Best Wishes from EURASHE!

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2015 was yet another important year for EURASHE, with amongst others, the celebration of our 25 years at our Annual Conference in Lisbon, our seminars in Warsaw, Heilbronn, Belgrade and Moscow, and our round tables in Brussels and Glasgow.

We hope to see you in 2016, at our 26th Annual Conference in Belgrade, our EQUIP events or during any of our other activities, where we will continue supporting professional higher education in Europe!

The EURASHE secretariat

Join 5 events on the use of the ESG 2015 as a tool for change

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EURASHE is organising with colleagues of the EQUIP project (ENQA, EUA, ESU, EI, EQAR, UiO, CCISP) 5 events on the use of the ESG 2015 as a tool for change in European higher education in the first semester of 2016. Free-of-charge registrations for these events are now open here.

Join us in our workshops and webinars:

  • Webinar on 17 February 2016
  • Workshop in Amsterdam, Netherlands, on 14-15 March 2016
  • Webinar on 13 April 2016
  • Workshop in Vienna, Austria on 9-10 May 2016
  • Workshop in Lisbon, Portugal on 6-7 June 2016

During these workshops and webinars you will have the opportunity to exchange with peers and all stakeholders of higher education on the changes in the ESG 2015 and specific themes, including the importance of student-centred learning.

As workshop places are limited we encourage you to register as soon as possible. Full information on the programme, speakers as well as practicalities will follow soon.

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2016 26th Annual Conference: Registrations are open!

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EURASHE’s 26th Annual Conference has officially been launched. The conference is titled ‘Centres of cooperation striving for excellence: professional higher education and the world of work‘ and will take place on 21-22 April 2016.

More information is available on the page of the conference here, including the theme of the conference, programme, practical information and information on Serbia, the hosting country.

The conference will be preceded by a meeting of EURASHE’s General Assembly on 20 April 2016.

Registrations are now open and will close on 11 April. More information on speakers will come soon.

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EQAF marks 10th anniversary at 2015 Forum in London

EQAF_logoThe 2015 European Quality Assurance Forum (EQAF) was held in London, UK on 19-21 November, hosted by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) and UCL Institute of Education. Over 500 participants attended, making it the largest EQAF to date and a fitting way to mark the 10th anniversary of the Forum.

This year, under the title of ‘Taking stock and looking forward’, EQAF reflected on the developments in quality assurance (QA) and higher education over the past decade, from the introduction of the first edition of the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area (ESG) in 2005, the formal launch of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) in 2010, right up to the revision of the ESG earlier in this year. In doing this, participants examined the added value that QA brings to the higher education landscape and how best to demonstrate that.

Looking to the future, much of the discussion focused on the consequences of the ESG 2015 for all higher education stakeholders and challenges that might be faced in meeting the new expectations laid out in the document, which aims to further strengthening the European QA framework, while continuing to respect diversity in national and institutional approaches. In many places, changes are already being made, and some of these were discussed in greater detail in the EQAF paper and workshop sessions, with a range of concrete practices and case studies being presented.

For those who missed EQAF 2015, or who want to relive some of it, recordings of the three plenary sessions are available here, together with the presentations and papers from the Forum.

EQAF is organised by the E4 Group consisting of the European University Association (EUA), the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA), the European Students’ Union (ESU) and the European Association of Institutions in Higher Education (EURASHE). The 11th EQAF will take place from 17-19 November 2016 in Ljubljana. It will be hosted by the Slovenian Student Union and the University of Ljubljana.

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EURASHE welcomes 6 new members!

