EURASHE contributes to CoE’s 24th Standing Conference of Ministers of Education – 26-27 April 2013

Photograph Council of Europe 24th Standing Conference of Ministers of Education, 26th April, Helsinki, Finlandia Hall, Family Portrait, with EURASHE’s President Prof. Andreas G. Orphanides (third from the right top row) - Mikko Käkelä ©
Photograph Council of Europe 24th Standing Conference of Ministers of Education, 26th April, Helsinki, Finlandia Hall, Family Portrait, with EURASHE’s President Prof. Andreas G. Orphanides (third from the right top row) – Mikko Käkelä ©

On 26-27 April 2013, EURASHE was represented at the 24th Standing Conference of Ministers of Education of the Council of Europe in Helsinki (Finland) by a delegation comprising its President Prof. Andreas G. Orphanides and its Secretary General Stefan Delplace.

The ministerial Conference was dedicated to the topics of governance and quality education. It highlighted the contemporary challenges in the implementation of governance and quality standards based on the vision of the Council of Europe.

This 24th Session provided ministers with the opportunity to focus on the roles and responsibilities of public authorities and gain knowledge and share effective results of policies, local contribution and international co-operation in ensuring good governance and quality education for all.

EURASHE’s contribution in the debates concentrated on the importance of quality assurance for all higher education providers in Europe. This is highlighted by the inclusion in the final declaration of an amendment proposed by EURASHE (in bold) to paragraph 20.3:

‘Wish the above measures to lead principally to: […]

developing our education systems as a public good with access to quality education for all pupils and students, adapted to their needs as appropriate, and ensuring that public responsibility for higher education, including provision for quality assurance, extends to private providers thereby guaranteeing that students can fully participate in higher education.’

Moreover, EURASHE also participated in the debates in both plenary sessions. Firstly on ‘Governance and Quality Education’ highlighting the important involvement of stakeholders with a speech by EURASHE’s President (here). Secondly on ‘Ensuring Quality Education’ with a message on the important basis that are the European Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance (ESG) with a second speech by EURASHE’s President (here).

View the programme, the final declaration, the participants’ list and the press release following the conclusion of the ministerial Conference. View the speech of the President of EURASHE on ‘Governance and Quality Education‘ and on ‘Ensuring Quality Education‘. More on the page of the Council of Europe here. More photographs by Mikko Käkelä here.