Early bird fee for EURASHE Annual Conference until 30 November

EURASHE will organise its 28th Annual Conference ‘Partnerships for a Digital Future – Strategic role of professional higher education for society‘ in Tallinn (Estonia) on 19-20 April 2018. 

The Annual Conference will be a two-day event hosted by the Estonian Rectors’ Conference of Universities of Applied Sciences (RKRN) with the support of the Ministry of Education and Research. The first day of the conference will focus more on the HE educational policies and academic issues and the second day will focus on the relevant policies and expectations from and partnerships with the businesses. 

It is aimed at universities of applied sciences’ leaders, the entire community of professional higher education, European businesses and public institutions and European students’ representatives to share their experience and learn about trends, models and inspiring practices.

More information on the 28th EURASHE Annual Conference: www.eurashe.eu/tallinn

The call for contributions is open here, deadline for contributions is 15 January 2018.

You can register for the event here

Call for contributions and registrations for EURASHE 28th Annual Conference opened!

EURASHE has launched a call for contributions and opened the registrations for its 28th Annual Conference titled ‘Partnerships for a Digital Future Strategic role of professional higher education for society‘. The conference will take place in Tallinn (Estonia) on 19-20 April 2018.
We invite universities of applied sciences’ leaders, the entire community of professional higher education, European businesses, public institutions and European students’ representatives to attend the Annual Conference to share their experience and learn about trends, models and inspiring practices.

The deadline to submit your contribution is is Monday 15 January, 2018 at 12.00 pm (noon) CET Brussels-time. All the details on the conference, and on the call for contributions are available on the conference page here.

You can register for the Annual Conference here. Members will benefit from a reduced fee, as well as group registrations from the same organisation.

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UAS4EUROPE position paper on the 9th Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (FP9)

The voice of Universities of Applied Sciences for FP9

UAS4EUROPE has today published its position paper on the upcoming 9th Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (FP9).

UAS4EUROPE has the following recommendations for the European Commission in order to create an optimal successor programme of Horizon 2020:

  • Include Smart Partnerships for Regional Impact (SPFRI), which foster the collaboration between, universities of applied sciences, universities, RTOs, companies, regions and other public and private stakeholders with strong added value on the basis of excellence.
  • An increase of the budget to EUR120 billion for seven years
  • Keep the three-pillar-structure
  • Ensure better integration of Social Sciences, Humanities and the Arts (SSHA) and simultaneously the inclusion of broader themes relevant to UAS, such as social work and artistic research and design
  • Address problems and challenges with achieving genuine synergies with Structural Funds
  • Focus on all forms of innovation, from incremental to disruptive and breakthrough innovation
  • Make FP9 as simple as possible
  • Ensure a truly ‘open to the world’ FP9

Next to these recommendations, the position paper responds to the Lamy report. UAS4EUROPE supports the reoport in e.g. underlining the applications for the benefit of all (App), which is very much at the core DNA of UAS.

Although the FP9 public consultation is only expected at the beginning of next year, UAS4EUROPE believes it is vital to communicate these recommendations as early as possible, in order for the European Commission to be able to design an optimal FP9 programme together with the research and innovation community.

UAS4EUROPE is a joint initiative from EURASHEUASnetswissuniversitiesHochschule Bayern e.V. (supported by the Bavarian Research Alliance) and the Austrian FHK to promote the voice of Universities of Applied Sciences (UAS) in Europe in the field of applied research and innovation.

You can download the position paper here


New speakers added to RDI seminar in Porto on 16-17 November, early bird fee ends on 15 September!

New speakers added to the EURASHE seminar ‘Smart solutions for the regions: UAS applied R&I increasing regional cooperation‘, organised in Porto (Portugal) on 16-17 November.

Early bird fee is available until 15 September! More information and registrations here
Register now to reserve your place in the seminar!

More information and seminar programme on the event website






Save the date: 16-17 November 2017, Applied R&I seminar registrations opening soon!

EURASHE will organise a two day seminar in Porto (Portugal) on 16-17 November. It will be organised in cooperation with Instituto Superior de Contabilidade e Administracao do Porto (ISCAP) and the Portuguese Polytechnics Coordinating Council (CCISP). The seminar continues the series of seminars EURASHE has previously organised on the topic of applied R&I.

The aim of the seminar is to present the current issues and new challenges within the regional cooperation between the higher education institutions and both the regional authorities and organisations and the regional businesses.

More information and speakers will be added to the event website soon.

Save the days in your calendar and follow the updates on the EURASHE website. We look forward to seeing you in Porto in November! 



EURASHE Networking event materials published

EURASHE organised a networking event on Modernisation of higher education on the Erasmushogeschool Brussel campus in Brussels on 16 June 2017. The networking event was followed by the EURASHE Summer cocktails on the campus rooftop terrace. 

The presentation materials of the networking event have now been published.

