Best Wishes from EURASHE!


At this time of the year EURASHE would like to extend to you, your family, friends and colleagues its best wishes. We thank you for your commitment and cooperation throughout 2016.

We hope to see you in 2017 at our 27th Annual Conference in Le Havre, or during one of our other activities, where we will continue supporting professional higher education in Europe!

The EURASHE secretariat






Call for contributions EXTENDED for 27th Annual Conference


EURASHE has decided to extend the call for contributions for its 27th Annual Conference titled ‘Professional Higher Education 4.0: A Change for Universities of Applied Sciences‘. The conference will take place in La Havre (France) on 30-31 March 2017.

EURASHE is looking for:

  1. Breakout sessions
  2. Posters
  3. Good practices

The deadline to submit a contribution is now Thursday 12 January 2017, 12.00 pm (noon) CET, an additional 4 weeks. All the details on the conference, and on the call for contributions are available on the conference page here. The registrations for the conference remain open. Members, as well as group registrations from the same organisation, will benefit from a reduced fee.

Join us in Le Havre to address the topics of the 4th industrial revolution, or so-called industry 4.0/industrie du futur, but especially the response of higher education: What do such developments mean for qualifications? What will be the impact on the width and specialisation of graduates and professionals? Will personal development still play a role in education? What challenges and impulses will rise for European higher education and its professionally oriented segment? Are universities of applied sciences ready to respond to this change? How will they turn the challenges and expectations of industry, the world of work in general and society at large into advantages? How can higher education stay relevant and change its learning design in the light of new digital opportunities, artificial intelligence and quantum computing? What about more social occupations like nursing and caring, will they be overwhelmed as well? How can future leaders and workers be prepared for contexts in perpetual evolution?

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Workshop on ‘Discovering flexible pathways between VET and PHE’, Brussels, 8 December 2016

vetweek_logoBetween 5 and 9 December the European Commission is organising the first European Vocational Skills Week dedicated to improve the attractiveness and image of vocational education and training. As part of the week, EURASHE with colleagues of eucen, will organise a workshop on the permeability between vocational education and training (VET) and professional higher education (PHE). This workshop will especially focus on the challenges and opportunities for students’ progressions from VET to professional higher education.

As stakeholders of VET, EURASHE and eucen have a strong vested interest in the VET developments, especially considering gradually-blurring interface of VET and higher education. Therefore, the two networks find themselves in a special position to contribute to further discussions on the issue engaging not only VET providers, but a range of other stakeholders and partners. We continue with our commitment to further promote the discussion on VET/PHE permeability, flexible pathways, recognition of prior learning, work-based learning, continuous higher education and various forms of vocational training.

The workshop ‘Discovering flexible pathways between VET and PHE‘ in Brussels, on 8 December 2016 afternoon, during the Vocation Skills Week is a perfect opportunity to discuss these matters with an audience of relevant partners in the domain, both VET providers, world of work and public authorities.

The workshop will deal with concrete inputs and testimonies on flexible pathways between VET and PHE. It should focus on identifying the success factors and barriers from the different stakeholders’ perspectives for the permeability and flexibility between VET, PHE and continuing VET (CVET). The audience will be invited by the speakers’ statements and following interactive session to formulate 3 concrete recommendations to improve the permeability and flexibility between VET and PHE for a range of learners with diverse backgrounds and environmental contexts.

The event will include the following speakers:

  • Alicia-Leonor Sauli-Miklavčič, Skupnost VSŠ
  • Hans Daale, CHAIN 5
  • Tamer Atabarut, eucen
  • Raimund Hudak, DHBW
  • Igor Hovnik, Lesarska šola Maribor
  • José Alberto Fonseca, Micro I/O
  • Lucília Santos, eucen
  • Ülle Kesli, LLL Centre of University of Tartu
  • Alan Sherry, Glasgow Kelvin College
  • Lasse Sjobek, Obessu
  • Ben Butters, EUROCHAMBRES
  • Dana Bachmann, DG EMPL


View the report of the workshop here and the contribution by EURASHE to the workshop here.

[update on 13/01/2017: material added]

EURASHE 2017 work programme

EURASHE_logoIn 2017 EURASHE will continue to address its 4 thematic areas; the 2017 work programme comprises:

Mission of professional higher education

  • Our 27th Annual Conference organised on 30-31 March in Le Havre (France) will be our main event of the year, focusing on Professional Higher Education 4.0: A Change for Universities of Applied Sciences, providing information and support on the latest trends and developments to members and the wider higher education community;
  • The Leadership Forum, a newly established addition to the annual conference, will bring together institutional leaders addressing strategic development and funding of higher education;
  • An overarching policy paper on the identity of professional higher education will be prepared to promote the professional higher education- and universities of applied sciences-concept and address the challenges and obstacles on European, national and local level; a strategic policy session will also take place to feed into this work (29 March, Le Havre);
  • Good practices, case studies and bad practices will continue to be gathered to support higher education institutions and the wider higher education community in all topics relevant to their daily work;
  • University-Business Cooperation will remain an important focus through the UBC study;
  • The permeability of higher education and (higher) vocational education and training (VET) through policy development in Central and South-Eastern Europe will remain the main goal of the PROCSEE project;

Quality of higher education

  • Training and support on quality assurance will be provided through our seminar on quality assurance on 6-7 February in Brussels (Belgium) helping institutions in managing their quality with the latest practices and policies; further support to the higher education community will be available through the 12th EQAF (23-25 November, Riga);
  • A Community of Practice on quality will be launched for members, forming a group of practitioners interested and experienced in quality assurance to learn and exchange from one another;
  • Cross-border quality assurance will be put in focus with the finalisation of a paper on the topic with colleagues of ENQA, ESU, EUA and EQAR aimed at inspiring institutions, agencies and authorities to engage more in this aspect;
  • Innovative policy and practice for embedding the ESG 2015 as a tool for change will continue to be the focus of the EQUIP project, with the organisation of focus group workshops and the development of a policy impact study;
  • A self-reflection tool for professional higher education will be further developed with the BuildPHE project and will be accompanied by a training week on 6-10 February in Brussels (Belgium) for 12 institutions;

Modernising professional higher education

  • Excellence in teaching and learning will take centre stage in 2017: we will map challenges and gaps in the field, and organise a one-day workshop and a webinar further focusing on digital competences; in addition the TEACHEX project will continue to work on the subject with colleagues from Israel;
  • To support the development of work-based learning, EURASHE will initiate an expert group and will organise a webinar and a round table; the activities of the WEXHE project on integrating entrepreneurship and work experience into higher education will also contribute to it;
  • Supporting apprenticeships between professional higher education and SMEs will be the topic of the SAPS project, intending to develop support systems for SMEs in Europe in acquiring quality apprenticeships;
  • Sharing good practices in employability will take place through a peer-learning activity for national authorities through the INTELEC project;
  • International cooperation will also be in focus through the TACTIC and HUMERIA projects;
  • The EHEA/Bologna reform process will continue to be on the agenda of EURASHE, through its participation in the BFUG meetings, Board, advisory and working groups;
  • Cooperation with higher vocational education and training (VET) will also be addressed through the BEEHiVES project;
  • Learning outcomes and their assessment will continue to be the focus of the CALOHEE project;
  • workshop on the modernisation of higher education will be organised (16 June, Brussels) to further see how higher education can support the aims and goals set in EU/EHEA policies and strategies;

Research, development and innovation

  • The role of universities of applied sciences in applied research will be the focus of the newly formed UAS4EUROPE network that will conduct a mapping of applied research, development and innovation activities in European universities of applied sciences;
  • Skills development of researchers will be the topic of a conference organised on 15 March in Brussels (Belgium), at the same time advocating for more recognition of applied research;
  • Universities of applied sciences’ role in regional development and knowledge exchange will be addressed through the publication of a report and the organisation of a round table, promoting the cooperation between universities of applied sciences, the world of work and regional authorities;

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

  • General Assembly, on 29 March in Le Havre (France) and 12 October in Brussels (Belgium);
  • Board, on 16 February (online), 29 March in Le Havre (France), 15 June in Brussels (Belgium), end-September (online), 11 October in Brussels (Belgium) and 12 December (online);
  • Committee for Strategic Advice, on 16 March in Brussels (Belgium);
  • various working groups, on 6 February in Brussels (Belgium), 15 February (online), 16 March in Brussels (Belgium), 16 June in Brussels (Belgium) and 12 October in Brussels (Belgium).

