Boosting your company with Apprenticeships

Numerous studies by various European organizations highlight that small business are unable to find the employees they need to fill open positions, limiting opportunities for growth while raising costs. At the same time, Europe as a whole still suffers from relatively high unemployment – a phenomenon known as the skills gap. This means that the skills which the population currently hold, are not necessarily the skills employers need.

Solving this problem requires an approach made up of three pillars. First, educational institutions need to offer courses which teach the skills needed by the labour market. Second, areas where such skill-gaps exist need to be made attractive, so that students actually want to study and follow these subjects, and finally employers need to do their part to help students better prepare for the labour market.

For small and medium enterprises, one of the easiest way to contribute to lessening this skills gap is by offering apprenticeships, whereby they agree to host students for short periods of training within their company, giving students the chance to learn much-needed practical skills. While apprenticeships are clearly of value to students, they are also extremely valuable to your company. Research shows that apprenticeships boost profitability, boost employability and boost company image.

Profitability is boosted because apprentices add to your labour force, allowing your company to increase output, but also because they bring with them new techniques, skills and ideas which can allow you to improve quality.

Employability is boosted because apprenticeships improve your recruitment. Rather than issue a job call, and assess candidates based on CVs of dubious utility, apprenticeships give you the opportunity to test out graduates’ skills at the workplace and see whether they are a good fit for your company culture. Studies show that employees who join companies after apprenticeships remain longer with the company, get promoted faster and tend to be more efficient than people recruited through other means.

Finally, apprenticeships boost your company’s image by showing your commitment to growing your economic sector, helping young people and supporting local communities. Since apprentices also gain a lot out of their first job experience and your mentorship, they also tend to make great brand ambassadors for your product.

So, what are you waiting for? Find out more about apprenticeships at www.learntowork.eu and boost your company today!

EURASHE contributes to the selection of new members of the Ukrainian Accreditation Council

Last week 22 new members of the National Accreditation Council (hereafter-Council) were selected in Ukraine. The newly formed Council marks the achievement of the Selection Committee work which was also comprised of E4 members-EURASHE, EUA, ENQA, and ESU.

The importance of the Selection Committee is considered to be significant since the former Accreditation Council had lost its credibility in the public eye and higher education sector due to its lack of transparency, integrity, and honesty. The current Selection Committee had a responsibility to set higher selection standards and nominate 23 members of the Council who fully meet the position’s requirements. One remaining place is planned to be filled in the upcoming months.

‘We learned that before anybody could have been accredited, even higher education providers offering services at the railway station. Therefore, our responsibility was not only to nominate candidates who are credible and eligible for the position but also bring back transparency and public belief in the mission and activities of the Council itself, – shares her impressions Assoc. Prof. Patricia Georgieva, representative of EURASHE.

Newly elected members of the Accreditation Council still has to be appointed by the Council of Ministers of Ukraine and undergo special training on quality assurance. The Selection Committee is appointed for the period until 2020.

Background information

National Accreditation Council is the primary body making the accreditation decisions, setting accreditation methodology and nominating evaluation committees and review experts.

EURASHE publishes a statement on the future of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT)

In view of the forthcoming revision of the Regulation establishing the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) and the adoption of its Strategic Innovation Agenda for the period 2021 – 2027, EURASHE expresses its support to the EIT’s efforts to integrate the knowledge triangle of higher education, research and innovation and, thus, to reinforce the Union’s innovation capacity and address societal challenges. Although certain progress has been made since the creation of the EIT, much more needs to be done to bring more concrete results and tangible benefits in the future.

In this context, the EURASHE calls for more and better opportunities for involvement of Universities of Applied Sciences (UAS) in the existing and forthcoming Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs). This call is motivated by the proven capacity the UAS have to connect with the real economy, in particular the SMEs, and the society. The close cooperation between UAS and companies is not only evident in their applied RTI-profile, but also in the profile of their researchers. Besides their specific scientific competences they also have the necessary practical experience in the respective professional fields, and the ability to adopt the entrepreneurial perspective and to convey this perspective to their students. In many places new business centres and SMEs’ incubators have been established, as well as office facilities and other services for students finding new businesses.

