EURASHE 30th Annual Conference: Call for contributions is open

November 2019 – EURASHE has launched a call for contributions for its 30th Annual Conference “Professional Higher Education and sustainable development: creating a change that endures”. The conference is organized together with EURASHE’s member the University of Agribusiness and Rural Development (UARD) and will take place on 20-21 May 2020 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

The concept of sustainable development, which is fundamental for the European Union, is based on a large holistic approach to a whole range of interlinked global challenges. The Union, represented by the European Commission has been instrumental for the preparation of Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, adopted by the United Nations in 2015. In 2017 Member States reached the new European Consensus on Development “Our world, our future, our dignity” which set up the framework for the EU response to Agenda 2030. The suitable development will be also in the heart of the political agenda for the next European Commission (2019-2024). The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) plot out a route on how to overcome the challenges we face, and to improve our habitat, our economy and our lives. They will shape all EU internal and external policies and steer the implementation of the next seven-year EU budget.

We expect contributions from practitioners from higher education institutions and relevant stakeholders from the field, including companies, students, national authorities, civil society organisations, NGOs, quality assurance agencies and other organisations, which would correspond to one of the following pillars: 

  1. PEOPLE: Global demographic growth and demographic shifts, combined with economic, social and environmental changes, offer opportunities for and pose serious challenges to sustainable development. This includes responding adequately to the educational needs of young people, supporting inclusive lifelong learning and equitable quality education to all, tackling discriminations and inequalities, with special attention to those who are in disadvantaged or vulnerable situations.
  2. PLANET: Protecting the environment, managing natural resources and tackling climate change. This includes a transition from a linear to a circular bio-economy; sustainability from farm to fork, making innovative, healthy and environment-friendly food production one of our key European trademarks; future-proof energy, buildings and mobility.
  3. PROSPERITY: Creating decent jobs for inclusive and sustainable growth. This includes equipping students with the right set of competencies (knowledge, skills and attitudes) for the fast-changing labour markets, encouraging entrepreneurship, strengthening interaction with the world of work, turning results of research into new marketable products and services.
  4. PEACE: Peaceful and inclusive societies, democracy, effective and accountable institutions, rule of law and human rights for all. This includes the development of civic and democratic competences, the role of culture as an enabler for social inclusion, civil empowerment and conflict prevention, the promotion of intercultural dialogue, cooperation and cultural diversity.
  5. PARTNERSHIP(S): Joining forces for making greater and faster progress: This includes the whole range of relations and interactions of PHE institutions with external stakeholders, public and private, in particular policymakers and businesses (industry and SMEs), at regional, national and international level.

We welcome three types of contributions:

  • Breakout sessions
  • Good practice examples
  • Brilliant failures

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 Friday 31 January, 2020 at 12.00 pm (noon) CET Brussels-time.

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

EURASHE calls for more diversity in the upcoming European Universities’ Initiative Call

November, Brussels-In view of the forthcoming opening of the second Call of European Universities’ Initiative, EURASHE released a Statement on the participation of Universities of Applied Sciences (hereafter – UAS) within the aforementioned European Commission’s Initiative.

EURASHE’ expresses its commitment to further support the Initiative and also invites the European Commission to take into account the specificities of UAS and other PHE institutions that have emerged on the occasion of the first call, in particular:

  • Take a full advantage of the diversity of European higher education
  • Consider all higher education qualification levels, while taking into account the limits of national regulations for UAS and other PHE institutions in this aspect
  • Take into account the difficulties the UAS may face regarding the requested students’ participation and engagement in the Alliances due to the shorter period of time students spend in UAS in comparison with traditional universities
  • Clarify the doubts about the sustainability of the Alliances and the realisation of the common long-term strategies beyond the funding period
  • Consider the specific profile of UAS students that could impact the desirable mobility.

Besides that, EURASHE calls on the respective national, regional and local authorities to consider providing a suitable financial and logistic support to UAS and other smaller institutions for the preparation of the Alliances’ proposals and for helping ensure their sustainability after the end of the EU funding. We also invite the competent authorities to identify and remove, within the respective national and regional regulations, existing barriers for the implementation of the European Universities initiative, in particular in relation with the mobility of students and teacher, and the completion of the European Education Area.

EURASHE organised a series events, private online consultations, information sessions for the PHE representatives on the European Universities Initiative including a practical workshop ‘European Universities Initiative and Universities of Applied Sciences (UAS): reflections for future success’ in Brussels, 29th EURASHE Annual Conference in Budapest, UAS Leadership Forum 2018 (October), EURASHE Summer cocktail 2018 and others.

Read the full Statement here.  

European Universities Initiative

EURASHE considers that the European Universities initiative will change radically the higher education system in Europe by boosting the establishment of a genuine European Education Area. The European Universities alliances will increase the mobility of students and staff, foster the quality, inclusiveness and competitiveness of our Higher Education institutions, including their research and innovation capacities. This initiative is also essential to strengthen the European identity, based on a strong commitment to the European values and principles. More information on the Initiative here.

Contact:

Ms Dovile Sandaraite
Communications and Events officer, EURASHE
Phone: +32 (0)4 986 90 140
E-mail: dovile.sandaraite@eurashe.eu

European Universities Initiative and Universities of Applied Sciences (UAS): reflections for future success

On 11 October EURASHE invited more than fifty participants, Universities of Applied Sciences (hereafter – UAS) representatives and other relevant stakeholders to discuss the opportunities and challenges for UAS in view of the second European Universities’ call. The workshop was hosted by the Lithuanian Permanent Representation to the EU.

The workshop was launched with the welcome speech by the Ambassador-at-Large Simonas Šatūnas which emphasised the importance for Lithuanian UAS to actively participate at the European Universities initiative. His welcome was followed by Vanessa Debiais-Sainton, Head of Unit in the European Commission, who strongly encouraged all participants to apply, highlighting the openness of the European Universities’ initiative to all kinds of higher education institutions and the strong political support it benefits from, beyond the current EU budget. She invited UAS to be creative and ambitious in their proposals and ensured that their specificities will be taken into account during the evaluation process. 