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

[updated in January 2017, with the latest dates]

The TACTIC project is looking for Experts

TACTIC_logoThe project ‘Through Academic Cooperation towards Innovative Capacity’ (TACTIC) aims at developing the capacities of higher education institutions (HEIs) in Mongolia, Vietnam and Cambodia to modernise the universities’ management, and improve the services and procedures in line with the advanced EU standards. This objective is achieved by:

  • Mapping the best practices in Europe, and preparing recommendations and guidelines for the South East Asian (SEA) partners
  • Mentoring the human resources, financial departments and student support staff focusing on middle and top management
  • Introducing the management information system to support the implementation of new practices
  • Establishing advisory offices, and promoting capacity building and staff training activities
  • Performing in-depth analysis of the current situation followed by reviews and further recommendations of the participating EU partners

The project is raising awareness and understanding of the target-area policies and practices at national and institutional levels, disseminating them through various presentations, events, and trainings throughout the course of this project. In addition, TACTIC provides a framework for upgrading management practices and policies, and assists with applying the established know-how and proven models to other less advanced HEIs in the South East Asia region.

After assessing the current state of higher education systems in Mongolia, Vietnam and Cambodia, next stage of the project focuses on developing training modules in the areas identified as crucial for further development of South-East Asian higher education institutions, namely:

  • Human resources management
  • Financial and administrative management
  • Student admission and student support services

Therefore, the TACTIC project is looking for European experts experienced in one of the above mentioned fields.The trainings are taking place in March 2017, and will take place consecutively in all 3 countries, requiring experts to visit all 3 of them in one travel. 


The experts will be expected to:

  • Prepare a training module on one of the above mentioned topics, in duration of 1-2 days;
  • Deliver a training in 3 partner countries in March 2017, with each training being attended by staff members of several higher education institutions;
  • Prepare a light questionnaire as a preparation to the training, in order to be aware of the participants’ current understanding of the issue.

Expert’s Profile

The selected expert must be able to demonstrate:

  • Practical experiences with the chosen subject, proven by previous experience in the field;
  • Previous experience in providing practical trainings;
  • Significant engagement in the international environment, demonstrated through participation in international conferences, projects, associations etc.
  • Good English language skills.

Conditions & Application Process

Experts will be selected through an open call for applications. Selected experts will not receive a financial contribution for their engagement. However, their travel and subsistence costs will be covered by the project, with the travel based on the economy class tickets.


Experts interested in applying should send a CV (in Europass format) together with a cover letter to the following email address: by 27 November 2016.


Seminar on regional development, Bratislava, 6-7 December – REGISTRATIONS OPEN

Photograph: CC by-sa by Kurt Bauschardt

The registrations for EURASHE’s seminar on regional development in Bratislava (Slovakia) on 6-7 December 2016 have now been opened.

The aim of the event, titled ‘Higher Education as a Driver of Regional Development – Applied Sciences & Research within Diversified Higher Education Systems and Their Role in Knowledge Exchange and Regional Development’, is to:

  • Generate discussion and ideas on how to further develop the knowledge exchange including applied research and learning needs reflection in cooperation between European higher education institutions and various regional actors
  • Showcase good practices from different European countries regarding regional cooperation including students’ engagement
  • Share and discuss experiences and expectations from different sides; higher education, businesses and students. Exchange ideas on priorities for regional-focused activities between the European and Slovak actors in order to promote a networking platform and further cooperation of the seminar participants
  • Based on the workshop discussions, draft conclusions regarding challenges and possible approaches to addressing regional knowledge exchange and a role of higher education at European, as well as Slovak level

The event presents the key topics of regional cooperation from the European perspective, but simultaneously also presenting the specific Slovak aspects within the regional development.

The programme and registration are already available on the seminar page here.

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Material and photographs available for ‘Making Innovation Happen’ seminar

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EURASHE organised with Foundation Saint Paul Andalucía CEU a seminar titled ‘Applied RDI – Making Innovation Happen! A EURASHE seminar on student engagement in and market-based applied research‘ in Seville (Spain) on 26-27 September 2016.

The material of the seminar has now been published.

All contributions to the seminar are available in our online library, and on the dedicated page of the seminar here. All the photographs of the event have also been made available.


Regional Challenges facing PHE discussed at the first PROCSEE Excellence Forum

PROCSEE_logoThe first Professional Higher Education (PHE) Excellence Forum was held from 28 September to 1 October 2016, in Logarska Dolina, Slovenia as part of the PROCSEE project. The forum brought together about 40 experts from 12 countries around Europe to discuss challenges facing the PHE sector in Central and South-Eastern Europe.

The event is a direct follow-up to the meetings of the PHE Excellence National Committees which were held between May and September 2016 in each of the participating countries of the project. The forum tackled four PROCSEE thematic areas: Alignment of PHE with regional, local and economic development strategies; Promotion of PHE in Responding to Skill Shortages; Organising and Monitoring Student Placements in the World of Work; and Personal Learning Environments in PHE. Experts shared and identified national, regional and European challenges and later conducted a root case analysis, so as to understand the factors which lead to the perpetuation of barriers.

The final observations from the forum were that while PHE is a sector full of latent potential and the sector faces few active barriers, PHE is caught in a cycle of middle-expectations whereby it wishes to be considered a more important regional stakeholder, but is unwilling to take the lead in establishing its position without incentives and support. Another observation that was pointed out was that of insufficient recognition of the value of a ‘sector’ with its own ‘voice’ and that PHE misses (the tools for) a narrative.

In the coming weeks, a ‘Policy Challenge Statement’ will bring together all the work that has been done at the event, highlighting the main challenges facing PHE in the region, together with the root causes that need to be addressed to move forward on those challenges.

Following this the project will begin a process of collection of good practices, so as to identify successful policy interventions which have been applied to address the identified challenges anywhere in the world, and assess the possibilities for adapting the approaches for use in the specific situation of the Central and South-Eastern European region.

More information about the PROCSEE project is also available on the project website here.

Call for contributions and registrations open for EURASHE’s 27th Annual Conference


EURASHE has launched a call for contributions for its 27th Annual Conference titled ‘Professional Higher Education 4.0: A Change for Universities of Applied Sciences‘. The conference will take place in La Havre (France) on 30-31 March 2017.

A call for contribtuions has now been opened, and EURASHE is looking for:

  1. Breakout sessions
  2. Posters
  3. Good practices

The deadline to submit a contribution is Thursday 15 December 2016, 12.00 pm (noon) CET. All the details on the conference, and on the call for contributions are available on the conference page here.

The registrations for the conference have also been opened. Members will benefit from a reduced fee, as well as group registrations from the same organisation.

Join us in Le Havre to address the topics of the 4th industrial revolution, or so-called industry 4.0/industrie du futur, but especially the response of higher education: What do such developments mean for qualifications? What will be the impact on the width and specialisation of graduates and professionals? Will personal development still play a role in education? What challenges and impulses will rise for European higher education and its professionally oriented segment? Are universities of applied sciences ready to respond to this change? How will they turn the challenges and expectations of industry, the world of work in general and society at large into advantages? How can higher education stay relevant and change its learning design in the light of new digital opportunities, artificial intelligence and quantum computing? What about more social occupations like nursing and caring, will they be overwhelmed as well? How can future leaders and workers be prepared for contexts in perpetual evolution?

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Professional Higher Education 4.0: A Change for Universities of Applied Sciences at EURASHE’s 27th Annual Conference

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Are universities of applied sciences ready to respond to the changes and expectations of the 4th industrial revolution, or so-called Industry 4.0? Join us next year at EURASHE’s 27th Annual Conference in Le Havre (France) on 30-31 March 2017 to find out.

The rationale as well as the preliminary programme of the conference are available on the conference page here.

EURASHE will launch in the coming weeks a call for contributions for its annual conference: we are looking for breakout sessions, posters and practical examples.


Managing your institution’s quality with the latest practices and policies: Join us in Brussels (Belgium) on 6-7 February 2017

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EURASHE is announcing the organisation of a seminar on quality assurance with the Belgian Academie de Recherche et d’Enseignement Superieur (ARES) in Brussels (Belgium) on 6-7 February 2017.

This 2-half-days seminar is intended to inspire institutional management, as well as staff members, and all stakeholders who are managing, coordinating and involved in quality in higher education institutions. We aim to bring together a ‘community of practice’ of quality managers and quality officers, as well as vice-rectors/vice-presidents for quality.

