voluntary peer learning and a pilot project to promote peer learning on the social dimension of higher education, we would like to invite you to participate and support the project Peer Learning Initiative for the Social Dimension (PL4SD) and to provide information on measures that your institutions undertake to improve the social dimension of higher education by completing the data collection questionnaire.

EURASHE is a member of the Social Dimension and Lifelong Learning Working Group (2012-2015) of the Bologna Process, which acts as an advisory body to the project.

In a first round of data collection that took place in the project until October 2013, ministries of EHEA countries provided information on measures taken at the national level to improve the social dimension of higher education. The aim of the second round of data collection is to allow rectors’ conferences, national associations of higher educatin institutions, national students’ unions, individual higher education institutions and other stakeholders in all 47 EHEA member countries to provide information on the most important and/or innovative existing measures for improving the social dimension provided by your institutions/member institutions, which could be of interest for other higher education systems.

EURASHE invites its members, professional higher education institutions and other higher education institutions to complete the PL4SD questionnaire by Friday 6 December 2013. Upon completion, forms can be submitted electronically by pushing the Submit-Button in the PDF form.

More information on PL4SD here. Download the questionnaire here. View the example filled questionnaire here.

European Citizens’ Initiative: Invest in Education

IIE_logoEURASHE is an official supporter of the European Citizens’ Initiative: Invest in Education that proposes to exclude from the calculation of each country’s public spending deficit, that part of Government spending for education that is lower than the last 5-year Eurozone average.

The goals of this European Citizen’s Initiative are to: 1) combat inequality by providing equal opportunities for education and training to all young people in Europe; 2) ensure adequate and appropriate infrastructures and tools for high quality education in Europe in times of crisis; 3) enhance and safeguard growth, development and democratic institutions; ensure the employability of younger generations through investment in education; and 4) support European policy Horizon 2020.

The European Citizens’ Initiative allows one million EU citizens to participate directly in the development of EU policies, by calling on the European Commission to make a legislative proposal for a topic they believe is important for improving the life of European citizens and ensure a better future for the young generation.

EURASHE encourages its members, professional higher education institutions and other higher education institutions to support this European Citizens’ Initiative.

More on their official website here.

EURASHE welcomes 8 new members!

EURASHE_logoFollowing the decision of the Council of EURASHE in its meeting of 26 October 2013 in Bucharest (Romania), EURASHE has the pleasure to welcome 8 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 Statement on the Erasmus+ Programme and its Impact on Higher Education

EURASHE_Erasmus+_statement_CULTThe Erasmus+ programme, the new multiannual programme for Education, Training, Youth and Sport, came to the final approval of the European Parliament, linked to the approval of the Multiannual Financial Framework 2014-2020, in Strasbourg on 19 November 2013. EURASHE, following a decision by its Council, reiterates its strong support for the Erasmus+ programme, while acknowledging its appreciation to the European Commission – DG Education and Culture and the Culture and Education Committee for the support given to both higher education and the civil society organisations involved in the higher education sector.

In the following weeks, European Commission will publish the Programme Guide and the calls for project applications for the year 2014. Erasmus+ is the new programme supporting developments in education, training, youth and sports in the period 2014 – 2020.

Read EURASHE’s Statement on the Erasmus+ Programme and its Impact on Higher Education, addressed to the Members of the Culture and Education Committee of the European Parliament here.

Outcomes of EURASHE seminar on QA soon published

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Remus Pricopie (Minister of National Education, Romania), Stefan Delplace (EURASHE Secretary General, Belgium), Andreas G. Orphanides (EURASHE President, Cyprus) (left to right)

EURASHE organised on 24-25 October 2013 in Bucharest (Romania) a Seminar on the Implementation of Internal and External Quality Assurance.

Presentations are already available here and the report of the seminar will soon be published. Photographs of the seminar are also available here.

The Seminar was organised by EURASHE under the auspices of the Ministry of National Education of Romania, hosted by the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration (SNSPA).

The ultimate objective with this hands-on seminar was to support individuals who are responsible for the management or coordination of internal quality assurance at institutions (e.g. quality assurance managers, quality assurance coordinators, quality assurance administrators, etc.).

More in the coming days on the page of the seminar

Call for Papers in the framework of Privatization in Education Research Initiative (PERI)

PERI_logoIn March and June, 2014 European Education will publish a special issue in two volumes dedicated to marketization, privatization, and shadow education in Southeast/Central Europe and Eurasia. This special issue will be published in collaboration with the Privatization in Education Research Initiative (PERI).

PERI welcomes submissions that explore the changing nature of public/private education provision and address some of the following key questions: What are the main facets of privatization or marketization of education in the countries and sub-regions in Southeast/Central Europe and Eurasia? Why have countries with similar historical and transitional paths experienced different scope, intensity, and nature of privatization in education? More is available in the call for papers here.

The Privatisation in Education Research Initiative is a global research and networking initiative seeking to animate an accessible and informed public debate on alternative education provision. In particular, it examines the social justice implications of changes in the coordination, financing and governance of education.

More on the call here. More on PERI on their official website here.