You can find the networking event presentations on the event website here




EURASHE at BFUG and the EQAR General Assembly

EURASHE president Stéphane Lauwick and Sercetary General Michal Karpíšek attended on 24-25 May the Bologna Follow-Up Group (BFUG) meeting in Gozo (Malta), hosted under the auspices of the Maltese Presidency of the Council of the EU and co-chaired by Malta and Norway.

The BFUG is the executive structure supporting the Bologna Process in-between the Ministerial Conferences, in order to ensure the implementation of the steps upon which the Ministers have decided and preparing the upcoming EHEA Ministerial Conferences and Policy Forum. The next conference will take place in Paris (France) on 23 – 25 May 2018.

As the Ministerial Conference of Paris is approaching, the BFUG discussions focus more on the preparation of the conference and on proposed decisions to be discussed and adopted by the Ministers of the European Higher Education Area. One of the key issues discussed at the meeting concerned the suitable and effective ways to address the lagging implementation of the key Bologna commitments by some countries and supporting them in further progress.

The BFUG meeting participants discussed the fundamental values of the EHEA and how those are or can be protected. Moreover, there was a thematic discussion on Innovative Learning Methods in Higher Education.

More information about the meeting and the working documents can be found on the EHEA website here.

On 25 May, Michal Karpíšek also represented EURASHE at the General Assembly of the European Quality Assurance Register for higher education (EQAR), which took place as a satellite event of the BFUG meeting. EQAR members unanimously elected Karl Dittrich as EQAR President with a mandate from 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2020. During the meeting several EQAR bodies renewed some of their members and Greece became a new member. More info about EQAR GA here.  




Picture: Radoneme at the English language Wikipedia

EQUIP project focus groups explore QA challenges

The EQUIP project, led by EURASHE, has held a series of focus group events over the last three months for a variety of higher education stakeholders in order to explore their different perceptions on quality assurance (QA) and on how to approach some of the current challenges.

Within the project partnership, each of the European stakeholder organisations (ESU, EUA, EURASHE, EI and ENQA) organised different focus groups for their respective members; students, quality assurance practitioners in universities and institutions for professional higher education, academics and representatives from quality assurance agencies. Each group had wide-ranging discussions on the purpose of higher education and approaches to defining quality. In addition the discussions addressed some more concrete issues related to QA, many of which are linked to the expectations set out by the Standards and guidelines for quality assurance in the EHEA (ESG 2015).

Independently of the particular stakeholder groups, a number of common themes have emerged across the different focus groups. These include e.g. the impact of context on perceptions of higher education and QA, the gap between policy and practice, the need to manage information and communicate more effectively, and challenges around the implementation of student-centred approaches to learning and teaching. 

An additional focus group will be organised by EQAR for governmental representatives, later this autumn. The findings from the focus groups and other activities within the EQUIP project framework will be presented in a joint study published at the end of the project. The study will also include recommendations to specific stakeholders on how to take QA forward in the coming years.

More details about EQUIP and the resources from project activities (including publications, presentations and webinar recordings) can be found on the project website. For further updates and news about other issues related to QA in European higher education, please join EQUIP LinkedIn Group.

EQUIP project (Enhancing quality through innovative policy and practice) aims to support higher education stakeholders in meeting the challenges arising from the introduction of the ESG 2015. The project is coordinated by EURASHE and also includes as partners EUA, ENQA, ESU, EQAR, EI, UiO and CCISP. The project is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union. 

Expert policy recommendations on PHE from the second PROCSEE PHE Excellence Forum

The second PROCSEE project PHE Excellence Forum was held in Vis (Croatia) on 30 May – 3 June. The forum brought together around 40 experts from 12 countries around Europe to analyse good practice cases and to come up with a set of recommendations to tackle the challenges faced by the Professional higher education (PHE) sector in Central and Southeastern Europe.

The work of the project is organised around four thematic areas:

1) Alignment of PHE with regional, local and economic development strategies
2) Promotion of PHE in Responding to Skill Shortages
3) Organizing and Monitoring Student Placements in the World of Work
4) Personal Learning Environments in PHE

After the first PHE Excellence Forum last autumn, where the experts mapped and identified the main challenges facing the PHE sector in Central and Southeastern Europe, the project collected good-practice cases on how to tackle some of those challenges and their causes.

During the second PHE Excellence Forum in Vis, the project experts came back to the root-cause analysis and proposed a number of priorities, which would be addressable and would have an impact at national, regional and European levels. Having these main priorities in mind, the experts continued to identify from collected good practice cases the key success features to tackle the project thematic challenges. The results of the expert work fed into drafting a set of policy recommendations on how to tackle the main challenges within each theme. 

The main result of the second PHE Excellence Forum is a set of policy recommendations to addresses the challenges faced by the PHE sector in Central and Southeastern Europe. The policy recommendations will be available on the project website soon.

More information about the PROCSEE project and the upcoming activities here.

EURASHE events in Brussels on 16 June

EURASHE will organise multiple events in Brussels on 15-16 June 2017. You can find the information on the events listed below and in the EURASHE calendar. 