Each participant will be offered one copy of Lucien Bollaert’s Manual for Internal Quality Assurance in Higher Education, which is meant to be an inspirational guidebook. In addition to this publication, participants will be able to join some of the 12 proposed breakout sessions on the latest practices and policies. To involve even more our hosts, 4 sessions presenting practical experiences will be offered in French. The seminar will be concluded by an ‘Oxford’ style debate proposing two very distinct views as to the future of quality assurance in Europe.

The programme and registration are already available on the seminar page here.

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European study into University-Business Cooperation – Opinions sought

ubc_survey_verticalDue to its potential for positive impact on business innovation and skills as well as higher education engagement and student employability, the European Commission has commissioned a wide-ranging study on the cooperation between higher education institutions and public and private organisations in Europe.

Whether you have been involved in higher education-business cooperation or not, we request your participation to ensure its success and to be able to develop policy to encourage and support collaboration.  The survey is set to be the most comprehensive ever undertaken in Europe on this topic, involving over 3,500 higher education institutions and 1,000 businesses.

To participate, complete the survey in the European language of your choice here. The survey itself will take about 10 minutes to complete and all responses will remain anonymous. The survey will remain open until 11 November 2016.

As a measure of thanks, upon completing the survey you can choose to receive a ‘Cooperation Readiness Assessment’ for your organisation, which provides insight to assist your future collaboration with universities.

EURASHE and the European Commission thank you sincerely in advance for your most appreciated support.

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EURASHE strategic survey for universities of applied sciences – have your say!

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EURASHE formally represents universities of applied sciences and other colleges and schools of professional higher education towards the European institutions and within the Bologna Process/EHEA. The views of members and important partners and stakeholders are the basis of our work.

In the context of the review of the Modernisation Agenda for Higher Education/ET 2020 by the European Commission, EURASHE and universities of applied sciences more widely are expected to provide significant input. The Board and General Assembly of EURASHE have therefore launched a strategic survey on our activities and expectations towards us, involving both members and important stakeholders. This survey is available at

Through this survey we are looking for contributions and feedback to review EURASHE’s priorities and build a new strategy for 2017-2020. In the longer term we would like to find new ways to communicate and involve members and important stakeholders, in formulating further the role of universities of applied sciences and other colleges and schools of professional higher education within higher education as a whole and within European society development.

No parts of the survey are compulsory and it should not take more than 10-15 minutes to complete it; we believe that the different questions do not require prior research.

We thank you in advance for taking the time to complete this brief survey.

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Panel debate on ‘Synergies for Students’ Success’, Brussels, 11 October 2016

lll-week-2016As a part of the Annual Lifelong Learning Week organised by the Lifelong Learning Platform (LLL-P) in the European Parliament EURASHE is joining forces with the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) and the European University College Association (EucA) to host a panel debate on ‘Synergies for Students’ Success or the Added Value of a Multifaceted Higher Education’. Taking place on 11 October from 12.00 pm to 2.00 pm, the panel will bring together members of the European Parliament, European Commission representatives (DG Education and Culture and DG Employment) and civil society organisations, exploring how synergies between different actors can bring about results in terms of innovation and reform in European higher education.

A lively panel discussion will investigate various factors contributing to students’ success, in term of academic achievement, employability and active citizenship. EURASHE will bring forward our policy on employability, as well as the importance of professional higher education in supporting the development of graduates’ skills that are needed for a successful transition from education to the labour market.

The event will include the following speakers: 

  • Krystyna Lybacka, MEP (S&D, Poland)
  • Safi Sabuni, ESN
  • Mirela Mazalu, EucA
  • Marko Grdosic, EURASHE
  • Krystyna Lybacka, MEP (S&D, Poland)
  • Ana Carla Pereira, European Commission, DG Employment
  • Margaret Waters, DG Education and Culture
  • Jean-Marie Dujardin, LLLPlatform Steering Committee
  • Brikena Xhomaqi, LLLPlatform Director

The Lifelong Learning Week has over time become a milestone in the European education and training agenda, thanks to the support of the Members of the European Parliament, civil society partners, and of LLL-P members. This year’s edition will be organised in partnership with the European Youth Forum and hosted by MEP Brando Benifei (S&D, Italy), Member of the European Parliament’s Lifelong Learning Interest Group and the Youth Intergroup.

This year’s debates will be linked to the topics of ‘Learning to Live Together’, ‘Flexible Learning Pathways’, and ’21st Century Skills’. From the Paris Declaration to the Skills Agenda and from employability to the integration of migrants, the Lifelong Learning Week will be an opportunity for policy-makers and educational stakeholders to gather and discuss various challenges that education systems face today, and try to anticipate upcoming ones in order to propose more sustainable lifelong learning policies.

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EURASHE and UASnet cooperate with U-Multirank on applied research indicators

U-Multirank_logoUp until now there have only been few indicators and data included in U-Multirank on measuring applied research performance and the growing scope of research activities at universities of applied sciences (UAS). Among the 1,304 institutions included in U-Multirank, only 780 provided comprehensive data and a megre 80 of them are UAS across Europe.

In order to increase the participation and representation of UAS, U-Multirank invited EURASHE and UASnet as European applied research stakeholders to discuss and support the development of applied research indicators. The aim was also to highlight the high performance and increasing amount of UAS’ applied research activities in the ranking and in the fourth release of U-Multirank in 2017.

Stakeholder discussions were held together with U-Multirank in January 2016. They resulted in a pilot survey, which was sent to member institutions in different European countries for comments. The institutions were also asked to indicate in the survey if the proposed applied research indicators were valid, relevant for the users and feasible, in terms of availability of collected data at institutional or national level.

The feedback and suggestions gathered from institutions and stakeholders was incorporated with previous research conducted by U-Multirank. Two new experimental applied research indicators were developed, which will be tested in the 2017 ranking together with a new ready-made ranking on applied research activities to be published after the 2017 release.

The fourth release of U-Multirank will include a new question in the institutional questionnaire referring to the number of strategic partnerships the institution has. During the development phase this indicator seemed to be the most promising in terms of relevance and feasibility. Another new question will address ‘graduate companies’ to highlight the entrepreneurial orientation of the institution’s graduates.

The additional ready-made applied research ranking developed by U-Multirank focuses exclusively on applied research performance and is designed to draw attention to the achievements of UAS’ applied research in 2017.

Interested institutions can register themselves on the U-Multirank portal here.

CALOHEE project update


The CALOHEE project aims at helping find the answers to the following questions: do students enrolled in higher education around Europe develop the competences they need?, are study programmes delivering their promises?, and can we learn to compare students’ achievements in different countries in a meaningful way?

Participating higher education institutions in the CALOHEE project were invited at the end of April 2016 to complete two questionnaires: on typical degrees offered in the subject area concerned; on typical occupations obtained and held by graduates, and typical tasks performed in the setting of their professional life. The information collected serves as input for the report on the qualifications framework/reference points for each of the five subject areas involved.

On 17 June 2016 the second combined meeting of the CALOHEE Advisory Board and its Quality Assurance Board took place in Brussels. The meeting offered the possibility to evaluate and discuss the outcomes of the first general meeting of the project which took place a month before. The challenges regarding the preparation of assessment frameworks were also discussed.

More information is also available on the project website here.

Publication of the IDEAS final toolkit

ideas_final_reportEarlier this year, the IDEAS project working on ‘Effective Approaches to Enhancing the Social Dimension of Higher Education’ has been finalised. The results are presented in the final publication, which, when used together with the online toolkit, gives a great insight into existing practices ensuring access to higher education. The publication includes as well detailed analyses of the current situation regarding access, as well as a policy paper for future improvements.



EQAF 2016: registrations open

EQAF_logo_nlRegistrations are now open for the 11th European Quality Assurance Forum (EQAF), which will take place on 17-19 November 2016 in Ljubljana (Slovenia).

EQAF has been co-organised by ENQA, ESU, EUA and EURASHE since 2006 and provides a unique platform for the higher education and quality assurance (QA) communities to monitor, shape and anticipate developments in the field. The main purpose of the Forum is to foster a dialogue on QA that bridges national boundaries and leads to a truly European discussion on QA in higher education, and to create a common European understanding of QA through discussions and networking among different stakeholder groups.

The 2016 EQAF, entitled “Quality in context – embedding improvement, will be hosted by the Slovenian Student Union and the University of Ljubljana. Through a mix of plenary and parallel sessions, the Forum will combine presentations of current developments in QA with practice-oriented and research-based discussions that will take place in paper sessions and workshops. Specifically, EQAF 2016 will examine the different disciplinary, institutional and national contexts and cultures to which QA has to be tailored and will consider how policies and practices are adapted to respect diversity and remain fit for purpose.

