Season’s Greetings & A Happy New Year from EURASHE!

EURASHE_wishes2014 was yet another important year for EURASHE, with among our many activities our 24th Annual Conference in Yerevan (May), our Seminar on PHE in Otočec (October) and our latest Seminar on QA in Vilnius (December).

We hope to see you in 2015, at our 25th Annual Conference in Lisbon for example, to continue our support for Professional Higher Education in Europe!

We will now enjoy some days of rest. Please note that the Secretariat will be closed as of Monday 22 December 2014 until Monday 5 January 2015.

The EURASHE Secretariat

EURASHE welcomes 6 new members!

EURASHE_logoFollowing the decision of the Council of EURASHE in its meeting of 8 February 2014 in Brussels (Belgium), 4 September 2014 in Brussels (Belgium), and 5 December 2014 in Vilnius (Lithuania), 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.

A Manual for Internal Quality Assurance in Higher Education – with a special focus on professional higher education

Manual-IQA-2014_coverEURASHE has focused in the past years on providing hands-on support to its member institutions and other higher education institutions in implementing the priority areas of the Bologna reform process, this is especially true when considering the need for such support in the area of quality assurance and quality management. To achieve this, next to three hands-on seminars on internal quality assurance in 2012, 2013 and 2014, Lucien Bollaert, recognised expert in European quality assurance, has developed with the support of EURASHE’s working group on quality assurance A Manual for Internal Quality Assurance in Higher Education – with a special focus on professional higher education.

This publication is meant to be an inspirational guidebook with fundamental issues and clarifications next to good practices and also with warnings of possible pitfalls to explore internal quality assurance. It will serve as a basis for the discussions in the seminar on ‘How to Manage Quality in (Professional) Higher Education? – A Practical Approach‘ is a 2-day event focusing on the management of quality (assurance) in higher education institutions in Vilnius (Lithuania) on 3-4 December 2014.

Learn more here!

2 EURASHE round tables: Employability and QA of Bridging HVET-HE

EURASHE_study_employability_PHE_May2014_coverEURASHE is organising a Round Table on Employability in Brussels (Belgium) on Tuesday 9 December 2014. It will present the outcomes of the EURASHE Initial Study on Employability among PHE Graduates in Europe and further focus on the policy implications and recommendations. The Round Table will be attended by a variety of stakeholders, including both higher education representatives, the world of work, chamber of commerce etc. Outcomes of this Round Table will serve as an input for EURASHE’s policy paper on employability.

Learn more here!

 

warsawEURASHE is also organising a Round Table on Quality Assurance of Bridging Higher Vocational Education and Training and Higher Education in Warsaw (Poland) on Friday 12 December 2014.

Following an introductory speech by a recognised expert on European level, participants will discuss a holistic approach to quality assurance processes and the imperative need for quality culture in both sectors, bridging the gaps between them. The Round Table is a closed event reserved for EURASHE members and selected experts in the field. The Round Table will gather about 20 participants from Europe and Poland discussing the thematic. For more information, please contact eurashe@eurashe.eu.

Learn more here!

Interested in Mobility: LEMONOC & HUMERIA projects

LEMONOC_logoLearning Mobility with non-Industrialised Countries – LEMONOC newsletter 

LEMONOC aims at improving the quality of learning mobility with non-industrialised countries within European higher education institutions. It aims at facilitating cooperation and provide tools, resources and good practices.

Are you interested in improving mobility in your institution? You sign up for the LEMONOC newsletter, visit their website or read the LEMONOC fact sheet here.

The newsletter will inform you about the progress and outputs of our project. In addition you will receive news about learning mobility more generally, especially with non-industrialised countries: relevant events, important publication or current trends.

Learn more here!

 

HUMERIA_logoErasmus Mundus project HUMERIA call for applications now open!

HUMERIA offers granted mobility for Master, Doctorate (PhD) and Post-doctorate students as well as academic and administrative staff between EU and ENPI countries (Ukraine, Belarus, Moldavia, Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan). The project provides scholarships for students, researchers and staff mainly in the fields of humanities, education, research, international relations and arts. The call for applications is open until 23 December 2014. Don’t miss it!

Find the list of HUMERIA partner institutions, available scholarships and application information on the project’s website here. You can also stay up-to-date with HUMERIA on Facebook here.

Learn more here!