EURASHE_logoIn the second half of 2015, following the decision of its statutory bodies, EURASHE has the pleasure to welcome 6 new members. They are:

 

more information here

EURASHE 2016 work programme

EURASHE_logoIn 2016 EURASHE will continue to address its 4 thematic areas; the 2016 work programme comprises:

Mission of professional higher education

  • Our 26th Annual Conference organised on 21-22 April in Belgrade (Serbia) will be our main event of the year, focusing on the new modes of cooperation between professional higher education and the world of work, providing information and support on the latest trends and developments to members and the wider higher education community;
  • Strengthening the links between higher education and the world of work will be one of the main aspect of our work in 2016, with amongst others the establishment of a Committee for Strategic Advice (26 September, Seville, tbc), the PROCSEE and BuildPHE projects, we also hope to work on a specific project assessing university-business cooperation in Europe;
  • Innovative and alternative funding mechanisms will be further in focus following a survey in 2015, we will gather good practices and organise a workshop during our annual conference (21-22 April, Belgrade);

Quality of higher education

  • A 2nd edition of the Manual for IQA will be developed in 2016;
  • Training opportunities on the themes of the ESG 2015 will be provided through the EQUIP project, a workshop in our annual conference (21-22 April, Belgrade) and our autumn seminar (26-27 September, Seville, tbc);
  • Supporting institutions in their strive for excellence will be achieved using the outcomes of the PHExcel project, training experts that can in turn support institutions in striving for excellence, and through the TEACHEX project;
  • International cooperation will also be addressed through our possible involvement in setting up a network for quality assurance in Eurasia;
  • New approaches to quality culture will be further researched, including through the concept of the learning organisation.

Modernising professional higher education

  • Access and inclusion of refugees in higher education will be the topic of a workshop (18 February, Brussels) to support higher education institutions in responding to current challenges, in addition we hope to contribute to a project on the topic;
  • Permeability between VET and higher education will be the topic of an expert workshop (16 June, Brussels) and the BEEHiVES project will continue;
  • Access to higher education is the topic of the IDEAS project;
  • International cooperation will also be in focus through the TACTIC, ALRAKIS II and HUMERIA projects;
  • Supporting the development of quality internships/apprenticeships will be the topic of an ad-hoc project group intending to develop support systems for SMEs in Europe in acquiring quality apprenticeships;
  • The Bologna reform process will continue to be on the agenda of EURASHE, through its participation in the BFUG meetings, Board, advisory and working groups;
  • Learning outcomes and their assessment will be the focus of the CALOHEE project;
  • A Workshop on the modernisation of higher education will be organised (11 November, Brussels) to further see how higher education can support the aims and goals set in EU/EHEA policies and strategies;
  • Good practices, case studies and bad practices will be gathered to support higher education institutions and the wider higher education community in all topics relevant to their daily work.

Research, development and innovation

  • The engagement of students in applied research will be the topic of our autumn seminar organised on 26-27 September in Seville (Spain), tbc;
  • Market-based research will be addressed through the prism of so-called professional/industrial PhDs which will be mapped and examined throughout Europe;
  • The role of applied research in regional development will be the focus of an ad-hoc project group that will look at the involvement of the world of work in higher education research projects for regional development.

EURASHE will also continue its internal activities, with meetings of the:

  • General Assembly, on 20 April in Belgrade (Serbia) and 27 September in Seville (Spain), tbc;
  • Board, on 19 February in Brussels (Belgium), 20 April in Belgrade (Serbia), 17 June in Brussels (Belgium) and 10 November in Brussels (Belgium);
  • Committee for Strategic Advice, on 26 September in Seville (Spain), tbc;
  • Working groups, on 19 February in Brussels (Belgium), 17 June in Brussels (Belgium) and 11 November in Brussels (Belgium).

For more information and to take part, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Publication of the ESG 2015

ESG_2015The EQUIP project aims at supporting higher education in implementing the ESG and using them as a tool for change.

The Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area, also known as the European Standards and Guidelines or ESG, are the basis for quality assurance in the European Higher Education Area (EHEA). They are one of the main achievements of the Bologna Process and its follow-up structure, the Bologna Follow-Up Group (BFUG) in the past decade. The ESG 2015 were adopted by ministers in charge of higher education in the EHEA during their conference in Yerevan, in May 2015.

