20th Annual Conference – Tallinn 2010

tallinn_2EURASHE organised its 20th Annual Conference titled ‘Implementing Bologna: from rhetoric to reality‘ in Tallinn (Estonia) on 14-15 October 2010. It is organised by EURASHE, the Estonian Rectors Conference of UAS (RKRN), Mainor Business School and the EquNet project. Underneath are further information on:

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Following is the programme of the event:

Day 1 – Thursday 14 October 2010

08.30 – Registration for Conference attendants

09.30 – Opening Addresses

Welcome by Krista Tuulik, Rector of Mainor Business School

Welcome address by Mati Lukas, Secretary General of the Estonian Rectors’ Council for professional HE, Estonia

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

Welcome Message from the Minister of Education and Research of Estonia, Tõnis Lukas

Welcome message from the Representative of Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, Tea Danilov

10.15 – “Youth on the Move”, the latest EU strategy and EU policy development in higher education, Simon Roy, on behalf of the European Commission, DG Education, Culture, Multilingualism & Youth

10.40 – Coffee/tea break

11.10 – Plenary session on the Impact of the EU policies on European Higher Education, followed by discussion with the public

Evaluating the multiple missions of higher education, Richard Yelland, Head of Division, Directorate for Education, OECD

Joy Carter, Vice-Chancellor, University of Winchester (United Kingdom)

12.00 – Lunch

13.30 – Conference track 1 and 2: Bologna 2010-2020, and EU 2020 Strategy

Armchair session with keynote speakers’ contributions on the mutual impact of the two major policies that directly impact on the institutional level in the countries of the European Higher Education Area. The contributions will focus on the role of higher education institutions in the knowledge triangle, their involvement in regional development, and their role as actors in innovation

Andres Arrak, Mainor Business School, Director of the Entrepreneurship Institute, Tallinn

Kalle Tammemäe, Rector at the Estonian IT College, Estonian Rectors Conference

The role of UAS in Innovation & Research, Henrik Wolff, Rector of the Arcada UAS in Helsinki, Finnish Council of Universities of Applied Sciences, ARENE

Plenary questioning

14.40 – Coffee/tea break

15.00 – Workshop sessions on the priority areas of ‘Bologna 2010-2020’ agenda

Strategic university planning after Bologna, Jiří Nantl, Masaryk University, Czech Republic

Student-centred learning in the Bologna Process, Marek Frankowicz, Tarnow University College, Poland

International Openness indicators of internationalisation; mobility, John Law, British Council, United Kingdom

Linking education-research-innovation, Dimitri Teperik, Bologna expert, Estonia

Qualifications Framework, Quality Assurance, Bryan Maguire, HETAC, Ireland

16.40 – Reporting from the workshops

19.00 – Buffet Reception at the Kadriouru art museum, City of Tallinn


Day 2 – Friday 15 October 2010

09.30 – Conference track 3: Equitable Access to Higher Education

Opening of the Conference track by Helmi Tampere, Estonian, Ministry of Social Affairs, Labour Market Department

Introduction into the EquNet project (Equitable Access into the Higher Education), Nikitas Kastis, President of the MENON Network; Anthony Camillieri, MENON Network; Kai Mühleck, HIS- Hochschul Informations System GmbH

11.00 – Coffee/tea break

11.30 – Workshop sessions in which several aspects of the project results will be presented, commented upon by students, institutional representatives and ensuing discussions

Socio-economic background of student in mass Higher education, Kai Mühleck, HIS

Studies for social advancement, Andreas Bohonnek ZSI; Xiaotian Zhang, on behalf of the international students from Raatus International Trade

Financial barriers in Higher Education, Dorit Griga HIS; Tudor Pitulac, Vice-Rector of University Petre Andrei in Iasi, Romania

A Case Study on a joint European Master Program in Social Inclusion, Alice Rasmussen, Lillibaelt University College, Denmark; Bert Gijsbers, Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands

13.00 – Lunch

14.00 – Panel discussion on the main conference themes with policy advisors and Lars Lynge Nielsen, President of EURASHE

Richard Yelland, OECD

Henrik Wolff, Finland, Rector of the Arcade, UAS in Helsinki

Dionyssius Kladis, Greece, Professor in Higher Education Policy at the University of the Peloponnese

Per Nyborg, Norway, former Head of the BFUG Secretariat 2003-2005

15.15 – Report by a General Rapporteur, Angele Attard, Assistant Private Secretary, Ministry of Education, Employment and the Family, Malta