EURASHE signs a pledge of the European Alliance for Apprenticeships

EURASHE_EAFA_pledge_signed_17102014The European Alliance for Apprenticeships (EAfA), jointly coordinated by the European Commission’s DG Education and Culture and DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, aims to bring together public authorities, businesses, social partners, VET providers, youth representatives, and other key actors in order to promote apprenticeship schemes and initiatives across Europe.

On 17 October 2014 EURASHE has signed the pledge of the Alliance, committing the organisation to work on promoting apprenticeships, internships and work-based learning as parts of the higher education system, in order to further boost the development of skills and competencies as well as practical knowledge. In the course of 2015, EURASHE will organise several initiatives, further promoting the Alliance for Apprenticeships.

View the pledge here.

How to Manage Quality in (Professional) Higher Education? – A Practical Approach: Join us in Vilnius (Lithuania) on 3-4 December 2014

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The seminar on ‘How to Manage Quality in (Professional) Higher Education? – A Practical Approach’ is a 2-day event focusing on the management of quality (assurance) in higher education institutions organised in Vilnius (Lithuania) on 3-4 December 2014.

It is intended to inspire institutional management, as well as staff members, and all stakeholders (e.g. students, world of work representatives, policy-makers) who are managing, coordinating and involved in quality in higher education institutions; bringing together a ‘community of practice’.

To support institutions in implementing quality assurance, next to two previous hands-on seminars on internal quality assurance in 2012 and 2013, Lucien Bollaert, recognised expert in European quality assurance, has developed with the support of EURASHE’s working group on quality assurance A Manual for Internal Quality Assurance in Higher Education – with a special focus on professional higher education. It will serve as the backbone to the seminar.

Speakers include:

  • Prof. Andreas G. Orphanides, President of EURASHE (Cyprus)
  • Dr Rimantas Vaitkus, Vice-Minister of Education and Science of the Republic of Lithuania (Lithuania)
  • Dr Gintautas Bražiūnas, Rector of Vilniaus Kolegija/University of Applied Sciences (VIKO) (Lithuania)
  • Lucien Bollaert, Member of the Executive Board of the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO) (Netherlands/Belgium-Flanders)
  • Marieke Janssen, Head of the Quality Care and Educational Development Unit of University College Ghent (HoGent – Faculty of Science and Technology) (Belgium)
  • Asnate Kažoka, Steering Committee Member of the QA Experts Pool of the European Students’ Union (ESU) (Belgium)
  • Catherine Owen, Researcher at University of Glasgow (United Kingdom)
  • Maria Kelo, Director of the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA) (Belgium)
  • Klara Engels-Perenyi, Policy Officer at European Commission, DG Education and Culture (Belgium)
  • Johannes Haas, Director of Dual Education Programmes in Production Technology and Organisation at FH JOANNEUM University of Applied Sciences (Austria)
  • Nora Skaburskienė, Acting Director of Centre for Quality Assessment of Higher Education (SKVC) (Lithuania)
  • Prof. Anthony Dean, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, University of Winchester (United Kingdom), Member of the management group of EQ-arts of the European League of Institutes of the Arts (ELIA) (Netherlands)

Registrations open in the coming days. The registration fee is set at 300 EUR, members of EURASHE and regional participants (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania) will benefit from a reduced rate of 150 EUR. Each participant will receive a free copy of the Manual.

Learn more here!

Outcomes of the 3rd European Education Training and Youth Forum 2014

Androulla Vassiliou (left) and Johan Cloet (right)
Androulla Vassiliou (left) and Johan Cloet (right)

On 9 and 10 October 2014, the European Commission organised in Brussels the annual European Education, Training and Youth Forum 2014. Focused on the future priorities of the Education and Training 2020 Strategic Framework (ET2020) for cooperation in education and training and synergies with youth policies, the Forum gathered more than 400 participants representing civil society, institutions and national authorities. Opening speeches were given by Ms Androulla Vassiliou, outgoing European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, Ms Silvia Costa, Chair of the Culture and Education Committee of the European Parliament, and Mr Xavier Prats Monne, Director General for Education and Culture at the European Commission.During her last speech as European Commissioner, Ms Vassiliou stressed the developments in cooperation with civil society that visibly increased in the past years. One of the best examples is this Forum, which develops a dialogue between stakeholders, civil society and European Institutions, resulting in a better cooperation and stronger results. Just as the other speakers, Ms Vassiliou stressed the employability question which is nowadays mentioned very often in links with employment, and reflected in the new structure of the European Commission, dividing skills and competences from the education portfolio, and placing it under the competencies of the DG for Employment.

