Harmonising Approaches to Professional Higher Education in Europe: an Update

HAPHE_logo_2HAPHE project stands for Harmonising Approaches to Professional Higher Education in Europe and is one of the core focuses of EURASHE in 2013. Together with the 10 partners, ensuring strong representation of European Professional Higher Education through the participation of Institutions, National Associations and structural partners, for 10 months we have been developing the project, focusing mainly on the research of the current state of Professional Higher Education in Europe.

The countries we are focusing on are Austria, Belgium, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Lithuania, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal and Slovenia.

Throughout the first phase of the project, partners are developing country profiles for 16 different higher education systems. Building the profiles started with ‘objective’ research. It includes first of all the legal status of PHE in the different countries in focus, including the legislations. These country data sheets cover as well data on teaching, curricula, research as well as recognition and credit transfer.

The other part of developing the country profiles includes a large survey performed over the countries in focus. Covering more ‘subjective’ information, the survey has been spread around the different groups of stakeholders and in the end resulted in over 700 responses. This will ensure a quality representation of different groups of stakeholders throughout the countries and will give a great value to the creation of the country profiles.

The survey was distinguished between two large groups of stakeholders:

  • Higher Education Institutions representatives,
  • Education and Training Stakeholders.

The survey researched stakeholders’ views on the following topics:

  • Meaning and Forms of Professional Higher Education,
  • State of Implementation of PHE,
  • Quality Delivery of PHE,
  • Development of PHE,
  • Trends and drivers for PHE from the professional sphere.

The combination of objective and subjective data will be put together in creating the country profiles. These will be presented in a booklet, to be published in September this year.

Stay tuned for the publication of Country Profiles in September.