The EIT’s support and attention to the UAS will, therefore, have a multiplier effect on all components of the knowledge triangle. EURASHE is at the disposal of the EIT and the European Commission to facilitate the participation and the engagement of the UAS in the EIT’s activities, which at present are underrepresented.

Read the full statement here.

If you have any questions please contact us: iskren.kirilov@eurashe.eu 

EURASHE hosted a study visit for representatives from Asian universities

Last week EURASHE hosted a study visit organised by the TACTIC project in Brussels. Participants from various universities in Cambodia, Mongolia and Vietnam had an opportunity to learn better about the strategic management and activities’ planning of universities.

In the first part of the visit, participants received an overview of the activities of Brussels based organisations’ EURASHE and European Student Union and had an opportunity to learn about the Bologna Process and Paris Communiqué  which were presented by Michal Karpisek, Secretary General of EURASHE.

In the following days, participants met with representatives from Thomas More University in Mechelen and learnt about practical university’s experience of the implementation of a merger. Participants also visited UC Leuven Limburg University of Applied Sciences in Leuven where they had a chance to better understand the strategic priorities of the institution.

This was the last project event within the TACTIC project. More about the project and it’s priorities you can learn here.

Have a look at the moments of the Study visit:

29th EURASHE Annual Conference: Call for contributions is open

EURASHE has launched a call for contributions for its 29th Annual Conference ‘Future Students. Future Universities. Future Jobs. Professional Higher Education in the changing world.’ The conference will take place in Budapest (Hungary) on 16-17 May 2019 and will be hosted by the Hungarian Rectors’ Conference (MRK) with the support of the Ministry of Human Capacities of Hungary.

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.

We welcome to submit two types of contributions:

  • Breakout sessions: Each interactive parallel breakout session would be attended by about 30 participants. The breakout sessions should be organised in an interactive way as workshops to encourage discussions between the participants. The structure can e.g. include an overview, followed by group discussions. We expect to accept about 8 proposals for this year’s conference. The length of the proposal: 90 minutes.
  • Good practice examples: 2-3 brief examples of good practice will be presented together within blocks parallel to breakout sessions. The length of the proposal: 30 minutes.

Presenting at EURASHE’s Annual conference allows to reach a wide audience and will give you visibility prior to and during the Conference. In addition, one reduced fee will be provided per contribution.

Contributions have to be submitted exclusively online on EURASHE website. The deadline for submission is Thursday 31 January, 2019 at 12.00 pm (noon) CET Brussels-time.

More information about the Conference and the Call for contributions here.

Apprenticeships at SMEs: How to work with a Professional Higher Education Institution (PHEI)

Embracing the apprenticeship culture and starting an apprenticeship scheme in a company is not difficult. However, it might not be very intuitive for an SME who has never done it before, so below are a few hints.

Focus on your needs

When you think of apprenticeships, you probably think of a way to help students acquiring skills by practising their theoretical knowledge. And that is true. However, it is only one aspect of it. Another being the knowledge they bring into you company and transfer into your staff. So, focus on that: What knowledge and skill gaps does your company face? What updated – or brand new – knowledge could benefit your business – both immediately and in the near future? Write it down in a list and reflect on it: in which department of your company would you integrate a person with each skill and knowledge you identified as needed/useful? What tasks – or challenges – would you give them? Write it down. This will give you an idea of the apprenticeship placements you can open.