Elena Tegovska, Team leader in the European Commission, presented the results from the first call, which led to the selection of 17 European Universities’ alliances, with the participation of 114 universities from 24 Member States. She pointed out the main success factors, namely, the relevance and level of ambition of the Alliance’s common long-term vision, the transformational impact of the proposals, their contribution to the achievement of the European Education Area (geographical balance), the consistency between strategy and work plan activities, and high involvement of students and staff at all level. 

Thomas Feige, Edinburg Napier University coordinator for the Urban Research Education and Knowledge Alliance (U!REKA), provided valuable information and practical tips and tricks for the preparation of the proposals. He viewed that, even when the proposal is not selected, the time and resources devoted to its preparation are largely compensated by the enriching professional and personal experience for all partners involved. 

Michal Karpíšek, EURASHE Secretary General, presented EURASHE activities and role, as a facilitator for the European Universities initiative. He reiterated EURASHE support to UAS and other professional Higher Education Institutions for the constitution of new European Universities alliances.

The outcome of the workshop will be brought to the attention of the European Commission on the occasion of the forthcoming European Universities Initiative event “Building the Universities of the future”, which will be held in Brussels on 7 November 2019.

 

European Universities Initiative

EURASHE considers that the European Universities initiative will change radically the higher education system in Europe by boosting the establishment of a genuine European Education Area. The European Universities alliances will increase the mobility of students and staff, foster the quality, inclusiveness and competitiveness of our Higher Education institutions, including their research and innovation capacities. This initiative is also essential to strengthen the European identity, based on a strong commitment to the European values and principles.

 

Contact:

Ms Dovile Sandaraite
Communications and Events officer, EURASHE
Phone: +32 (0)4 986 90 140
E-mail: dovile.sandaraite@eurashe.eu

Leaders of UAS discussed “Civic and democratic values and competencies in disruptive times”

On 10 October EURASHE invited Universities of Applied Sciences (hereafter UAS) leaders to gather for the 6th UAS Leadership Forum on “Social inclusion and civic and democratic values and competences in disruptive times” in Brussels, Belgium.

The 6th UAS Leadership Forum was devoted to the specific role and challenges for UAS in the promotion of civic and democratic values and social inclusion, within and outside the universities. Special attention was paid to the institutional capacities and constraints, the specific competencies needed for the teachers and the personnel of the universities, the necessary adaptations of the curricula in the light of the Council of Europe’s Reference Framework of Competences for Democratic Culture, and the students’ participation. 

Guest speakers of the Forum were Dr. Hilligje van’t Land, Secretary General of the International Association of Universities, Sebastian Berger, Vice President of the European Students’ Union, Klaas Vansteenhuyse, Head Education and Student services of UC Leuven-Limburg, and Manûshân Nesari, Team lead of Student Services, UC Leuven-Limburg. 

Please, find photos from the event here.

 

About the UAS Leadership Forum

The UAS Leadership Forum brings together Presidents, Rectors, Vice-Rectors, General Directors of European universities and colleges, and high-level members and representatives of other institutional and non-institutional organisations. Launched two years ago, this initiative has already proved to be very successful and largely appreciated by our community. Restricted to 25-30 participants, it provides for a more informal exchange of views and ideas following the Chatham House’s rules. 

 

Contact:

Ms Dovile Sandaraite
Communications and Events officer, EURASHE
Phone: +32 (0)4 986 90 140
E-mail: dovile.sandaraite@eurashe.eu

Nijolė Zinkevičienė appointed as a new EURASHE Board member

On 10 October, General Assembly members elected Nijolė Zinkevičienė, Vice Rector for Research and Partnerships at Vilniaus kolegija /University of Applied Sciences, as a new EURASHE Board member. Mrs Zinkevičienė will replace a former Board member Alan Sherry who resigned earlier this year.

Mr Zinkevičienė has been an active member of the professional higher education sector and EURASHE activities. Within the organisation she is a member of EURASHE Research and Innovation working group and UASnet Steering Committee which is a part of EURASHE co-founded network UAS4Europe.

EURASHE Board is an executive body of the organisation and consists of the President, Vice Presidents and six Board members.

Workshop on how to enhance Work-based Learning and Entrepreneurship in Higher Education took place in Brussels 

EURASHE together with its WEXHE project partners European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA), the University Industry Innovation Network (UIIN), and University of Groningen organised a one day workshop ‘Enhancing Work-based Learning and Entrepreneurship in Higher Education’ on 9 October in Brussels, Belgium. The goal of the workshop was to share and discuss key issues related to further development and support of work-based learning and development of entrepreneurial competences within higher education – the concept, role of various stakeholders, key principles, role of leaders, active role of students and world of work.

The first presenter Robert Wagenaar from the University of Groningen gave an overview of the WEXHE project, and how it addresses a need to develop relevant skills and competences of students in order to make them to be prepared for the labour market and society. EURASHE Secretary General Michal Karpíšek, emphasised organisation’s role in addressing policy development of work-based learning and our activities in paying a crucial role in opening flexible learning provisions within the higher education. His presentation was followed by Dr Thomas Baaken practical example from the FH Munster University of Applied Sciences on developing hands-on entrepreneurial skills of students by offering an opportunity to solve companies’ problems and, therefore, to apply academic knowledge in real professional situations.

The second part of the workshop was devoted to the small-scale discussions on the work based learning policy, quality assurance and entrepreneurship.

The event gathered around 45 participants representing higher education, businesses sectors and students.

Presentations of the event are here.

Photos of the event are here.

 

More about the project

WEXHE project responds to the concerns expressed by stakeholders on the shortcomings in the labour market orientation of HE, focussing on the balance between practical and theoretical learning in HE and to mismatches between the skills sets of graduates and the skills they require during early careers. Integrating Entrepreneurship and Work Experience into Higher Education (WEXHE), enterprises, associations and universities – all having a leading role in networks covering the relationship between the world of work and higher education,- come together to identify and analyse current provision of work experience and entrepreneurship in HE in 7 different European countries, generating 54 case studies of good practice.

About EURASHE

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. We represent more than 600 universities of applied sciences and university colleges, national and sectorial associations of higher education institutions, and other individual institutions, such as universities.

Contact:

Mrs Dovile Sandaraite

E-mail: dovile.sandaraite@eurashe.eu

Communications and Events officer, EURASHE

Two new members join EURASHE

This month EURASHE welcomes two new member organisations St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences from Austria and the European Leadership University (ELU) from the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.