Last days to register for EURASHE’s Seminar on QA – Contribute to our Manual for Internal Quality Assurance

EURASHE Seminar on QA – 24-25 October 2013, Bucharest (Romania) – REGISTRATIONS OPEN

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EURASHE will organise on 24-25 October 2013 in Bucharest (Romania) a Seminar on the Implementation of Internal and External Quality Assurance. Registrations are now open!

The Seminar will be organised by EURASHE under the auspices of the Ministry of National Education of Romania, hosted by the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration (SNSPA).

EURASHE has committed itself to provide hands-on support to higher education institutions and other interested parties in the implementation of the priority areas of the Bologna reform process. From the beginning quality assurance has been a major focus and also one of the domains with most visible successes, on system and institutional level.

The ultimate objective with this hands-on seminar is to support individuals who are responsible for the management or coordination of internal quality assurance at institutions (e.g. quality assurance managers, quality assurance coordinators, quality assurance administrators, etc.). The rationale, programme, speakers and registrations are now available.

Learn more here! 

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French Workshop on RPL – 17 October 2013 – Paris (France)

2e2f_logoThe French Agency for LLL programmes together with the French team of the Bologna experts is organinsing a one-day seminar on ‘Recognition and Validation of Acquired Experience in the context of the Bologna Process‘, that will take place at the CNAM premises in Paris on the 17th of October 2013.

Main language of the event : French (no translation)

L’atelier « reconnaissance et validation des acquis dans le contexte du processus de Bologne » se donne comme objectif de confronter les différentes visions et les différentes pratiques de validation, ou de ce qui s’en approche, mises en œuvre dans les pays qui adhèrent au processus de Bologne. Le champ de vision ne sera pas limité aux universités, mais portera sur l’enseignement supérieur dans sa globalité. Nous attendons que les différents points de vue suscitent des échanges entre les participants, lesquels seront bien évidemment les personnes impliquées dans des démarches de validations, à différents niveaux, directeurs de services, conseillers, accompagnateurs, mais aussi vice-présidents d’université ou directeurs de services en charge de la formation tout au long de la vie, directeurs de services d’orientation, responsables institutionnels de la mise en œuvre de la validation.

More here!

EUCIS-LLL Consultation for the European Education, Training and Youth Forum 2013 on Erasmus+

EUCIS-LLL_logoThe 2013 Education, Training and Youth Forum organised by the European Commission, which will take place on 17-18 October in Brussels (Belgium), will promote the idea of ‘Working together for Reforms’ emphasising the need for policy makers and key stakeholders to work in partnership, in order to foster the successful implementation of reforms at national and regional level, in particular through the opportunities offered by the new ERASMUS+ programme. To prepare an open and rich discussion at the Forum, all stakeholders are called upon to take part in the online consultation set up by EUCIS-LLL and make their voice heard.

You can read our EUCIS-LLL’s infonote on Erasmus+ and take part in the survey Erasmus+: new opportunities for partnerships? before 4 October 2013. Thank you for your participation!

Participate in the Survey!

HAPHE update: drafting a definition for PHE

HAPHE_logo_2The HAPHE project (Harmonising Approaches to Professional Higher Education in Europe) has currently reached the second stage in its development and after Mapping Professional Higher Education in Europe, the wide examination of the different approaches to PHE provision through desk research and an empirical Europe-wide survey, the consortium will soon publish the Country Profiles of PHE Provision in 15 European Union countries.

The next phase within this EURASHE core project now consists of incorporating the findings into the experts discussion in order to Characterise Professional Higher Education and highlight quality criteria for each defined characteristic. To this end the HAPHE project organised an Expert Group meeting held on 9 September in Stuttgart (Germany). The first in a series of drafting workshops aiming at establishing a European definition for professional higher education. To ensure the high level expert view within the larger context, besides the 6 consortium experts, two external experts on European higher education have been invited to contribute to the discussion: Guy Haug (France) and Jiří Nantl (Czech Republic).

During the full day workshop, following the presentation and stocktaking on the Europe-wide PHE surveys, suggestions on an initial set of PHE characteristics were put forward. These characteristics aim at arriving at a model for a European definition of PHE. Characteristics on the institutional level were also discussed. The workshop concluded by starting discussions on the potential qualitative features of PHE characteristics using a Diversity Matrix.

The HAPHE Expert Group second meeting will be organised on 12 November and will focus on further developing the above mentioned concepts and deal with PHE Quality Criteria. The final set of proposed definition and characterstics will be presented to European stakeholders in early 2014 in a series of local, national and European Validation Seminars.

More on HAPHE here.

Council of Europe supports Academic Emergency Assistance for Syrian Students Abroad

CoE_Syria_logoThe Global Platform 4 Syrian Students is a multi-stakeholders initiative launched by former President of Portugal, Jorge Sampaio, with the support of a core-group of partners, namely the Council of Europe and the League of Arab States, the Institute of International Education (IIE) and some governments.

The UfM Secretariat has also been providing assistance and advice to this initiative. Moreover consultations are being held with the Secretariat of the UfM to develop further this initiative. It aims at providing emergency scholarships and grants to Syrian students whose education has been interrupted by the current crisis.

