14th Annual Conference – Nicosia 2004

nicosia_3EURASHE organised its 14th Annual Conference titled ‘Networking in the Open European Higher Education Area‘ in Nicosia (Cyprus) on 6-7 May 2004. Underneath are further information on:

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Following is the programme of the event:

Day 1 – Thursday 6 May 2004

15.00 – Opening of Conference

Andreas Eleftheriades, President, Cyprus College, Cyprus

Roland Vermeesch, President EURASHE, General Director Hogeschool West-Vlaanderen, Kortrijk, Belgium

Raf Chanterie, member of the Cabinet of Commissioner for Education and Culture, Ms. Viviane Reding, The European Commission, Belgium

Adriaan van der Meer, Ambassador of the EU Delegation, Cyprus

Pefkios Georgiades, Minister of Education and Culture, Cyprus

15.30 – Associations and Partnerships between Institutions of Professional Higher Education and Universities

Introduction, Roland Vermeesch, President EURASHE, General Director Hogeschool West-Vlaanderen, Kortrijk, Belgium

Philippe Mouraux, European Commission, DG-EAC

Quality and Equality: core values for European Higher Education, David Crosier, Project Manager, European University Association (EUA)

16.50 – Coffee Break

17.20 – Associations and Partnerships between Institutions of Professional Higher Education and Universities (continued)

The future of higher education in England and the relationship between universities and higher education colleges, Arthur Naylor, SCOP Vice-chair, Principal St. Mary’s College

Associations between Hogescholen and Universities in Flanders, Belgium, Ignace Van Dingenen, Director Association University Ghent, Belgium

Higher and Tertiary Education at Cyprus, Michael Efstathios, Senior Education Officer, Department of Higher and Tertiary Education, Ministry of Education and Culture, Cyprus

Discussion, end of theme

20.30 – Reception

 

Day 2 – Friday 7 May 2004

10.00 – Recent Developments in Quality Assurance and Accreditation

Quality Assurance/Accreditation and the EURASHE sector of higher education, Guy Haug, Expert, France

Recent Developments in QA and Accreditation– Creation, mission and aims of the Netherlands-Flemish Accreditation Organisation NVAO, Guy Aelterman, Member of the Committee of NVAO (Nederlands Vlaams Accreditatie Organisatie), Belgium

Toward Bergen: European Quality Assurance Developments and ENQA, Kimmo Hämäläinen, ENQA, Finland

Discussion

11.10 – Coffee Break

11.40 – Recent Developments in Quality Assurance and Accreditation (continued)

Presentation of EURASHE Position Paper on Quality Assurance and Accreditation, related to the Berlin Communiqué, Lucien Bollaert, Hogeschool West-Vlaanderen, Belgium

Quality Assurance and Student Involvement, Johan Almqvist, the National Unions of Students in Europe (ESIB)

A Quality Management Framework for Placements, David Taylor, BUSINET

Quality Assurance Advances in Curriculum Development. Standards and Procedures in Greek Higher Technological Education, Ioannis Kazazis, Technological Education Institute (TEI) of Athens, Greece

Discussion, end of theme

13.00 – Lunch

14.15 – Linking Shorter Higher Education to the First Cycle of a qualifications framework for the European Higher Education Area

Further development of the project on Tertiary Short Cycle (TSC) Education, Magda Kirsch, Belgium

Undergraduate Higher Education in Ireland, Paul Hannigan, Director Letterkenny Institute of Technolgy, Ireland

Towards an Overarching Qualifications Framework for European Higher Education, Mogens Berg, Expert, Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, Denmark, Head of the Bologna Follow-up working group on an “Overarching Qualifications Frameworks for European Higher Education”

Discussion

15.30 – Introduction to the group work on the three themes

15.40 – Group Work

17.10 – Coffee Break

17.40 – Plenum, reports from rapporteurs

Discussion

18.20 – End of Conference

Roland Vermeesch, President of EURASHE

21.00 – Dinner

Networking in the Open European Higher Education Area

nicosia_3Associations and partnerships between Institutions of Professional Higher Education and Universities.

In several European countries the cooperation and even partnerships and associations between universities and institutions of professional higher education are increasing. How can this be realized in such a way, that both sectors of higher education are maintaining their profiles and strengths, when approaching a more coherent landscape of European higher education? And how will this evolution influence subjects and periods of study and success rates in the two sectors? Many other questions could be raised. In the “Quality Culture Project – Round 2”, managed by EUA, EC-support is granted to establish partnerships between universities and other higher education institutions, and it is the aim to present examples of good practice from this project at the EURASHE Conference. EURASHE will invite speakers from the Commission, European University Association (EUA), The National Union of Students in Europe (ESIB), along with the speakers representing EURASHE.