With more than 3,200 students, the St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences is a key player in the Austrian higher education sector and one of the most important employers in the region. The university distinguishes itself through its future-oriented and steadily growing number of study programmes, a strong interdisciplinary collaboration and its research focus. 

European Leadership University (ELU) is a fully accredited and recognised New Generation University which aims to bridge the skills gap in the tech field through a unique educational model that helps young professionals to get the most wanted, job-ready skills through professional degree programmes. 

Currently, EURASHE has 64 members which represent more than 650 higher education institutions around the world.

EURASHE Peer Learning Activity on Short Cycle Higher Education took place in Porto

September, 2019 Porto, Portugal – EURASHE together with its member Council of Portuguese Polytechnics, the Polytechnic Institute of Porto, and the Portugal Ministry of Higher Education and Science invited  professional higher education practitioners, world or work representatives as well as students to participate at the Peer learning activity on short-cycle higher education (SCHE) on 19-20 September in Porto, Portugal.

The two-day event was opened by the speech of Secretary of State of Science, Technology and Higher Education of Portugal João Sobrinho Teixeira who emphasised the importance of short-cycle education and its relevance to the people. The speech was followed by the presentation of EURASHE Secretary General Michal Karpíšek and an overview of this type of education in Portugal and in Europe presented by João Queiroz, the Director-General for Higher Education in Portugal and Jean-Philippe Restoueix, the expert of Council of Europe.

The second day of the event provided with an in-depth knowledge of the role of short-cycle higher education from the institutional and businesses point of view in Portugal. The presentations were followed by the experience of the Student of Instituto Politécnico de Setúbal  João Pinto who is a part of the Deloitte programme ‘Bright Start’ which gives to students a real opportunity to get practical knowledge within the country during the period of studies.

The last part of the event included response and reflections of international experts as well as group discussions which allowed the event’s participants to have an interactive discussion on the focus and profile of SCHE, quality assurance and institutional experience and methods of learning.

The event gathered around 60 participants from Portugal and around Europe.

 

About the EURASHE Peer Learning Activity event

The first Reversed Peer Learning activity took place in 2018 in Warsaw, Poland and discussed Learning & Teaching in Professional Higher Education as well as related issues such as future challenges of the labour market, digitalisation and digital transformation of PHE institutions and other.

Please read the report from the event in Warsaw here.

 

About EURASHE

EURASHE  is the European Association of Institutions in Higher Education that offers professionally orientated programmes and is engaged in applied research within the Bologna cycles. We represent more than 600 universities of applied sciences and university colleges, national and sectorial associations of higher education institutions, and other individual institutions, such as universities.

 

Contact:

Mrs Dovile Sandaraite

E-mail: dovile.sandaraite@eurashe.eu

Communications and Events officer, EURASHE

Practitioners and leaders from Professional Higher Education institutions met to discuss quality culture and role of leadership

September, 2019 The Hague – Quality Assurance practitioners as well as leaders from Professional Higher Education institutions gathered together for the second EURASHE Quality Assurance Community of Practice event, which took place on 12 September in The Hague, The Netherlands.

The event, organised together with EURASHE member Hotelschool The Hague, focused on the development of high-quality culture, the role of leaders and people engagement. Mr Joep C. de Jong, founder of training and consultancy company JLS International BV (JLS), opened the day with the keynote speech “How do we engage everybody to be a quality leader? A matter of storytelling!”, emphasizing that all the aspects of the value chain should be taken into account when undergoing institutional change – data, information, knowledge, experience, wisdom, wholeness. His presentation was followed by the second keynote speaker EURASHE QA expert Mr Lucien Bollaert who shared his vision and reflections on the themes of quality assurance, new leadership and quality culture.

Both keynote speeches facilitated to set the context for the workshop sessions, which also drew input from the case study presented by Hotelschool The Hague. Participants had the opportunity to discuss and exchange ideas and experiences with relations to the proposed themes of “People and Culture” (what is the role of leadership in achieving a quality culture? How to steer high-quality performance of individuals and teams? What are the characteristics of a quality educator?) and “Processes and Tools needed for Quality Culture”.

The event gathered around 30 participants from the Netherlands and around the Europe.

About the EURASHE Community of Practice event

The EURASHE Community of Practice was launched in 2018 as a platform for quality management practitioners and leaders from (professional) higher education institutions with an objective to provide opportunity for mutual learning, exchange of views and experience regarding the driving principles, various approaches to quality assurance and building quality culture, as well as very concrete tools and instruments related to quality of various aspects of professional higher education.

About EURASHE

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. We represent more than 600 universities of applied sciences and university colleges, national and sectorial associations of higher education institutions, and other individual institutions, such as universities.

Contact:

Mrs Dovile Sandaraite

E-mail: dovile.sandaraite@eurashe.eu

Communications and Events officer, EURASHE

 

International Business College Mitrovica joins EURASHE

International Business College Mitrovica (IBC-M) from Kosovo became an affiliate member of EURASHE.

IBC-M’s aim is to build students into professionals with the skills to make a difference in their workplace and communities. The college focuses on the quality of education, its application to practice, and the integration of international best practice in all areas.

IBC-M developed three high-quality English-language academic programmes in partnership with higher education institutions in Denmark: Lillebaelt Academy of Professional Higher EducationTietgen Business College, and University College Lillebaelt. 

Currently, EURASHE has 63 members which represent more than 650 higher education institutions around the world.

Open positions at EURASHE Board and Committee for Strategic Advice

EURASHE announces a call to complete the rest of the mandate of resigned Board member Alan Sherry and seeks nominations of experts for its Committee for Strategic Advice (CSA).

  • Board member

EURASHE full members are invited to nominate candidate for the election of a Board member. Candidate is requested to submit the following documents: 

  • A vision statement on the strategy for EURASHE in the coming 2 years;
  • A motivation letter indicating the willingness to accept the nomination and to assume the office;
  • A CV with a photo;
  • A letter of endorsement signed by the full member’s legal representative.