This initiative is unique in that it effectively brings together the efforts of various stakeholders willing and able to back an emergency mechanism to support Syrian students: governments, international and regional organizations, donor agencies, universities, foundations, NGOs of different cultural backgrounds and faith-based organizations, the private sector and individuals.

The Council of Europe, and EURASHE, encourage all higher education institutions to consider offering support.

View the announcement here. View the application form here. View the FAQ sheet here.

CELAN project outcomes!

CELAN_logoEURASHE took part in the CELAN project on Language Strategies for Competitiveness and Employability running from 2011 to 2013. EURASHE represented professional higher education in the activities of CELAN aiming at facilitating a dialogue in the language field between the business community and language practitioners. The public part of the final report has been published, to learn more on the project, read it here.

View the public part of the final report here.

Harmonising Approaches to Professional Higher Education in Europe: an Update

HAPHE_logo_2HAPHE project stands for Harmonising Approaches to Professional Higher Education in Europe and is one of the core focuses of EURASHE in 2013. Together with the 10 partners, ensuring strong representation of European Professional Higher Education through the participation of Institutions, National Associations and structural partners, for 10 months we have been developing the project, focusing mainly on the research of the current state of Professional Higher Education in Europe.

The countries we are focusing on are Austria, Belgium, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Lithuania, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal and Slovenia.

Throughout the first phase of the project, partners are developing country profiles for 16 different higher education systems. Building the profiles started with ‘objective’ research. It includes first of all the legal status of PHE in the different countries in focus, including the legislations. These country data sheets cover as well data on teaching, curricula, research as well as recognition and credit transfer.

The other part of developing the country profiles includes a large survey performed over the countries in focus. Covering more ‘subjective’ information, the survey has been spread around the different groups of stakeholders and in the end resulted in over 700 responses. This will ensure a quality representation of different groups of stakeholders throughout the countries and will give a great value to the creation of the country profiles.

The survey was distinguished between two large groups of stakeholders:

  • Higher Education Institutions representatives,
  • Education and Training Stakeholders.

The survey researched stakeholders’ views on the following topics:

  • Meaning and Forms of Professional Higher Education,
  • State of Implementation of PHE,
  • Quality Delivery of PHE,
  • Development of PHE,
  • Trends and drivers for PHE from the professional sphere.

The combination of objective and subjective data will be put together in creating the country profiles. These will be presented in a booklet, to be published in September this year.

Stay tuned for the publication of Country Profiles in September.

8th European Quality Assurance Forum (EQAF) – Registrations Open!

E4-Group_logoThe registrations are open for the 8th edition of the European Quality Assurance Forum (EQAF), which will take place at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, from 21 to 23 November 2013.

Through a mix of plenary and parallel sessions, the 2013 EQAF, entitled ‘Working together to take quality forward’, will combine practice-oriented or research-based discussions that will take place in the paper sessions and workshops with presentations of current developments in quality assurance (QA).

The programme is now available as well as further information on the plenary, paper and workshop sessions over the three days of the Forum.

Members of EURASHE, co-organiser of EQAF, enjoy a reduced fee. The deadline for the early-bird registration fee is 18 October 2013. The final registration deadline is 4 November 2013. Register here.

This year the Forum will specifically explore how both individuals and organisations can better understand the role that quality assurance can play in their daily lives, get engaged and work together to take quality forward.

Participation in the 8th European Quality Assurance Forum is open to rectors, vice-rectors responsible for QA, QA officers in higher education institutions, academic and administrative staff, students, QA agencies, NGOs working in the field of higher education, interested stakeholders and researchers working in the QA area.

The call for contributions is still open for QA practitioners in higher education institutions and quality assurance agencies, students, institutional leaders and researchers in the field. Two types of contributions are sought: papers and workshops. The call remains open until 2 August 2013. EURASHE members are encouraged to contribute to the 8th edition of EQAF.

More on the 8th EQAF here.

HEI-ON Final Conference on the technical implementation of ECTS

HEI-ON_announcementThe HEION Network has brought together a number of European HEIs holding the ECTS Label to address an important part of current challenges for the technical implementation of ECTS by designing, developing and testing a prototype online tool for the realization of the ECTS Learning Agreement. This tool is intended to be used by any interested institution and will simplify and facilitate the development and dispatch of ECTS Learning Agreements in an online environment.

As a credit transfer mechanism, ECTS is the most often used instrument in use in the European Higher Education Area. Yet the technical implementation of ECTS in a student mobility context still faces serious difficulties, notably in terms of the administrative workload it involves for administrative staff, students and academic staff in HEIs.

In order to present the online tool and to provide more details on the work of the different Work Package teams the Network is organising the HEION final conference on October 29-30 in Leuven (Belgium), with amongst others Adam Tyson, Head of Erasmus at the European Commission with a keynote speech on ‘ECTS+ in Erasmus+’.