15.45 – Invitation to the 2011 EURASHE Conference (Nice, France, Spring 2011)

Closing of the Conference

19.30 – Festive Concert & Gala Dinner (Estonia Concert Hall)

Implementing Bologna: from rhetoric to reality

tallinn_2At the Budapest Convention of EURASHE (March 2010) prior to the Ministerial Meetings in Budapest and Vienna we brought a State of the Art of the implementation of ‘Bologna’ in professional HE, while identifying areas for improvement in the main priority areas. This resulted into the publication of a summative document, called EURASHE’s 10 commitments for the EHEA in 2020 – Visions and Strategies, where we expressed our expectations for the next decade. In the 20th Annual conference of EURASHE we look more concretely at the aspects of the Bologna process that need more attention when it comes to implementation on the level of the institutions. We especially focus on the Social Dimension aspect, as we consider the attention to ‘fair access to education’ a major feature of professional HE. At the same time we look at how ‘external’ agendas (have) influence(d) European higher education policy, in particular the Lisbon Agenda, thus providing a wider background for the HE institutions to grasp the impact of ‘Bologna’.

The Tallinn event is also a 20th Anniversary celebration of EURASHE as an association, coinciding with the launch of the European Higher Education Area in 2020. We highlight this by means of a special EURASHE publication of 10 scientific articles dealing with the priority areas of the HE reform, and consisting of contributions from individual experts in higher education, who are affiliated to EURASHE or have a stake in professional HE. Three conference tracks presented and debated upon in plenary sessions, with breakout sessions for interactive workshops.

EURASHE on Bologna 2010-2020 

EURASHE will have presented at the Ministerial conference in Budapest and Vienna (11-12 March) its ‘Ten Commitments’ from professional higher education towards ‘Bologna 2020’. In this year of celebration for both EURASHE and the EHEA, we are also taking stock of the effects of the reform in a number of key priority areas, as they were defined in the 2009 Ministerial Communiqué of Leuven/Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium).

Lisbon 2010 impact 

The Lisbon 2010 Agenda, in which Higher education was recognized as the motor of change in Europe, has now come to an end. The Lisbon agenda initiative of the European Union, which aimed at making Europe the most competitive and dynamic economy in the world, has not given the expected results. Interim reports already in 2004 (Kok Report) pointed at failures to even reach the most modest targets. The 2020 Strategy of the EU will need to take into account the contribution of Universities of Applied Sciences in the knowledge transfer and to improve the skills of the graduates that the labour market requires. Therefore it is important to give the floor not only to policymakers, politicians, researchers but also to stakeholders like employers, institutions and students, and try to come to a balanced opinion on this link from the part of professional HE, which comprises the for-profit sector as well as the social and welfare sectors.

2010 European Year of Social Inclusion 

The Social Dimension has become a primary focus in the Bologna Process during the past years, and is now high on the agenda of the Spanish and Belgian presidency of the European Union. This track wants to bring the first result of a research study on „access to higher education‟, in which EURASHE is a partner, and which wants to produce ‘indicators of equity’ in EU27+Norway+Iceland. This part of the conference is a first of a series of three special dissemination events in the framework of the three-year EquNet project. EquNet in which the other partners are the European Students Union (ESU), the MENON network, EDEN (European Distance and E-learning Network), research insitutes HIS (Hochschul-Informations-System GmbH) from Germany and ZSI (Zentrum fur Soziale Innovation) from Austria, University of Ljubljana and the SCIENTER research centre of the University of Bologna (Italy) aims at increasing access to higher education for all marginalised and non-traditional groups, based on a principle of equity. The network analyses barriers due to educational background, socio-economic conditions and structural problems in higher education as a part of the Social Dimension. 

Following are the speakers of the event:

  • Marek Frankowicz - Specialist in Theoretical Chemistry and expert on Higher Education reforms. Coordinator for Quality and Internationalization at State Higher Vocational School in Tarnow and Associate Professor at the Jagiellonian University in... Read more
  • Andres Arrak - Andres Arrak has been the Director of the Entrepreneurship Institute at Mainor Business School in Tallinn (Estonia).
  • Nikitas Kastis - Nikitas Kastis has a First Honours Degree in Engineering and a Ph.D. in Financial Management and Project Evaluation from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). He was Research Associate... Read more
  • John Law - John is a Higher Education Adviser with the British Council, based in Manchester. John has over twenty five years experience in the Higher Education sector, and specialises on issues such... Read more
  • Angele Attard - Angele Attard has been Assistant Private Secretary at the Ministry of Education, Employment and the Family, in Malta.
  • Tudor Pitulac - Tudor Pitulac has been the Rector of University of ‘Petre Andrei’ in Iaşi (UPA).
  • Dionyssius Kladis - Dionyssius Kladis has been Professor in Higher Education Policy at the University of the Peloponnese (Greece).
  • Mati Lukas - Mati Lukas has been the Secretary General of Estonian UAS Rectors Conference.
  • Kai Mühleck - Kai Mühleck studied political science, economics, and sociology at the Universities of Heidelberg (Germany) and Manchester (United Kingdom). In 2001 he graduated at the University of Heidelberg. 2001-08 he worked... Read more
  • Helmi Tampere - Helmi Tampere is the Chief Specialist at the Estonian Labor Market Department of the Ministry of Social Affairs and a Leading Expert of the country’s labor market.
  • Andreas Bohonnek - Andreas Bohonnek studied economics and sociology at the University of Vienna (Austria). Final degree in Sociology. He worked as tutor and project assistant at the Institute of Sociology at University of Vienna,... Read more
  • Dimitri Teperik - Dimitri Teperik is a national Bologna Expert from Estonia.
  • Tõnis Lukas - Tõnis Lukas is the former Minister of Education and Research of Estonia.
  • Tea Danilov - Tea Danilov represents the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications of the Republic of Estonia.
  • Bert Gijsbers - Mr Bert Gijsbers has been a Social Worker for 12 years, specialized in empowering multi problem families and marginalized people. After that, he became manager in Social Work, and introduced several... Read more
  • Jiří Nantl - Jiří Nantl is First Deputy Minister of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic since 2012. Prior to this post he was responsible for Higher Education in the Ministry.... Read more
  • Joy Carter - Professor Joy Carter was appointed as Vice-Chancellor at the University of Winchester in April 2006. Her research field is Environmental Geochemistry and Health and her studies began as a student... 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
  • Alice Rasmussen - Ms Rasmussen is the Principal of Lillebaelt University College in Denmark.
  • Kalle Tammemäe - Kalle Tammemäe is the Rector at the Estonian IT College which is the member of Rectors’ Conference of Universities of Applied Sciences of Estonia (RCUAS).
  • Henrik Wolff - Since 1987, Henrik Wolff has served as CEO of Stiftelsen Arcada Foundation and since 1995 as President of Arcada, University of Applied Sciences. Professionally, he has been acting as Chairman... Read more
  • Richard Yelland - Richard Yelland is Head of the Policy Advice and Implementation Division (PAI) in the Directorate for Education and Skills at the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development).
  • Simon Roy - Simon Roy is Policy Officer at the Directorate General for Education, Culture, Multilingualism & Youth of the European Commission.
  • Dorit Griga - Dorit Griga studied political science, economics and communication science at Freie Universität Berlin (Germany) and Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain). From 2004 to 2007 she worked as student research assistant... 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
  • Krista Tuulik - Krista Tuulik is currently working as the Rector of Estonian Entrepreneurship University of Applied Sciences. She started her academic career in 2008 joining the same institution as a vice-rector for... Read more
  • Anthony F. Camilleri - Anthony F. Camilleri is a tertiary education policy consultant. He holds qualifications in law from the University of Malta, and was also active in the Malta national students’ union and... Read more
  • Per Nyborg - Per Nyborg was from 2003 until 2005 the Head of the BFUG Secretariat in Norway.
  • Xiaotian Zhang - Xiaotian Zhang represents international students from Raatus International Trade.
  • Following are the practicalities of the event:


  • EquNet - The project has the aim to increase access to European Higher Education for all groups, particularly marginalised or non-traditional educated groups (migrants, continuing learners, adult learners, ‘post-professionals’ i.e. those at... Read more
  • Estonian Rectors’ Conference of Universities of Applied Sciences (RKRN) - Eesti Rakenduskõrgkoolide Rektorite Nõukogu (RKRN) RKRN – Estonian Rectors’ Conference of Universities of Applied Sciences is the cooperation body for Estonian universities of applied sciences. The purpose of the RKRN... Read more
  • 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
  • Mainor Business School - Estonian Entrepreneurship University of Applied Sciences (EUAS) is a private institution of professional higher education that commenced its activities in 1992. One of the specifics of the EUAS is its... Read more
  • Following are the photographs of the event:

    EURASHE 20th Annual Conference

    Following is a video from the Festive concert celebrating the 20 years of EURASHE.

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