15 June 2017

Round table on work-based learning (WBL) (more)

16 June 2017

9:30-12:30 EURASHE Working groups (internal, for WG members) 

14:00-16:00 Networking event on Modernisation of higher education (more) followed by EURASHE Summer cocktails

Erasmushogeschool Brussel
Zespenningenstraat 70, Brussels (map)

Programme (download): 

14:00 – 16:00 Networking event on modernisation of higher education (auditorium on 3rd floor)

  • Welcome by hosting institution and Stéphane Lauwick, President, EURASHE, (France)
  • Overview of key policy issues for professional higher education in European countries
    • Eric Vermeylen, Secretary General, Flemish Council Of University Colleges (VLHORA), (Belgium– Flanders)
    • Michael Hannon, Vice President for Academic Affairs & Registrar, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT), (Ireland)
    • Armando Pires, Head of International Affairs, Portuguese Polytechnics Coordinating Council (CCISP), (Portugal)
    • Alicia-Leonor Sauli-Miklavčič, Slovene Association of HVC, (Slovenia) – overview of Central and Southeastern European countries (PROCSEE project)
    • EURASHE priorities and activities, Stéphane Lauwick, President, EURASHE, (France)
    • Renewed EU agenda for higher education, Sarah Lynch, Head of Sector, DG EAC Higher Education Policy, European Commission

16:00 – EURASHE summer cocktails (4th floor)


EURASHE position paper on permeability

EURASHE has published a position paper on permeability between professional higher education and vocational education and training, which was approved by the General Assembly meeting in Le Havre (France) on 29 March 2017.


Material, presentations, papers, photographs and proceedings of #EURASHE27 are published

EURASHE organised with the ADIUT, IUT of Le Havre and the University of Le Havre Normandie its 27th Annual Conference titled ‘Professional Higher Education 4.0: A Change for Universities of Applied Sciences‘ in Le Havre (France) on 30-31 March 2017.

The full material of the conference has now been published.

All contributions to the conference, including papers and posters, are available in our online library, and on the dedicated page of the conference here. All the photographs of the event have also been made available, as well as the summative proceedings of the conference.



Workshop on Teaching Excellence, Brussels, 16 May

EURASHE together with colleagues of the TEACHEX project will organise a Workshop on Teaching Excellence in Brussels (Belgium) on 16 May 2017.

Teaching excellence demands more than expertise in a particular academic area. An effective teacher must be able to get students engaged and actively involved in their learning, and to address the diversity of students in the classroom. These teaching skills become increasingly important in today’s interconnected and globalized world. In response to these needs, higher education institutions in Israel and Europe joined and within the framework of an Erasmus+ TEACHEX capacity building project, developed modules to assist in promoting teaching excellence in higher education institutions in Israel, and, as a result, improve student learning in these institutions. This workshop will present issues related to teaching excellence and the various modules that are being piloted.

More on the TEACHEX project is available here.

Registrations are free of charge and maximum capacity is set at 50 participants. To register and for more information contact Marko Grodsic, EURASHE project manager at marko.grdosic@eurashe.eu.

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Statement of EURASHE on the legislative changes to the Hungarian National Higher Education Act

Due to the recent amendment of the Hungarian National Higher Education Act CCIV of 2011, which introduces changes to the status of institutions registered in non-EU countries, the status and continuation of the Central European University are in jeopardy. EURASHE has published a statement on the legislative changes. With the statement EURASHE wishes to express its strong concern about the situation and to express its solidarity with the Central European University. EURASHE would like to urge the Hungarian government to take into consideration the eminent academic role of the Central European University within the region. We hope that through mutual consultation both parties would be able to find a flexible and suitable way to reach an amicable decision, which would preserve the diversity of the higher education institutions and would guarantee the future continuing operation of the Central European University in accordance to the Hungarian accreditation and legislation.


European Citizens’ Initiative: More than Education – Shaping Active and Responsible Citizens

EURASHE encourages members and partners to support the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) “More than Education – Shaping Active and Responsible Citizens“.

This ECI campaign was initiated by a group of active and young people. By means of an ECI, the first-ever tool of transnational participatory democracy, they aim to raise awareness on the importance of citizenship education for the future of democracy in Europe. A democratic society relies on the citizens’ participation, shared values and capability of critical thinking. However initiators believe that currently European citizens are insufficiently educated in this respect.

Education plays an important role in developing the individual’s understanding of how the world works and the ability to critically evaluate that. Education in Europe is at the moment very divided, which creates a diverging understanding of our society. Coordination of education is essential for the cohesion and stability of society. Therefore, teaching the civic competences should be strengthened and coordinated throughout Europe. More intensive incentive measures are needed to support member states in their responsibility of providing the basic civilising tools needed to become a functioning member of a democratic diverse and open society.