EURASHE participates in EUCIS-LLL Task Force on Validation of NFIL

EUCIS-LLL_logoEURASHE is taking part in the debates of the Task Force set up by EUCIS-LLL on the Validation of Non-Formal and Informal Learning. Sylvie Bonichon, French Bologna Expert will be representing EURASHE in the meeting of the task force scheduled for 11 July 2013.

Following on its Seminar on Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL): Flexible Ties in Higher Education held in December 2012 in Prague (Czech Republic), EURASHE will represent the views of professional higher education in the task force. This in view of the recent Council recommendation of December 2012 on the implementation of national validation mechanisms.

View the report of EURASHE’s RPL Seminar here. View EUCIS-LLL position on the Council recommendation here.

HIGHER EDUCATION – MAKING THE KNOWLEDGE TRIANGLE WORK – conference report published!

EURASHE_AC_Split_130509-10_report_coverEURASHE is pleased to present the Report of its 23rd Annual Conference on ‘HIGHER EDUCATION – MAKING THE KNOWLEDGE TRIANGLE WORK’, held on 9-10 May 2013 in Split (Croatia).

The Report has been authored by Richard Thorn, Emeritus President of Institute of Technology Sligo (Ireland).

The Report summarises the contents of the discussions and debates of the 23rd Annual Conference, linking the various keynote speeches,  plenary sessions and workshop contributions so as to make the whole event available even for non-participants.

Take this opportunity to go back to/discover the various input of our speakers, and to view a video message by 4 MEPs on the importance of the Knowledge Triangle and linked European Union initiatives and policies in current times.

More information on the Annual Conference here. Read the Report of the Annual Conference here.

European Youth Week 2013

YFJ_weekThe European Youth Week 2013 started earlier this week, Monday 27 May and is highlighting the achievements of the Youth in Action programme. Lasting until Sunday 2 June 2013, the sixth edition of the European Youth Week will focus centrally on the active citizenship of young people, particularly the participation of young people in society in the 2014 European Parliament elections. Our colleagues of the European Youth Forum (YFJ) are also celebrating the European Youth Week through the YO! Fest.

YO! Fest mobilises youth organisations, civil society partners as well as thousands of young people for re-launching European democracy through the ‘League of Young Voters’ campaign ahead of the European Parliament elections. Debates, workshops, concerts and a European Citizens Picnic hosted by Herman van Rompuy, President of the European Council, will await all those taking part.

More information on the European Youth Week on the Commission website here. More information on the European Youth Forum (YFJ) here. More information on YO! Fest here.

EADTU Open & Flexible HE Conference 2013

EADTU_conferenceThe European Association of Distance Teaching Universities (EADTU) will organise its Open and Flexible Higher Education Conference 2013, on 24-25 October in Paris (France). It will be titled ‘Transition to open and on-line education in European universities‘.

This year’s scope of the Open and Flexible education conference is about ‘Transition to open and on-line education in European universities’.

  1. This concerns topics directly related to:National and institutional aspects of opening up education
  2. Institutional models for online or blended course and curriculum development and delivery
  3. Innovations in technology enhanced learning, innovating pedagogies
  4. Quality assurance in online and distance learning

It will be organised by EADTU and hosted by the ‘Fédération Interuniversitaire de l’Enseignement à Distance, France’ (FIED), with the support of the French Ministry of Education and Research. Registrations are now open.

EADTU has made available pre-conference Master classes, including on the role of MOOCs in higher education, and on E-xcellence: quality assurance in e-learning

More information on EADTU on their website here. More information on the Open and Flexible Higher Education Conference 2013 here.

EURASHE contributes to CoE’s 24th Standing Conference of Ministers of Education – 26-27 April 2013

Photograph Council of Europe 24th Standing Conference of Ministers of Education, 26th April, Helsinki, Finlandia Hall, Family Portrait, with EURASHE’s President Prof. Andreas G. Orphanides (third from the right top row) - Mikko Käkelä ©
Photograph Council of Europe 24th Standing Conference of Ministers of Education, 26th April, Helsinki, Finlandia Hall, Family Portrait, with EURASHE’s President Prof. Andreas G. Orphanides (third from the right top row) – Mikko Käkelä ©

On 26-27 April 2013, EURASHE was represented at the 24th Standing Conference of Ministers of Education of the Council of Europe in Helsinki (Finland) by a delegation comprising its President Prof. Andreas G. Orphanides and its Secretary General Stefan Delplace.

The ministerial Conference was dedicated to the topics of governance and quality education. It highlighted the contemporary challenges in the implementation of governance and quality standards based on the vision of the Council of Europe.

This 24th Session provided ministers with the opportunity to focus on the roles and responsibilities of public authorities and gain knowledge and share effective results of policies, local contribution and international co-operation in ensuring good governance and quality education for all.

EURASHE’s contribution in the debates concentrated on the importance of quality assurance for all higher education providers in Europe. This is highlighted by the inclusion in the final declaration of an amendment proposed by EURASHE (in bold) to paragraph 20.3:

‘Wish the above measures to lead principally to: […]

developing our education systems as a public good with access to quality education for all pupils and students, adapted to their needs as appropriate, and ensuring that public responsibility for higher education, including provision for quality assurance, extends to private providers thereby guaranteeing that students can fully participate in higher education.’

