Seminar on QA – Bucharest 2013

bucharest_1EURASHE organised a Seminar on Quality Assurance (QA) titled ‘Implementation of Internal and External Quality Assurance‘ in Bucharest (Romania) on 24-25 October 2013. It is organised by EURASHE, under the auspices of the Ministry of National Education (Romania), and hosted by the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration (SNSPA). Underneath are further information on:

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Following are EURASHE news items related to the event:

  • Outcomes of EURASHE seminar on QA soon published 31/10/2013- EURASHE organised on 24-25 October 2013 in Bucharest (Romania) a Seminar on the Implementation of Internal and External Quality Assurance. Presentations are already available here and the report of the... Read more
  • Last days to register for EURASHE’s Seminar on QA – Contribute to our Manual for Internal Quality Assurance 18/10/2013-
  • EURASHE Seminar on QA – 24-25 October 2013, Bucharest (Romania) – REGISTRATIONS OPEN 11/9/2013- EURASHE will organise on 24-25 October 2013 in Bucharest (Romania) a Seminar on the Implementation of Internal and External Quality Assurance. Registrations are now open! The Seminar will be organised... Read more
  • Following is the programme of the event:

    Day 1 – Thursday 24 October 2013

    10.45 – Registration with coffee

    11.30 – Opening session

    11.50 – Plenary session I – Keynote speaker

    12.30 – Lunch

    13.30 – Plenary session II

    14.00 – Parallel workshops I

    WS 1: Internal Quality Assurance & External Quality Assurance: what comes first, with which indicators and how do we involve stakeholders?

    WS 2: Quality Assurance and Learning Outcomes (and qualifications frameworks)

    WS 3: Quality Assurance and Quality Culture

    16.00 – Coffee break/Networking/Presentation of projects

    16.45 – Plenary session III – Highlights of the workshops

    19.30 – Welcome seminar dinner at Hanul lui Manuc

    View the programme in the seminar portfolio here.

     

    Day 2 – Friday 25 October 2013

    9.00 – Plenary session IV

    10.00 – Coffee break

    10.30 – Parallel workshops II

    WS 1: Internal Quality Assurance & External Quality Assurance: what comes first, with which indicators and how do we involve stakeholders?

    WS 2: Quality Assurance and Learning Outcomes (and qualifications frameworks)

    WS 3: Quality Assurance and Quality Culture

    WS 4: Quality Assurance and Professional Higher Education (workshop offered in French language with follow-up discussions and exchanges in English and French)

    12.30 – Lunch

    13.30 – Plenary session V/Summary of the workshops/Conclusions of the seminar

    3.30 – Closing Session – Round Table on QA in the EHEA

    4.30 – Closing buffet at SNSPA

    View the programme in the seminar portfolio here.

    Implementation of Internal and External Quality Assurance

    bucharest_1Background and purpose of the seminar

    The European dimension of quality assurance is based on a guaranteed flexibility for governments to choose their system or ‘model‘ of quality assurance, while observing the generic European Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance (ESG), which are universally used in all European institutions of higher education conducting their own internal quality assurance and/or being subjected to external quality assurance by agencies.

    EURASHE as a European members’ organisation with a broad representation in the majority of countries in the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) has committed itself to provide hands-on support to higher education institutions in the implementation of the priority areas of the Bologna Reform Process, a logical consequence of the creation of the EHEA in 2010, where the focus has shifted to implementation of the ‘Bologna achievements’ on the institutional level. This is certainly the case for quality assurance, as one of the domains with most visible successes, on systemic and institutional level.

    Quality assurance has always been and remains a major interest for EURASHE, given our prominent role in the development of the European Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance (ESG), and secondly because of our involvement in the establishment of the European Quality Assurance Register (EQAR), always in close cooperation with the other E4 partners, namely ENQA, ESU and EUA.

    With the seminar’s targeted attendants (from higher education institutions, but also from a wider background of policy-makers and quality assurance practitioners) we want to bring together a ‘community of practice’, which will be guided through the proceedings on the basis of a Manual for Internal Quality Assurance: Practical guide for implementing internal quality assurance processes in higher education institutions, which is being developed by experts, on the basis of their own expertise and relying on the feedback received from a consultation among our membership and stakeholders in higher education.

    The Minister of National Education of the Republic of Romania, Mr Remus Pricopie, has offered his patronage for this European seminar on quality assurance, and the Rector of the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration (SNSPA) in Bucharest, Ms Alina Bargaoanu, as an institutional member of EURASHE has kindly accepted to host the event.

    Proceedings of the seminar

    The quality assurance seminar in Bucharest is our second hands-on seminar focusing on internal quality assurance proceedings, and therefore a useful addition to the annual gathering of policy-makers and quality assurance coordinators at the European Quality Assurance Forum (EQAF, of which EURASHE is a co-organiser with its E4 partners), and to the training seminars for participants in external review teams organised by quality assurance agencies.

    The broad survey conducted by EURASHE in view of the revision of the European Standards and Guidelines (ESG) has shown that more expert hands-on support is needed for institutions in implementing Bologna tools such as quality assurance proceedings, learning outcomes, qualifications frameworks, etc. Secondly, a general need is felt for a forum for practitioners on the institutional level, where expertise and experience on those tools and instruments are shared and exchanged, with practitioners from other higher education institutions.

    Plenary sessions will present a keynote speech on the major role of quality assurance in the Bologna Process by a first-hand player, next to a country profile of internal quality assurance with individual experience gained from this, and a closing plenary session confronting a panel of experts who have participated in institutional reviews, in their capacity of managers of higher education institutions and/or acknowledged quality assurance experts familiar with professionally-oriented programmes.