The deadline for the early-bird registration fee is 3 October 2016. After this date, late registration fees will apply. However, we encourage you to register as soon as possible as capacity is limited and registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. To register, please visit the EQAF website. Here you will also find a preliminary programme and further information about the Forum.

In addition, the call for proposals for papers and workshops is still open. The call documents are available on the Forum website and the deadline to submit contributions is 25 July 2016. This year, a selection of papers presented at the Forum will also be published in a special edition of the Journal of the European Higher Education Area, to be produced after EQAF.

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Survey on a database of external quality assurance reports and decisions

EQAR_logoEQAR, the European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education, has launched a survey on a database of external quality assurance reports and decisions.

EQAR’s mission is to enhance trust and confidence in European higher education by increasing the transparency of quality assurance. Thus, facilitating access to reports and results of external quality assurance procedures by registered agencies is at the core of its mission. As part of its 2015 Self-Evaluation Report and subsequent work plan, EQAR decided to study the feasibility of a database of higher education institutions and programmes that have been subject to quality assurance by registered agencies.

Objective and envisaged coverage: The objective of the database would be to allow users to identify whether a specific higher education institution has been subject to external quality assurance by any EQAR-registered agency (either at institutional level, or at one or more of higher education’s programmes) and to easily access the corresponding report(s). The database would include all external quality assurance reports by EQAR-registered agencies on higher education institutions and programmes in the EHEA, including all types of external quality assurance activities within the scope of the ESG (e.g. evaluation, accreditation, audit, review). For external quality assurance processes resulting in a formal decision (e.g. accreditation) this includes both cases with a positive or a negative result. Since both scenarios are covered by the ESG and thus by EQAR, the database would include both external quality assurance procedures that are part of the obligatory national external quality assurance system (e.g. accreditation linked to official recognition) and other, voluntary external quality assurance procedures (e.g. additional evaluation at the institution’s own initiative).

Functionality: In order to represent all higher education institutions in a comparable and fair way, irrespective of the external quality assurance system they are subject to, the starting point would be the institution. That is, the database would allow to search for an institution (by name, country or location), but not for individual programmes. The user would then be presented with a list of external quality assurance procedures which might be at institutional or programme level (incl. joint programmes). For each external quality assurance procedure, basic information and a link to the report (at the agency’s website) would be provided. For many institutions there will be several reports, e.g. an obligatory institutional audit, a voluntary institutional evaluation and a number of programmes with specialised accreditation. The database would provide basic information on the type of external quality assurance, so as to help the user in understanding the results. It will, however, be up to the user to interpret and draw conclusions from the information provided.

The survey is open until 22 July 2016.

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EURASHE calls for continuing opportunities for collaboration with British higher education

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EURASHE, as a European representation of universities of applied science and other type of institutes of professional higher education, would like to express its regrets on the result of the British citizens’ vote in favour of leaving the European Union. During the campaign, higher and college education representatives in the United Kingdom declared their commitment to a common future and mutual collaboration with their European counterparts.

Although the period of uncertainty that opens today may complicate joint collaboration within international projects, EURASHE advocates and is ready to seek flexible, yet realistic arrangements to allow the development of mutually valued partnerships, exchanges of experience and common efforts to meet the expectations of our students, staff, institutions and societies. We believe that there is no alternative other than continuing mutual discussion, collaboration and learning with our British colleagues, and we will always welcome them to inspire and join in shared initiatives.

Lifelong Learning Awards

The Lifelong Learning Platform (LLL-P) has launched the LLLP_awardsLifelong Learning Awards to celebrate creative and inclusive practices during its Lifelong Learning Week 2016.

The aim of the Lifelong Learning Award is to give visibility to innovative practices taking place all over Europe in order to attract public attention on lifelong learning as well as to inspire new practices and policies. The Lifelong Learning Platform (LLL-P) will select each year its annual specific priority that can be linked to the European year if the theme is relevant.

In 2016, the Lifelong Learning Platform will focus on the first priority of its Lifelong Learning Manifesto: “Building inclusive and democratic educational systems“. This priority covers different important issues such as citizenship and global education, intercultural and interreligious dialogue, fighting prejudices and discrimination, educational institutions democratic governance and learner participation, learning mobility for all and the use of arts and culture to tackle social challenges and enhance personal development.

The focus shall be placed on the creativity and inclusiveness of the initiatives more than on the specific topic. Information on the guidelines and application criteria and deadlines is available on the LLL-P website here.

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Training material on the ESG 2015

EQUIP_blockOn 6-7 June, the EQUIP project organised its final training workshop on the ESG 2015, after two other workshops and two webinars. A wide range of training material on the ESG 2015 is now available on the project website here. Next to the ESG 2015, a comparative analysis of the ESG 2015 and ESG 2005 is also available, as well as all contributions to the workshops and webinars: presentations and recordings.

These five events addressed changes in external quality assurance as a result of the ESG 2015; the implications of the new focus on learning and teaching in the ESG 2015; student-centred learning; admission, progression, recognition and certification in view of the ESG 2015; new modes of delivery, including e-learning and dual education programmes; and the enhancement of programmes by connecting internal and external quality assurance.

The project now moves on to the analysis and study of implementation challenges, good practices, and proposed approaches to solving these challenges. Several focus groups will be organised to this end in the spring and early autumn of 2017.

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Watch a preview of EURASHE’s ‘Applied RDI: making innovation happen!’ seminar

EURASHE is organising a seminar titled ‘Applied RDI: making innovation happen!‘ in cooperation with Foundation Saint Paul Andalusia CEU in Seville (Spain) on 26-27 September 2016. Registrations for the seminar are open here.


The seminar focuses on two central concepts of applied research, development and innovation (RDI) done in universities of applied sciences (UAS) around Europe: student engagement in research and market-based applied RDI. It will focus on presenting and disseminating the best practices on actual applied RDI activities done at UAS. The expert speakers will present the following topics and innovative perspectives to applied RDI:

  • How to involve and engage the students in the practical research activities (crowdsourcing, entrepreneurship, recognising innovation capacities);
  • Development work on professional/industrial PhDs;
  • UAS-business cooperation (technology transfer, innovation vouchers, tailored research).

The seminar will highlight best practices and new developments in Europe. In addition to presenting the best practice cases and newest developments, the seminar brings together applied RDI experts and researchers from around Europe to discuss the further development of the topics at their respective institutions. In addition to the presentations, both days of the seminar will include panel discussions, where applied RDI expert audience can participate.

The following speakers have been confirmed to date:

Be sure to register now and join us in sunny Seville!

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Consultation on criteria for self-reflection on achievement within professional higher education

BuildPHE_logoThe BuildPHE project (Building Professional Higher Education Capacity in Europe) is a 2-years long EU-funded project aiming at fostering improved collaboration between institutions providing PHE and enterprises, by increasing the quality of the ‘professional’ experiences offered in higher education institutions. This will increase the choice of learning pathways available to students, in particular strengthening ‘dual’ options involving a mixture of studies and work experience such as apprenticeships. Project partners are coming from Poland, Czech Republic, Estonia, Slovenia, Croatia, Malta and Belgium.

The project is currently undergoing a survey phase, which should assist to map the potential benefits and focus of the self-reflection tool which may support universities of applied science and other institutions in a more systemic mapping of their achievement and progress against the wide, complex range of characteristics and specific criteria of professional higher education and reflect upon a strong engagement with stakeholders, in particular the world of work.

Within the following survey the key focus is placed on assessing three dimensions – relevance, importance of the considered criteria and feasibility/difficulty to address and monitor them in a systemic manner. We would be very grateful should you devote some time to answering the survey by Thursday 30 June 2016. Unfortunately, the scope of the survey and our wish to map a complexity of specific professional higher education provisions do not allow for a simple few minutes questionnaire. However, we hope you might appreciate thoughts the questions may raise about professional higher education when considering its various aspects.

We would also be grateful to you for sharing the survey with other colleagues.

