WEXHE

EURASHE is a partner in the WEXHE project.


EU countries have experienced a substantial increase in graduate unemployment and a decrease of quality of their employment. European graduates report continuously that they are worried about their careers, while employers voice their concerns over increasing difficulties in finding graduates with matching skills.

Within this context, the WEXHE project responds to the concerns expressed by stakeholders on the shortcomings in the labour market orientation of HE, focusing on the balance between practical and theoretical learning in HE and to mismatches between the skills sets of graduates and the skills they require during early careers.

  • In the WEXHE project, enterprises, associations and universities come together to identify and analyse current provision of work experience and entrepreneurship in HE in 7 different European countries.

    The team will generate 84 case studies of good practice including all four types of study areas (hard-pure, e.g. natural sciences; soft-pure, e.g. humanities and social sciences; hard-applied, e.g. medicine and soft-applied, e.g. social work, covering internships/work placements, traineeships and entrepreneurship.

    Working with practitioners, the project will create 12 replicable models for work experience and entrepreneurship, together with guidance on management, quality assurance, learning outcomes, funding and accreditation. These models will cover and support the 4 study areas and will be tailored to national contexts.
    There will be a special emphasis on the Humanities for which the transition to the labour market is least transparent and the number of students is considerable.

The project team has identified three main goals to accomplish:

• to increase the capacity and competences of staff in universities and enterprises to provide high quality work experience and entrepreneurship,
• to support the accreditation of all kinds of work experience through ECTS and effective quality assurance,
• to ensure that the skills needs of employers are understood.The project will review existing policy development and support further policy development in this field.

Following are the partners of the project:

  • Chamber of Commerce of Spain- The figure of the Chamber of Commerce was created by the Royal Decree of 9 April 1886, with the recognition of the existing associations of merchants, industrialists and shipbuilders. In 1993,... Read more
  • European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA)- The European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA) is a voluntary association of European quality assurance agencies and currently comprises 40 members and 49 affiliates. Its aim is... Read more
  • 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
  • Münster University of Applied Sciences- Münster University of Applied Sciences was founded on 1 August 1971 after the merger of public and private schools of construction and engineering and vocational training institutions. Back then, the... Read more
  • Novatex Solutions Ltd- Novatex Solutions Ltd was established in 1999 in Cyprus by a team of highly motivated and enthusiastic engineers. Its divided in the Scientific Instruments and Supplies division (since 2001), Research Division (since 2006), National... Read more
  • University Industry Innovation Network (UIIN)- The University Industry Innovation Network (UIIN) is a vibrant network of academics, practitioners and business professionals passionate about advancing university-industry interaction, entrepreneurial universities and collaborative innovation. UIIN’s 200+ members from more than 25 countries include Higher... Read more
  • University of Groningen- The University of Groningen (1614) is a research university with a global outlook. Quality has had top priority for four hundred years: the University is in the top 100 of... Read more
  • University of Ljubljana- University of Ljubljana is an institution with a very rich tradition. It was established in 1919 on the foundations of a long-established pedagogical tradition. It is a very large university,... Read more
  • University of Warwick- We’re a world-leading university with the highest academic and research standards. But we’re not letting the story end there. That’s because we’re a place of possibility. We’re always looking for... Read more
  • WEXHE – Integrating Entrepreneurship and Work Experience into Higher Education

    EURASHE is a partner in the WEXHE project on Integrating Entrepreneurship and Work Experience into Higher Education.

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    The project responds to the concerns expressed by stakeholders on the shortcomings in the labour market orientation of HE, focussing on the balance between practical and theoretical learning in HE and to mismatches between the skills sets of graduates
    and the skills they require during early careers. EU countries have experienced a substantial increase in graduate unemployment and a decrease of quality of their employment. European students and graduates report continuously that they are worried about their careers. At the same time employers and employers’ organisations report they are having increasing difficulties in finding graduates with matching skills.

    In this Knowledge Alliance Integrating Entrepreneurship and Work Experience into Higher Education (WEXHE), enterprises, associations and universities – all having a leading role in networks covering the relationship between the world of work and higher education,- come together to identify and analyse current provision of work experience and entrepreneurship in HE in 7 different European countries, generating 54 case studies of good practice including all four types of study areas (hard-pure, e.g. natural sciences; soft-pure, e.g. humanities and social sciences; hard-applied, e.g. medicine and soft-applied, e.g. social work, covering internships/work placements, traineeships and entrepreneurships. Working with practitioners, it will create 9 replicable models for work experience and entrepreneurship, together with guidance on management, quality assurance, learning outcomes, funding and accreditation. These models will cover and support the 4 study areas and will be tailored to national contexts. There will be a special emphasis on the Humanities for which the transition to the labour market is least transparent and the number of students is considerable.