Identify potential partners

Potential partners are educational organizations that can provide apprentices that match the apprenticeship placements you open. Look at your list of knowledge and skill gaps: In which kind of educational organization are these knowledge and skills taught? Which education level and technical/scientific area? In which study programmes? Write them down. Now think of the closer educational organizations and identify the ones that offer those programmes – as these are your potential partners. You might want to check their study programmes curricula to be sure they include the subjects you want. You can enlarge the geographic scope of the search as needed, as many apprentices are willing to relocate. If you face difficulties to find educational organizations, you can contact their national regulatory body or association and they will help you. You can also browse the Learn2Work database of educational organizations to find potential partners (www.learntowork.eu).

Get in touch and negotiate

Select the most suitable partners and contact them. Keep in mind both the interlocutor and the momentum are important. Browse their website – if they have a dedicated department to deal with apprenticeships, that will be your contact. If not, check if there is a department that seems to be dealing with communication and partnerships with the world of work. Another approach is to contact directly the Director/Coordinator of the study programme or the Lecturers of the subjects you’re interested in. You can contact them any time, but the best is to do it at the end of a given school year, so they can consider your placements when planning the subsequent year. Ask for a meeting, introduce your company – it might be a good idea to invite them to visit your facilities – and present the knowledge and skill needs you have identified. Discuss openly any concerns you have and how to address them. During the negotiations, be firm regarding your needs, but also flexible and open-minded to new ideas, as sometimes a potential partner might have a different proposal of knowledge and skills to offer you, which you have not thought about yet, but that can truly benefit your company.

So, what are you waiting for? Find out more about apprenticeships at www.learntowork.eu and start your apprenticeship scheme today.

EURASHE project on apprenticeships will help to find new talents easier

Numerous studies show that small businesses are unable to find suitable employees limiting their opportunities for a growth while raising costs. At the same time, Professional higher institutions (hereafter-PHE) not always think of Small and Medium enterprises (hereafter-SMEs) as potential partners to send their students for placements. Finally, Europe still suffers from relatively high unemployment – a phenomenon known as the skills gap. This means that the skills which the population currently hold are not necessarily the skills employers need.

Learntowork.eu is an initiative of the SAPS project funded by the Erasmus+ Support for Policy Reform programme, realised in a collaboration among 10 members from different countries around Europe, including EURASHE. The aims of the project are twofold: to systemise the apprenticeship practices between PHEIs and SMEs, and re-shape the image of apprenticeship for SME with a multi-lingual promotional campaign.

 ‘We are very happy being involved in this project because apprenticeships are playing an increasingly important role for both – higher education institutions and the world of work and it is important that the right structures are in place to ensure that they equip people with the right skills.  During a period of 2 years of the project our organisation was also enriched with a knowledge and good examples on implementation of apprenticeships programmes that we are successfully adapting in other our projects like Mentortrain, SAT, SPRINT and ApprenticeshipQ’, – highlights Michal Karpíšek, Secretary General of EURASHE.

The project develops supportive materials for SMEs, while at the same time improving the procedures of PHE institutions go make them more open to apprenticeships One the examples, Apprenticeship Quality Toolkit which provides a hands-on, easy-to-use management tool for PHEIs and SMEs, to ensure the quality of the apprenticeships and a beneficial cooperation for all. The Toolkit follows a quality management system style approach and works in two directions: inside-in, by structuring the organisational processes for successful collaboration for apprenticeships delivery, and inside out, as a quality assurance tool for transparency.

Find out more about apprenticeships at www.learntowork.eu and boost your company or create apprenticeship scheme today.

For further information, please contact:

Ms. Dovile Sandaraite

Email: dovile.sandaraite@eurashe.eu

www.learntowork.eu

 

BECOME A HOST OF THE 30TH EURASHE ANNUAL CONFERENCE

EURASHE organises its Annual Conferences since 1991 with the purpose to consider the state of the art and relevance of professional higher education in the EHEA and beyond, address upcoming trends, challenges and opportunities, provide a platform for mutual learning and exchange of experience

Now we are looking for an Association of Higher Education institutions or an Institution of Higher Education to host the 30th EURASHE Annual Conference, which is scheduled to take place in spring 2020.