Therefore the EQUIP project has printed 15,000 copies of the ESG 2015 on behalf of the authors. They will be disseminated throughout higher education in Europe in the coming days and weeks.

One of the first opportunities to receive a copy of the ESG 2015 is the 10th European Quality Assurance Forum (EQAF), the premier event for quality assurance in higher education in Europe, organised this year on 19-21 November, in London, UK. More on EQAF is available here.

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HUMERIA call for applications: mobility scholarships for doctoral students and post-doctoral researchers

HUMERIA_logoThe HUMERIA project has announced the opening of its third call for mobility scholarships applications. The call runs from 16 October to 7 December 2015.

Within this third call, HUMERIA is offering short-term (6 months) mobilities for doctoral students and post-doctoral researchers in both directions (European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI) to European Union (EU) and vice versa). Altogether 15 scholarships for doctoral students, and 7 scholarships for post-doctoral researchers are available.

The application process is open on the HUMERIA website here.

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Statutory changes for EURASHE

EURASHE_logoAt the Extraordinary General Assembly on 17 October 2015, members of EURASHE unanimously approved the proposed revision of the statutes of the association. The statutes have been revised with a view to improve clarity, increase transparency of responsibilities and decision-making processes, simplify the membership structure and enhance the members’ involvement in the association.

To enable an efficient strategic and operational management, the structure of the association is now composed of 4 bodies:

  • the General Assembly (meeting twice a year),
  • the Board,
  • the Committee for Strategic Advice,
  • the Secretariat.

The Council ceases to exist. The size of the Board is larger with 10 members, members of the Board are also chairs of the Working Groups, thus making the Working Groups statutory. The Secretary General is no longer a member of the Board and his/her mandate is increased from 2 to 4 years. A consultative and advisory body is created, called Committee for Strategic Advice, composed of EURASHE members, stakeholders from the world of work, other stakeholders of professional higher education and other experts.

The membership structure is made up of 3 categories, Full, Associate and Affiliate Member. Being a European association, EURASHE’s core membership lies within the EHEA and is composed of higher education institutions and associations of higher education institutions.

The new statutes are expected to come into force in early 2016, once authenticated by notary deed and officially published in the Belgian official gazette. The statutes will be published once legally binding. They are available in the members’ area for EURASHE members.

Members’ Area

Applied research benefits to the regional development, Heilbronn, 3 December

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Join us in Heilbronn (Germany) on 3 December 2015 for a seminar on ‘Applied research benefits to the regional development‘ discussing:

  • The EU’s Innovation Union and the European Research Area
  • Applied RDI in European professional higher education
  • The impact and activities of regional chamber of commerce
  • Regional SME expectations for RDI cooperation
  • Best practices in involving students in the cooperation with the world of work

The aim of the seminar is to present different aspects of how regional development can be combined with and benefit from applied research. It brings together RDI experts both from local and international level and representatives from the world of work and offers a platform for exchanging ideas on how to further develop the activities in the future.

The seminar is organised by EURASHE and the Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg Heilbronn.

more information here

Lucien Bollaert’s webinar on Quality Assurance

Lucien_Bollaert_BELucien Bollaert will be speaking on ‘Quality, Quality Assurance and Quality Culture in Higher Education’ during ECA’s second webinar. The webinar is interactive (with a chat box allowing questions) and will be broadcast on Tuesday 20 October 2015 at 15.00 CET.

Lucien Bollaert is member of the executive board of the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO), member of the board of the European Consortium for Accreditation in higher education (ECA) and member of the working on quality of higher education of EURASHE. His book A Manual for Internal Quality Assurance in Higher Education – with a special focus on professional higher education was launched in late 2014. The manual drew a lot of attention internationally and has already been reprinted. Lucien Bollaert also wrote an article on ‘Quality Assurance in Europe (2005-2015)’ which can be downloaded here.