One of the focuses of the Forum was the review of ET2020. Published in 2009, this document serves as the strategic framework for the developments in the education and training agenda in the period between 2010 and 2020. Earlier this year, the European Commission has sent a call for input on the review of ET2020 in which EURASHE also took part. Participants of the Forum were presented with the outcomes of the review based on the stakeholders’ survey. The survey showed the highest positive impact in the areas of lifelong learning, quality and efficiency in education and training, and mobility. At the same time, areas such as governance and funding or equity, social cohesion and active citizenship show more space for improvements. Based on the outcomes of the survey, discussions from the Forum, as well as on the other inputs received, the Commission will publish a reviewed version with adjusted benchmarks for the following 5 years.

Workshops at the Forum were following the priorities of the ET2020 Framework. EURASHE followed the topic of excellence and innovation. Here, we discussed recommendations that should feed into the review of ET2020. EURASHE was strongly supporting the increased promotion of cooperation between education and the world of work, as well as promotion of excellence and innovation of teaching, and recognition thereof. We hope to see some of the proposals having an effect on the linked European policies and activities in the upcoming years.

Building bridges for a more professional higher education: Join us in Otočec (Slovenia) on 16-17 October

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EURASHE will organise a Seminar on Professional Higher Education (PHE) titled ‘Building bridges for a more professional higher education‘ in Otočec (Slovenia) on 16-17 October 2014.

The Seminar is a 2 day event focusing on the mission of professional higher education (PHE). It is intended to inspire institutional management, staff members, world of work and policy-makers in profiling their institutions and their everyday work.

EURASHE has focused in the past years on the mission of professional higher education, mainly though the HAPHE (Harmonising Approaches to Professional Higher Education in Europe) project. At the very end of the project, EURASHE decided to host this Seminar, based on the outcomes of the organisation’s and project’s work. While developing Profile of Professional Higher Education in Europe, a diversity of approaches has been researched, large amount of stakeholders consulted, bringing us to the final ‘Definition and Characteristics of PHE’. These will serve as a basis for the discussions in Otočec, developing the programme in 3 tracks: Policy and Strategy, Teaching and Learning and Research, Innovation and Development. Throughout the sessions grouped around these core characteristics of PHE, we will gather input from institutional representatives, the world of work and other relevant stakeholders. We will as well welcome speakers from various countries in order to share with participants best practices from both institutional and policy point of view. Involvement of different stakeholders, with a strong position of the world of work in the programme will further stimulate building of bridges between the higher education sector and the world of work, for a more professional higher education.

Registrations are now open! The registration fee is set at 290 EUR, members of EURASHE will benefit from a reduced rate of 190 EUR. Further information on the rationale, the programme as well as travel and accommodation information on the page of the conference here!

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Quality Tools for Professional Higher Education Review and Improvement

PHExcel_Quality Tools for PHE Review and Improvement_2014The PHExcel report on Quality Tools for Professional Higher Education Review and Improvement is now available for download in our online library here.

The report is the first outcome of the project, and provides an overview of quality tools, quality models and quality labels, currently in use in (professional) higher education. It is followed by a gap analysis as regards the Standards and Guidelines for quality assurance in the European Higher Education Area (ESG), and the identified characteristics of PHE.

More specifically, after identifying 46 quality tools, 7 models and 12 labels were selected for further investigation based on their full coverage or not of the preliminary HAPHE definition and key characteristics of PHE. A typology of quality tools was conducted with the aim to provide an overview of basic information needed for each model and label, and to clarify common features and dissimilarities of the tools. The extent of coverage and the gaps in each model and label were then identified with reference to the ESG, and to the preliminary HAPHE key characteristics of PHE.

The underlying data of the report is progressively being made available on the PHExcel website here, through an interactive comparison tool for browsing and comparing data between all or selected quality models and/or labels.

Part of the report is based on the outcomes of the HAPHE project, providing a preliminary definition of PHE in Europe and set of key characteristics as to what is PHE. The finalised definition and characteristics will be presented in the autumn, during the Seminar on Professional Higher Education: Building bridges for a more professional higher education held in Otočec (Slovenia) on 16-17 October 2014. Further, the ESG gap analysis performed within the report is based on the proposal for revised ESG, which are to be accepted in their final form at the 2015 Ministerial Conference in Yerevan (Armenia). The PHExcel partners therefore agreed to come back to the report once the final definition and characteristics as well as the final revised ESG are available, by the end of 2015.