The Board member is expected to act as described within EURASHE Statutes, represent EURASHE and contribute to the policy agenda as well within the Working groups. Therefore, to follow one or more topics within the EURASHE strategy (Mission and Role of PHE; Relevant & Flexible Teaching & Learning; Strengthening Regional Engagement; Engagement in Applied Research & Innovation; Promoting PHE Quality) which should be indicated within the motivation letter.

  • Committee for Strategic Advice experts and representatives

The role of the CSA is to enhance and deepen EURASHE’s interaction and communication with stakeholders, map and understand external challenges and opportunities and build a more solid basis for EURASHE long-term strategies and priorities, as well as to contribute to relevant European policies.

The CSA is composed of representatives of stakeholders from the world of work, other stakeholders of professional higher education and EURASHE members.

EURASHE invites its members, as well as other stakeholders to nominate candidates. The current CSA members are invited to consider their further engagement, as well.

The candidates or nominated experts are invited to submit:

  • A curriculum vitae of the concerned person
  • Identification of the proposed position within the CSA (see the various stakeholders’ profiles)
  • A brief note reflecting possible contribution and motivation for joining the CSA.

The deadline to send applications for positions opened in both of the EURASHE structures: 30 September 2019.

More information about the positions, application criteria and procedures of the elections of the Board member is here, experts for Committee for Strategic Advice here.

Professional Higher Education Institutions seek for stronger interaction with businesses in Europe

June, 2019 Brussels – The Professional Higher Education (PHE) institutions have a sound track record of successful interaction with businesses, which is particularly relevant and impactful at the regional level. On one side, it helps to fight youth unemployment, on the other, it reinvigorates the innovation ecosystems in EU’s cities and regions and boosts economic growth by bringing the results of applied research to the market in the form of new products and services. On the 13th of June EURASHE organised a Workshop which gathered higher education and businesses communities to discuss how to optimise the interaction between PHEIs and businesses (industry and SMEs), in terms of research and innovation activities and learning provisions, including work-based learning and up-skilling, in a way that both parties are mutually taking full advantage of the existing and forthcoming  EU funding opportunities.

EURASHE Workshop “Professional Higher Education institutions and businesses: stronger interaction for greater impact in Europe” marks the end of the series of events on the Future of education which took place in the last quarter of this year. Stephane Lauwick, President of EURASHE in his welcome speech shared with participants the findings from the 29th Annual Conference which took the last month in Budapest. The conclusions of the two days Conference suggest that the Professional Higher Education institutions blur the frontiers between education and research and develop holistic approaches, interacting with a large spectrum of institutions and private stakeholders. By doing so, they become not only more efficient at teaching and fostering innovation, but also allowing the future young professionals to better understand the world around them. This is particularly relevant considering the rapidly-changing labour markets whereby new jobs demanding new skills appear every month.

Businesses seek better conditions for creating more jobs

The introduction was followed by the keynote speeches of representatives from the European Commission and businesses. Mrs Victoria Petrova presented European Commission’s ongoing economic policies in relation to future skills development and employment, she also addressed a need to create suitable legal and economic conditions which would help businesses to generate new job opportunities in Europe. The presentation was followed by the voices of the private sector – Altran and AquaFilSlo which introduced their businesses models, current interactions and future expectations from the professional higher education institutions. Brussels based association Feani provided the views and challenges of the engineering sector.

More openness for better PHEIs and businesses collaboration

As a natural follow up of sectors’ expectations from each other, EURASHE announced its willingness to open its structures-the Committee for a Strategic Advice and Working groups – to businesses and its representatives. From now on all the private sector representatives can apply to attend EURASHE meetings and, therefore, receive the most updated findings in the field of Lifelong learning, Quality assurance, Research and Innovation.

Being a part of the Committee for a Strategic Advice businesses’ representatives will give an opportunity to contribute to the development of EURASHE structures, set and improve organisational priorities and activities.

The event was followed by the annual EURASHE Summer networking cocktail hosted by Erasmushogeschool Brussels.

Please find photos of the Workshop.

Presentation of the European Commission’s representative is here.

About EURASHE

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. We represent more than 600 universities of applied sciences and university colleges, national and sectorial associations of higher education institutions, and other individual institutions, such as universities.

Contact:

Mrs Dovile Sandaraite

E-mail: dovile.sandaraite@eurashe.eu

Communications and Events officer, EURASHE

EURASHE RDI Working group met to discuss the role of PHE institutions in Smart Specialisation and the strategic planning of Horizon Europe

EURASHE Working Group on Research, Development and Innovation hold a last meeting before the summer break on 14 of June 2019. For the first time, it was attended also by representatives of the industry and SMEs, following the decision of the Board to open EURASHE’s working groups to the businesses and its representatives.

Mrs Eskarne Arregui-Pabollet (Joint Research Centre, European Commission) discussed with the group members the role of the Professional Higher Education institutions in the design and implementation of Smart Specialisation strategies and new opportunities in developing skills and enhancing growth and competitiveness at regional level under the next the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) 2021-2027.

The presentation was followed by the group discussion on its contribution to the strategic planning process for Horizon Europe, the next European framework programme for Research and Innovation. Furthermore, it has been decided to create a virtual platform for exchange of information related to research, innovation and regional development which will also include information about research groups, experts and peer-reviewers and encourage more efficient exchange of information about the sector’s developments.

 

Contact:

Mr Iskren Kirilov
E-mail: iskren.kirilov@eurashe.eu
Policy Advisor, EURASHE

Stéphane Lauwick and Ulf-Daniel Ehlers re-elected as President and Vice-President of EURASHE

EURASHE’s General Assembly re-elected Mr Stéphane Lauwick and Mr Ulf-Daniel Ehlers as President and Vice-President for a mandate of 2 years, on the eve of the 29th Annual Conference held in Budapest, Hungary.

Mr Stéphane Lauwick

Stéphane Lauwick joined the University of Le Havre (France) in 1993 as a professeur agrégé. After heading the Electrical Engineering Department of the University Institute of Technology (IUT) of that university, he is now the director of the Institute, an institution that enrolls some 2500 students and delivers 26 awards. He has been member of the EURASHE Board since 2012.