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Registrations are open for the 1st International Conference on Europe in Discourse, Athens, 23-25 September

EID_logoHellenic American University in cooperation with Hellenic American College announces that registration is now open for the 1st International Conference on Europe in Discourse: Identity, Diversity, Borders, organised in Athens (Greece) on 23-25 September 2016. The conference seeks to examine issues in the ongoing construction of European identity, including notions of diversity and (physical and symbolic) borders. It will focus on critical investigations that draw on discourse theory or bottom-up textual analysis to investigate these topics from the following perspectives:

  • historical, to explore the determinants which have been used to support a collective European identity;
  • geopolitical, to understand the importance of space and its role in the European edifice;
  • ideological/discursive, to investigate, synchronically and diachronically, key concepts that have informed EU practices of inclusion and exclusion.

Methodologically, the conference will highlight discourse as a major practice that both shapes and reflects European identity. More than 300 papers were submitted for review to the conference from more than 30 countries and representing more than 40 universities. In addition to attracting contributions from discourse analysts and linguists, the conference brings together leading scholars and researchers from a broad range of other fields, including history, European studies, cultural theory, media studies, sociology, political science, and ethnology.

The following plenary speakers have been confirmed to date:

  • Jan Blommaert, Tilburg University, Hellenic American University
  • Michał Krzyżanowski, Örebro University
  • Andreas Musolff, University of East Anglia
  • George Prevelakis, Panthéon-Sorbonne University former Ambassador of Greece to OECD
  • Erik Swyngedouw, Manchester University
  • Ruth Wodak, Lancaster University, Hellenic American University.

More information, as well as registrations are available on the conference website.

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New Initiative for Universities of Applied Sciences (UAS) Launched: UAS4EUROPE

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UAS4EUROPE aims to strengthen the role of universities of applied sciences at the European level.

Europe needs greater and stronger involvement of its universities of applied sciences (UAS). This assertion is unavoidable if we look at European policy objectives in the area of innovation and growth. The European challenge-based approach to research and innovation must generate more impact power. However, the potential impact of the UAS within this process has not yet been fully utilised.

On the other hand, many UAS strive for increased engagement: the prospect of fruitful international collaboration, promising cross-border partnerships, and well-resourced European funding programmes are all strong incentives for them to play a more important role at the European level. However, adequate opportunities to do so have been missing so far.

Therefore, a group of representatives for UAS from different European countries has teamed up and started a joint initiative to increase UAS’s presence and visibility on the European stage.

Yesterday, UAS4EUROPE was officially launched at a high-level event in Brussels, with Director-General for Research and Innovation Robert-Jan Smits among the attendees.

UAS4EUROPE aims at providing a central platform for European UAS, allowing them to join forces and speak with one voice. This main asset for UAS is also an asset for the European Commission, as Robert-Jan Smits confirmed yesterday: “It’s great to see that the universities of applied sciences are increasingly claiming their role to help regions, Member States and the EU realise their ambitions in the field of science and innovation. With their close relations with SMEs, knowledge and experience to bring research results to the market and international networks, the universities of applied sciences have much to offer. The creation of UAS4EUROPE will definitely facilitate and enhance the cooperation and contacts with the European Commission.”


Joint position paper on the role of UAS in Europe

As one of its first activities, UAS4EUROPE handed over a joint position paper to Robert-Jan Smits which outlined the further role of UAS within the European Research Area (ERA) in general and, more specifically, within Horizon 2020. The position paper highlights the strengths that UAS have to offer:

  • As regional connectors;
  • As key international players;
  • As competent project leaders and evaluators of European projects;
  • As consulting bodies;
  • As contributors to European entrepreneurship.

During the event, these core competencies were presented by representatives of the five organisations launching the UAS4EUROPE initiative:

  • Stéphane Lauwick, President of EURASHE;
  • Tim Creedon, Chairman of UASnet;
  • Walter Schober, Vice President of Hochschule Bayern e.V., Germany;
  • Luciana Vaccaro, Rector of the University of Applied Sciences and the Arts Western Switzerland, speaking on behalf of swissuniversities;
  • Kurt Koleznik, Secretary General of the Association of Austrian Universities of Applied Sciences FHK.


The position paper is available here. View an animated presentation of the paper underneath:

If the video doesn’t open, view it here.


Ideas on the European Innovation Council (EIC)

In addition to the position paper, UAS4EUROPE has already made an official contribution in April 2016 to the open consultation on a future European Innovation Council, as proposed by European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation Carlos Moedas.

The UAS4EUROPE statement is available here.


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EURASHE’s Vice-President meets with the Slovak Minister of Education, Science, Research and Sport on an upcoming conference on regional development and cooperation between HEIs and enterprise

Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic

On Tuesday 10 May, EURASHE’s Vice-President and upcoming Secretary-General, Michal Karpíšek, met with prof. Peter Plavčan, Minister of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic.

One of the topics of the meeting was the upcoming conference on regional development and cooperation between higher education institutions and enterprises in the region. The role of higher education institutions in the region, innovation, research and the application of acquired knowledge to real life issues are of concern both to Slovakia and throughout Europe; it will be one of the priorities of the Slovak Presidency of the Council of the European Union, starting 1 July 2016.

“The theme is very interesting. Research activities of higher education institutions and their translation into innovative activities of enterprises represent a mutually beneficial collaboration for both parties”, the Slovak Minister said when expressing his support to the event to be co-organised by EURASHE and the Slovak Ministry within the second half of 2016.

The conference will aim to provide more information on, among others, how higher education institutions have supported regional business development, but also what businesses can expect from higher education institutions. Organising an international conference under the Slovak Presidency of the Council of the European Union would significantly contribute to the enhancement of this mutually beneficial cooperation between higher education institutions and enterprise.

[adapted from Slovak on the ministry’s website here]

We are looking for Experts in Professional Higher Education

PROCSEE_expertsAs part of its efforts to create a regional centre for Professional Higher Education Excellence in Central and South-Eastern Europe, the PROCSEE project is looking for experts which will help it:

  • Engage in policy dialogue with stakeholders, to understand the main policy challenges which need to be addressed to accelerate change & innovation in the area;
  • Locate best-practice examples of policy-interventions from around the world, which have been shown to be effective in addressing the identified challenges;
  • Analyse the best-practice examples, with the help of thematic peer-learning expert groups, and identify those which are best suited to implementation in the CSEE region;
  • Work with stakeholders in each country, to design interventions at institutional level which will address the policy challenges, based on the implemented research;
  • Communicate the need and methodology for the interventions to relevant policy & decision-makers, and provide a monitoring framework for measuring the progress and impact of interventions.

We are looking for European-level experts, as well as experts from Slovenia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Romania and Hungary in the following areas:

Experts are asked to send in their motivation and CV until 27 May 2016 on the project website here.

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EURASHE is looking for an office and membership administrator

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 September 2016, EURASHE is looking to develop its small and dynamic Secretariat team with 1 additional staff member.

EURASHE is looking for a full-time Office and Membership Administrator


The job description and selection process are available here.

Find partners on Drop’pin to increase youth employability in Europe!

droppin_logoDrop’pin@EURES is a new web platform run by the European Commission in cooperation with businesses to share youth opportunities throughout Europe, such as apprenticeships, traineeships, training, e-learning, mentoring and more. Companies, organisations and education providers can reach motivated, multilingual, mobile young people from their own country and from across Europe.

This month on Drop’pin, 2,600 registered young people will search youth opportunities from 180 companies such as General Electric, Facebook, Microsoft and Education First. To join them and share your youth opportunities register on Drop’pin here.

Do you have a great idea for providing youth opportunities that you would like to find partners to help you develop? Are you already running an interesting project but would like to increase its outreach to other sectors/countries by finding new partners? You can find partners on Drop’pin here. Drop’pin is a place to find partners who are actively supporting European youth, and would like to develop common projects or programmes!

To find out more about how Drop’pin can help your organisation reach young people or other organisations interested in partnerships for creating youth opportunities, you can contact Drop’pin’s client relationship team here; you can also sign up to the Drop’pin newsletter here to receive advice, information, and inspiration from what other organisations are doing to support youth employment in Europe.

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EURASHE’s contribution to the call for ideas on a European Innovation Council (EIC) with UAS4EUROPE

UAS4EUROPE_EIC Contribution_Apr2016The European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation Carlos Moedas presented his priorities ‘Open Science, Open Innovation and Open to the World’ in June 2015. Part of his thinking was to build a European Innovation Council (EIC) to support innovation in the EU. In February 2016 the European Commission launched a call for ideas for the EIC addressing how it should be designed to further Europe’s innovation capacity.