    Input by participants to the Manual for Internal Quality Assurance: Practical guide for implementing internal quality assurance processes in higher education institutions during the seminar will be developed in the specific/relevant workshops, such as the link between internal and external quality assurance and the choice of indictors; involvement of stakeholders; quality assurance and its relation to learning outcomes and qualifications frameworks; the role and importance of quality culture in an institution. Workshops will be offered twice, so as to enable attendants to follow two different sessions.

    Following are the speakers of the event:

  • Isabelle Pouliquen- Isabelle Pouliquen is Professor at Aix Marseille University (AMU) (France), Specialist in Quality Management and Doctor in Analytical Chemistry. She is Manager of the Master ‘Quality’ which prepares students to... Read more
  • Viktoras Senčila- Viktoras Senčila, prof. dr. is the President of the Rectors Conference of Lithuanian University Colleges (LKDK) (2013 – ). He is the rector of the Lithuanian Maritime Academy (LMA) since... Read more
  • Nicolae Dură- Nicolae Dură is the former Vice-Rector of the ‘Ovidius’ University of Constanta (Romania). He holds a PhD in Theology and Utriusque Juris Doctor (Civil and Canon Law). He is visiting... Read more
  • Axel Aerden- Axel Aerden is senior international policy advisor at the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO). He contributes to NVAO’s international policy-making and assessment procedures with an international (cross-border)... Read more
  • Andreas G. Orphanides- Professor Andreas G. Orphanides has been President of EURASHE and of EQAR as well as a consultative member of both BFUG Board and BFUG, and a member of the E4-Group.... Read more
  • Johan Cloet- Johan Cloet has been the Secretary General of EURASHE in 2014-2016, which he represented in the Bologna Follow-Up Group (BFUG) and several of its working groups, such as on ‘Structural... 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
  • Radu Damian- A graduate of the Technical University of Civil Engineering (UTCB) in Bucharest, Radu Damian has been since 2005 the Director of the Quality Evaluation Department of ARACIS, the Romanian Agency... Read more
  • Alina Bargaoanu- Vice-Rector of the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration (SNSPA) (Romania)
  • 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
  • Remus Pricopie- Remus Pricopie graduated from the Faculty of Chemistry and Physics, University of Bucharest (1995), continued his studies at the University of Liège, Belgium, in the area of International Relations and... Read more
  • Anca Prisăcariu- Anca Prisăcariu is a PhD candidate at the University of Bucharest in the field of Educational Sciences and of QA research. She is a member of the Register Committee of... 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
  • Barbara Michalk- Barbara Michalk is Head of the Section ‘Higher Education Reform in Germany and Europe’ of the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK). Before that she was head of the quality management project... Read more
  • Melinda Szabo- Melinda Szabo has been working as a Project Officer for the European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education (EQAR) since March 2013. She studied at the Babes-Bolyai University in Romania,... Read more
  • Dries Berings- Dries Berings is professor in Organisational Behaviour at the university college HUB, part of the university of Leuven (KULeuven). My research interests include OB/HRM issues such as work values; vocational... Read more
  • Ligia Deca- Ligia Deca is a PhD candidate in political science at the University of Luxembourg, focusing on higher education and Europeanisation policy research, with a special interest in the Bologna Process.... Read more
  • Following are the practicalities of the event:

    Seminar map

    View EURASHE Seminar on QA in Google Maps here.

     

    Seminar location

    The seminar will be hosted by the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration (SNSPA) at Povernei Street, Number 6, 1st district, Bucharest, 010643. It is shown (in yellow) on the map above.

     

    Suggested hotels

    Following are 5 suggested hotels situated nearby the seminar host. Please note, participants will arrange for their own accomodation. Hotels are also shown (in red) on the map above.

    1. Hotel Minerva 4*, Str.Gheorghe Manu 2-4, 010445 Bucharest – www.minerva.ro
    2. Hotel Unique Bucharest 4*, 35 Caderea Bastiliei Street, Sector 1, 010615 Bucharest – www.hotelunique.ro
    3. Hotel Christina 4*, No. 13 Ion Slatineanu Street, 010601 Bucharest – www.hotelchristina.ro
    4. Le Boutique Hotel Moxa 4*, 4 Mihail Moxa St, Sector 1, 010962 Bucharest – www.hotelmoxa.com
    5. Hotel Marshal 3*, 2, Dr. Emanoil Bacaloglu Str. , Sector 2, Bucharest – www.hotelmarshal.ro

     

    Social programme

    EURASHE is inviting seminar participants to the welcome seminar dinner on Thursday 24 October from 7.30 pm at the restaurant Hanul lui Manuc, located at Str. Franceza nr. 62-64, Bucuresti, Sector 3 Cod postal 030106. It is shown (in blue) on the map above.

    On Saturday 26 October, EURASHE is proposing (against an additional fee) a 3 hour guided tour of the Palace of the Romanian Parliament. Participants will meet at 10 am in front of the Parliament at located at Palatul Parlamentului, str.Izvor nr.2-4, sect.5. It is shown (in blue) on the map above.

    More on the Palace of the Parliament on the official website here.

     

    Organisers

  • 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
  • Ministry of National Education (Romania)- The Ministry of National Education (Romanian: Ministerul Educației Naționale) is one of the ministries of the Government of Romania. Over the years the Ministry changed its title. Initially it was called... Read more
  • National University of Political Studies and Public Administration (SNSPA)- Şcoala Naţională de Studii Politice şi Administrative (SNSPA) The National University of Political Studies and Public Administration (NUPSPA), established in 1991 as a school of governance and training of professionals... Read more
  • Following are the photographs of the event:

    EURASHE Seminar on QA