The next stage in the PHExcel initiative is the development of a Quality Framework for Professional Higher Education Excellence responding to what constitutes PHE in Europe and complying with the overarching basis for quality assurance in European higher education: the ESG. The PHExcel expert group is developing the draft quality framework, which will then go onto an evaluation and validation phase.

New Secretary General of EURASHE

Stefan Delplace (left) and Johan Cloet (right)
Stefan Delplace (left) and Johan Cloet (right)

EURASHE announces that at the 2014 General Assembly of EURASHE, held on 14 May in Yerevan (Armenia), Mr Johan Cloet (Belgium) was appointed as the new Secretary General of EURASHE (from 2014 to 2016), to succeed Stefan Delplace (Secretary General from 2004-2014). The EURASHE community wishes him a successful career in our association.

You will find attached a brief biographical note of the new Secretary General of EURASHE.

Johan Cloet is the former General Director of Lessius University College/Vice-General Director of Thomas More University College in Antwerp, Belgium (2008-2012). He has been involved in the activities of the Flemish Council of University Colleges (VLHORA – member of EURASHE) as member of its steering board, and president of the steering group of educational policy. In 2013 Johan Cloet has been selected as a member of evaluation teams in the framework of the Institutional Evaluation Programme (IEP) of the European University Association. A former ministerial advisor to the government of the Brussels Region, Johan Cloet’s field of study is psychology.

24th Annual Conference ‘Qualifications for the Labour Market’ – Material!

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EURASHE organised its 24th Annual Conference ‘Qualifications for the Labour Market‘ in Yerevan (Armenia) on 15-16 May 2014.

The material of the conference has now been published!

All presentations and speeches of the conference are available in our online library here, and on the dedicated page of the conference here.

All the photographs of the event, as well as the conference report, and the summary of the evaluation forms will be available in the coming days. Stay tuned!

24th Annual Conference ‘Qualifications for the Labour Market’ – Speakers!

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The 24th Annual Conference of EURASHE ‘Qualifications for the Labour Market‘ will take place on 15-16 May 2014 in Yerevan (Armenia).

Join the following speakers in Yerevan:

  • Andreas G. Orphanides, President of EURASHE, Rector of European University Cyprus (EUC) (Cyprus)
  • Hovik Abrahamyan, Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia (Armenia)
  • Armen Ashotyan, Minister of Education and Science of the Republic of Armenia (Armenia)
  • Hovhannes Tokmajyan, Rector of the State Engineering University of Armenia (SEUA), on behalf of the Rectors’ Council of Armenia State Higher Educational Institutions (Armenia)
  • Gagik Galstyan, Rector of the National University of Architecture and Construction of Armenia (NUACA) (Armenia)
  • Jim Allen, Senior Researcher at Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market, Maastricht University (Netherlands)
  • Don F. Westerheijden, Senior Research Associate at the Center for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS), University of Twente (Netherlands)
  • Raimund Hudak, Professor at Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University Mosbach (DHBW), CEO of Synesis GmbH (Germany)
  • Barbara Kelly, Head of Industry and External Partnerships at Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) (Ireland)
  • Stéphane Lauwick, Member of the Board of EURASHE, Director of Le Havre University Institute of Technology (IUT) (France)
  • Armando Pires, Vice-President of the Portuguese Polytechnics Coordinating Council (CCISP), President of the Polytechnic Institute of Setúbal (IPS) (Portugal)
  • Slava Pevec Grm, Senior Expert in the Qualifications and Learning Outcomes at Cedefop (Greece)
  • Karine Harutyunyan, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Armenia (Armenia)
  • Anita Līce, Adviser on Education and Employment Affairs, BUSINESSEUROPE – Employers’ Confederation of Latvia (Latvia)
  • Armen Budaghyan and Kristina Tsaturyan, Higher Education NQF Working Group of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Armenia (Armenia)
  • Mike Grey, EC Futures Team Leader, Faculty of Engineering and Computing, Coventry University (United Kingdom)
  • Jari Riihelainen, Education policy and system analyst at the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA), European Commission (Belgium)
  • Jens Vraa-Jensen, Chair of HERSC, The Higher Education and Research Standing Committee of Education International in Europe (ETUCE) (Belgium)
  • Rok Primožič, Chairperson of the European Students’ Union (ESU) (Belgium)
  • Alicia-Leonor Sauli-Miklavčič, Secretary General of the Association of Slovene Higher Vocational Colleges (ASHVC) (Slovenia)
  • Michal Karpíšek, Vice-President of EURASHE, Executive Officer of the Czech Association of Schools of Professional Higher Education (CASPHE) (Czech Republic)
  • Gayane Harutyunyan, Head of the Bologna Follow-Up Group (BFUG) Secretariat (Armenia)
  • Arthur Aghababyan, Rector of Yerevan University after Movses Khorenatsy (Armenia)
  • Ashot Markosyan, Professor at National University of Architecture and Construction of Armenia (NUACA) (Armenia)
  • Hovik Musayelyan, Director of Synopsys Armenia (Armenia)