In response to this call for ideas EURASHE drafted a reply with the new UAS4EUROPE joint initiative, which consists of EURASHEUASnetswissuniversities, the Bavarian Research Alliance, and the Austrian FHK. UAS4EUROPE is convinced that it is in the interest of Europe as a whole to be as innovative as possible in order to bring continuous economic growth. The joint reply focuses on five different topics, which the actors see as key for enhancing European innovation in order to be the future top innovator of the world and which the future EIC should address:

  1. Good innovation governance;
  2. Adequate funding mechanisms;
  3. Overcoming regulatory barriers;
  4. Skills investment;
  5. Financing and budget.
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Workshop on the access and inclusion of refugees in higher education: material

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EURASHE organised with VLHORA and the ARES a workshop on the access and inclusion of refugees in higher education in Brussels (Belgium) on 4 May 2016.

The material of the workshop has now been published.

All contributions to the workshop are available in our online library here, and on the dedicated page of the workshop here. All the photographs of the event have also been made available.

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2016 26th Annual Conference: Material & Photographs

Photograph CC by-sa by Filip Maljković

EURASHE organised its 26th Annual Conference titled ‘Centres of cooperation striving for excellence: professional higher education and the world of work‘ in Belgrade (Serbia) on 21-22 April 2016.

The material and photographs are now being made available, more presentations will follow soon.

The 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 have also been made available.

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EURASHE’s General Assembly elected a new Board on 20 April 2016

IMG_3755EURASHE’s General Assembly met in Belgrade (Serbia) on 20 April 2016 and elected 7 new Board members out of 9 candidates; the mandate of a Vice-President was also open. As a consequence of the changes in statutes at the end of 2015, the Board was enlarged in order to benefit from a greater range of representatives of countries, types of associations and institutions involved. In the future, Board members will also be the chairs of the working groups of EURASHE.

The newly elected Board members are :

The newly elected Vice-President is Armando Pires of Portugal, he replaces Patrick Blondé, Belgium, who decided not to stand for re-election. The General Assembly also prolonged the mandate of the Treasurer, Regis Debrulle. Stéphane Lauwick continues his 2-year mandate of President of EURASHE begun in 2015.

Finally the General Assembly appointed Michal Karpíšek as the new Secretary-General of EURASHE starting 1 June, as Johan Cloet, the current Secretary-General resigned. Michal Karpíšek has been the representative of the Czech Association of Schools of Professional Higher Education (CASPHE) in EURASHE and the Vice-President of EURASHE since 2007. This means CASPHE will appoint a new representative in the General Assembly and a new call for Board candidates will be launched by the Board at the end of June. The elections will take place during the General Assembly meeting in Seville (Spain) on 27 September 2016.

The General Assembly expressed its gratitude to the outgoing and incoming members of the Board.

EUF OpenSpace – the EU Project fund incubator

EUF_picThe European University Foundation is organising the EUF Open Space Seminar at the University of Aveiro, which is ranked among the world’s best young universities. From 15-17 June 2016 participants will learn more about EU funding opportunities and acquire the necessary knowledge to develop or help colleagues develop their project applications. Take advantage of EUF’s know-how in Erasmus+! The programme will offer guidance through the most crucial steps of project design to ensure high quality proposals:

  • EU Policies
  • Budget planning
  • Project development
  • Good practices
  • Online cooperation
  • Make a difference!

The event is also an excellent opportunity to share ideas, contacts and expertise. Join EUF this summer! Registrations are still open with a few spots left. Staff training grants can be used to fund your participation. For any further questions or for receiving an invitation letter for staff training grants, contact EUF here.

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OBRAD conference on aligning education with labour market needs, 2-3 June, Zagreb

OBRAD_picThe OBRAD project is organising a conference on aligning education with labour market needs in Zagreb (Croatia) on 2-3 June 2016.

The project’s goal is to initiate and moderate constructive dialogue between the education system and the labour market, i.e. economy, and thus contribute to the development of education policies and strategies in Croatia and direct them towards the growth of employability of young people in national, European and global context, modernize the offer of the content and methods of formal, non-formal and informal education through insemination of international, regional and national good practices and create university-business collaboration projects and relations that would increase employability and develop new entrepreneurial initiatives for graduates. The partner country of the first OBRAD conference is State of Israel as one of the top ranked countries in the world by alignment of education and labour market needs.

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Last chance to register for EURASHE’s 26th Annual Conference: registrations close on Monday 11 April

Photograph: CC by-sa by Filip Maljković

Because education is the gateway to the future, in two weeks’ time EURASHE’s 26th Annual Conference will take place in Belgrade (Serbia). On 21-22 April, speakers from higher education institutions and from practice will exchange on the benefits of higher education cooperating with all actors, society and the world of work:

  • Srđan Verbić, Minister of Education, Science and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia
  • Victoria Galán-Muros, University-Industry Innovation Network (UIIN)
  • Juha Saukkonen, JAMK University of Applied Sciences, Finland
  • Zsuzsa Javorka, HEInnovate
  • Benedikt Speer, Carinthia University of Applied Sciences, Austria
  • Tijana Isoski, European Students’ Union (ESU)
  • and many more…

Registrations for EURASHE’s 26th Annual Conference close on Monday 11 April 2016. The conference brings you:

  • three main topics: employability, innovation, regional development
  • examples of good practices
  • the latest developments in European higher education

Register now to secure your spot!

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Registrations open for a seminar on research, development and innovation > Seville (Spain), 26-27 September

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EURASHE will organise its second international research, development and innovation seminar on 26-27 September 2016 in Seville (Spain) with Foundation San Paul Andalusia CEU.

Applied research, development and innovation (RDI) conducted in universities of applied sciences (UAS) play an important role in enhancing European competitiveness and innovation capacity, especially on the regional level where institutions act as connectors and crucial links between SMEs, organisations and the society. In addition, RDI activities play an important role in developing students’ entrepreneurship skills and contribute to the graduates’ employability, creation of start-ups and economic growth.

The key themes of the seminar are two very central and defining concepts of applied RDI: student engagement and market-based research. During the seminar EURASHE wants to offer an overview of the current activities across Europe and also promote new ideas by presenting innovative examples on development work, e.g. use of crowdsourcing in applied RDI and development of professional PhD programmes. In addition, some good practical examples of real project work involving students and companies will be presented on both days.

The programme, information on speakers and practicalities are available and registrations are open.

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A workshop on Access and inclusion of refugees in higher education, 4 May, Brussels

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EURASHE will organise a workshop titled ‘Access and inclusion of refugees in higher education‘ on 4 May 2016 in Brussels (Belgium) with the Flemish Council of University Colleges (VLHORA) and the ARES’ Chambre of Hautes Ecoles and Higher Education of Social Promotion.

The last year, Europe came under great pressure because of the great flux of refugees, crossing the Mediterranean by thousands and trying to create a route to the Northern part. As the flow of refugees was lasting, positions changed. The search for a solution on European level became difficult but also more and more urgent. This refugees crisis is a challenge for Europe. Higher education is one of the actors confronted with the need of positioning and solving that crisis.

During the ‘Access and inclusion of refugees in higher education’ workshop, EURASHE wants to give an overview of the current situation and evolution of the refugee crisis as it is nowadays. It will present the position of and the action taken by the Council of Europe and the European Commission, as well as the activities of national ENIC-NARICs, and what research teaches us about the actions taken by higher education.

In the afternoon, some practices will be presented in parallel sessions. Subjects will vary from access to integration and participation of refugees in higher education. The workshop will show the ethical positioning and the voluntarism of institutions.

The programme, speakers, practicalities are available and registrations are open.

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Quality development in dual education – a report by Stifterverband

Handbuch_Duales_StudiumDual education is on the rise. But what does it mean for higher education institutions? Stifterverband has published a practical handbook on the subject.

The permeability between vocational and academic education has become a key issue for the future in Germany. The combination of higher education and practical training in the world of work has established itself firmly as “dual education”: currently comprising nearly 95,000 students in more than 1,500 dual degree programmes cooperating with more than 41,000 organisations of the world of work in Germany. With this rapid quantitative growth a variety of models of dual study programmes have been developed, which differ from one another in terms of time organisation, degree of integration of theoretical and practical phases, or number of cooperating learning sites.

In 2013 Stifterverband has therefore established the Quality Network Dual Education (Qualitätsnetzwerk Duales Studium) to jointly work out, with ten partners from public and private higher education institutions as well as vocational academies, common recommendations as to the development of quality and future prospects in dual education. The 10 partners in question are the Berufsakademie Sachsen, the Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University (DHBW), the University of Applied Sciences Bielefeld, the University of Applied Sciences Brandenburg, the FOM University of Applied Sciences, the University of Applied Sciences Munich, the Berlin School of Economics and Law, the Technische Hochschule Mittelhessen University of Applied Sciences, the University of Kassel and the Westphalian University of Applied Sciences.

