Sylvie Bonichon

Involved in Professional Higher Education as a teacher, Sylvie Bonichon has also been in charge of International development and an Erasmus coordinator at her institution (La Providence Institution, Blois) in France since 1995. From 2002 and 2006, she held the role of Vice-President and President of the SPACE network, a European Higher Education network for Business studies and Languages. Since 2004, she has been a member of EURASHE, involved in the working group for Lifelong Learning. In the same year, she also participated, on behalf of EURASHE, with the Joint Quality Initiative group, in the writing of the Dublin descriptors for the integration of HE Short Cycles within the Bologna 1st cycle. Currently she is also a liaison person and expert for the association in the BFUG networking group for Recognition and Validation of Non Formal and Informal Learning. The French Ministry of Higher Education and the European Commission appointed her as a Bologna Expert in 2009. In the French team of Bologna experts, she has a focus on HE Short Cycles (EQF Level 5) and also on LLL, RPL, transparency and recognition tools. She is also registered as an independent expert for EACEA for Erasmus programs and ECTS/DS Labels. More recently, she has been a contributor, as a Bologna expert, in European seminars organized by the ECVET team with the role of analysing commonalities and differences in the reasoning of both ECTS and ECVET systems and their use of Learning outcomes linked to EQF. Interested in Quality Assurance, she has also taken part in external accreditation commissions for HE programs and their positioning on EQF, upon request of ministries of HE in Europe, and has been a speaker in training sessions on Quality Assurance in the building of HE Short Cycle curricula organized by CIEP (FR), for educational deciders and policy makers of different nationalities. Furthermore, with the aim of better linking Education Institutions and Enterprises in a QA approach, she coordinated a Leonardo Partnership project on the Sustainability of partnerships for internships in the countries of Europe from 2008 to 2010. With the AFRESP, French association for PHE, she also works for the development of EQF Level 6 professional training programmes and their registration on the French NQF. For many years she has been cooperating with the Canadian (Québec) Cégeps, US Community Colleges, Indian colleges on the comparison of vocational HE programmes in France, Europe and these parts of the world. Sylvie Bonichon has a degree in Humanities and Social Sciences and also studied Management and Accounting.