The ECI calls on the European Commission to:

  • Set up a long term agenda for coordinating citizenship education among EU members states, so that global and European concepts and values are taught to citizens and the citizens are equipped with the competences to actively, responsibly participate in our democratic society.
  • Create benchmarks for civic education in Europe, based on long and short term goals. International organisations such as the Council of Europe are consulted for setting the goals and benchmarks, as well as civil society actors and education providers.
  • Organise periodic evaluation of benchmarks, including reports from ministries as well as civil society second opinions.
  • Provide support to empower member states to implement the suggested education elements, with dedicated working groups in the ET2020 and future frameworks.
  • Offer space for exchanging practises between education providers and authorities.
  • Strengthen financial support programmes for consultation and networking projects in civic education policy.
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EURASHE Annual Report 2016

EURASHE is pleased to present its Annual Report 2016 which was endorsed by the General Assembly meeting in Le Havre (France) on 29 March 2017.

It comprises information on the activities of EURASHE in 2016, its members, the policy development activities of EURASHE, as well as information on the projects in which EURASHE is involved.

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


EQAF 2017: call for contributions

The 12th European Quality Assurance Forum (EQAF) will take place in Riga, Latvia on 23-25 November 2017 hosted by the University of Latvia. The Forum organisers, ENQA, ESU, EUA and EURASHE, are pleased to invite you to get involved in the Forum by proposing a paper or workshop.

Under the title of Responsible QA – committing to impact, this year’s Forum will focus on the need for quality assurance (QA), whether aiming at accountability or enhancement, to be carried out in a transparent and responsible manner. This means finding ways of responding to the needs and interests of internal and external stakeholders. EQAF 2017 will explore how this can be done in practice, examining issues such as communication, ethics and the concept of change in QA.

During the Forum, paper sessions and workshops will provide space for more detailed discussions about research, policy initiatives and practical case examples related to current developments in QA. The Forum organisers are therefore seeking proposals for papers and workshops from QA practitioners in higher education institutions and quality assurance agencies, students, and researchers in the field.

These sessions are an excellent opportunity to share experiences and gain fresh perspectives from colleagues from across Europe. Selected contributions will also receive one reduced fee for attending the Forum. For more information about the call, please consult the EQAF website. The deadline to submit contributions is 24 July 2017.

Further information about the Forum, including the programme and registration information, will become available in summer 2017. If you have any questions, please contact QAForum@eua.be.

UAS4EUROPE: giving the European universities of applied sciences a voice!

Universities of applied sciences (UAS) are well placed to participate in Horizon 2020 and FP9, but more can be done to improve their participation.

This is one of the conclusions of the first ever UAS4EUROPE conference in Brussels. UAS4EUROPE, a network of universities of applied science in Europe, organised this conference and brought together more than 200 researchers, policy-makers and rectors from 29 European countries. The conference consisted of a daytime event and a high level evening event.

The aims during the day were to learn, network and lobby, to discuss Horizon 2020, to understand how to prepare for a good proposal, and to find out what key ingredients are needed for a good participation of UAS in Horizon 2020 and beyond. The conference started with keynotes delivered by Friedrich von Heusinger, Representation of the State of Hessen to the European Union and Stéphane Lauwick, President of EURASHE, who is the current rotating representative of UAS4EUROPE, who applauded the excellent position of universities of applied sciences to act as regional connector and as excellent partner to deliver applied research.

Brendan Hawdon of the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission, discussed with the audience the process leading up to FP9 and shared some first results from the consultation on the midterm evaluation of Horizon 2020. Stakeholders wish a continuity with Horizon 2020 (‘an evolution, not a revolution’), the societal challenge-based approach and support including both research and innovation into one programme. Questions for the future are still open regarding the use of grants and loans, large and small consortia and the role of for example disruptive innovation and also defence research. After Hawdon’s presentation, Virginia Puzzolo of the EC’s Research Executive Agency (REA), provided practical tips about preparing a Horizon 2020 proposal. These tips included that applicants should be specific in their objectives and expected impacts as well as clearly demonstrate how they aim to implement and sustain them.

Before lunchtime, a panel was convened with researchers, evaluators, representatives and coordinators from UAS and a SME. The panel discussed what needs to be done for UAS to participate well in Horizon 2020. There was broad agreement that Horizon 2020 is a suitable framework for UAS, but that mainly on the national and institutional level changes would have to be made. For instance, building up relevant networks, having good national support systems for information exchange and being able to read and understand calls properly were named amongst other challenges.

After lunch, parallel workshops were held with best practices on the themes of Health and Well-being; Environment, Food and Agriculture; Living and Working in the 21st Century; Energy and Climate Change; Enabling and Industrial Technologies, Digitalisation; Arts and Design to deepen the discussions and provide more networking opportunities for participants. 