Recent Developments in Quality Assurance and Accreditation

Quality assurance and accreditation have been the themes for several conferences and seminars in the last years. – However, the strong emphasis in the Berlin Communiqué from September 2003 on these issues, with specific tasks for ENQA (European Network of Quality Assurance) to fulfil in the period up to the next summit in Bergen, Norway, in May 2005, has made this theme more relevant than ever before. The Berlin Communiqué states: “At the European level, Ministers call upon ENQA through its members, in cooperation with the EUA, EURASHE and ESIB, to develop an agreed set of standards, procedures and guidelines on quality assurance, to explore ways of ensuring an adequate peer review system for quality assurance and/or accreditation agencies or bodies, and to report back through the Follow-up Group to Ministers in 2005”. It is decided to establish two working groups, one to work out a proposal for “an agreed set of standards, procedures and guidelines for quality assurance” and one “to explore ways to ensure a peer review system for quality assurance and/or accreditation agencies or bodies”. Experts on quality assurance and accreditation, representing EURASHE, will be members of the working groups. Representatives of ENQA, the EURASHE experts, and other stakeholders on QA will be invited as speakers at the Conference.

Linking Shorter Higher Education to the First Cycle

At the EURASHE Annual Conference in June 2003 in Gyöngyös, Hungary, the EURASHE survey: “Tertiary Short Cycle Education in Europe” was presented, and the Report was forwarded to the Bologna Follow-up Group (for more information on the project, see the EURASHE website). As a result of the survey and the recommendations, the Ministers in the Berlin Communiqué “invite the Follow-up Group to explore whether and how shorter higher education may be linked to the first cycle of a qualifications framework for the European Higher Education Area”.

Following are the speakers of the event:

  • Andreas Eleftheriades- Andreas Eleftheriades is the President of Cyprus College in Cyprus.
  • Ignace Van Dingenen- Ignace Van Dingenen is the Director at Association University Ghent and Director of Education & Research at Erasmushogeschool in Brussels (Belgium).
  • Mogens Berg- Mogens Berg is Chairperson of the Qualifications Framework (2005), and Expert at the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, Denmark, and Head of the working group on an ‘Overarching Qualifications Frameworks... Read more
  • Paul Hannigan, Board member of EURASHE- Paul Hannigan has been President of Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT) since January 1998. Having graduated from UCD with a Bachelor of Commerce (1985) and Masters of Business Studies, specialising... Read more
  • Philippe Mouraux- Philippe Mouraux is since 16 October 2002 Information officer and Project manager (Erasmus Accompanying measures) at the European Commission, DG EAC in Brussels. From October 1998 until October 2002 he... Read more
  • Pefkios Georgiades- Pefkios Georgiades was the Cypriot Minister of Education and Culture, appointed in March 2003. Pefkios Georgiades studied architecture in Britain and the Netherlands. †
  • Raf Chanterie- Raf Chanterie was a member of the Cabinet of Commissioner for Education and Culture, Viviane Reding.
  • Guy Haug- Played a key role in the shaping and initiating the Bologna Process and the EU’s agenda for the modernization of higher education as part of the Lisbon Strategy (now EU2020),... Read more
  • Guy Aelterman- Guy Aelterman is the former Chief of Staff of Minister for Education and Training of Flanders (Belgium).
  • Roland Vermeesch- Roland Vermeesch was the General Director of the Hogeschool West-Vlaanderen and the President of EURASHE. He is a past President of the Flemish Council of Hogescholen, as well as Vice-President.... Read more
  • Adriaan van der Meer- Adriaan van der Meer has been Ambassador of the EU Delegation to the Republic of Cyprus.
  • 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
  • Lucien Bollaert- Lucien Bollaert is an independent international QA expert, keynote speaker at many conferences on QA, author of peer-reviewed articles and visiting professor in New York. He is member of the... Read more
  • Michael Efstathios- Michael Efstathios is the Senior Education Officer at the Department of Higher and Tertiary Education of the Ministry of Education and Culture in Cyprus.
  • David Taylor- David Taylor is the General Manager at BUSINET and Head of International Partnership at New College Durham in the United Kingdom.
  • Arthur Naylor- Arthur Naylor is a graduate of Glasgow University and Henley Management College and spent the first half of his career working in Scotland mainly in teacher education where his main... Read more
  • Ioannis Kazazis- Ioannis Kazazis represents the Technological Educational Institute (TEI) of Athens (Greece).
  • Johan Almqvist- Johan Almqvist is a member of the Executive Committee of ESIB – The National Unions of Students in Europe. Before this, he was a vice-president of the Swedish National Union of Students.... Read more
  • Magda Kirsch- Magda Kirsch has 30 years of experience in education and training in Europe. Her particular areas of work include Socrates, Leonardo da Vinci, ESF (European Social Funds) such as Equal,... Read more
  • Kimmo Hämäläinen- Kimmo Hämäläinen has worked as Coordinator of the European Network for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA) since March 2001. In addition to his regular duties as the administrator of... Read more
  • Following are the practicalities of the event:

    Organisers

  • 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 sciences... Read more