Seminar on LLL – Blois 2006

blois_1EURASHE organised a Seminar on Lifelong Learning (LLL) titled ‘Higher Education Short-Cycle (HESC) in the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) and beyond‘ in Blois (France) on 10 February 2006. Underneath are further information on:

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Following is the programme of the event:

Day 1 – Friday 10 February 2006

10.45 – Welcome (drinks/viennoiserie)

11.00 – Opening session

Peter Darvas, World Bank

Guy Haug, European Commission

André Gauron, French Cour des Comptes

12.50 – Lunch

14.10 – Round 1 – Workshops

15.30 – Break (drinks)

15.45 – Round 2 – Workshops

17.15 – Panel Discussion

18.15 – Reception at the Château

Higher Education Short-Cycle (HESC) in the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) and beyond

blois_1HESC is in constant evolution in Europe, following the recommendation of integrating it in the first cycle, now that the 2-cycle system is being implemented in the Bologna Process. However, this integration happens at a different pace, with varying enthusiasm and results, depending on the country involved. It may be interesting to look at how some of these evolutions are taking place in a representative number of countries, and to hear what others are planning to do. Now that the principle appears to be agreed upon, further issues arise. How can quality assurance be guaranteed in HESC, with different accreditation arrangements in the participating countries? What are the expectations of the labour market? How can HESC be implemented in the National Qualifications Frameworks (NQFs)? Who are now and will be in the future the providers of short cycle higher education?

The above planned seminar is a continuation of the seminar on HESC, which took place at the HES Amsterdam School of Business on 24 January 2005, and where recommendations were formulated to the Bologna Follow-Up Group, on the inclusion of the short cycle in the first cycle. That is our motivation for organising this second seminar, this time in Blois, France. The hosting institution this time, the Lycée La Providence, offers post-baccalauréat/post A level trainings in commercial and technological tracks, and is working out third year pathways, which could involve a cooperation with a university in the region or another form of state recognition, for integration into the first cycle.

New Dimension

However, we also wanted to bring in a new dimension in this second seminar: the Bologna Process, of which higher education short-cycle is now an integrated part, also has a policy towards other regions in the world. HESC is important not only on a European level, but also, in a globalised world, on international level as well. The themes that concern us in Europe appear to be universal: employability of young graduates, including early access to the labour market, pathways to further studies through articulation with higher education, lifelong learning creating opportunities for both adults and youngsters that are so far excluded from formal higher education.The same messages are repeated on a world level, not only through education channels, but more and more through other stakeholders like the World Bank, United Nations, etc.

Following are the speakers of the event:

  • 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
  • Tatyana Tsyrlina - Tatyana Tsyrlina-Spady is the CEO and a co-founder of IAI, PhD in Education from Seattle. She is also an Adjunct Professor at Seattle Pacific University. Ms Tsyrlina-Spady is the Vice-Provost... Read more
  • Colin Tück - Colin Tück has been working for EQAR since October 2007, initially as Project Manager on behalf of its founding members (ENQA, ESU, EUA and EURASHE). Prior to joining EQAR he... Read more
  • Christoph Veigel - Christoph Veigel, graduated in 1981 from the University of Tübingen with degrees in English and Physical Education. From 1979 to 1980, he followed a two Semester study programme at the... Read more
  • Patrick Donnet - Patrick Donnet is Director of the University Institute of Technology in Le Mans and Vice-President of the Assembly of Directors of IUT.
  • 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
  • Peter Darvas - Peter Darvas is a specialist for Eastern and Central Europe at the World Bank. Before, he directed the Higher Education Support Programme for the Open Society Institute. He has extensive... Read more
  • Gerard Madill - Gerard Madill has worked for 24 years in the field of higher education policy. Mr Madill joined Universities Scotland (the representative body of Scotland’s 21 higher education institutions) as Policy... 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
  • Vladimir Petrov - Dr Vladimir N. Petrov is Principal of Regional Open Social Institute in Kursk (Russia). He earned his Ph.D. in History and he is an Associate Professor, Member of Accreditation Committee... 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,... Read more
  • István Bilik - Dr Istvan Bilik graduated in 1963 at Eötvös Loránd University, getting an MSc in Geology. Dr Istvan Bilik earned his PhD in Volcanology in 1996 and he is since 1996... Read more
  • Søren Nørgaard - Søren Nørgaard, a previous President and Secretary General of EURASHE, he was also Senior Advisor of the organisation. † Søren Nørgaard (Denmark), 5th President of EURASHE (1998 – 2000), 3rd... Read more
  • Victor Vidilles - Victor Vidilles was member of the Executive Committee of the European Students’ Union (ESU) in 2006.
  • 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
  • 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
  • André Gauron - André Gauron is Conseiller Maître at the French Cours des Comptes. Before, he served as a President of the High Committee for Education, Economy and Employment at the French Ministry... 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