Further information on the rationale, the programme, the registration as well as travel and accommodation information on the page of the conference here.

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Higher education stakeholder organisations present proposal for revised “Standards and Guidelines for quality assurance in the European Higher Education Area” (ESG)

The E4 Group (European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA), European Students’ Union (ESU), European University Association (EUA), European Association of Institutions in Higher Education (EURASHE)), in cooperation with Education International (EI), BUSINESSEUROPE and European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education (EQAR) have today (18 March) published a joint proposal for a revised version of the “Standards and Guidelines for quality assurance in the European Higher Education Area (ESG)”.

 

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Background

The current ESG, adopted in 2005 by European Ministers, are used by institutions and quality assurance agencies as a reference document for internal and external quality assurance (QA) systems in higher education. Moreover, they help to contribute to the common understanding of quality assurance for learning and teaching across borders and are also used as criteria by the European Quality Assurance Register (EQAR), which is responsible for the register of quality assurance agencies that comply with the ESG.

Since 2005, considerable progress has been made in quality assurance as well as in other Bologna Process action lines such as qualification frameworks, recognition and the promotion of the use of learning outcomes, all these contributing to a paradigm shift towards student-centred learning and teaching. Given this changing context, in 2012 the Bologna Process Ministerial Communiqué invited the E4 Group (ENQA, ESU, EUA and EURASHE) in cooperation with Education International , BUSINESSEUROPE and EQAR, to prepare an initial proposal for a revised ESG “to improve their clarity, applicability and usefulness, including their scope”.

 

The proposal for a revised ESG

The proposal for a revised version of the ESG, published and presented today at an event in Brussels, has been forwarded to the Bologna Follow Up Group (BFUG), which oversees the Bologna Process in between Ministerial meetings.

As requested by Ministers, the organisations responsible for the proposal have sought to make the ESG clearer, particularly in terms of their structure and in order to avoid potential confusion with their interpretation. The proposal, which presents the joint views of all of the organisations, reflects the recent changes in the EHEA and shows the way forward, we believe, by making a more explicit link to the learning and teaching process in the section on internal QA and defines the relationship of QA with other Bologna Process developments that have taken place since 2005 (including those relating to Qualifications Frameworks and learning outcomes).

 

Next steps

The proposal will be discussed at the next BFUG meeting in April. The expectation is that the proposal will be adopted at the latest at the next EHEA Ministerial Meeting that will take place in Armenia in 2015.

 

The full proposal for the revised ESG is available hereThe current ESG (in 12 languages) are available here.

 

Contacts

For further information, please contact Stefan Delplace (Secretary General) or Alexandre Wipf (policy and communications officer)

9th European Quality Assurance Forum (EQAF) – Call for Contributions!

E4-Group_logoThe 9th European Quality Assurance Forum (EQAF) will take place on 13-15 November 2014 in Barcelona (Spain) at the University of Barcelona. ENQA, ESU, EUA and EURASHE, the co-organisers, have now issued a call for contributions.

This year’s edition will also include a plenary session on the results of HAPHE (Harmonising Approaches to Professional Higher Education in Europe) and first outcomes of PHExcel (Testing the Feasibility of a Quality Label for PHE Excellence). Both projects are coordinated by EURASHE.

EURASHE members and professional higher education institutions are encouraged to contribute to the 9th EQAF.