Why host 30th EURASHE Annual Conference?

  1. Expand the reach of your Association or Institution. A successful conference could be an excellent opportunity to showcase your organisation to others, gather attention on social and traditional media. EURASHE always makes an agreement with media partners which cover the Annual event (interviews/articles of top speakers) in the press and launches a social media campaign prior to the Conference, organise live social media actions and ensure the post-Conference communications.
  2. Get access to influence makers. Our Annual Conferences always attract top leaders from the EU institutions, national and international policymakers, business representatives. EURASHE is always willing to introduce and facilitate networking between a hosting institution and relevant stakeholders by organising bilateral meetings before or during the Conference.
  3. Establish a leadership. Hosting EURASHE Annual Conference will establish your organisation as a driver of new ideas and ensure cooperation opportunities at the national and international level. This will also provide long-term value to your community and will help to raise your association’s or institution’s profile and credibility.
  4. New Ideas. The foundation of any good conference is an excellent programme. According to EURASHE28 Annual Conference’s survey results, almost 88% of respondents believe that they will use the information obtained through the Conference very significantly or significantly.
  5. Opportunity to present your city and culture. EURASHE Annual Conferences always include a social programme which is an outstanding opportunity for a hosting organisation to organise study visits, city tours and present the culture and the history of the city or country.

Conditions and requirements here. For more information, please contact EURASHE Secretariat: dovile.sandaraite@eurashe.eu.  

EURASHE Annual QA Community of Practice Event Took Place in Eisenstadt

This week EURASHE invited Quality assurance practitioners to the Annual QA Community of Practice Event in Eisenstadt, Austria. Participants had an opportunity not only listen to the inspiring presentations on the future and importance of Quality assurance in higher education but also put theory into the practice by taking part in group workshops.

The first part of the event was opened by EURASHE Secretary General Michal Karpíšek and Georg Pehm, the CEO UAS Burgenland. The introduction session was followed by a presentation about UAS Burgenland and its quality management system and continued with Trends and challenges for PHE as regards QA by EURASHE expert Lucien Bollaert. The second part of the event participants discussed practical cases of QA in work-based learning and stakeholders’ engagement.

‘The interest in the event proves to us that these type of practical activities on Quality assurance are very awaited. The evaluation’s results show that more than 70 per cent of participants considered the event useful and an added value to the community development and for us, it’s a sign that we should try to gather together QA community more often’, – says Michal Karpíšek, Secretary General of EURASHE.

You can access the event’s presentations here. If you would like to be informed about the future QA Community of Practice events, please contact us via e-mail dovile.sandaraite@eurashe.eu

EURASHE welcomes two new Affiliate members

At its Board meeting on September 14, EURASHE welcomed two new affiliate member organisations: Wült Institute of Business and Technology in Berlin, Germany and University of Applied Sciences in Ferizaj, Kosovo.

The Wült Institute of Business & Technology strives to change and improve lives through higher education by enabling students to maximise their professional and personal potential. The institute’s faculties of Business and Technology provides student-centred support services that are personal, responsive and geared toward assisting students in achieving their educational goals. Caring, highly trained faculty and staff create innovative online educational programs with challenging curriculums that focus on affordable, quality instruction and promote life-long learning and success. Though Wült is firmly rooted in the European Union with an administrative office in Berlin and strategic business units in Malta and Estonia, the Institute has a global student body in more than 40 countries around the world.

University of Applied Sciences in Ferizaj (UASF), as the only applied science provider of the higher education public institution, was established on July 2015 by the Parliament of the Republic of Kosovo following a 40-year tradition of professional and applied science education as Faculty of Applied Sciences in Ferizaj, part of University of Prishtina. UASF is accredited by the Kosovo Accreditation Agency with an institutional accreditation as a University of Applied Sciences in Ferizaj. UAS indicates its mission to provide quality education, prepare qualified professionals and educated and responsible citizens, to develop a professional career and lead a productive life.