Finally, the evening conference brought together a high level speaker panel. UAS4EUROPE had the honour to welcome State Secretary Bernd Sibler of the Bavarian State Ministry of Education, Science and the Arts, who was so kind to host the network in its beautiful premises. In his welcome statement, he mentioned to be an active supporter of the UAS and believes it has a pivotal role to play in Horizon 2020. So did Keith Sequeira from the Cabinet of European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation Carlos Moedas. He very much welcomed the work UAS4EUROPE does and appreciated the contribution delivered to the European Innovation Council (EIC) and the statement on the mid-term evaluation of Horizon 2020. The evening was wrapped up with a panel discussion on forging Smart Partnerships For Regional Impact: how to work together with UAS in Horizon 2020 and beyond? For this panel, next to State Secretary Sibler, Luciana Vaccaro from the University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland (HES-SO), Armando Pires from the Portuguese Polytechnics Coordinating Council and Talita Soares, from the European Association of Research and Technology Organisations (EARTO) were invited. There’s a strong belief of ample opportunities for collaborating with UAS. The participants were sympathetic to the idea of the Smart Partnerships for Regional Impact (SPFRI), an idea which UAS4EUROPE will further elaborate in the coming months. Soon UAS4EUROPE will also launch a survey on FP9 to gather input from the UAS.

UAS4EUROPE was grateful of the tremendous support for this event, kindly made possible by EURASHE, UASnet, swissuniversities, Hochschule Bayern e.V. (supported by the Bavarian Research Alliance) and the Austrian FHK.

EURASHE is looking for a Junior Project Officer

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 in April 2017, EURASHE is looking to develop its dynamic Secretariat team with 1 additional staff member.

EURASHE is looking for:

  • a junior project officer.


The job description and selection process are available here.

Review of the 2006 Recommendation on Key Competences for Lifelong Learning

The European Commission has launched on 22 February 2017 a public consultation which will run until 19 May 2017 with a view to updating the 2006 Recommendation on Key Competences for Lifelong Learning.

This review will seek to determine which skills and competences young people need to acquire to succeed in the job market and in life, with a particular focus on entrepreneurship education. The review was announced in the Commission’s New Skills Agenda for Europe adopted in June 2016. The goal is to develop a shared understanding of key competences needed (from reading and writing,  horizontal skills to digital competences) and to further foster their introduction in education and training curricula. The revision will also provide support for better developing and assessing these skills. Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Tibor Navracsics said: “Today, young people need a broader set of competences to find fulfilling jobs and become independent, engaged citizens who contribute to society. Education and training have a crucial role in enabling young people to develop these competences, giving them the best possible start in life. Participating in this public consultation gives educational authorities, policy makers, practitioners and citizens the chance to define what key competences are necessary for personal fulfilment and development, active citizenship, social inclusion and employment.” The Recommendation on Key Competences contributes to the development of quality education and training tailored to the needs of European societies and will now be reviewed to reflect political, social and technological developments since 2006.

In order to assist with the preparation of responses to the consultation, a consultation strategy have been made available.

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Social Policy in the EU — Reform Barometer 2016: Social Inclusion Monitor (SIM) Europe

Many EU member states are failing to overcome the most urgent socio-political challenges. According to expert opinion, there is a large gap between the reforms required and those actually implemented, particularly when it comes to the education sector and the integration of foreigners. These are the main results from the Bertelsmann Stiftung’s EU Reform Barometer. This study was based on a Europe-wide survey of experts, in which over 1,000 social scientists took part, including experts involved in EURASHE/professional higher education. Socio-political reforms were analysed from five different angles: poverty, education, the labour market, social cohesion and non-discrimination, and health.

According to the social scientists consulted, there has been a considerable need for reform in all five of these areas. The largest gaps are seen in education, where only a third of the required reforms have been addressed. When it comes to the integration of foreigners, researchers have also given members states poor marks. The most pressing problem here is the fight against poverty.

The Reform Barometer has been developed by the Bertelsmann Stiftung in cooperation with Bernd Marin of the European Bureau for Policy Consulting and Social Research Vienna, and Christian Keuschnigg at the University of St. Gallen. It is part of the Bertelsmann Stiftung’s “Social Inclusion Monitor (SIM) Europe” project, which regularly carries out evaluations of opportunities for social participation and reform policies in the 28 member states of the European Union.

For further questions, please contact: Thorsten Hellmann, Bertelsmann Stiftung, phone: +49 5241 81-81 236, e-mail: thorsten.hellmann@bertelsmann-stiftung.de, Jan Arpe, European Bureau for Policy Consulting and Social Research Vienna, phone: +43 664 218 80 46, e-mail: arpe@europeanbureau.net

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Key Considerations for Cross-Border Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area

EURASHE in collaboration with ENQA, ESU, EUA and EQAR has published an informative document on ‘Key Considerations for Cross-Border Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area’.

The development of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) through the Bologna Process has contributed to an increase in cross-border exchanges and cooperation in higher education, including in quality assurance (QA). In the Yerevan Communiqué (2015) ministers in charge of higher education in the EHEA committed to allowing “higher education institutions to use a suitable EQAR registered agency for their external quality assurance process, respecting the national arrangements for the decision making on QA outcomes”.

In this context, cross-border QA refers to external QA activities of a QA agency carried out in a country other than the one in which it is based or primarily operates. For higher education institutions, this may be a voluntary process or part of the national mandatory external QA.