Moreover, EURASHE also participated in the debates in both plenary sessions. Firstly on ‘Governance and Quality Education’ highlighting the important involvement of stakeholders with a speech by EURASHE’s President (here). Secondly on ‘Ensuring Quality Education’ with a message on the important basis that are the European Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance (ESG) with a second speech by EURASHE’s President (here).

View the programme, the final declaration, the participants’ list and the press release following the conclusion of the ministerial Conference. View the speech of the President of EURASHE on ‘Governance and Quality Education‘ and on ‘Ensuring Quality Education‘. More on the page of the Council of Europe here. More photographs by Mikko Käkelä here.

EURASHE re-elects President and Vice-President in Split

Regis Debrulle (Treasurer), Stefan Delplace (Secretary General), Andreas G. Orphanides (President), Patrick Blondé (Vice-President) and Michal Karpíšek (Vice-President) (left to right)
Regis Debrulle (Treasurer), Stefan Delplace (Secretary General), Andreas G. Orphanides (President), Patrick Blondé (Vice-President) and Michal Karpíšek (Vice-President) (left to right)

During EURASHE’s 2013 General Assembly held on 8 May 2013 in Split (Croatia), Prof. Andreas G. Orphanides, Rector of European University Cyprus (EUC) (Cyprus) was re-elected President of EURASHE for a 2-year term.

Michal Karpíšek, Executive Officer of the Czech Association of Schools of Professional Higher Education (CASPHE) (Czech Republic) was also re-elected Vice-President of EURASHE for a 2-year term.

More on the organisation of EURASHE here.

EURASHE’s 23rd Annual Conference – Report soon published

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EURASHE’s 23rd Annual Conference on ‘HIGHER EDUCATION – MAKING THE KNOWLEDGE TRIANGLE WORK‘ was successfully held on 9-10 May 2013 in Split (Croatia).

Contributions, speeches, presentations, photographs of the Conference are available here.

 

EURASHE involved in Revision of the ECTS Users’ Guide

ects-guide_enEURASHE has been involved in the Bologna Follow-Up Group (BFUG) Ad-Hoc Working Group on the Revision of the ECTS Users’ Guide along with representatives of Armenia, Austria, Belgium/Flemish Community, Germany, France, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Moldova, Sweden, Ukraine, UK, EUA, ESU, and ENQA.

EURASHE is represented in the Group by Sandra Kraze, BA School of Business & Finance (Latvia), member of the Council of EURASHE. Sandra Kraze is a Bologna Expert for Latvia and was member of the drafting group of ECTS Users’ Guide in  2009. EURASHE is also contributing through Sylvie Bonichon, La Providence Institution (France) as an external RPL expert. Sylvie Bonichon is a Bologna Expert for France.

Specifically the Group is tasked with preparing a revised version of the ECTS Users’ Guide by mid-2014, by reflecting on policy development and implementation in the area of ECTS and learning outcomes since the previous revision of the ECTS Users’ Guide in 2009, giving consideration to issues such as the following (and including in its scope further issues to be identified in consultation with the Working Group and external experts):

  • Linking ECTS better with student workload and learning outcomes;
  • ECTS in short-cycle provision, in 1st and 2nd cycle programmes of different length and in 3rd cycle;
  • Including the attainment of learning outcomes in assessment procedures;
  • Reflecting the developments in the area of the recognition of prior learning and with relation to the new EU Directive on Professional Qualifications;
  • Reflecting on the use of the Grading table in Annex 3 of the current ECTS Users’ Guide.

The first meeting of the Ad-hoc WG on the revision of the ECTS Users’ Guide was held on 25 February 2013 in Brussels, Belgium. The meeting was chaired by the European Commission and hosted 19 participants.

More information is available on the dedicated website here.

8th European Quality Assurance Forum (EQAF) – Call for Contributions!

E4-Group_logoWe are happy to announce that the 8th European Quality Assurance Forum (EQAF) will take place on 21-23 November 2013 at the University of Gothenburg (Sweden).

Through a mix of plenary and parallel sessions, the 2013 edition of EQAF, entitled ‘Working together to take quality forward’, will combine practice-oriented or research-based discussions that will take place in the paper sessions and workshops with presentations of current developments in quality assurance. This year the Forum will specifically explore how both individuals and organisations can better understand the role that quality assurance can play in their daily lives, get engaged and work together to take quality forward.

The Forum organisers, ENQA, ESU, EUA and EURASHE, have now opened a call for contributions from QA practitioners in higher education institutions and quality assurance agencies, students, institutional leaders and researchers in the field. Two types of contributions are sought: papers and workshops.

The deadline to submit contributions is 2 August 2013.

More on EQAF 2013 here.

Survey: Student Guidance at University for Inclusion

stayin_logoSTAY IN – Student guidance at university for inclusion is a two-year project co-funded under the European Commission’s Lifelong Learning programme that aims to provide a comprehensive on-going guidance service, including e-guidance, to students in higher education, to contribute increasing their educational achievement. You can find the survey here. Filling it in takes cc. 10 minutes. Thank you for your time and contribution!