This practical handbook is based on the knowledge on quality development and future perspectives of dual education gathered through the entire network. Here the results of the two-year joint work are summarised and made accessible to the public. Overall, the handbook has two objectives: it should provide managers in higher education institutions and companies with concrete suggestions for further dual study programmes. In addition still, it should also provide all interested actors in dual education, from higher education to professional practice as well as policy-makers, with an overview of key aspects and discussions about dual education.

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HEInnovate at EURASHE’s 26th Annual Conference

HEInnovate_logoBeing an entrepreneurial higher education institution depends upon individuals, and innovative ways of doing things. There is no ‘unique’ approach, but a variety of ways in which higher education institutions behave entrepreneurially, for example, in how they manage resources and build organisational capacity, involve external stakeholders into their leadership and governance, create and nurture synergies between teaching, research and their societal engagement, as well as knowledge exchange. This also includes recognising and building on what already exists.

Now in its third year, HEInnovate has been used by 100s of institutions across Europe to assess their entrepreneurial and innovative potential.

HEInnovate will be presented at EURASHE’s 26th Annual Conference in a working session by Zsuzsa Javorka. This hands-on session for self-assessment addresses higher education institutions which are interested in:

  • measuring their performance as innovative institutions
  • nurturing synergies between teaching, research, knowledge exchange and their social engagement
  • developing their organisational, international, entrepreneurial capabilities and
  • initiating a (internal) dialogue about future priorities.
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Survey to support the development and modernisation of higher education institutions in Mongolia, Vietnam and Cambodia

TACTIC_logoThe TACTIC project, standing for ‘Through Academic Cooperation Towards Innovative Capacity’ is aimed at developing the capacities of higher education institutions in Mongolia, Vietnam and Cambodia to modernise universities’ management, and improve the services and procedures in line with the advanced EU standards.

The project is currently performing in-depth analysis of the internationalisation strategy and human resources strategy with particular focus on existing leadership. The objective is to determine weaknesses and areas to be improved with the partner institutions in Asia, supporting them with already existing practices in Europe.

This survey is the first step of the project, where we wish to conduct a basic analysis of different approaches to institutional management between European and Asian countries, which will serve as a basis for development of trainings for Asian partners, to take place in the later stage of project.

The survey is developed through 9 stages, with 5 separate links. However, each of these gives a rather light set of questions and the overall survey should take no more than 10-15 minutes.

In case you are not be able to fill this in, we would appreciate if you could forward it to your colleagues. For more information on the TACTIC project see the project’s website.

Testing the Feasibility of a European Graduate Study

EUROGRADUATE_feasibility_reportThe EUROGRADUATE project has published its final outcome, its report on Testing the Feasibility of a European Graduate Study.

Readers have before them the results of a remarkable undertaking, one in keeping with other European multi-national inquiries and analyses. Here is an exemplary case of the search for guidance through pathways of data that do not currently exist. Like the histories of early European explorers, it is reflective of the best of navigational planning. Where are we going and how, the planners ask? What are the unknown territories like? How long will it take to arrive at and return from our destination? What provisions do we need? Who will be in charge? Who will comprise the crew? What are their tasks? These are not unfamiliar questions in European history. They are all asked well in advance of the departure of ships. In fact, the answers to these questions provide benchmarks for determining whether the voyage will take place at all.

Thus, a feasibility study, managed by four organisations in three countries, involving analyses of existing and past studies (both pan-European and individual countries), surveys, and interviews – all covering 34 higher education systems in 32 countries. From ministries to rectors’ conferences, to research groups to student groups: the European Graduate Survey feasibility study explored all, and in depth.

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Call for Good Practice Case Studies > State of European University-Business Cooperation

The call has been extended until Friday 15 April 2016.


UBC_callAs part of the ‘State of European University-Business Cooperation’ study we are inviting organisations involved with university-business cooperation (UBC)* including businesses, academics, higher education institutions, universities, intermediaries and policy makers to suggest a good practice UBC case study about their strategies, practices, partnerships and achievements in developing UBC. Participation in the call requires a short submission through the project website before 4 April 2016.

In order to build understanding of what is happening between universities and businesses in Europe, organisations working in UBC at a national or regional level need to be represented. For this reason, the consortium invites you to respond to the call for cases.

Across Europe, numerous activities exist to promote UBC among universities and businesses. However, substantial variations exist between different countries and institutions, in whether and how UBC is promoted and developed. For this reason, the project is seeking a broad range of good practice cases from 33 countries which highlight good practice in university-business cooperation and are therefore inviting contributors to submit their own or known good practice cases. The aim of this call then is to identify a range of leading examples of UBC and to collect and document this variety of activities and approaches and integrate them into describing the State of European UBC.

The 50 cases selected will be published by the European Commission in a UBC good practice report.

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* UBC activities are defined within the project as joint curriculum design and delivery, lifelong learning, student mobility, academic/staff mobility, joint R&D, commercialisation of R&D, entrepreneurship, governance and facility and equipment sharing.

EQAF 2016: call for contributions now open

EQAF_logo_nlA call for contributions is now open for the 11th European Quality Assurance Forum (EQAF), which will take place in Ljubljana, Slovenia on 17-19 November 2016, hosted by the Slovenian Student Union and the University of Ljubljana.

Through a mix of plenary and parallel sessions, the 2016 EQAF, entitled “Quality in context – embedding improvement”, will combine presentations of current developments in quality assurance with practice-oriented and research-based discussions that will take place in paper sessions and workshops. This year, EQAF will examine the different disciplinary, institutional and national contexts and cultures to which quality assurance (QA) has to be tailored and will consider how policies and practices are adapted to respect diversity and remain fit for purpose.

The Forum organisers, ENQA, ESU, EUA and EURASHE, are seeking proposals for papers and workshops from QA practitioners in higher education institutions and quality assurance agencies, students, and researchers in the field.

The deadline to submit contributions is 25 July 2016. For more information, please consult the call documents on the EQAF website.

Further information about the Forum, including the programme and registration information will become available in summer 2016. If you have any questions, please contact

University-Business Cooperation for a better future: Inspiring innovation in organic farming

UARD_logo_nlFor the eighth consecutive year the “Day of Organic Farming”, organised by the University of Agribusiness and Rural Development (UARD), took place on 26 February 2016 in Plovdiv (Bulgaria). The event has become the most significant forum in the Program of the International Agricultural Exhibition “AGRA”. Traditionally the Day is marked by a conference dedicated to special topic from the area of organic farming sector. This year the conference theme was “Organic farming 2020 – Perspectives”. It was attended by over 120 participants representing the agricultural science and research organisations, experts from the Ministry of Agriculture and Food, the State Fund Agriculture, many organic farmers and companies from agribusiness sector. The meeting’s rationale was to bring together leading researchers, business representatives and producers to discuss opportunities, obstacles and good practice examples in organic farming. Prof. Dimitrov, Rector of University of Agribusiness and Rural Development, addressed the participants by acknowledging that good business management skills require anticipation of the future needs of human beings and society and organic farming research and business being part of the future. The significance of the forum is determined by the fact that brings together science and business for the purpose of meaningful and innovative cooperation for the benefit of regions and society.

During the International Agricultural Exhibition “AGRA”, University of Agribusiness and Rural Development awards another prestigious prize: “Scientific researcher of the Year” in the field of agricultural sciences. This year’s laureate is Prof. Ivan Varlyakov from Trakia University – Stara Zagora, for his research publications and scientific commitment to the issues of animal welfare.

For more information you can contact Ass. Ms. Ivanka Shopova, UARD International Department

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Comparative analysis of the ESG 2015 and ESG 2005

EQUIP_comparative-analysis-ESG-2015-ESG-2005_coverThe EQUIP project has published a comparative analysis of the ESG 2015 and ESG 2005.

This paper provides an overview of the changes in the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area (ESG) as they were adopted by the Ministers responsible for higher education in 2015 in Yerevan compared to the ESG first published in 2005, including an outline of the changes in the context, scope, purposes and principles; a description of changes in the wording of the standards; and an analysis of the content of the related guidelines.