ENQA, ESU, EUA, EURASHE and EQAR have therefore developed these ‘Key Considerations for Cross-Border Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area’ intended to provide information and support to higher education institutions and QA agencies that engage in or consider engaging in cross-border QA activities within the EHEA.

Those interested in this topic are invited to continue the discussion by joining the LinkedIn Group ‘Quality assurance in European higher education. The group has been set up by ENQA, ESU, EUA and EURASHE as a platform for news and discussion. Contributions from all higher education stakeholders are welcome.

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LinkedIn group: Quality Assurance in European Higher Education

To support the discussion on quality assurance (QA) topics in Europe the partners of the EQUIP project have set up a LinkedIn group on ‘Quality assurance in European higher education’.

This group will provide a platform for discussions on the topic of QA in European higher education. It serves to connect the European QA community and is a place to exchange practice, discuss current issues and share ideas.

This group will be of interest to those responsible for and working on QA in higher education institutions, students, QA agency staff and researchers working on higher education or the QA field.

These project partners have a long history of work on QA in European higher education, both collaboratively and individually. By joining this group you can expect information on the EQUIP project, but also the latest on the European Quality Assurance Forum (EQAF) for example. 

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Call for Experts to join the SAPS project – Supporting Apprenticeships between Professional Higher Education & Small and Medium Enterprises

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Call for Experts to join the SAPS project – Supporting Apprenticeships between Professional Higher Education & Small and Medium Enterprises

The SAPS project stands for Supporting Apprenticeships between Professional Higher Education & Small and Medium Enterprises, and aims at improving the perception of SMEs of the benefits of engaging interns/apprentices from professional higher education (PHE) institutions; lowering the barriers to cooperation between PHE institutions and SMEs; and establishing more regular and structured cooperation between the umbrella organisations for PHE and organisations representing SMEs.

The first phase of the project focuses on ‘Supporting SMEs new to internships/apprenticeships’, and will be developed in cooperation with 10 European experts. The overall aim is to:

  • provide guidance to SMEs as to how to provide an effective learning experience for interns/apprentices and a productive work experience for the enterprise;
  • create guidelines for managing interns/apprentices with disabilities and/or special needs;

And that way:

  • assist SMEs in setting up an internship/apprenticeship scheme in collaboration with professional higher education institutions;
  • assist SMEs with the process of on-boarding interns/apprentices;
  • ensure a productive work experience for the enterprise;
  • manage interns/apprentices with disabilities and/or special needs.

Profile of experts

In order to bring different perspectives and expertise in the expert team, we are looking for experts from:

  • Professional higher education institutions;
  • Organisations representing SMEs;
  • SMEs;
  • Experienced professional in supporting students with disabilities.

Conditions and Application Process

Experts will be selected through an open call for applications. Selected experts will receive a gross honorarium of €4.000 as well as coverage of travel and subsistence costs to the expert meeting in Brussels.

Experts interested in applying should send a CV together with a cover letter, indicating their experience in line with this call by 26 February 2017. To read the full call for experts and apply, please go the dedicated website. For further information, please contact Marko Grdosic, SAPS project coordinator at marko.grdosic@eurashe.eu.

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PROCSEE report: Policy Challenges for Professional Higher Education in Central and South-Eastern Europe

EURASHE is a partner in the PROCSEE project on Strengthening Professional Higher Education and VET in Central & South Eastern Europe. The project has now published its first Policy Challenge Statement for Professional Higher Education in Central and South-Eastern Europe, which is the result of extensive expert work through the project national and international expert networks.

The statement focuses on the four main project themes:

  • Alignment of PHE with regional development strategies
  • Promotion of PHE to respond to skill shortages
  • Organising and monitoring placements in the world of work
  • Personal learning environments in PHE

In the first stage each country participating in the project organised a half-day seminar, assembling their respective national excellence committees, which performed a SWOT analysis of the state of the PHE sector in their respective country. The goal of the project work is to build an ‘ideal-type’ scenario for PHE in their country for the following years and to identify barriers which may hold them back from achieving these scenarios.

The discussions of the national excellence committees were then summarised into national priority challenge statements, which were compiled as a follow-up for the HE Excellence Forum of 28 September-1 October 2016 in Logarska Dolina, Slovenia. The forum brought together around 40 European experts across all the four thematic areas of the project with the aim of identifying the shared national, regional and European challenges and to bring together the overall problems/challenges and symptoms for the theme as a whole. Following this, the experts refined the problem definitions, prioritised the root causes, and summarised them in the final two chapters of the policy statement, which was then validated online with all experts who participated in its formulation. A report of this first forum is available on the project website here.

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Material and photographs available for Quality Assurance seminar

Photograph: CC by-sa by Hernán Piñera

EURASHE organised with the Belgian ARES a seminar titled ‘Managing your institution’s quality with the latest practices and policies‘ in Brussels (Belgium) on 6-7 February 2017.

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.