Guidance services at university are generally focused on access (learning guidance), and exit (placement, career services). Support for students during their studies is less well-addressed, or not addressed at all. However, most students dropping out from university, point to the need for continuous support during the study lifecycle. This is particularly the case for distance students, given the fact that support services are often available only at the universities’ premises.

STAY IN therefore seeks to design and develop a service capable of supporting students in higher education during their academic career, by offering guidance and e-guidance to access available and prospective opportunities within the universities and in the communities where the universities are active. Guidance is conceived of as personalised support for each student to tackle potential obstacles that lead to disengagement and drop-out.

The STAY IN Consortium includes three universities (University of Macerata, Budapest University of Technology and Economics and Universidad de Sevilla), international research and consultancy companies (MELIUS, ARCOLA Research), an educational software developer company (LYNX), and two international educational networks (European Students Union and European Distance and E-Learning Network).

More information is available on the STAY IN website here.

EUCIS-LLL Annual Conference ‘Rethinking Learning: Transversal competences in the spotlight’

EUCIS-LLL_conference_2013EUCIS-LLL, of which EURASHE is a member, is pleased to invite you to its next Annual Conference on ‘Rethinking Learning: Transversal competences in the spotlight‘ taking place on 14 May 2013 in Vilnius (Lithuania).

Join the lifelong learning community to debate on key issues related to transversal competences following the European Commission’s strategy on “Rethinking Education”. In a very complex and ever-changing environment, Europeans must not only have and update specific job-related skills but also possess the transversal competences that will enable them to manage change and become lifelong learners. 

In view of the upcoming Lithuanian EU Presidency this event will give an opportunity to push forward some key messages from civil society representatives from all around Europe.

More information is available on EUCIS-LLL’s website here.

EAN Annual Conference ‘The Access Evolution: Adapt to Survive? New Challenges and Opportunities in Widening Participation in HE’

EAN_logoThe European Access Network (EAN) is organising in cooperation with the Council of Europe its 22nd Annual Conference on 2-5 June 2013 in Strasbourg (France) on the theme of  ‘The Access Evolution: Adapt to Survive? New Challenges and Opportunities in Widening Participation in HE‘. The European Access Network invites colleagues to join them at the Council of Europe, Strasbourg to assess the impact of the Access evolution in widening participation in higher education for disadvantaged groups.

Globally, participation in higher education has risen substantially. According to the OECD (Education at a Glance 2012) entry rates to university level programmes in OECD countries grew on average by nearly 25 percentage points between 1995 and 2010. This is good news, but fireworks would be premature. Despite expanding opportunities, participation and success in higher education remain skewed.

In Europe, higher education entered a new era when the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) came into being in 2010; and the Bologna reforms had ‘changed the face of higher education across Europe’. Meeting in 2012 against the backdrop of the European financial crisis, the European Ministers responsible for higher education affirmed it was ‘an important part of the solution to our current difficulties’. But progress towards equitable and inclusive higher education in Europe has previously moved slowly. The resolve of the Ministers is clear, but can real progress be achieved?

More information available on their website here.

4th University Scholars Leadership Symposium – August 2013, Philippines

HA_logoHumanitarian Affairs is organising the 4th University Scholars Leadership Symposium in Manila, Philippines from August 1 to 7, 2013, with the support of the United Nations.

Humanitarian Affairs is a member of the World Association of Non-Governmental Organisation and the World Alliance for Citizens Participation. It initiates and supports humanitarian relief efforts and developmental programs in countries that are poverty stricken and disaster-prone.

In the symposium, participants will get a chance to interact and discuss global issues with over 1,000 young leaders from different parts of the globe. Moreover, they will have an opportunity to learn and be more equipped to help through workshops by world-renowned Expert Humanitarians. One of them namely:

  • CNN’s Hero of the Year 2011, Robin Lim
  • CNN’s Hero of the Year 2012, Pushpa Basnet
  • Hands Across the Water UK’s, Peter Baines
  • Gawad Kalinga’s, Tony Meloto

Lastly, they will be given a chance to see and experience the lives of marginalized communities from the other side of the world through the Learning Journey.

More information on their website here.

JOQAR Conference ‘Quality Assurance and Recognition of Joint Programmes: The Art and the Passion’

JOQAR_logoToday, quality assurance and recognition of joint programmes still is a major challenge. The conference ‘Quality Assurance and Recognition of Joint Programmes: The Art and the Passion‘ provides higher education institutions, recognition authorities, quality assurance and accreditation agencies, and policy makers with the latest update on the solutions developed by the European Consortium for Accreditation (ECA) in the framework of the JOQAR project. The JOQAR project is co-funded by the European Commission and is the acronym of: Joint programmes – Quality Assurance and Recognition of degrees awarded. The Conference will take place on 20 and 21 June 2013 at Círculo de Bellas Artes (CBA), Madrid, Spain.’