Through a mix of plenary and parallel sessions, the 2014 EQAF, entitled ‘Changing education – QA and the shift from teaching to learning‘, 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 explore whether and how current QA approaches are keeping up with and supporting developments in learning and teaching.

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, academic staff, institutional leaders and researchers in the field. Two types of contributions are sought: papers and workshops. The deadline to submit contributions is 25 July 2014.

IDEAS collection of case studies impacting equity

IDEAS_logoEURASHE is taking part in the IDEAS initiative aiming at Identifying Effective Approaches to Enhancing the Social Dimension of Higher Education.

The first stage of this project is to gather case studies that have a demonstrable impact on improving equity in higher education.

Following this collection of case studies we will analyse them by creating a typology of intervention and further refining the criteria and characteristics of each intervention. Finally we will create a toolbox of effective approaches and widely promote them through a lecture tour in 10 institutions in Europe.

Participate in the collection of case studies improving equity with the IDEAS grid!

Contribute to the 2015 Trends Report

EUA_Trends_2010The European University Association (EUA) is currently preparing its next Trends Report, to be published in time for the Bologna Ministerial meeting in the spring of 2015 in Yerevan (Armenia).

EUA has been conducting its Trends surveys, which aim to feed an institutional perspective into European higher education policy discussions, since 1999 (view Trends 2010 here). Over time, these reports have become sources of information and reference for policy makers and the higher education community. The 2015 Trends survey will concentrate on learning and teaching in European higher education.

The institutional questionnaire was launched in January 2014, and EUA is now inviting higher education institutions from all over Europe to participate in the survey.

If you think your institution may be interested in participating, please contact the Trends team at trends@eua.be. The questionnaire is aimed at the institutional leadership of higher education institutions. The deadline for submitting the questionnaire to the EUA secretariat is 30 April 2014.

More details on the Trends 2015 survey is provided in the information document and on the official page here.

EURASHE invites professional higher education institutions to take part in this new edition of the Trends Report.

Register for EURASHE 24th Annual Conference ‘Qualifications for the Labour Market’

24th Annual Conference ‘Qualifications for the Labour Market’ – 15-16 May 2014 – Yerevan (Armenia)

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EURASHE will organise on 15-16 May 2014 its 24th Annual Conference titled ‘Qualifications for the Labour Market‘.

It will be hosted by the Yerevan State University (YSU) and the National University of Architecture and Construction of Armenia and with the support of Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Armenia and the Rectors Council of Armenian State Higher Educational Institutions. The 24th Annual Conference of EURASHE will be preceded by meetings of the General Assembly of EURASHE on Wednesday 14 May 2014.

The main theme of this year’s conference is ‘Qualifications for the Labour Market’, concentrating on the important topic of employability but also tools and models enhancing it. Plenary, working and training sessions will consider, amongst others, the themes of recognition and national education systems, apprenticeships, learning outcomes, and University-Business Cooperation.

Registrations will open soon, stay tuned, and reserve the dates! The programme is available on the page of the conference as well as practicalities for your stay!

Launch of the initial proposal for the revised European Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance (ESG)

E4-Group-3_logoOn 18 March 2014, the E4-Group (ENQA, ESU, EUA, EURASHE) in cooperation with Education International, BUSINESSEUROPE and the European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education (EQAR), will organise a Breakfast Briefing on the Launch of the initial proposal for the revised European Standard and Guidelines for Quality Assurance (ESG).

It will be hosted by the Permanent Representation of Austria to the EU in Brussels (Belgium).

The event is on invitation only. More information to follow soon.

EU Validation Seminar on Defining PHE – 5 February 2014

HAPHE_logo_2EURASHE, and its partners of the HAPHE project, will organise on 5 February 2014 in Brussels (Belgium) an EU Validation Seminar on Defining Professional Higher Education.

Its aim will be to validate the draft definition and characteristics of professional higher education that the partners identified in the first phase of the project, through desk research and a wide survey with more than 600 stakeholders involved. These results are presented in the publication Profile of Professional Higher Education in Europe.

This EU Validation Seminar on Defining Professional Higher Education will bring together main stakeholders in the field, and gather their input on the proposed definition and characteristics. It will take place on 5 February 2014, starting at 2.00 pm, in the EURASHE offices in Brussels, and followed by a cocktail reception.

More information on the programme and speakers is available on the page of the seminar here. Contact us for more details and the preparatory material, and confirm your participation by 29 January 2014 by sending an email to eurashe@eurashe.eu.