“I am glad to welcome our two new affiliate members from Germany and Kosovo, and look forward to fruitful cooperation in implementing different activities in the field of higher education’, – says Michal Karpíšek, Secretary General of EURASHE.

Currently, EURASHE has 61 members which represent more than 650 higher education institutions around the world. Last year EURASHE joined five new members from Hungary, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Pakistan and Armenia.

 

 

EURASHE invited Universities of Applied Sciences leaders to gather for the 4th time

Last week EURASHE invited Universities of Applied Sciences (hereafter-UAS) leaders to gather at the 4th UAS Leadership Forum in Brussels. This time, top UAS representatives had an opportunity to exchange views on various aspects on benchmarking higher education system, mission and role of UAS and practical issues of translating these into the EC driven European universities network initiative.

The first presentation by Gabriele Marconi, representative of OECD covered preliminary findings from the ongoing project on ‘Benchmarking higher education system’. UAS leaders had an exclusive opportunity to get first insights into the in-depth analysis of the HE systems performance with a focus on UAS role, its main strengths and challenges, conclusions how and why some higher education systems perform better in some areas than others. The presentation was followed by University college Absalon report containing conclusions on mapping a position and concept of Universities of Applied Sciences in the institutional landscape of higher education in the Netherlands, Germany, Norway, Sweden and Finland.

The second part of the Forum was devoted to the developing European university networks concept and Universities of Applied Sciences role within the initiative. Irene Hermans, a Head of Strategy Department of UC Leuven Limburg shared their practical experience in building a partnership for the upcoming European Commission’s ‘pilot’ call. Presentations were followed by informal discussions facilitated by the former EURASHE Secretary General Johan Cloet.

‘It’s essential for leaders of Universities of Applied Sciences to gather together and exchange views on current topics, discuss and search decisions together, finally – to network, which is crucial for building a strong UAS Leadership. For EURASHE the Forum is also a great opportunity better understand the needs of the community, and we are happy having served as a platform of exchange for the fourth time’, – says Michal Karpíšek, Secretary General of EURASHE.

EURASHE launched the UAS Leadership Forum to strengthen cooperation with the top leaders of universities of applied sciences in 2017. The purpose of the Forum is to mobilise community support within and beyond the higher education and to bring together presidents, rectors, vice-rectors, general directors of European universities of applied sciences and policy makers providing an excellent opportunity for informal discussions, influence on policies and networking.

Please get in touch with us if you would like to find out more about the UAS Leadership Forum, have any questions or suggestions.

Ms Dovile Sandaraite

Email: dovile.sandaraite@eurashe.eu

More information:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBenzXEi6Y0

EURASHE project seeks to promote innovative teaching methods in Israel

All too often, institutions of higher education invest in research at the expense of teaching excellence. Nevertheless, Higher educational institutions (hereafter – HEIs) need to invest in promoting innovative teaching that will meet the needs of today’s diverse students and enable them to address the challenges of a rapidly changing world.  Ideally, students should have a meaningful, relevant, engaging learning experience that challenges their preconceptions, encourages critical thinking, and equips them to initiate change in their communities.

TeachEx is an Erasmus+ Capacity Building project designed to promote and implement innovative teaching methods and approaches Israel. HEIs of Israel currently are witnessing major changes and challenges, which are rooted in economic, socio-technological environments that are part of the transition from an industrial to an information society with new societal demands. The importance of TEACHEX is its goal of retraining academic staff. However, the project targets not only faculty members, but also the students who will benefit from innovative teaching and learning and thus contribute to society at large. Another important formation which builds upon previous projects is the provision of tools towards the internationalization of education, like the use of learning outcome, comparable programs using ECTS, use of DS and etc. The project also attempts to develop a digital portfolio for teachers and create a tool for their self performance and their evaluation as part of the quality assurance system.