View the webinar here!

 

Seminar on PHE – Moscow 2015 – Material!

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EURASHE co-organised a seminar on 25 September in Moscow (Russia) titled ‘Professional Higher Education as a Solution to the Economic Crisis‘.

The presentations of the seminar are now online. They address the following topics:

  • Russian higher education is looking for new pathways,
  • University-business cooperation as a motor for economical and regional development is high on the agenda,
  • This cooperation is also considered as a part of student-centred education and employability of graduates,
  • New approaches of quality assurance.
more information here

Call for posters on funding of professional higher education at Warsaw seminar

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On the first day of the seminar ‘Innovative PHE: New trends for the future‘ in Warsaw (Poland) on 14-15 October 2015, a poster session will take place on the topic of funding of professional higher education.

We aim at attracting posters showcasing different funding models across Europe. We encourage you to take this opportunity to present at the event institutional best practices! If you are interested in presenting, please contact us here for more information.

Please note that poster presenters are entitled to a EUR 50 reduction on the seminar participation fee.

more on the seminar here contact us here for posters

Questionnaire on Institutional funding and on Research, development and innovation (RDI) activities of professional higher education

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EURASHE is committed to actively contribute to the development of professional higher education and applied research. Recently it established a working group dedicated to RDI. EURASHE is also reviewing institutional funding trends of professional higher education in Europe, which is in line with its work on the mission of PHE.

EURASHE has decided to launch this questionnaire to get an up-to-date overall picture of the current funding and of RDI situations. The results of the survey will be analysed anonymously and compiled in a report, which will help us to position ourselves to continue delivering quality advocacy work on funding of higher education and on applied research.

A report of the questionnaire will be presented in two events: a seminar titled ‘Innovative PHE: New trends for the future’, taking place in Warsaw (Poland) on 15 and 16 October, it will tackle the topic of funding of PHE and will use the first results of this survey to look into diversified opportunities and trends across Europe. The other event will focus on regional development in RDI and is organised in Heilbronn (Germany) on 3 December.

Thank you in advance for your time and contribution!

Click on one section to show the questions and complete the questionnaire. If you don’t know all the answers, you are welcome to complete only the parts of the questionnaire that you work with. You can submit your contribution at the bottom of the page.

 


The survey is now closed.

 

Announcing: Seminar on Innovative PHE: New trends for the future, Warsaw, 14-15 October

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EURASHE will organise a seminar on professional higher education (PHE) titled ‘Innovative PHE: New trends for the future‘ in Warsaw (Poland) on 14-15 October 2015. It is organised by EURASHE and the Conference of Rectors of State Schools of Higher Vocational Education in Poland (KRePSZ).

This year’s seminar will be developed through 3 hot topics in professional higher education.

The first day will be dedicated PHE’s funding and best practices in diversifying financial resources, especially through cooperation with the world of work. The second day will focus on the role of institutions in student development, discussing prevention models for student dropout and best practices in ensuring access to underrepresented groups. Finally, we will showcase benefits of stakeholder cooperation for regional development.

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PHExcel conference: Striving for Excellence in Higher Education, London, 18-19 November

PHExcel_logoJoin us in London for the PHExcel conference ‘Striving for Excellence in Higher Education: Bringing Education and the World of Work Together’ at the Chelsea College of Arts, on 18-19 November 2015. We will present the outcomes of 2 years of: researching quality tools in Europe, developing a framework for excellence, testing this framework in pilot assessments, and validating it with consultations and surveys. Join us for this free-of-charge event to:

  • Discuss excellence in higher education, especially how to achieve excellence in bringing higher education and the world of work together, a key feature of professional higher education throughout Europe.
  • Exchange ideas on the barriers and challenges to assessing and recognising excellence.
  • Debate with experts and representatives from many sectors, including the arts, music, business and language studies and nursing education, what excellence means to them and how to achieve it across various sectors in Europe.
  • Engage with colleagues from quality assurance agencies presenting the outcomes of their own research on delivering excellence in higher education.
  • Meet participants from the four pilot assessments that PHExcel conducted and experts who contributed to the development of our quality framework and assessment process.