Mr Ulf-Daniel Ehlers

Prof. Dr. phil.habil. Ulf-Daniel Ehlers is the Vice-President of the Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University (DHBW) in Stuttgart (Germany) and responsible for Quality and Academic Affairs in the Board of the university. He has been appointed Professor for Educational Management and Lifelong Learning at the same university. In 2016 he has been elected to the Board of EURASHE and subsequently appointed Vice-President of EURASHE. 

Two new members join EURASHE

This month EURASHE welcomes two new member organisations University for Digital Technologies in Medicine and Dentistry (DTMD) from Luxembourg and University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest from Romania.

The DTMD University is an international network of university institutes, academic teaching practices, professors and medical specialists renowned throughout Europe as well as international professional associations. As a private university under Luxembourg law, it is operated and coordinated by a private Luxembourg body (www.dtmd.eu). The aim of DTMD is to offer postgraduate continuing education master courses in medicine and dentistry as well as special education and continuing education certificates for dental technicians. In addition, the DTMD University is intensively involved in the further training of nursing staff for mobile and stationary care.

The University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest is the oldest and most prestigious engineering school in Romania, with a tradition of 200 years made possible by the efforts of some of the greatest Romanian professors, its specificity relies in creating knowledge through research and technological innovation, as well as through its implementation by means of education and professional training at a European level. UPB research activities are amongst the top priorities of the university with two of the newest and most important research hubs in the region – The Research Center for Advanced Materials, Products, and Processes – CAMPUS and the Research Center for Intelligent Products, Processes and Services – PRECIS.

 

Currently, EURASHE has 63 members which represent more than 650 higher education institutions around the world.

Speech by Stéphane Lauwick, President of EURASHE at the Annual Conference addressing the Future of Education and Civic and democratic values

Sincere welcome from EURASHE:

Thanks to our hosts the Hungarian Rectors conference

EURASHE is
More than 600 members, universities of applied sciences and university colleges
individual HEIs and rector conferences. It represents Applied science, Research and
Education within the EHEA, Bologna Process

Vision

EURASHE strives to support the development and transformation of European
society through professional higher education.

Mission

EURASHE’s mission is to strengthen the impact of innovative, high quality
professional higher education and related user-oriented research in Europe by
representing professional higher education institutions and facilitating their multistakeholder
cooperation and dialogue.

New learning

The new world 4.0 is upon us. Modern technology has started to upend the world as
we know it. We are seeing the consequences. Many citizens in Europe and elsewhere
are afraid: they see large quantities of the lesser qualified job positions being lost to
the 4.0 revolution. At the same time so many come to us for help from countries
beyond our borders
Academic like us are stunned by the end of truth, by the events in America or closer
to our shores in Britain…

Everyday in our classrooms and lecture theatres, we realise that our students are
different. They do not learn like we would expect them to, they surprise us by a
mixture of self-assuredness and inability to come to terms with the realities of
modern competition. We find it difficult to relate to their attitude to learning.

In fact, this world, our New World, needs new education systems. Systems that
enable every European citizen to find their way, invent their own learning pathways,
define their own goals, in short, construct their own personal excellence. Clearly this
is not happening now, or it is not happening fast enough. Our structures are too
rigid, we think in silos; the skills mismatch is still the same as it was 20 years ago…
In fact, at EURASHE we strongly believe Professional Higher Education can, must and
will redress inequalities and contribute to the creation of opportunities for people of
all ages, social and economic groups. Our future is clear: We engage our members
to be agents of change, agents of opportunities, just like we must train our students
to become agents of change, agents of opportunities.
We need more support — however, at EURASHE we engage our members in thinking
the onus is on us. If we want our students to reach their own excellence, it’s up to
us.

Civic and democratic values

Indeed, at EURASHE, we know that our mission is not just to equip learners with
knowledge, understanding and skills, or even competences for the labour market; our
mission is about transforming the learner into a citizen ready and eager to participate
actively in society. Our vision is that the role of UAS here in Europe is to effect a
transformation of society.
We assert that better Education, more Education is the only way to promote the values
we all share in this room: democratic participation, the promotion of human rights,
the rule of law. This is the reason why we chose to be associated with the promotion
of the election for the EP this Spring.
We claim that our brand of HE, more than any other, finds its roots in the promotion
of diversity. Diversity of cultures, diversity of origins, diversity of pathways and, also,
diversity of abilities.
There you are: Transformation, Participation and Diversity are three key words for our
future, 3 words EURASHE is passionate about.

HE is about research.

We believe for example that including initiation to research and

educating the inquisitive mind of students from day One of their learning progress will
promote self-questioning, the realisation that we all depend on each other.
You see, UAS define their training and research endeavours within their regional
ecosystems. They use their autonomy to be creative, involve their stakeholders, to
respond to the varied demands of all operators. This is how institutions become not
only more efficient at training students and fostering innovation but also at allowing
its students to better understand the world around them, And promoting dialogue with
various operators and institutions means understanding different realities, different
men and women.
The projects led by our students and staff may sometimes be small, yet by including
a constellation of diverse stakeholders, large and small, a wide range of stakeholders
involved at state, regional and local levels, they enable learning and develop the social
skills that are essential to our students. Mostly we need to be promoters and agents
of social cohesion.
At EURASHE we have witnessed, and indeed analysed, that frontiers are getting
blurred. World class research can address regional issues; a master programme,
dare I say a Professional Doctoral programme in a UAS can also address
fundamental issues and produce women and men able to become world-class
leaders. How you can reconcile small and large, local and regional: How you blur the
frontiers between education and research, and within research how you integrate the
regional and the fundamental: ultimately, how you develop a holistic approach to
issues, how you equip every student with tools to comprehend and build a better
world, this quest is the future of HE. This is the very reason why I am happy today
of being the guest of the Hungarian Rectors conference, a conference that breaks
barriers in gathering both academic universities and the applied sciences.