Over the course of the three-year project, TeachEx developed and enhanced Centers of Teaching Excellence in each of the partner institutions. In addition, training modules were developed on the following topics: project-based learning; diversity and accessible instruction; mobile learning; the lecturer as a producer of digital content; and design thinking for a meaningful learning. The project also facilitated an intensive “Train the Trainers” workshop which gave faculty tools and ideas to take back to their home institutions to use in training other faculty members.

The ultimate goal of TeachEx is to make sustainable long-term change in teaching which will benefit students and faculty. TeachEx aims to transform the way institutions of higher education approach teaching, so that students receive the excellent teaching that is so crucial to their education.

Please get in touch with us if you would like to find out more about the project, have any questions or suggestions.

Ms. Dovile Sandaraite

Email: dovile.sandaraite@eurashe.eu

www.teachex.eu/ or www.eurashe.eu

 

Background information:

EURASHE is a partner TeachEx  together with Israeli higher educational institutions (IDC Herzliya as coordinator, Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Oranim Academic College of Education, Beit Berl College, Gordon College of Education, and Ben Gurion University of the Negev), as well as the National Union of Israeli Students, which provides a reflection on teaching methods from the student perspective. In addition, five European higher educational institutions (University College Cork, Jagiellonian University, Glasgow Caledonian University, University of Groningen, and University of Nicosia), and the European Students’ Union are partners in the project, providing their expertise and experience.

We are hiring a Policy Officer on Research, Innovation and Regional Engagement

We are looking for a Policy Officer on Research, Innovation and Regional Engagement to join our small and dynamic team in the centre of Brussels with a preferred start from 1 October 2018 the latest.

The Policy Officer will develop in close cooperation with the Secretary General EURASHE policies, projects and activities regarding applied research, innovation and regional engagement of universities of applied sciences (UAS) including other institutions of professional higher education and promote these towards European institutions, partners and stakeholders.

Requirements and conditions are here.

Interested candidates should submit the following documents in English addressed to Michal Karpíšek, Secretary General of EURASHE at eurashe@eurashe.eu by 18 September 2018, mentioning “EURASHE Policy Officer” in your email’s subject line:
– a CV max 2 pages
– a cover letter addressing:
o candidate’s motivation;
o key issues showing the relevant experience and candidate’s views regarding the agenda;
o including current salary and/or rough salary expectations
o date of possible start

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us by e-mail to eurashe@eurashe.eu

EURASHE is looking for Communications and Events Assistant (5 months paid internship)

We are looking for a Communications and Events Assistant (5 months paid internship) for a full-time position (38 hours/week) to join our Secretariat as soon as possible.

We look for a creative thinker who is passionate about communications, social media, developing various events and keen to contribute to the success of our Association.

The Communications and Events Officer assistant (intern) will closely cooperate with and under the responsibility of the Communications and Events Officer and relevant policy officers within a relatively small, active team on a variety of tasks. The job requires a fair amount of flexibility, creativity, autonomy and a positive attitude to tasks.

Requirements and conditions are here.

Please send your application in English (1-page cover letter, 2 pages CV max. indicating a possible start date) addressed to Michal Karpíšek, Secretary General of EURASHE, by e-mail to Dovile.Sandaraite@eurashe.eu with a subject line “Application – Communications and Events assistant” by 19 of October 2018 (5 p.m. CET).

Early applications are encouraged, as we will go through them as they come and can contact suitable candidates before the application deadline.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us by e-mail to Dovile.Sandaraite@eurashe.eu

EQAF 2018: registration and call for contributions are open

Registration is now open for the 2018 European Quality Assurance Forum (EQAF), which will take place on 15-17 November 2018 in Vienna, hosted by WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business) and AQ Austria.

EQAF is the largest annual gathering of the European higher education quality assurance (QA) community. This year’s Forum will explore how institutions and QA agencies can build QA systems that encompass a broad range of activities, including learning and teaching, research, governance and administration, and service to society.

