12th Annual Conference – Galway 2002

galway_1EURASHE organised its 12th Annual Conference titled ‘Towards Coherence in Europe on Higher Education‘ in Galway (Ireland) on 16-17 May 2002. Underneath are further information on:

(Photograph: CC by-nc-sa by Gary Tanner)

Following is the programme of the event:

Day 1 – Thursday 16 May 2002

14.00 – Opening of Conference by, Hon. Noel Treacy, T.D., Minister of State for Science & Technology

14.15 – Welcome to the Conference and to the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, by Director Gay J. Corr, President of EURASHE

14.30 – Keynote: Convergence, Diversity and Internationalisation in European Higher Education, Bernd Wächter, Director, Academic Cooperation Association, ACA, Belgium

15.05 – Keynote: From Prague to Berlin, the EU Contribution, Peter Van Der Hijden, Principal Administrator, European Commission, Directorate Education and Culture, Belgium

15.40 – Coffee Break

16.10 – The Flemish University-Hogeschool Associations, Luc Van de Velde, Secretary General, Vlaamse Hogescholen Raad, VLHORA, Belgium

16.40 – Standards of Degree’s in European Higher Education, Ignace Van Dingenen, Director of Education & Research, Erasmushogeschool, Belgium

17.10 – Concluding remarks, end of first Conference day

19.00 – Reception, Ardilaun House Hotel

20.00 – Gala Dinner, Ardilaun House Hotel


Day 2 – Friday 17 May 2002

09.30 – Challenges for a coherent European Higher Education Area, David Crosier, Programme Manager, European University Association, EUA, Belgium

10.00 – Trends of Coherence in European Quality Assurance, Christian Thune, Director of The Danish National Evaluation Institute, Chairman, European Network for Quality Assurancein Higher Education, ENQA

10.30 – Coffee Break

11.00 – The Region of the Future, Frank Ryan, Head/Regional Development, Industrial Development Authority, Ireland

11.30 – Foreign Direct Investment and Irish Education, Sean McDonagh, Director National Skills Initiative Unit, Former Director of Dundalk Institute of Technology, Ireland

12.00 – Lunch, Ardilaun House Hotel

14.00 – The position of the Colleges in the Higher Education Reform Programme in Hungary, with special regard to the Bologna Process

Arpad Balogh, President Confederation of Hungarian Conferences on Higher Education, Hungary

István Bilik, Secretary General, Confederation of Hungarian Conferences on Higher Education, Hungary

14.30 – Analysis of the Tertiary Short Cycle Education in Europe, Søren Nørgaard, Secretary General, European Association of Institutions in Higher Education, EURASHE, Belgium

Analysis of the Tertiary Short Cycle Education in Latvia, Baiba Brigmane, Rector of the Banking Institution of Higher Education, Riga, Latvia

15.00 – Coffee Break

15.30 – Presentation of the “EURASHE Declaration”, decided at the Plenary Meeting on 16 May 2002

15.45 – Round Table Discussion: Role and future policy of EURASHE and the Sector of Colleges/Polytechnics in the Bologna-Prague-Berlin process

Moderator: Lars Lynge Nielsen, Centre for Higher Institution, CVU FYN, Denmark

16.45 – Concluding remarks, end of Conference

Following are the speakers of the event:

  • Noel Treacy - Noel Treacy (born 18 December 1951) is a former Irish Fiana Fail politician. He served as a Teachta Dala (TD) for the Galway Eastconstituency from 1982 to 2011. Between 1989... Read more
  • Baiba Brigmane - Baiba Brigmane was, from 1999, Rector of the Banking Institution of Higher Education in Riga (Latvia).
  • Søren Nørgaard - Søren Nørgaard, a previous President and Secretary General of EURASHE, he was also Senior Advisor of the organisation. † Søren Nørgaard (Denmark), 5th President of EURASHE (1998 – 2000), 3rd... Read more
  • Bernd Wächter - Bernd Wächter is ACA’s Director, a position he has held since 1998. Bernd is responsible for the overall management of the Brussels-based Secretariat and is a frequently consulted expert and... Read more
  • Ignace Van Dingenen - Ignace Van Dingenen is the Director at Association University Ghent and Director of Education & Research at Erasmushogeschool in Brussels (Belgium).
  • David Crosier - David joined Eurydice, the European Union’s education information network, in September 2008. He is responsible for the network’s activities on higher education. Eurydice is responsible for providing information on education... Read more
  • Lars Lynge Nielsen - Born 1948, Copenhagen, Denmark. Holds an MA in Psychology from the University of Copenhagen. Lars Lynge Nielsen joined EURASHE in 1998. Previously he held a number of senior positions in... Read more
  • Christian Thune - Christian Thune was for a number of years Professor in International Politics at the University of Copenhagen, and he was Dean of the Faculty of Economics, Law and Political Science... Read more
  • Frank Ryan - Frank Ryan is Chief Executive Officer of Enterprise Ireland since 2003 and a member of the Board of Enterprise Ireland. Frank leads the senior management team working directly with Irish-owned... Read more
  • Peter van der Hijden - Peter van der Hijden is an independent higher education expert of Dutch nationality living in Brussels. He studied law and worked at Maastricht University before joining the European Commission. Former... Read more
  • István Bilik - Dr Istvan Bilik graduated in 1963 at Eötvös Loránd University, getting an MSc in Geology. Dr Istvan Bilik earned his PhD in Volcanology in 1996 and he is since 1996... Read more
  • Sean McDonagh - Dr Sean McDonagh is the former Director of Skills Initiative Unit of Irish Institutes of Technology and Former Director of Dundalk Institute of Technology in Ireland.
  • Arpád Balógh - Dr. Arpád Balógh is the President of Confederation on Hungarian Colleges.
  • Luc Van de Velde - Luc Van de Velde is General Director of the Erasmushogeschool Brussel from 2007. Before, he was the Secretary General of VLHORA from 1997 to 2007.
  • Gay James Corr - Dr Gay James Corr was the 6th President of EURASHE (2000 – 2002) and Director at Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology in Ireland. Gay James Corr (Ireland), 6th President of EURASHE... Read more
  • Following are the practicalities of the event:


  • European Association of Institutions in Higher Education (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. EURASHE represents universities of applied... Read more