New skills

The key question remains: our jobs are changing in ways no-one can anticipate. Crises
and (r)evolutions happen without teachers, trainers or researchers being able to
prepare our students. Any business owner will tell you he or she doesn’t know what
skills and competences they will need in 3 to 5 years’ time. Yet it takes exactly 3 to 5
years to train a young professional.
Employers have increasingly been demanding transferable skills of our students, the
ability to work in a team, creative thinking and problem solving; they’ve also asked
HEI to provide new skills to retrain their staff. UAS have been reasonably good at
providing these; yet the pace of change is increasing: new jobs demanding new skills
appear every month.
This conference rests on the belief that we can hope to comprehend the framework
for the future of education in our next 10 years at least by reflecting on the following
questions: How can you anticipate what you don’t know? how can you expect the
unexpected? Mostly: how can you steer your life, be it personal or professional, in
times of uncertainty and yet find the relevant answers for you and society?
This conference dares to suggest that Relevance in times of Uncertainty are the bywords
that will guide us in the coming decade. In the coming two days, I am sure you
will find a wealth of ideas, best practices to bring back home to your own institutions
and practices.
Thank you.

Stéphane Lauwick,

President of EURASHE, 16 May 2019

EURASHE Afternoon Debate at the European Parliament: Higher education institutions are the agents of change and opportunities 

April, 2019 Brussels – Higher education institutions face a wide range of challenges and opportunities, most significant associated with shifting perspectives of knowledge itself and the changing role and responsibility of the universities in the society. At the same time a series of worrying phenomena like anti-refugees movements, increasing power of far-right parties, widely spread fake news remind the importance of education in preparing citizens of the future. On the 29th of April EURASHE gathered together higher education community at the Afternoon Debate “Higher Education in Europe: Play to Win” to discuss these emerging issues and search for the possible answers of what should be a future role of higher education in Europe.

The Debate, which was organized in collaboration with European Parliament Campaign #ThisTimeImVoting addressed a diverse role of Higher education. The first keynote speaker, Stephane Lauwick, President of EURASHE reminded that higher education plays an essential role in the promotion of the core values of the European Union such as democratic participation, the promotion of human rights, the rule of law. He said: ’We know that our higher education mission is not just to equip learners with knowledge, understanding and skills, or even competences for the labour market; our mission is about transforming the learner into a citizen ready and eager to participate actively in society. We claim that our brand of Higher education, more than any other, finds its roots in the promotion of diversity and being the agents of change.

New learning

The new world 4.0 is upon us. Modern technology has started to upend the world as we know it. Many citizens in Europe and elsewhere are afraid: they see large quantities of the lesser qualified job positions being lost to the 4.0 revolution. We need a higher education strategy that creates democratic and inclusive society and embraces technology at the same time, according to Prof. Dr. Ulf-Daniel Ehlers, Professor, Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg, Karlsruhe.

‘Future learners need to choose a mission, not a major. In today’s society knowledge itself does not lead to indisciplinary problem solving but requires a good set of competences and flexibility to apply it’, – he added.

How to organise higher education better?

The keynote speeches were followed by a debate on the future of higher education in Europe moderated by Higher education expert Mr Peter van der Hijden. The discussion invited students’, businesses’ and higher education institutions’ representatives to elaborate on what are the skills needed in future and how to organise higher education better.

The panel participants agreed that higher education institutions play a crucial role in helping students to combine theoretical knowledge with practical experience and the future skills should be the ones which help us to transfer from one job to another.

Please find the photos of the Debate.

Presentations of the event are here and here

Event report here

About EURASHE

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. We represent more than 600 universities of applied sciences and university colleges, national and sectorial associations of higher education institutions, and other individual institutions, such as universities.

Contact:

Mrs Dovile Sandaraite

E-mail: dovile.sandaraite@eurashe.eu

Communications and Events officer, EURASHE

UAS4Europe Conference 2019: what are the future scenarios for applied research in Europe?

Brussels – What are the opportunities offered by current and future European research and innovation programmes for universities of applied sciences (UAS) in Europe? How can they successfully participate? More than 170 participants from 20 European countries came to Brussels on April 2, 2019 for the conference “Beyond Horizons. The Future of Applied Research in Europe” to receive answers to these questions and search opportunities for new partnerships. The conference was organised by EURASHE co-founded European network of universities of applied sciences UAS4Europe, in cooperation with the Bavarian Research Alliance (BayFOR).

Universities of applied sciences (UAS) work in close collaboration with industry and SMEs and making a valuable contribution to job creation and economic growth, especially at regional level. However, there is still a lot of to do when it comes to catching up to do when it comes to benefit from EU research and innovation funds.

The second UAS4Europe Conference in Brussels focused on current and future EU funding opportunities. It was also an occasion to set up new collaborations and exchange good practices on research and innovation activities.

Jean-David Malo, Director of DG RTD on `Open Innovation and Open Science’, highlighted the importance of UAS as the drivers of innovations. He said: ‘Now, more than ever it’s the time to UAS to play an important role in turning European research into impact through the EU programmes’.

UAS representatives and scientists had the opportunity to present their work and concrete project ideas in person. “Blind Brain Dates” was an occasion to create new working contacts and identify potential research topics of common interest. The presentations of posters from all around Europe and exchange of best practices were highly appreciated by the participants.

Challenges and opportunities for UAS

The afternoon session was followed by a debate on the future of applied science in Europe. Mr Bernd Sibler, Bavaria’s State Minister of Science and the Arts, representatives of the European Commission (DG RTD and DG REGIO), members of the European Parliament and representatives of UAS4EUROPE, Stéphane Lauwick, President of EURASHE and Luciana Vaccaro, the Board Member of Innosuisse discussed concrete measures to create better framework conditions for participation of UAS in future EU funding programmes and addressed the importance of the future skills.

‘Technological and digital development as well as the changing nature of the very essential of what is learning and studying lead to the need of different types of skills, and UAS are very well placed to respond to this need’- highlighted Stéphane Lauwick, President of EURASHE.

This was the second biannual Conference organised by UAS4EUROPE since its creation in 2016.

About UAS4EUROPE

UAS4EUROPE is a joint initiative of EURASHE, UASnet, swissuniversities, Hochschule Bayern e.V. and the Austrian FHK and is committed to a strong position and increased visibility of UAS in the European research landscape. For more information on UAS4EUROPE’s activities, please visit our website: www.uas4europe.eu. Please direct inquiries to:  

UAS4Europe
E-mail: info@uas4europe.eu

Contact:

Ms Dovile Sandaraite

Communications and Events officer, EURASHE

Phone: +32 (0)4 986 90 140
E-mail: dovile.sandaraite@eurashe.eu

Egas Moniz Higher Education School joins EURASHE as a Full Member

EURASHE members’ community is getting bigger – Egas Moniz Higher Education School from Caparica, Portugal became 63rd member of the organisation.