The programme, speakers, particalities as well as registrations are available on the conference page here.

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EURASHE has a new President – Congratulations and Thanks!

From the 1st of June on Stéphane Lauwick is the new President of EURASHE. He is the successor of Andreas G. Orphanides, whose mandate came to an end after four years of presidency. Michal Karpíšek was reelected for a new mandate as Vice-President of EURASHE.

EURASHE_new_president_2Stéphane Lauwick, Director of the Institut Universitaire de Technologie (IUT) of Le Havre and Vice-President for international relations at the ADIUT, is 55 years young. He is a professor of English, lectured at the University of New England and Sydney and after a management career as a director of programme, Head of department, director of the Life Long Centre, became the Director of the IUT – Le Havre in 2011. Stéphane has been an active and appreciated member of the Board of EURASHE.



Michal_Karpisek_CZMichal Karpíšek
, is executive officer of CASPHE (Czech Association of Schools of Professional Higher Education). He holds a master degree in Quality management of the University of Cranfield (UK) and a degree of Engineering in Construction of the Prague Technical University. As an active and appreciated member, Michal Karpíšek has been serving as a Vice-President and member of the Board of EURASHE since 2007 and chairs the working group on Employability & Lifelong Learning.



Andreas_G_Orphanides_CYAndreas G. Orphanides
 served for four years as President and previously for six years as Vice-President in charge of Bologna and quality assurance matters. He was involved in the expansion of EURASHE within and outside Europe with membership of all types of higher education institutions that are professionally orientated. He also focused the role of EURASHE in the Bologna Process and in the EHEA, serving to promote the best interests of European higher education in general, and of professionally orientated higher education institutions in particular.


The General Assembly of EURASHE congratulates its new President and Vice-President wishing them a continued fruitful involvement in our organisation. The General Assembly of EURASHE is also grateful to Andreas G. Orphanides for his involvement and commitment in EURASHE, contributing to making it a strong organisation.

2015 EHEA Ministerial Conference in Yerevan (Armenia)

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A delegation of EURASHE participated in the 2015 EHEA Ministerial Conference and the 4th Bologna Policy Forum on 14-15 May 2015 in Yerevan (Armenia). The conference gathered the EHEA ministers and the stakeholders’ organisations in the Bologna Process for a state of the art higher education reform conference, and fixed the agenda for the coming years, whereas additional non-EHEA Ministers and stakeholders also participated in the 4th Bologna Policy Forum.

During the various sessions, including a panel contribution, EURASHE highlighted important topics for professional higher education for the coming years. These were laid out in our policy paper ‘Making European Professional Higher Education a Key Player in the Development of a Fastly and Unpredictably Changing Society‘ and address the growing relevance of professional higher education; the implementation of the revised ESG; sustainable employability and lifelong learning; open mobility and recognition; new media; and research, development and innovation (RDI).

The communiqué of the conference calls on all parties to “renew our original vision and consolidate the EHEA structure” in order to achieve the goals set out and respond to the challenges ahead for Europe and higher education. Further the parties should, in the coming years, work on “enhancing the quality and relevance of learning and teaching”, “fostering the employability of graduates throughout their working lives”, “making our systems more inclusive” and “implementing agreed structural reforms”. The ministers also adopted the revised Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area (ESG), the European Approach for Quality Assurance of Joint Programmes, and the revised ECTS Users’ Guide, as an official EHEA document.

In addition, following the acceptance of Belarus as a member of the EHEA, the Bologna Follow-Up Group (BFUG) and Belarusian authorities “will work together on developing and implementing a roadmap for higher education reform in Belarus in accordance with the values, principles and goals of the EHEA”.