The participants from higher education institutions and recognition authorities will get familiar with Guidelines and Good Practices on awarding joint degrees and issuing joint diploma supplements. These guidelines as well as guidelines for fair recognition by the competent authorities have been elaborated in close cooperation with ENIC-NARICs.

Furthermore, a number of on-line database driven tools have been designed to bring together the information on quality assurance and recognition of joint programmes in a user-friendly and interactive manner:

  • Joint Programmes Portal, this is an electronic database hosted in ECApedia containing all the information that is relevant regarding QA and recognition of joint programmes.
  • Qrossroads database, which contains information regarding quality assured and accredited higher education has been updated with the information on all Erasmus Mundus programmes.

As the design of joint programmes can be considered an act of creation and the successful handling of its quality assurance and recognition issues is an art in itself, the organising agency ANECA could not have chosen a better place to welcome you for our conference.

More on JOQAR here. More on the Conference on their website here.

EURASHE 23rd Annual Conference ‘Higher Education – Making the Knowledge Triangle Work’ PROGRAMME

EURASHE_knowledge_triangle_transpEURASHE’s 23rd Annual Conference is organised on 9-10 May 2013 in Split (Croatia).

EURASHE as the voice of professional higher education in the Bologna Process endeavours to link EDUCATION, INNOVATION and EMPLOYABILITY in a Knowledge Triangle in which professionally-oriented programmes play an important role.

The Conference opens with a look at the above links of the KNOWLEDGE TRIANGLE on a systemic level, through the eyes of the hosting country Croatia, while taking into account the European Commission’s view on Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI), and we will be inspired by major political voices on the national and European levels. We will then go in details into each of the key features of the Knowledge Triangle.

View the programme here. More information on the dedicated page of the Conference here.

The three subsequent Conference tracks (with interactive workshops, roundtable sessions and panel discussions) will develop the three major themes, namely identifying professional higher education in the EHEA, creating knowledge in the institutions in close cooperation with stakeholders, and finally how to make this Knowledge Triangle work, for the benefit of institutions, students and graduates.

 

On Saturday 13 May 2013, EURASHE is arranging an Extra Social Programme for participants of the Annual Conference.

Trip to Stari Grad on the Island Hvar

At 8:30 we will depart from the Split harbour by ferry in the direction of the island Hvar. A 2-hour ride will provide exquisite sites of some of the Croatian most beautiful islands and relaxing scenery. Upon the arrival to Stari Grad, we will visit the historic center and various cultural monuments:

  • Tvrdalj Castle, the fortified summer residence of Petar Hektorović, the Croatian Renaissance poet and erudite.
  • The City Museum with a permanent exhibition of ancient Pharos – old city, maritime, ethnographic and archeological collection.
  • The Dominican Monastery.
  • Starigrad Plain, archeological zone under the protection of UNESCO, a masterpiece of Greek culture in the Mediterranean.

At 14:30 we will have a lunch in the Tavern of the Hotel Arcada, next to the pool, palm trees and with the beautiful sight over the sea.

At 17:30 we will take a ferry back to Split. Expected arrival is at 19:30.

Guided Tour of Split

For the participants leaving Split already during Saturday, a city tour will be organised during the morning hours of Saturday.

EURASHE Seminar on RPL – Report by Věra Šťastná published!

EURASHE_Sem_RPL_121213-14_ReportEURASHE is pleased to present the Report of its Seminar on Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL): Flexible Ties within Higher Education, held on 13-14 December 2012 in Prague (Czech Republic).

The Report has been compiled by Věra Šťastná, Czech Republic Representative in the Bologna Follow-Up Group (BFUG), Charles University in Prague (Czech Republic).

The Report summarises the contents of the discussions and debates of the Seminar, as well as proposes a set of conclusions and recommendations from participants to make RPL a reality.

View also work conducted by Ruth Whittaker, speaker at the Seminar, on the website of the Scottish QAA on ‘Streamlining RPL Guidelines‘!

More information on the Seminar here. Read the Report of the Seminar here.

Revision Process of the ESG

E4-Group-3_logoENQA, ESU, EUA, EURASHE (composing together the E4-Group) as well as Education International (EI), BUSINESSEUROPE and the European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education (EQAR), are the seven stakeholders’ organisations in charge of preparing the initial proposal for the revised ESG.

EURASHE as part of this group is pleased to inform you that a specific website has been created in order to raise awareness on the revision of the ‘Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the EHEA’ (ESG), to increase its transparency and to promote a broader participation as well as to take into account any input since the early stages of the process.

On this website you will find more information on the ESG Revision Process, as well as an overview of the stakeholders involved, and an Open Call for Contributions.

Visit the ESG Revision website here.

EURASHE Round Table on Employability – Report published!

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Photograph: CC by-sa by Dennis Jarvis

EURASHE is pleased to present the Report of its Roundtable on Employability organised on 7 February 2013 in Brussels (Belgium). Read the Report of the Roundtable here.

In October 2012 EURASHE adopted its 2013 work programme with a strong emphasis shown on employability, highlighting our belief in the corner-stone importance of employability in current times.

