Professional Higher Education in Europe: Towards an emerging model?!

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Author(s)Ulf-Daniel Ehlers
The field of Professional Higher Education in Europe, only vaguely defined, is growing and gaining importance for the European higher education arena. More and more higher education institutions of all kinds are staring to integrate professionally-oriented programmes into the academic portfolio, and cooperation between academia and employers is on the rise. Bringing together academic analytic skills and professional experiences seems to be the most promising trend for future higher education. However, currently there is no common definition or understanding of professional higher education. The wide variety of systems which now fall under the term of ‘professional’ higher education, makes it difficult to transnationally analyse this sector, hinders recognition of qualifications, and limits the ability of policy tools to strengthen its growth.
To address this issue, the HAPHE project intends, to survey and analyse through a wide consultation with stakeholders from education, business and society the different approaches, demands and future trends to professional higher education (PHE) throughout EU-member states. The presentation will present first results, considerations and consequences.
CategoriesMission of PHE » 2013 23rd Annual Conference, HAPHE