Finally the 4th Bologna Policy Forum statement reads that priority will be given to “developing national qualifications frameworks”, “developing cooperation in quality assurance”, “improving the multual recognition of qualifications”, and “cooperating in developing and implementing credit transfer system”.

Prof Orphanides EURASHE President EHEA Ministerial Meeting, Yerevan, 14 15 May 2015 via YouTube

 

More on the website of the ministerial conference here. More on our recommendations here.

Round table on Staff Mobility in Brussels (Belgium) on 8 June 2015

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EURASHE is organising, with Flanders Knowledge Area (FKA), a Round Table on Staff Mobility in Brussels (Belgium) on 8 June 2015.

The aim of the round table is to present the findings of the BFUG, to organise a peer-learning activity on the basis of an international SWOT-analysis and to define the key success factors for staff mobility. Staff mobility is considered as the involvement of staff members in international cooperation in the field of education, research and also the world of work.

Staff members involved in international cooperation in higher education institutions affiliated to EURASHE are invited to join the round table, and to contribute to the poster session that will be organised on international staff mobility, activities, approaches, projects or institutional policies.

As the number of participants is restricted please register and send an e-mail to eurashe@eurashe.eu. Travel and subsistence costs can be reimbursed for participants and for presenters.

We look forward to having you with us there!

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Recommendations from Professional Higher Education to EHEA Ministers

EURASHE_Making European PHE a Key Player_Apr2015EURASHE’s 2015 General Assembly, meeting on 15 April 2015 in Lisbon (Portugal), endorsed the position paper ‘Making European Professional Higher Education a Key Player in the Development of a Fastly and Unpredictably Changing Society‘ that contains professional higher education’s recommendations to the ministers in charge of education in the EHEA for their Conference in Yerevan on 14-15 May.

The recommendations address six important areas:

  1. The growing relevance of professional higher education;
  2. The implementation of the revised ESG;
  3. Sustainable employability and lifelong learning;
  4. Open mobility and recognition;
  5. New media;
  6. Research, development and innovation (RDI).

 

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2 job opportunities at EURASHE’s Secretariat

EURASHE is the European Association of Institutions in Higher Education that offer professionally orientated programmes and are engaged in applied and profession-related research within the Bologna cycles.

Starting 1 June 2015, EURASHE is looking to develop its small and dynamic Secretariat team with 2 additional staff members.

EURASHE is looking for:

  • an administrative officer;
  • a policy officer on research, development and innovation.

 

The job descriptions and selection process are available here.

EURASHE Annual Report 2014

EURASHE is pleased to present its 2014 Annual Report which was endorsed by the General Assembly meeting in Lisbon (Portugal) on 15 April 2015.

It comprises information on the activities of EURASHE in 2014, its members, the policy development activities of EURASHE, as well as information on the projects in which EURASHE is involved.

 

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Material of the seminar on regional cooperation published!

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On 6 March 2015, EURASHE supported the organisation of a Seminar on Regional Cooperation titled ‘Profiling Professional Higher Education‘ that was organised in Belgrade (Serbia). It was organised by the Conference of Academies for Applied Studies in Serbia (CAASS), under the patronage of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia.

The material of the seminar, partly in Serbian, has now been published. It includes the presentations delivered by the several speakers, as well as the report of the seminar.

This event has been the first in a series of seminars that EURASHE will organise from 2015 onwards that deal with a specific region of Europe, addressing its needs and questions. Part of these events will be organised in a local langugage, as in this case in Serbian.

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Take part in the PHExcel Survey on Excellence in Professional Higher Education

PHExcel_logoEURASHE has been leading the PHExcel project on Testing the Feasibility of a Quality Label for Professional Higher Education Excellence since October 2013.

The main goal of this project is to support, develop and enhance excellence in professional higher education (PHE) in Europe. To this end, we propose an enhancement process leading to the recognition of excellence, which supplements existing quality assurance and accreditation procedures.

