18th Annual Conference – Malta 2008

malta_1EURASHE organised its 18th Annual Conference titled ‘Qualifications in a Quality Assurance Culture: Moving Bologna and Copenhagen towards a lifelong and Europe-wide response to employability‘ in Malta on 8-9 May 2008. It is organised by EURASHE with Malta College of Arts, Science & Technology (MCAST), University of Malta and Malta Qualifications Council (MQC). Underneath are further information on:

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Following is the programme of the event:

Day 1 – Thursday 8 May 2008

13.00 – Registration for Conference attendants and contributors

14.00 – Welcome address by the hosting country and hosting institutions

James Calleja, Chief Executive MQC

Juanito Camilleri, Rector, University of Malta

Maurice Grech, Principal, MCAST

Charles Mizzi, Chairman, MQC

Dolores Cristina, Minister of Education & Culture

Opening of the Conference by the President of EURASHE, Lars Lynge Nielsen

Main address by keynote speaker from EC, DG Employment, David Coyne

15.00 – Conference Theme 1: Identifying the expectations of the labour market in terms of employability

Keynote speaker: Paulo Santiago, OECD, Strengthening the ties between tertiary education and the labour market

15.30 – Coffee/tea break

16.00 – Four round table thematic sessions

Bachelor Qualifications required by the labour market, Pavel Drasar, Chemical University, Prague, Czech Republic; Bryan Maguire, Academic Director, HETAC, Ireland.

Stakeholders views on Accreditation, QA & Qualifications (employers, students, lifelong learners), Monique Fouilhoux, Henning Dettleff, Justin Fenech, Past President ESU

Employability of Bachelors: the BaLaMa research project, Dermot Douglas, Institutes of Technology, IOTI, Ireland

Lifelong learning: a European charter for Lifelong Learning, Michael Hörig, EUA; Sylvie Bonichon, RENASUP, France

19.00 – Reception


Day 2 – Friday 9 May 2008

09.30 – Conference Theme 2: Qualifications framework throughout Europe in response to the labour market demands

Keynote speaker: Sjur Bergan from the Council of Europe, historical overview and update

10.15 – Coffee/tea break

10.45 – Four parallel workshops

New trends in QA emerging from the latest QA Forum, Mark Frederiks, Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organization, NVAO

ECVET & ECTS, Bryan Maguire, Academic Director, HETAC, Ireland; Sandra Kraze, School of Business & Finance, Latvia

Learning outcomes or competences?, Lucien Bollaert, University College West-Flanders, Belgium

National Qualifications frameworks: the Maltese NQF, Charles Mizzi, Chairman of MQC; Liesbeth Hens, Maia Chankseliani, Chairperson of the National Professional Agency, Georgia

12.15 – Lunch for all conference attendants

13.45 – Panel discussion on the conference themes with stakeholders from the world of employment, students, staff, European Associations

EUA, Michael Hörig

ESU, Justin Fenech

Education International, Monique Fouilhoux

BUSINESSEUROPE, Henning Dettleff

15.15 – Coffee/tea break

15.45 – Closing event

Reports from workshops and round table sessions

Invitation to the 2009 EURASHE conference (Prague, Czech Republic)

Closing of the Conference by the President of EURASHE

19.30 – Farewell Dinner

Following are the speakers of the event:

  • Monique Fouilhoux - Monique Fouilhoux was born and educated in France. She holds both Bachelor and Master degrees in Law from the University of Clermont-Ferrand in France. She started her career as a Civil... Read more
  • 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... Read more
  • Bryan Maguire - Bryan Maguire is Head of Qualifications Services designate of Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) (Ireland), he was previously Director of Academic Affairs at the Higher Education and Training Awards Council, Ireland... Read more
  • Juanito Camilleri - Juanito Camilleri is the Rector at University of Malta.
  • Maurice Grech - Maurice Grech is the Principal and CEO of Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology (MCAST).
  • Henning Dettleff - Henning Dettleff (born 1978) studied Business Administration and Dutch Philology in Oldenburg (Germany), Groningen (Netherlands) and Växjö (Sweden). He graduated in Business Administration both from the University of Oldenburg and... Read more
  • Mark Frederiks - Dr Mark Frederiks is policy adviser international relations with NVAO (Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders), based in The Hague. He is also the Coordinator of the European Consortium... Read more
  • Paulo Santiago - Paulo Santiago, a Portuguese national, is a Senior Analyst in the OECD Directorate for Education, where he has been since 2000. He is the project manager for the Thematic Review... Read more
  • Dolores Cristina - Ms Cristina, a member of the Nationalist Party, stood as a candidate in the 1996 general election. In April 1998, She briefly became Mayor of Swieqi in April 1998 before... Read more
  • Michael Hörig - Michael Hörig joined the European University Association (EUA) in October 2006. Within the Policy Analysis, EUA governance and External Relations Unit, Michael contributes to the policy on qualifications frameworks, credit... Read more
  • Sandra Kraze - Dr. Sandra Kraze is a Bologna expert for Latvia and a Council member of EURASHE. She holds a Doctor in Philology from the University of Latvia. She studied at St... Read more
  • James Joachim Calleja - Dr Joachim James Calleja is Director of CEDEFOP since 2013. Before his appointment, he served as the Permanent Secretary of the ministry of Education and Employment. He has been working... 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
  • David Coyne - David Coyne is Director for the ‘European Social Fund (ESF), Monitoring of Corresponding National Policies I and Coordination’. He was previously Director for Education, responsible for co-ordinating the Commission’s 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
  • Charles Mizzi - Charles Mizzi is the former Chairman of the Malta Qualifications Council (MQC).
  • Dermot Douglas - Dermot Douglas qualified as a zoologist in University College Dublin and was awarded his PhD in 1975. He has taught and conducted ecological research in both the university and the... Read more
  • Pavel Drasar - Prof. Pavel Drasar is a full professor of organic chemistry and he is teaching organic chemistry, microscale techniques, vacuum technology, natural products, special analyses, Software and Molecularuty of biological activity... Read more
  • Justin Fenech - Dr. Justin Fenech graduated from the University of Malta as a Doctor of Laws (LLD). He was highly active in student representation, being elected as President of the Kunsill Studenti... Read more
  • Liesbeth Hens - Liesbeth Hens is a deputy director at the Higher Education Policy Unit of the Flemish Ministry of Education and Training. At present the most important topics she’s working on are:... Read more
  • Sjur Bergan - Sjur Bergan is Head of the Education Department of the Council of Europe. He was one of the main authors of the Lisbon Recognition Convention and is a former Co-Secretary... 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 sciences... Read more
  • Malta College of Arts, Science & Technology (MCAST) - MCAST Mission Statement “To provide universally accessible vocational and professional education and training with an international dimension, responsive to the needs of the individual and the economy.” Established in 2001,... Read more
  • Malta Qualifications Council (MQC) - Set up in December 2005, the overall objective of the Malta Qualifications Council (MQC), as specified in Legal Notice 347/2005, is to steer the development of the National Qualifications Framework... Read more
  • University of Malta - The University of Malta is the highest teaching institution in Malta. It is publicly funded and is open to all those who have the requisite qualifications. Over the past few... Read more
  • Following are the photographs of the event:

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