Seminar on LLL – Amsterdam 2005 organised a Seminar on Lifelong Learning (LLL) titled ‘Integrating Shorter Higher Education in the Qualifications Framework for the European Higher Education Area (QF-EHEA) and to the European Qualifications Framework (EQF)‘ in Amsterdam (Netherlands) on 24 January 2005. It is co-organised by EURASHE and the Dutch Association for Shorter Higher Education (DASHE). Underneath are further information on:

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Following is the programme of the event:

Day 1 – Monday 24 January 2005

10.00 – Plenary Session

Opening of the Conference

Welcome by the President of DASHE, Anna Bakker

10.15 – Opening of the conference by the President of EURASHE, Roland Vermeesch

10.30 – Speakers

Presentation by the Dutch Ministry of Education/DASHE

Presentation by Mogens Berg, Chairperson of the Qualifications Framework

Presentation by the team of specialists in charge of the EURASHE HESC survey: Yves Beernaert

12.00 – Lunch

13.15 – Working Groups

Working-Group 1: (Trans) national cooperation with Universities and the situation of HESC in the Bologna Member countries, Jytte Mansfeld, Sylvie Bonichon, Mihaela Vonica

Working-Group 2: The Qualifications Framework and Quality Assurance, Orlaith McCaul, Hans Daale, Paul Hannigan, Arthur Naylor

15.15 – Coffee break

15.30 – Closing

Critical Views From the Students

Student of HESC perspective: Koen Geven (HES)

ESIB Secretary-General: Karin Bagge

The student perspective: Sophia Botte (EURASHE)

16.00 – Results from the Working-Groups/General Recommendations to the BFUG: Anna Bakker, Stefan Delplace

Integrating Shorter Higher Education in the Qualifications Framework for the European Higher Education Area (QF-EHEA) and to the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) 24 January EURASHE organised a seminar on the inclusion of HESC in the first cycle degree, in cooperation with DASHE (the Dutch Association of Shorter Higher Education). The purpose of the seminar was to make a state of the art of the progress made in the recognition of HESC in the Bologna-countries. This one-day seminar was held at the Amsterdam School of Business (HES), in Amsterdam (Netherlands).

The seminar was part of a series of initiatives undertaken by EURASHE to secure a position for Higher Education Short Cycle in the EHEA, after the Ministers mandate to the BFUG, to explore “whether and how short higher Education may be linked to the first cycle of a qualifications network for the European higher Education Area”.

The seminar started with a plenary session during which a number of presentations were held on the concept of HESC in Europe and the integration of HESC in a European Qualifications framework.

The afternoon session was dedicated to a number of workshops. Central themes were on the one hand the (trans)-national cooperation with universities & the situation of HESC in the Bologna member countries, and on the other hand the qualifications framework & quality assurance.

11 nationalities were represented and this contributed to dynamic and intercultural working sessions. Examples of good practice, among others from France, Denmark, the Netherlands, the UK, Ireland, and Romania were introduced and discussed.


  • The influx of students from short cycle education is necessary to keep the student number in the 2 cycles of higher education on the same level.
  • Every Bologna country has its specific educational structure which brings about peculiar problems when it comes to integrating short cycle education in the higher education system. Although there is a National Qualifications Frameworks (NQFs) in place in some countries (Denmark), it does not necessarily mean that there is a seamless transition from short cycle education to the Bachelor level. Whereas in other countries where there is no official legislation available yet, agreements exist between higher education institutions organising short cycle education and universities (France). Finally, in still other countries where post-secondary education does exist (Romania), it is still not officially recognised as higher education.
Following are the speakers of the event:

  • 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 and Masters of Business Studies, Paul worked... Read more
  • Yves Beernaert - Mr Yves Beernaert is a founding member of EURASHE. He has 30 years of experience in education and training in Europe. He is specialised in project design, project management, project... Read more
  • Jytte Mansfeld - Jytte Mansfeld is the Head of International Relations at Niels Brock Copenhagen Business College – the biggest business college in Denmark, where she is responsible for all international relations, projects,... Read more
  • Anna Bakker - Anna Bakker is the former President (2005) of Dutch Association for Shorter Higher Education (DASHE) in the Netherlands.
  • 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
  • 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
  • Sophia Botte - Sophia Botte is a former project officer of EURASHE, working in the area of lifelong learning.
  • Mihaela Vonica - Mihaela Vonica is the Director of Istitutul Postliceal Phoenix in Romania.
  • 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... Read more
  • Orlaith McCaul - Orlaith Mc Caul was from 2002 until 2006 Head of Quality Assurance and Learner Assessment at Higher Education and Training Awards Council in Ireland. At the moment Dr Orlaith Mc... Read more
  • Karin Bagge - Karin Bagge was in 2005 the Secretary General of ESIB, the European Students’ Union.
  • 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
  • Koen Geven - Koen Geven is a PhD-researcher at the European University Institute in Florence (Italy). He was chairperson of the European Students’ Union from 2007 – 08 and previously was a member... 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
  • Hans Daale - Hans Daale is general manager of LEIDO, an independent network in the Netherlands, involved in lifelong learning. One of the most important tasks of LEIDO is to organise national and... 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