Registration information, the preliminary programme and practical information are now available on the EQAF website. The programme will be updated throughout the summer and you can stay up to date with the latest news by following @EQAF on Twitter. The deadline for the early-bird registration fee is 1 October 2018. 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.

There is also an opportunity to contribute to the programme yourself by presenting a paper or delivering a workshop during the Forum. The call for contributions is open until 24 July 2018. It is an excellent occasion to share and discuss your own experiences with colleagues from across Europe. For each selected contribution, one author or facilitator will receive a reduced fee to attend the Forum. Further information is available on the EQAF website.  

About EQAF

EQAF has been co-organised by  EURASHE ENQA, ESU and EUA since 2006. The Forum aims to bridge national boundaries by facilitating a Europe-wide discussion on current trends and forthcoming developments in research, policy and practice. EQAF provides a unique opportunity to share experiences and network with a wide range of stakeholders, including representatives from higher education institutions and QA agencies, students, researchers and policy makers from across Europe and beyond.

EURASHES presents a policy statement for the EHEA Ministerial Conference in Paris

 
EURASHE presents a policy statement for the The European Higher Education Area (hereafter – EHEA) Ministerial Conference which will be held in Paris on the 24-25 of May. EURASHE’s policy paper includes recommendations to ministers to release the full potential of professional higher education and, therefore, to:
  • Support Regional Engagement
  • Promote life-long learning
  • Recognise short-cycle Higher Education
  • Support innovation in learning and teaching
  • Recognise the role of learning and teaching
  • Respect and promote diversity within Higher Education

Besides that, EURASHE invites the other stakeholders to engage into more constructive dialogue and joint action in order to build a joint vision which enables Europe to progress on transforming higher education institutions into meeting 21st Century challenges and stakeholder expectations. Within this context EURASHE commits to the mapping and promotion of policy developments, identification of relevant instruments, as well as sharing experience and good practices at systemic and institutional levels. 

READ THE FULL STATEMENT here

About

The European Higher Education Area includes 48 countries, stakeholders, the European association of universities, the representatives of higher education institutions, the representatives of teachers and staff, the European Commission, the Council of Europe, the representatives of employers.

EURASHE invites to ‘Summer cocktail event’

EURASHE invites all the members of Professional higher education community to the ‘Summer cocktail event’ which will take place on the 13th of June at Erasmus university of Applied Sciences.

This EURASHE event will provide an overview of trends and developments in European higher education that should create a basis for further discussion on challenges, further priorities and initiatives. EURASHE President Stephane Lauwick will share a summary of key issues coming from the Paris ministerial conference including EURASHE statement, David Crosier (EURYDICE) will present data on Bologna process reforms. Therefore, besides that, attention will be given to research agenda, European university networks and findings from BEEHiVES project. Discussion will be followed by a summer drink and opportunity to network and exchange views on further issues.

Programme: here   

When: 15.30; 13 June, 2018

Where: Erasmushogeschool Brussels,  Rue des Six Jetons 70, 1000 Brussels

Registration: here

 

WE ARE HIRING: Financial and Administrative officer, Project Officer

We are looking for a Financial and Administrative officer and a Project Officer to join our dynamic Secretariat.

If you wish to apply for a Financial and Administrative officer’s position apply via online form until 8 April 2018. Requirements and conditions are here

If you wish to apply for a Project officer’s position apply via online form until 12 April 2018. Requirements and conditions are here

 

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contacts us eurashe@eurashe.eu or +32 2 211 10 04 

A Bachelor is a Bachelor: EURASHE releases a statement on Recognition of Qualifications

 

EURASHE (European Association of Institutions in Higher Education) released its position on the recognition of qualifications.  The statement responds to the EU’s public consultation on promoting the mutual recognition of qualifications and study periods abroad. This should serve for further EC recommendations within the discussion on European Education Area.