Egas Moniz, CRL is a reference in Health education in Portugal. The two institutions of the School, IUEM and ESSEM, currently have about 2 500 students and over 400 faculty members and can offer undergraduate, master’s and PhD degrees and other postgraduate courses in the health area. The mission of the institution: “dedicated to the advancement of knowledge, learning and education of students, at the service of the health improvement of global society in the 21st century”.

Currently, EURASHE has 63 members which represent more than 650 higher education institutions around the world. Last year EURASHE joined three new members from Germany, Kosovo and the Netherlands.

New EURASHE Member-HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht

At its Board meeting on the 20th of February, EURASHE welcomes a new member organisation HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht.

HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht provides education for students and professionals aged 17-67. Currently, around 35,000 students, spread over 22 locations in Utrecht and Amersfoort, attend the programmes and courses. HU works in close cooperation with companies, institutions, educational partners and local and regional governments.

“We are glad to welcome our new full member from the Netherlands, and we are looking forward to implementing different activities together in the field of higher education and applied research’, – says Michal Karpíšek, Secretary General of EURASHE.

Currently, EURASHE has 62 members which represent more than 650 higher education institutions around the world. Last year EURASHE joined three new members from Germany, Kosovo and the Netherlands.

EURASHE invites members to contribute to UAS4EUROPE Conference 2019

EURASHE invites its members to submit contributions for the UAS4EUROPE ConferenceBeyond Horizons. The future of applied research in Europe”, which will take place on 2 April 2019 in Brussels, hosted by the Representation of the Free State of Bavaria to the European Union.

This year’s UAS4EUROPE Conference will be a privileged occasion to discuss the role that Universities of Applied Sciences (UAS) have and should have in Europe and what we have to expect in the near future in the field of applied research.

As a founding member of UAS4EUROPE, EURASHE encourages you to contribute to the programme, by submitting two types of proposals:

  1. Best Practices presentations: Brilliance and Brilliant Failures. Read how to apply here. Deadline: 12 March, 2019
  2. Poster-presentations. Read how to apply here. Deadline: 15 March, 2019

 You can find the preliminary programme as well as additional information and guidelines on how to draft your presentation here.

The selection of the presentations will be done by the UAS4EUROPE Organisation Committee. The authors of the selected contributions will receive an email no later than Friday 18 March.

If you are interested in taking part in the Conference, please register here.

If you have any questions contact us at dovile.sandaraite@eurashe.eu

About UAS4EUROPE

UAS4EUROPE is a networking platform founded by EURASHE in collaboration with UASnet, Swissuniversities, Hochschule Bayern e.V, and the Austrian Fachhochschul-Konferenz (FHK) to promote the voice of the Universities of Applied Sciences (UAS) in Europe for applied research and innovation. UAS4EUROPE has a representative role to reach out to the European institutions and European stakeholder organizations.

EURASHE invites its members to nominate candidates for the upcoming Board Election

EURASHE invites its full members to nominate the candidates for the election of two new Board members. The election will take place during the upcoming General Assembly on the 15th  May 2019 in Budapest, Hungary, one day before the 29th Annual Conference.

The newly elected members will take over Stéphane Lauwick and Ulf-Daniel Ehlers’ positions for a mandate of 2 years.

The nominated candidates shall submit the following documents:

  1. A vision statement on the strategy for EURASHE in the coming 2 years;
  2. A motivation letter indicating the willingness to accept the nomination and to assume the office;
  3. A CV with a photo;
  4. A letter of endorsement signed by the full member’s legal representative.

The Board member is expected to represent EURASHE within the given mandate and actively contribute to the policy agenda as well within the Working groups. Therefore, indication of preference to follow one or more topics within the EURASHE strategy might be indicated within the motivation letter.

Immediately after the election of the new Board members, the full Board will convene and seek the candidacy within its members for the positions of President and  Vice-President. The General Assembly will then elect, from the candidates, the President and the Vice-President of EURASHE, for a 2-year mandate.

Applications should be submitted by Tuesday 23 April 2019 to Michal Karpíšek, Secretary General, at michal.karpisek@eurashe.eu.

 

EURASHE invites to the Reversed Peer Learning Activity on Learning & Teaching in Warsaw

EURASHE together with the Conference of Rectors of State Schools of Higher Vocational Education in Poland (KRePUZ) are inviting to the Reversed Peer Learning Activity: Learning & Teaching in Professional Higher Education (PHE) which will take place on the 8th of March in Warsaw, Poland.

The event will reflect the Polish national policy debate on learning and teaching agenda within professional higher education with emphasis on the following issues:

  • Future challenges of the labour market
  • Digitalisation and digital transformation of PHE institutions
  • Integration of academic and profession-oriented elements into programmes of PHE, learning outcomes and transversal skills and competences
  • Learning methodology supporting professional character, work-based learning elements and links between students’ learning and research activities

The event will also provide a space for a mutual sharing of views within the small groups on the aforementioned topics.

The event is free of charge. 

Background paper.

Event programme.  

Presentions.

Event report. 

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

A reversed peer-learning approach allows EURASHE to support its members’ discussions on role and various aspects of mission of PHE, on Bologna process and their reflection in national policies. It builds upon a national report with key issues and concerns. The concept is based on a national background document indicating key issues within the specific area selected by the hosting organisation (most likely the national association of institutes of professional higher education), their reflection from the view of international experts and workshop discussions among the local and international participants.

Expected scope of the event is about 30 participants bringing together representatives of professional higher education from the country and abroad.

EURASHE President Stéphane Lauwick: UAS Should Strongly Promote Their Own Way Of Serving Their Communities

On 29 January, the University of Bragança in Portugal with the support of EURASHE member Portuguese Polytechnics Coordinating Council held a Symposium on “Internationalisation and Competitiveness of the Polytechnic Higher Education System” which gathered national participants to discuss the policies of internationalisation and competitiveness of the Polytechnic Higher Education system at the teaching, research and international strategic levels.