    The project aims to:

    • increase the capacity (competences) of staff (in particular supervisors) in universities and enterprises to provide high quality work experience
      (placements/internships, traineeships) and entrepreneurship,
    • support the accreditation of all kinds of work experience through ECTS and effective quality assurance,
    • ensure that the skills needs of employers are understood.

    The project will review existing policy development and support further policy development in this field.

    Following are EURASHE news items related to the project:

  • EURASHE 2017 work programme 30/11/2016- In 2017 EURASHE will continue to address its 4 thematic areas; the 2017 work programme comprises: Mission of professional higher education Our 27th Annual Conference organised on 30-31 March in Le Havre (France)... Read more
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    Following are events related to the project:

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    Following are documents in EURASHE’s library that are related to the project:

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    Following are the partners of the project:

  • Chamber of Commerce of Spain- The figure of the Chamber of Commerce was created by the Royal Decree of 9 April 1886, with the recognition of the existing associations of merchants, industrialists and shipbuilders. In 1993,... Read more
  • European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA)- The European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA) is a voluntary association of European quality assurance agencies and currently comprises 40 members and 49 affiliates. Its aim is... Read more
  • Münster University of Applied Sciences- Münster University of Applied Sciences was founded on 1 August 1971 after the merger of public and private schools of construction and engineering and vocational training institutions. Back then, the... Read more
  • Novatex Solutions Ltd- Novatex Solutions Ltd was established in 1999 in Cyprus by a team of highly motivated and enthusiastic engineers. Its divided in the Scientific Instruments and Supplies division (since 2001), Research Division (since 2006), National... Read more
  • The Polish Chamber of Commerce (PCC)- The Polish Chamber of Commerce (PCC), founded in 1990, is the largest economic self-government institution in Poland. It includes over 150 business organizations. PCC’s mission is to establish and develop... Read more
  • University Industry Innovation Network (UIIN)- The University Industry Innovation Network (UIIN) is a vibrant network of academics, practitioners and business professionals passionate about advancing university-industry interaction, entrepreneurial universities and collaborative innovation. UIIN’s 200+ members from more than 25 countries include Higher... Read more
  • University of Groningen- The University of Groningen (1614) is a research university with a global outlook. Quality has had top priority for four hundred years: the University is in the top 100 of... Read more
  • University of Ljubljana- University of Ljubljana is an institution with a very rich tradition. It was established in 1919 on the foundations of a long-established pedagogical tradition. It is a very large university,... Read more
  • University of Warwick- We’re a world-leading university with the highest academic and research standards. But we’re not letting the story end there. That’s because we’re a place of possibility. We’re always looking for... Read more
  • Novatex Solutions Ltd

    Novatex Solutions Ltd was established in 1999 in Cyprus by a team of highly motivated and enthusiastic engineers. Its divided in the Scientific Instruments and Supplies division (since 2001), Research Division (since 2006), National Instruments Products official Distributor (since 2008), IT division (since 1999).

    Münster University of Applied Sciences

    Münster University of Applied Sciences was founded on 1 August 1971 after the merger of public and private schools of construction and engineering and vocational training institutions. Back then, the student population was around 2,300; today, almost 14,000 young people are pursuing one of our 87 degree programmes, 38 of which are Master’s programmes – a high proportion compared to other universities of applied sciences. In addition, around 110 cooperative doctoral candidates are working towards a doctorate, supported by our Doctoral Studies Programme. Over the years, Münster University of Applied Sciences has evolved into a practice-oriented, international and interdisciplinary university of applied sciences. Teaching staff and students contribute equally to the successful transfer of scientific findings to practice. This pays off: our establishment is now one of Germany’s largest and most successful universities of applied sciences.

    University of Warwick

    We’re a world-leading university with the highest academic and research standards. But we’re not letting the story end there. That’s because we’re a place of possibility. We’re always looking for new ways to make things happen. Whether you’re a dedicated student, an innovative lecturer or an ambitious company, Warwick provides a tireless yet supportive environment in which you can make an impact. And our students, alumni and staff are consistently making an impact – the kind that changes lives, whether close to home or on a global scale. It’s the achievements of our people that help explain why our levels of research excellence and scholarship are recognised internationally. It’s a prime attraction for some of the biggest names in worldwide business and industry. It’s why we’re ranked highly in the lists of great UK and world universities. All of this contributes to a compelling story, one that’s little more than 50 years old. But who said youth should hold you back from changing the world?