This one-day closed event gathering selected experts in the field: researchers/students from Maastricht University (Netherlands) and from FH Joanneum University of Applied Sciences (Austria), researchers from Charles University in Prague (Czech Republic) and representatives from EUROCADRES and ASIIN e.V., allowed participants to compare their understanding of employability with other stakeholders and to suggest further actions to widen the HE community’s participation in further exploring the field of employability.

More information on the Roundtable here. Read the Report of the Roundtable here.

EAN-SiS Catalyst: Children as Change Agents – Policy-Practice Interface 24-26 April 2012

SiS-Catalyst_logoThe European Access Network (EAN) is a partner in the SiS Catalyst: Children as Change Agents project. The project is organising its 3rd policy-practice interface conference, ‘Global Catalysts: the Potential and Ethics of Learning from Children’ on 24-26 April 2012 at the University of Tartu in Tartu (Estonia).

The Conference is free of charge and all are welcome. In Tartu participants will consider the ethical guidelines and capture the organisational and societal learning which occurs as a consequence of working with, and listening to children and young people. See the invitation here.

More on the European Access Network here. More on SiS Catalyst here.

EURASHE welcomes 6 new members!

EURASHE_logoFollowing the decision of the Council of EURASHE in its meeting of 9 February 2013 in Brussels (Belgium), EURASHE has the pleasure to welcome 6 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.

EASPA Conference “Subject-based external QA: its contribution to quality development and mobility”

EASPA_logoOn Tuesday 21 May 2013, our colleagues of ASIIN e.V. and the European Alliance for Subject-Specific and Professional Accreditation and Quality Assurance (EASPA) are organising their first EASPA Annual Conference in Brussels (Belgium).

The theme of the Conference will be ‘Subject-based external QA: its contribution to quality development and mobility‘. The Conference is hosted in Brussels at the International Association Centre.

Members of EASPA include, amongst others, the European Network for the Accreditation of Engineering Education (ENAEE), the European Quality Assurance Network for Informatics Education (EQANIE), and our colleagues of the Association Européenne des Conservatoires, Academies de Musique et Musikhochschulen (AEC).

The conference will be an opportunity to hear high-level speakers on all aspects of the topic. Participants will be familiarized with the latest developments in TUNING, which has spread to practically all parts of the world. The director of the American ASPA, a group of around 70 field specific Quality Assurance Agencies, will give an overview over the latest developments in disciplinary QA from the United States, you will hear about the example of developing sectoral standards in the ICT field, get an update on the role of professional cards in Europe and how they are related with accreditation issues and also be acquainted with the final conclusions of the Assessment of Higher Education Learning Outcomes (AHELO) project and its repercussions for the future. There will also be a lot of room for discussion with the participants as well as for learning about the aims and objectives of EASPA.

The Conference is open to members of higher education institutions, national and international networks, quality assurance agencies, employers and students organizations and other actors in higher education.

More information on their website here.

Curriculum reform – a global invitation to submit case studies of whole institution curriculum reform

Open_logoThe Open University UK and the Higher Education Academy UK are working together to develop case studies of excellent global practice in curriculum reform which will be used to make recommendations to the higher education sector in the UK and internationally.

They are looking for universities across the globe which have, or are in the process of moving towards, large scale curriculum reform, in the hope to develop a small number of detailed case studies that shine a light on excellent practice. The research will be developed into a resource which will be relevant and useful to higher education institutions globally.

The brief submission form of case studies is available here. More information on the initiative available on their website here.

Call for the Expression of Interest for the position of President of the Technological Education Institute (TEI) of Pireaus

TEI-Piraeus_logoThe Hellenic Ministry of Education & Religious Affairs, Culture & Sports, Directorate of European Union Affairs, Department A’-Coordination, has issued a Call for the Expression of Interest for the position of President of the Technological Education Institute (TEI) of Pireaus.

The letter of the Call of Interest is available here.

EURASHE 23rd Annual Conference – “HIGHER EDUCATION – MAKING THE KNOWLEDGE TRIANGLE WORK” – 9-10 May 2013 – Split (Croatia) – REGISTRATIONS ARE OPEN!

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Photograph: CC by-nd by Robert Pittman

The 23rd Annual Conference of EURASHE will be held on Thursday 9 and Friday 10 May 2013 in Split (Croatia) at the occasion of the country joining the European Union. It will be preceded by EURASHE internal events, including its 2013 General Assembly on 8 May.

The main Conference theme will be ‘Higher Education – Making the Knowledge Triangle Work’.

More information is available on the dedicated page of the 23rd Annual Conference here.

The Conference is organised by EURASHE and the Croatian Council of Universities and University Colleges of Applied Sciences (VVIVŠ), in close co-operation with the Universities of Applied Sciences Network (UASnet), with the support of the Ministry, Education and Sports of the Republic of Croatia (MZOS), the University of Split (host), the Agency for Science and Higher Education (AZVO/ASHE) and the HAPHE initiative: Harmonising Approaches to Professional Higher Education in Europe.

The Conference will be held under the High Patronage of the President of the Republic of Croatia, prof.dr.sc. Ivo Josipović.

More information on the dedicated page of the 23rd Annual Conference here!