After developing a Draft Quality Framework for Professional Higher Education Excellence as well as accompanying Principles and Guidelines for Assessing and Recognising PHE Excellence we would like to invite you to help us validate the proposed quality framework by taking part in our survey.

We would very much appreciate your contribution to this survey, which should not take you more than 20-30 minutes.

In addition, PHExcel will organise its final conference on ‘Assessing and Recognising Excellence in PHE with PHExcel’ in London (United Kingdom) on 18-19 November 2015, the day prior to the 10th EQAF. More information is available here.

Take part in the Survey!

Presentations and Report of EURASHE-EMCOSU Workshop

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Dr Samo Pavlin introducing the findings of the EMCOSU project

On 26 February 2015, EURASHE hosted a valorisation workshop of the EMCOSU project titled ‘Emerging Modes of Cooperation between Private Sector Organisations and Higher Education Institutions‘. University-business cooperation (UBC) is currently one of the key strategic challenges facing higher education in Europe.

Discussions were held on different cooperation strategies in various European countries, as well as what the policy implications are.

A report has been produced and is now available together with presentations given at the workshop.

10th European Quality Assurance Forum (EQAF) – Call for Contributions!

EQAF_logoThe 10th European Quality Assurance Forum (EQAF) titled ‘Taking stock and looking forward‘ will take place on 19-21 November 2015 in London (United Kingdom). ENQA, ESU, EUA and EURASHE, the co-organisers, have now issued a call for contributions.

EURASHE members and professional higher education institutions are encouraged to contribute to the 10th EQAF.

2015 marks not only the 10th anniversary of EQAF, but also 10 years since the introduction of the ESG and five years since the formal launch of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA). With the recent adoption of the revised ESG, this year presents an ideal moment to take stock of the status of European QA policies and assess their impact on all stakeholders. The Forum will examine QA in the EHEA from a variety of perspectives and explore the ways in which concrete practices in institutions and agencies reflect European level policies.

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 3 August 2015.

EURASHE welcomes 2 new members!

EURASHE_logoFollowing the decision of the Council of EURASHE in its meeting of 28 February 2015 in Brussels (Belgium), EURASHE has the pleasure to welcome 2 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.

2015 25th Annual Conference: Registrations are open!

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EURASHE’s 25th Annual Conference has officially been launched. The conference is titled ‘Professional Higher Education more relevant than ever – Challenges for the Future‘.

More information is available on the page of the conference here, including the theme of the conference, programme, practical information and information on Lisbon, the hosting city.

For the first time, EURASHE is organising the Pre-Conference Masterclasses. They will take place a day before the conference (15 April) and are envisaged as a training for practitioners, institutional managers and staff of higher education institutions.

Registrations are now open and will close on 5 April. More information on speakers will come soon.

more hereregister here

A New Website for A New Year

EURASHE_websiteOn this new website of EURASHE you will find all the information you had access to before, but with:

  • more clarity: a light design for a better experience;
  • more user-friendliness: a smooth structure for more information;
  • more content: more documents for even more professional higher education;

Specifically, some of the latest additions to the website include:

  • 4 fields of activities: with a direct access to related news, events, projects and documents;
  • over 1,600 files in our library: with presentations delivered at EURASHE events, but also documents from projects and our publications;
  • over 750 events in our calendar: with relevant events for the further development of professional higher education;
  • members’ area: with the latest documents of EURASHE’s internal meetings added, and repositories of documents developed for our members;
  • multilingual information: with information on EURASHE in 7 languages: German, Portuguese, Spanish, French, Dutch, Serbian and Russian;
  • news items & in-depth articles: with the latest news of EURASHE and more information on topics important for professional higher education;
  • members, partners & expert profiles: with individual profiles of our members, and also of past speakers at EURASHE events.

& much more…!