Erasmus+ mid-term evaluation & Implementation survey 2016

Erasmus+ mid-term evaluation

The Erasmus+ mid-term evaluation will assess the effectiveness of the Erasmus+ actions to achieve the programme’s objectives and evaluate the efficiency of the Programme and its European added value. The report produced will also address the Programme’s internal and external coherence, the continued relevance of its objectives, and the scope for simplification, as well as assess the long-term results and impact of the predecessor programmes (Lifelong Learning, Youth in Action, Erasmus Mundus, ALFA, Tempus, Edulink, Sport preparatory actions).

EURASHE has joined the Lifelong Learning Platform’s Coalition built to advocate towards members of the European Parliament and colleagues from the European Commission. This Coalition wishes to strengthen the voice of European civil society organisations and education representatives and present our needs and recommendations for further implementation of the Erasmus+ programme to decision makers.

In the first round of consultations, many of our concerns have been taken into account by Members of the Parliament in the Parliament Implementation Report. These include, among others, our calls:

  • For less bureaucracy
  • For more flexibility
  • For enhanced involvement of civil society
  • For the transparency of data on the quality of the successful projects
  • For a clarification of the programme guide
  • For the simplification of application procedures
  • For an in-depth analysis to reach better balance over- and underfunded parts
  • To define the Student Loan guarantee
  • To make the programme more inclusive and accessible
  • To ensure the lifelong learning dimension of the programme and cross-sectoral projects
  • For more funding for KA2 applications
  • To improve IT tools
  • To set common quality standards


The LLLPlatform’s Erasmus+ Implementation Survey 2016

After the success of the 2014 broad public consultation and the 2015 Erasmus+ implementation survey, the Lifelong Learning Platform launched the 2016 Erasmus+ Implementation Survey on 7 July. For this Erasmus+ survey, the numbers are impressive: 734 responses were received from applicants in 32 countries – all 28 EU Member States and Iceland, Turkey, Norway and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. The purpose of this survey was to evaluate how the third round of applications for the Erasmus+ programme was experienced by the beneficiaries. The consultation was closed on 15 of September. 2016 The survey report presents a summary of the respondents’ assessment of the Erasmus+ Programme implementation in 2016.

survey results

EQAR is looking for a president, call open until 7 March

The European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education (EQAR) is looking for a suitable individual to fill the position of President for the term 1 July 2017 – 30 June 2020.

EQAR is the independent non-profit organisation managing the register of quality assurance agencies operating in compliance with the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area (ESG). EQAR serves the public interest and is governed jointly by European governments and stakeholder organisations, including EURASHE. As a founding member, alongside EUA, ENQA and ESU, EURASHE is a member of EQAR’s Executive Board and of its General Assembly and nominates two experts to the Register Committee.

The President is elected by the EQAR General Assembly, comprising the European stakeholder organisations and currently 38 European governments, represented by their ministries responsible for higher education.

The call for candidates, explaining the nature of the position and the selection criteria, has now been published. The Selection Committee invites individuals to declare their candidacy. The closing date for candidacies is 7 March 2017, 24:00 CET. The Selection Committee will propose up to two suitable candidate(s) for election by the General Assembly. The candidate(s) proposed is/are expected to present themselves in person to the EQAR General Assembly on 24 May 2017 (in Gozo, Malta).

Please submit candidacies, including a motivation letter and your CV, listing all functions and positions you currently hold, to Colin Tück, EQAR Director, Secretary to the Selection Committee by email: colin.tueck@eqar.eu. If you have questions about the position, you may address Freddy Coignoul, Chair of the Selection Committee, at f.coignoul@ulg.ac.be. All inquiries will be handled confidentially.

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Announcing a EURASHE community of practice: quality of higher education

After several years concentrating on policy developments and activities on the system-level, with the revision of the ESG for example, EURASHE will extend its work to provide more direct practical support to members and HEIs in Europe.

Such activities since 2012 have already included seminars on quality assurance and the sponsoring of the Manual for IQA. But to be more practical and provide more support to members, as requested by them, EURASHE aims to develop communities of practices in the coming years.

In 2017 EURASHE will launch a community of practice centred on the area of quality of higher education. It will be the cornerstone of its further practical support to colleagues in institutions.

A community of practice centres around a “group of people who share a concern or passion” for a common topic “and learn how to do it better as they interact” (for more on the concept of communities of practice see http://wenger-trayner.com/). Such a community is defined by three characteristics: its ‘domain’, ‘community’ and ‘practice’.

We aim to propose a EURASHE community of practice: quality of higher education:

  • Addressing the overall theme of quality of higher education, with a focus on various topics along the way as required by its members and recent developments in higher education;
  • Supporting a community of institutional actors, members of EURASHE, that have expressed their need for more exchange not simply with experts or events’ speakers, but with peers and colleagues from HEIs;
  • Providing opportunities for peer-learning, going beyond the traditional format of seminars and conferences and concentrating on the direct exchange of experience, expertise and learning between all involved.
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Statement of UAS4EUROPE on the mid-term review of Horizon 2020

The UAS4EUROPE network has published a statement on the mid-term review of Horizon 2020 (H2020) Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. The joint statement by EURASHE, UASnet, swissuniversities, Hochschule Bayern e.V. (supported by Bavarian Research Alliance) and the Austrian FHK covers the UAS4EUROPE opinion on the overall design and structure of H2020, the funding instruments available, the Work Programmes, the submission and evaluation of proposals and suggestions for the outlook on the upcoming FP9.

