Round Table on Employability – Brussels 2013

brussels_2EURASHE organised a Round Table on Employability in Brussels (Belgium) on 7 February 2013. Underneath are further information on:

(Photograph: CC by-sa by Dennis Jarvis)

Following are EURASHE news items related to the event:

  • EURASHE Round Table on Employability – Report published! 7/3/2013 - EURASHE is pleased to present the Report of its Roundtable on Employability organised on 7 February 2013 in Brussels (Belgium). Read the Report of the Roundtable here. In October 2012 EURASHE adopted its... Read more
  • Following is the programme of the event:

    Day 1 – Thursday 7 February 2013

    09.45 – Participants’ welcome

    Michal Karpíšek, EURASHE Vice-President/Czech Association of Schools of Professional Higher Education (CASPHE) (Czech Republic)


    How can we understand Employability? The concept of Employability

    World of work representatives: Carlo Parietti, EUROCADRES President (EU)

    11.30 – Coffee break


    What are the key elements of higher education graduates’ Employability?

    Researchers: Jan Koucký, Charles University in Prague (Czech Republic), Rolf Van der Velden, Maastricht University (Netherlands), Martin Humburg, Maastricht University (Netherlands)

    13.00 – Roundtable Lunch


    Are there any specifics as regards Employability and its promotion within the PHE sector?

    PHEIs representatives: Bernadette Frech, FH Joanneum University of Applied Sciences (Austria), Birgit Hanny, ASIIN e.V. Deputy Director (Germany)

    15.15 – Coffee break


    What steps should be taken in order to better understand Employability, to promote it within HEIs’ activities?

    View the programme here.


    brussels_2Taking up on EURASHE’s long-standing involvement in the field of Employability, EURASHE’s working group on Employability and Lifelong Learning under the impulsion of its members organised a Round Table on Employability on Thursday 7 February 2013 in Brussels (Belgium) gathering experts in the area.

    Our policy paper ’Towards a Diversified, Responsive and Competitive European Higher Education’ communicated to the Ministers of the EHEA at the occasion of the Ministerial Conference in April 2012 in Bucharest (Romania) highlights our belief in the corner-stone importance of Employability in current times:

    EURASHE believes that the best long-term future for the citizens of Europe is one in which employability, rather than immediate employment, is fully focused, and that it is inextricably linked to the constant pursuit of self-development and professional fulfilment through lifelong learning.

    To promote and develop this concept further, Employability was chosen to be one of EURASHE’s priorities for its 2013 work programme. Thereby EURASHE strives to translate the general concept into more concrete tools and approaches, as well as promoting Professional Higher Education (PHE) graduates’ employability and entrepreneurship within curricula in order to reflect the ‘New Skills for New Jobs’ agenda and relevance of PHE.

    This is brought about by and culminating into a common position within PHE on the concept of Employability by the end of the year. Previous discussions by the working group on Employability and Lifelong Learning have established a wide framework of what may be understood under this notion, which will be further developed by this Roundtable. Several other activities in 2013, such as a Study to be commissioned and a Seminar on the Role of PHE in Regional Development in Ireland in the first half of 2013 will bring about further insight into the refining of the Employability concept. This should lead to a more specific EURASHE policy on Employability and to the identification of a set of concrete actions in line with such policy.

    The Round Table was organised as a 1-day closed event gathering specifically targeted experts in the field highlighting 4 different areas identified by the organisers which structured our debate. Through discussions deepening the understanding of the notion of Employability, the 12 participants engaged with other colleagues in the field to widen the community’s overall participation in the further exploring of Employability.

    Download the rationale here.


    The main points of the discussions are available in the Report of the Round Table here.

    It compiles the discussions themes, including recommendations for further action, and a selection of relevant projects and publications on the topic of Employability.

    Following are the speakers of the event:

  • Alexandre Wipf - Alexandre Wipf is the previous policy and communications officer at EURASHE. Within the secretariat he was in charge of the implementation of quality assurance related activities (policy, projects, events, representation,... Read more
  • Rolf Van der Velden - Rolf van der Velden (1955) is professor at Maastricht University and program director Education and Occupational Career at the Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA). He is... Read more
  • Stefan Delplace - Stefan Delplace became the Secretary General of EURASHE in 2004, a position he occupied until 2014. He represented in the Bologna Follow-Up Group and several of its working and coordination... Read more
  • Jan Koucký - Jan Koucký, Director of the Education Policy Centre at the Faculty of Education, Charles University in Prague (Czech Republic) focuses on the relationship between education and the broader social and... Read more
  • Klaas Vansteenhuyse - Klaas Vansteenhuyse is head International Office at UC Leuven-Limburg (UCLL) in Belgium. UCLL is a merger of three former colleges in Flanders. Internationalisation has been put forward as a strategic... Read more
  • Alicia-Leonor Sauli-Miklavčič, Vice-President of EURASHE - Alicia-Leonor Sauli-Miklavčič is a good connoisseur of international professional higher education, she has been Project Expert at the Slovene Association HVC as well as a member of the EURASHE working... Read more
  • Carlo Parietti - Italian, born in 1950, Carlo Parietti is a professional journalist since 1976, and trade unionist in the Italian General Confederation of Labour (Cgil) since 1979. In 2001 he has been... Read more
  • Martin Humburg - Martin Humburg is a PhD-student at the Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA) at Maastricht University. He studied International Relations in Berlin, Paris, Dresden and Lille and... Read more
  • Iva Voldánová - Iva Voldánová is a former project associate of EURASHE. In 2009-2013 she worked on the follow-up and monitoring of European projects assisted the Secretary General in policy activities. Previously, she... Read more
  • Bernadette Frech - Bernadette Frech studied International Management at FH Joanneum Graz, Austria and the Università degli Studi di Sassari, Italy. Currently she is finalizing her doctoral studies at the Aston Business School... Read more
  • Birgit Hanny - At present Deputy Managing Director at ASIIN (Accreditation Agency for Study Programs in Engineering, Informatics, Natural Sciences and Mathematics e. V.) and Authorized Signatory of ASIIN Consult GmbH, Düsseldorf (Germany). Responsible... 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
  • Following are the photographs of the event:

    EURASHE Round Table on Employability