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Survey for the Social Inclusion Monitor (SIM) Europe

SIM_logoThe Social Inclusion Monitor Europe (SIM) Reform Barometer, a joint project by the Bertelsmann Stiftung, the University St. Gallen and the Webster University Vienna, is an unparalleled effort to collect, aggregate and analyse data on social policy reforms. On the basis of an annual online expert survey, the project evaluates governmental initiatives with regard to social issues for each of the 28 EU member states. The Reform Barometer will become one of the most extensive databases of directional social policy change available to date. The dataset will be used for several purposes:

  • Inform European public debate on diverse topics such as reform efforts of single member states or comparisons of member states’ efforts to address social problems;
  • Make available rich data to stakeholders (e.g. European Commission, NGOs, think-tanks) for identifying best practice, but also blaming malpractice and reform gridlock in certain member states;
  • Enable academic researchers to work on a wide array of research questions including the causes and consequences of social policy change and welfare state reform.

The Social Inclusion Monitor (SIM) Europe project invites academics and policy experts with expertise for one or more EU countries in the fiels of Poverty Prevention; Education; Labor Markets; Social Cohesion and Non-discrimination; Health; Inter-generational Justice (Family, Pensions, Environment, R&D, Fiscal Policy); to take the Reform Barometer online survey and share their assessment of recent policy reforms.

Participation in the survey will help advance the EU’s social dimension and contribute to building a comprehensive high-quality database on recent social policy reforms in the EU that will be made available to the public for free.

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Invitation for 2016 University-Industry Interaction Conference – DISCOUNT for EURASHE members

UIIN-2016_logoThe UIIN Conference is the largest global event centred on university-industry interaction, entrepreneurial universities and collaborative innovation.

Are you a university manager, researcher, policymaker or are you a business innovation or entrepreneurship manager? The UIIN conference, taking place over three days, will give you access to a wide variety of presentations and workshops and allow you to participate in numerous networking opportunities. The conference program consists out of a wide variety of aspects, highlighting the latest scientific research on university-industry interaction, providing an insight into good practice case studies from known and lesser known institutions across the world, as well as sharing experiences from practitioners. Hosted in Amsterdam, one of Europe’s start-up capitals, the conference gives participants the opportunity to meet around 400 participants from all over the world and interact, share knowledge, and establish new contacts.

Register now and benefit from a 10% discount for EURASHE members

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Outcomes of the PL4SD project: peer-learning, country profiles, reports

PL4SD_logoThe PL4SD project, on Peer Learning for the Social Dimension, has completed its activities at the end of 2015. The final project report is now available. The document includes an analysis of the project’s outcomes and the impact peer learning has within European higher education policy. The report also discusses the question of the future of peer learning and aims at supporting policy-makers and stakeholders in improving social dimension policies.

PL4SD developed a brief country profile for each country in the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) in order to provide an overview of the social dimension in higher education in the entire Bologna area. The profiles provide information on overall strategies and policies regarding the social dimension, the composition of the student body, as well as on tuition fees and student support in the respective country. The project website provides 48 country profiles (separately for each country as well as a collection of all profiles in one document).

Now that the project has completed its activities, the website will stay online at least for several years. Particularly the database of policy measures can serve as important instrument for policy makers and other stakeholders even after the end of the project. Therefore the project partners are confident that in near future an opportunity will arise that will allow the PL4SD team to continue and further enhance its work.

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Final seminar of the EUROGRADUATE Feasibility Study on 15 March in Berlin, Germany

Registration for the final seminar of the EUROGRADUATE Feasibility Study will close on Monday 29 February. The EUROGRADUATE final seminal will take place on 15 March 2016 at Humboldt-University in Berlin (Germany). Registrations are still open here.

This mid-sized seminar will offer plenaries and focussed workshops. The outcomes of the EUROGRADUATE feasibility study will be presented; including copies of the feasibility report. Experts and decision makers will deliver presentations on the prospects for a European graduate study. In addition examples of outstanding research on graduates showing the potential of the field will be shown.

The EUROGRADUATE final seminar is open to everybody who is interested in the prospects for a
European graduate study. Participation is free of charge.

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Programme and speakers of the 26th Annual Conference

EURASHE_AC_Belgrade_21-220416_flyerJoin us at our Annual Conference on the theme: “Centres of cooperation striving for excellence: professional higher education and the world of work” in Belgrade (Serbia) on 21-22 April 2016.

The Conference programme has been published, including keynotes and workshops on 3 Conference tracks: Employability, Regional Development, Innovation.

Jens Nymand Christensen, Deputy Director General for Education and Culture of the European Commission will be the keynote speaker at the conference. Jens Nymand Christensen is Danish and holds a Master degree in Business Economics and International Economics. From 16 September 2014 he was appointed Deputy Director-General in the Directorate General for Education and Culture.

Registrations are open online. The conference will be preceded by a meeting of EURASHE’s General Assembly on Wednesday 20 April 2016.

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Material & recording of EQUIP’s first webinar is available!

A recording of the first EQUIP webinar on “How will external QA change as a result of the ESG 2015?” is now available and the presentations have also been published here.

If you took part in the webinar we would be grateful if you could take a moment to complete a short survey to give us your feedback and support the further work of the EQUIP project.

The second EQUIP webinar is entitled “What are the implications of the new focus on learning and teaching in the ESG 2015?” and will take place on Wednesday 13 April 2016 at 14.00-15.00 CEST. Further details and registrations are available here.


The EQUIP project is also collecting examples of good practice on the use of the ESG 2015. If you have a good practice example of dealing with or using the ESG 2015 as a tool for change, or of good practice in quality assurance in line with the ESG 2015 you can submit it here.

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Priorities of the Bologna Follow-Up Group (BFUG) in 2015-2018

EHEA_BFUG_logoFollowing the EHEA Ministerial Conference of 14-15 May 2015 in Yerevan (Armenia), a new period of development for the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) begins in the Bologna Follow-Up Group (BFUG). In preparation of the upcoming Ministerial Conference in Paris in 2018, a number of working groups have been created and started their work in January 2016.

The overview of the working groups presented in the organisation chart shows that much attention is given to the implementation of Bologna-related tools. The aim of this focus is to create and consolidate a real European area of higher education, as some of the countries are lagging behind. The advisory group (AG1) on internationalisation deals with the dialogue and cooperation with other regions of the globe, such as with Asia.

As a consultative member of the BFUG, EURASHE participates in the Board meetings and the plenaries. In addition, EURASHE is member of the implementation group (WG2), the non-implementation group (AG3), the group on new goals (WG3) and the group on the diploma supplement (AG4).



View the BFUG work plan 2015-2018 More information is available on the EHEA website

Two academic positions open at the University of Saint Joseph (USJ) in Macao, China

USJ_logo_nlThe University of Saint Joseph (USJ) in Macao, China has opened two academic positions: one at the Department of Social Work of the Faculty of Administration and Leadership, and one at the Faculty of Humanities, respectively Associate/Assistant Professor and Associate Professor.

The selected applicant for the position of Associate/Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Work of the Faculty of Administration and Leadership will provide academic leadership on teaching and research, as well as other activities including administration, and the ability to work collaboratively with colleagues from other departments and develop relationships with communities. An understanding of Chinese culture and experience in dealing with stakeholders and partners is highly desirable. Applications are welcomed from individuals with an interest in all areas of social work.

The selected applicant for the position of Associate Professor in the Faculty of Humanities will provide academic leadership on teaching and research, as well as other activities including leading the Faculty councils and departments and liaising with other Deans and Officers. S/he should be able to organise new programmes, seminars and conferences and to contribute to an harmonious atmosphere in the Faculty, to contribute to the enhancement of teaching in general and to the good relationship with all other Academic Units and with other higher Education Institutions.

Further information is available on USJ’s website here.

Over 40 case studies on equity available

IDEAS_pictureThe IDEAS project focuses on identifying higher education equity interventions that work, improving access to higher education in Europe. The main outcome, the IDEAS database, contains over 40 examples of equity interventions from around the world. These case studies address topics such as access to higher education, completion rates, minorities, gender, counselling, student services, peer learning and more. Each intervention is defined as a specific programme, project or activity, which was designed to improve access to, participation in or completion of higher education for students from underrepresented groups. The project team has specifically looked for interventions that were implemented by individual institutions, departments, NGOs or individuals and which show good practice by having their success proved in terms of time, measurable results, efficiency, innovation and visibility.

The project will publish a white paper in the upcoming weeks based on the outcomes of the research, the quality of collected cases and the activities of the partners on the topic of the social dimension of higher education. The white paper will present policy recommendations for creating an inclusive environment in higher education.

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