EURASHE President, Stéphane Lauwick took part in the roundtable debate and addressed the challenges and opportunities that Universities of applied sciences (UAS) face in their role in the regions.

He said: EURASHE has given a lot of thought to globalisation and to the issues of Learning&Teaching and Research 4.0 in the past years. Our members’ experience shows that in order to be relevant today and be able to compete in an international environment, UAS have first of all to know their strengths very well and not compete with excellent universities, and instead promote their own way of serving their communities. He added: ‘The more we reflect on how to address the challenges of the time, the more we realize we have to put the Human at the centre of our endeavours. And that means concentrating on the relationships, the links between UAS and their stakeholders. It also means to be agile in responding to their fast changing environments: including students in research activities from the Day One, linking their Learning to their Research, finally, switching from a purely disciplinary approach to a competence-based approach when designing courses.

Mr Lauwick also stressed the importance of being inventive and creating knowledge transfer centres, finding alliances with other actors in the production and the use of knowledge.

The Symposium took part in the context of important events regarding UAS in Portugal: in 2019 Portuguese Polytechnics celebrate 40 years of existence. Also, recently enacted national legislation recognized the capacity of Polytechnics to award students with PhD degree as recommended by the OECD report ‘Review of the Tertiary Education, Research and Innovation System in Portugal’.

Portuguese Polytechnics Coordinating Council has been a EURASHE member since 2005.

#EURASHE29: Call for contributions extended until 22 February

The Call for contributions for the upcoming 29th EURASHEAnnual Conference ‘Future Students. Future Universities. Future Jobs. Professional Higher Education in the changing world.’ has been extended until the 22nd of February 2019, 12.00 pm (noon) CET Brussels-time.
 
EURASHE invites the entire community of professional higher education, European businesses, public institutions and European students’ representatives to attend the event and share their experience on the key topics of the Conference:
  • Future Students
  • Future Universities
  • Future World of Work
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 and the Ministry for Innovation and Technology of Hungary.
 
Contributions should be submitted exclusively online.
 
Have a look at the moments of our last Annual Conference in Tallinn here.
 
 

New project and survey on equity, diversity and inclusion. Deadline: 15 February

EURASHE partners the European University Association (EUA) and the European Universities’ Continuing Education Network (EUCEN), supported by the European Students’ Union (ESU), are launching a new project on “Strategies towards Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at Universities” (INVITED). The first milestone is an online survey to higher education institutions open until 15 February 2019.

EURASHE members can access the survey here.

Background

As our societies change and become more diverse, universities are asked to be more open and inclusive. In Europe, increased migration has contributed to more cultural diversity – and more awareness on the topic. Social diversity and inequality are hotly debated in the wake of the economic crisis, ongoing globalisation and accelerated labour market changes. At the same time, gender equality continues to be an issue in several areas. Also, universities need to find ways to enable participation of people from various backgrounds, including those that are traditionally less represented in higher education. Politically the topic is gaining importance with ministers reiterating their commitment at the 2018 Bologna Ministerial Conference in Paris to strengthen the social dimension of higher education and further national strategies.

The project

Against the backdrop of these developments, the INVITED project aims at supporting universities in developing and implementing institutional level strategies towards equity, diversity and inclusion. Furthermore, it seeks to facilitate a dialogue between relevant stakeholders at system level with a view to ensuring appropriate regulatory and funding frameworks that enable universities to fulfil their social responsibility.

How to get involved

In the next couple of years, there will be a number of opportunities for university leaders, managers and practitioners to become involved in project activities such as the survey and follow-up interviews, European level peer learning seminars and system level policy dialogue events. The project outcomes should inspire them in their own work at institutional level and provide input at policy level to the Bologna Ministerial Conference in Rome in 2020.

Further information on the project is available via its webpage.

The survey to higher education institutions is open for responses until 15 February 2019. A pdf version for a better overview is available. Responses can only be submitted using the online form.

Apprenticeships: a smart way to implement Knowledge Management

The 2015 version of ISO 9001 Quality management systems (ISO, 2015) brought into the table a new clause with requirements regarding Knowledge Management, as this is nowadays considered a cornerstone of an organization’s ability to meet customer requirements and continuously improve customer satisfaction, thus assuring business sustainability in the long term. These knowledge management requirements are also shared by other ISO management system standards, including the recently published ISO 21001 Educational organizations management system (ISO, 2018), where the new requirements make even more sense – after all it’s the educational institutions that are expected, by the society at large, to be on the base of the timely development of relevant knowledge (through research) and of its transfer into the market (through their study programmes).

However, in a fast-pacing changing world, most companies struggle to keep their organizational knowledge updated, as that requires subjecting their staff to continuous life-long-learning without jeopardizing their efficiency. The right balance between keeping the staff on their work places and sending them to train is not easy to achieve and is particularly challenging for SMEs, considering their short workforce and the accumulation of jobs and expertise per employee. Furthermore, and on the other side of the equation, lie the educational institutions, who also struggle to keep up with the (constantly changing) market needs in terms of the skills their students are expected to master when entering the world of work.

But what if there was a way to overcome all these challenges, by allowing the continuous development of a company’s staff without having to apart them from their jobs and while assuring educational institutions updated information regarding market needs? There is: Apprenticeships.  And it’s a win-win game for everyone involved – business market, educational institutions, students and, consequently, the society at large,

So, how does it work?

By creating well-planned placements for apprentices, an SME can address internal skills’ gaps, assure the continuous development of their staff and prepare sustainably for the future. Apprentices bring fresh knowledge regarding the latest technical and scientific developments and, while being mentored to solve real problems in a real company, they put this knowledge into practice and transfer it to the staff. This results in better products and services, improved brand image and increased profits – and therefore, also in increased competitiveness and long-term sustainability for the organization.

By partnering with SMEs and offering work-based learning programmes, educational institutions create a direct communication channel with the business market which will allow a continuous flow of relevant and timely information regarding skills needs, which can be used to feed their research priorities and curricula development.

Apprenticeships are, therefore, one of the smartest ways of implementing effective and efficient organizational knowledge management – both for companies providing apprenticeship placements and for the education institutions providing the apprentices. And with the added bonus of resulting in less skills mismatch and less out-of-school unemployment in our societies.

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