In general UAS4EUROPE believes that there are many positive changes in the H2020; for the first time there is an integration of research and innovation activities and the H2020 has a clear structure along the three pillars of Excellent Science, Industrial Leadership and Societal Challenges. UAS4EUROPE would like to see such an overall structure maintained.

However, the UAS4EUROPE network would like work together with the European Commission to provide and develop more opportunities for better future participation of the Universities of Applied Sciences (UAS) in H2020. As one of the suggestions to increase the UAS participation in the future, UAS4EUROPE introduces the concept of ‘Smart Partnerships for Regional Impact’ (SPFRI), outlined in the UAS4EUROPE position paper, which would bring to the table e.g. the excellent UAS networks with regional SMEs and can serve as a means for ensuring that the projects have the required impact.

Read more about the UAS4EUROPE comments to the H2020 midterm review and suggestions for FP9 here


Special focus group on ESG 2015 for universities of applied sciences/PHE

EQUIP focus group on ESG 2015 challenges and innovative practices for universities of applied sciences/professional higher education

EQUIP_logo_nlEURASHE will organise a focus group in the framework of the EQUIP project in  Le Havre (France) on 30-31 March 2017 (lunch to lunch) in parallel to our 27th Annual Conference. The one-day focus group aims at verifying and further consolidating the evidence collected about the implementation challenges of the ESG 2015, sharing good practice, and discussing approaches to solving these challenges and their applicability in different contexts. Sessions of the focus groups will explore:

  • Challenges in meeting the expectations of the ESG 2015
  • Different approaches to quality with the ESG and other tools
  • Potential solutions and case examples

Participants will benefit from the opportunity to discuss in depth in small groups some of the practical challenges in dealing with quality assurance on a daily basis, and exchange ideas with peers from across Europe on how to approach these issues. The EQUIP project partners will use the outcomes of the focus group to develop a study examining the implications of the introduction of the ESG 2015, innovative approaches to their implementation, and recommendations to individual stakeholder groups.

Participation is free of charge but limited to 25 participants. For this reason participation is on invitation/validated expression of interest only. The organisers believe that participants with the following profile will benefit the most from taking part in EURASHE’s EQUIP focus group:

  • Representative of a university of applied sciences/university college/institution engaged in professional higher education
  • Knowledgeable about quality assurance and the ESG 2015
  • Awareness of quality assurance frameworks in the EHEA
  • Senior management staff or institutional leadership
  • Commitment to take part in the full focus group

Please send your CV to Alexandre Wipf to take part in this EQUIP focus group.



  • EURASHE’s focus group will take place from Thursday 30 March at 12.45 pm (with lunch) until Friday 31 March at 2.00 pm (with lunch), in Le Havre (France).
  • Participation is free of charge but limited to 25 participants.
  • For this reason participation is on invitation/validated expression of interest only – please send your CV to EURASHE for us to confirm your participation. 
  • EURASHE will be able to contribute partially to travel (up to 200 euro) and accommodation costs (1 night).
  • Participants of the focus group that would like to take part in the remainder of the Annual Conference may do so at a reduced fee.

Registrations are now open! Applied research conference 15 March 2017 in Brussels (Belgium)

Photograph: CC by-nc-nd by Luc Mercelis

The UAS4EUROPE network, led by EURASHE, will organise an applied research daytime conference and an evening reception in Brussels on 15 March 2017. The conference is titled ‘Universities of Applied Sciences: Maximising Success in Horizon 2020 and Beyond – Learn! Network! Lobby!’ and will be co-organised with the Bavarian Research Alliance

The daytime conference is free of charge and aimed at applied researchers and EU (policy) officers working at European UAS. It will address the challenges UAS are facing when engaging on the European level, but also the chances international cooperation offers. Furthermore, it will provide interesting insights into the European Commission’s agenda for the coming years, practical tips on how to successfully apply for funding as well as many opportunities to exchange experiences with officials and other applicants. The programme will include keynotes by the European Commission, DG RTD and Research Executive Agency, a discussion panel and thematic workshops on applied research topics. You can find more information on the daytime conference here. Full daytime programme.

The conference is followed by an evening reception on ‘Taking Universities of Applied Sciences (UAS) to the next level: How to optimally participate in Horizon 2020 and beyond‘. The programme will include a high-level panel discussion attended by e.g. a member of the Research, Science and Innovation Commissioner Carlos Moedas’ cabinet and representatives from European UAS and research and technology organisations.

More info on the evening reception and the programme

Please register for the events here: Conference & Evening reception

Please also note that there are only limited number of spaces available for the events and the registrations will close once the event is full, which may occur before the registration deadline (3 March 2017).