The HAPHE project reached the second stage in its development, after Mapping Professional Higher Education in Europe, the wide examination of the different approaches to PHE provision through desk research and an empirical Europe-wide survey. The consortium has recently published the Profile of Professional Higher Education in Europe and the first results were showcased at EURASHE seminar on quality assurance in Bucharest (Romania). The presentation from Bucharest will give you a better insight into the preliminary results.
The next phase consists of incorporating the findings into the experts’ discussion, in order to further define and characterise professional higher education and highlight their core criteria for each defined characteristic. To this end, the HAPHE project organised the second meeting of the Expert Group on PHE on 12 November in Stuttgart (Germany). The second in a series of drafting workshops aimed at establishing a European definition for professional higher education. To ensure the high level expert view within the larger context, besides the 6 consortium experts, two external experts on European higher education have been invited to contribute to the discussion: Ann Verreth (Belgium-Flanders) and Regitze S. Kristensen (Denmark).
During the full day workshop, following the presentation on the profile of professional higher education in Europe, further development on an initial set of PHE characteristics were put forward, including defining their respective core. These characteristics aim at arriving to a model for a European definition of PHE. The workshop concluded by looking into potential qualitative features of PHE characteristics while focusing at this stage on the larger context, using core reference framework with key characteristics describing PHE.
The final stage of the HAPHE Expert Group on PHE is the third meeting, to be organised on 11 December in Prague (Czech Republic). It is planned to be a wrapping up session with the goal of finalising the above mentioned concepts, resulting in a policy paper on defining PHE, its characteristics and its quality core. First outcomes of the expert group dedicated work will be presented during the EURASHE Community of Practice Workshop on Learning Outcomes within PHE Context on 13 December in Prague (Czech Republic). The final set of proposed definition, characteristics and their quality core, in the form of a policy paper, will be presented to European stakeholders in early 2014 in a series of local, national and European validation seminars.