EURASHE holds the view that each level of the three-tier system including the Short Cycle Higher Education has a generic quality and value, irrespective the ‘status’ of the institution and the type of student. Therefore, the Association’s Statement includes 4 main arguments for further, effective implementation of instruments for easier recognition and enhancement of mobility of students and graduates within Europe.

  1. Automatic recognition. Countries which share common features should agree on mutual recognition of degrees and qualifications within the coming years in support of learning mobility and ultimately professional mobility. Yet the vision of automatic recognition across EHEA should be followed further.

 

  1. Alignment of access and admission procedures, also on the institutional level. There should be no distinction in principle between an academic and professionally orientated qualification as regards recognition: ‘A Bachelor is a Bachelor’.

 

  1. Cross-national cooperation and (international) mobility. There should be the full implementation of existing tools and instruments within the Bologna process at all levels as the main task for enhanced mobility and recognition. Also, we call for an enhanced support for capacity development and shared learning at institutional level.

 

  1. Full recognition of the ‘Short Cycle Qualification’. There should be a full adoption of the short cycle qualification as a specific, stand-alone qualification level within the Qualification Framework of EHEA and its recognition for the transfer to further levels.

EURASHE stresses that the concept of recognition is one of the key principles for students’ mobility within the European Higher Education Area (EHEA), graduates and labour force within EU. Smooth and easy recognition of qualifications, academic achievements and other learning make a part of the desired vision driving developments within the Bologna process.

Please find the full statement here

Additional information:

EURASHE is the European Association of Institutions in Higher Education that offer professionally orientated programmes and are engaged in applied research within the Bologna cycles. EURASHE represents universities of applied sciences (UAS) and university colleges; other members of EURASHE are national and sectorial associations of higher education institutions, and other individual institutions, such as universities

SAPS presents a new tool to ensure apprenticeships’ quality

SAPS (Supporting Apprenticeships between Professional Higher Education & Small and Medium Enterprises) after a set of national workshops and partner meetings developed the Apprenticeship Quality Toolkit which provide a hands-on, easy-to-use management tool for PHEIs and SMEs, to ensure the quality of the apprenticeships and a beneficial cooperation for all. The Toolkit follows a quality management system style approach and works in two directions: inside-in, by structuring the organisational processes for successful collaboration for apprenticeships delivery, and inside out, as a quality assurance tool for transparency.

SAPS is an ongoing three year Erasmus+ funded project, realised in collaboration among 10 members from different countries with EURASHE as a coordinating institution. The aims of the project are twofold: develop the resources that can help structure the apprenticeship practices between PHEIs and SMEs, and re-shape the image of apprenticeship for SME with a multi-lingual promotional campaign.

You can find the Apprenticeship Quality Toolkit here.

Register for EQUIP Breakfast event and webinar

EURASHE together with other project partners invite to the final event of ‘Enhancing quality through innovative policy & practice (EQUIP)’ project on the 27th of February, 2018. The final project conference aims to gather about 100 participants to present the outcomes of the project activities.

The event will focus on the presentation of effective and innovative ways to use the revised ‘Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area (ESG)’ for all stakeholders of higher education (hereafter – HE) as a tool for the long-term quality enhancement in the European HE area. During the event it will also be presented the EQUIP Study and policy recommendations emerging from the project activities.

More practical side of the project will be present the following day during the webinar. The online session will include a presentation of the project results and topics like institutional responsibility and communicating about Quality Assurance. During the webinar, participants will also have the opportunity to contribute to the discussion and ask questions.

More information about the project: http://www.equip-project.eu/about/

 

EQUIP Breakfast event:

Tuesday 27 February 2018, from 8:30 to 10:30, Fondation Universitaire, Rue d’Egmont 11, 1000 Brussels

Registration: http://www.equip-project.eu/activities/breakfast-meeting/

 

EQUIP webinar:

Wednesday 28 February 2018, at 14.00-15.00 CET.

Registration: http://www.equip-project.eu/activities/final-webinar/