    University Industry Innovation Network (UIIN)

    The University Industry Innovation Network (UIIN) is a vibrant network of academics, practitioners and business professionals passionate about advancing university-industry interaction, entrepreneurial universities and collaborative innovation. UIIN’s 200+ members from more than 25 countries include Higher Education Institution managers (e.g. rectors, vice chancellors), intermediaries (e.g. technology transfer offices, mobility offices), researchers in various fields, business professionals (e.g. innovation managers or management) and policy makers.

    Michal Karpíšek, Secretary-General of EURASHE

    Michal Karpíšek is the Secretary-General of EURASHE, starting 1 June 2016. He has been Executive Officer of the Czech Association of Schools of Professional Higher Education (CASPHE) since 1994. He has been engaged in the introduction and development of Czech professional higher education since its very beginning. Focusing on internationalisation, CASPHE became a member of EURASHE in 1994. Michal Karpíšek has been a member of the EURASHE Council for the last 12 years and between 2007 and 2016 he has been serving as Vice-President, specifically involved in the strategy and organisational development of EURASHE and the employability and lifelong learning agenda. In recent years Michal Karpíšek has been involved in the reform of Czech tertiary education. He served twice as an advisor to Czech ministers of education (2001-2003, 2010-2011) or their deputies for higher education with a particular attention to issues of diversification and quality of tertiary education. He graduated from the Czech Technical University, Faculty of Civil Engineering and has a degree in Quality Management from the Cranfield University (United Kingdom). Michal Karpíšek has been recently engaged as a senior expert in the reform of VET in Turkmenistan, as well as in Azerbaijan.

    Michal Karpíšek (Czech Republic), 6th Secretary General of EURASHE (2016 – present)

    Chamber of Commerce of Spain

    The figure of the Chamber of Commerce was created by the Royal Decree of 9 April 1886, with the recognition of the existing associations of merchants, industrialists and shipbuilders. In 1993, the Spanish Parliament unanimously passed the Chamber of Commerce Act which confirmed them as organisations and defined them as public law corporations. The Act also recognised their importance as intermediary institutions in the representation, promotion and defence of the interests of merchants, industrialists and shipbuilders and as a consolidating force of the country’s economic fabric. Chambers of Commerce are the fruit of the interaction between the state and society and facilitate the participation of businesses in our country’s economic life. Spain has 88 Chambers of Commerce with more than 400 service points nation-wide.The Chamber network maintains a delegation in Brussels and since the year 2001 has been coordinating, along with the Secretary of State for Trade, the 37 Spanish Chambers of Commerce abroad.

    University of Groningen

    The University of Groningen (1614) is a research university with a global outlook. Quality has had top priority for four hundred years: the University is in the top 100 of the most influential ranking lists. It holds currently 30,000 students and 5500 staff members from home and abroad. Talent is nurtured, enabling the University to bridge the gap between science and society. The University is committed to actively collaborating with the social partners, with a special focus on the research themes Healthy Aging, Energy and Sustainable Society. It is distinguished by the close link the University has forged between research and teaching, a bond that does justice to their interdependence. Students from every continent prepare themselves in Groningen for their international career paths. As an institution facilitating academic research and teaching, the University works at the forefront in its respective fields. The University undertakes its cooperative relationships on the basis of openness and equality. In these relationships, the University is socially involved, purposeful and creative. The University stimulates current debate on scientific, social and cultural issues and is clear and convincing in such debates. It houses the International Tuning Academy which results from the Tuning Educational Structures in the World projects launched in 2000. Tuning has drawn attention to the importance of involving all stakeholders, including employers and graduates, in the process of curriculum design and implementation. The University is – together with the University of Deusto, Bilbao, Spain, co-ordinator of the Tuning Educational Structures in the World projects and co-founder of the International Tuning Academy.

    University of Ljubljana

    University of Ljubljana is an institution with a very rich tradition. It was established in 1919 on the foundations of a long-established pedagogical tradition. It is a very large university, with 50.000 undergraduate and postgraduate students, taking over 300 different undergraduate and postgraduate study programmes. It employs approximately 6,000 higher education teachers, researchers, assistants and administrative staff in 23 faculties and 3 arts academies. The central building, all three academies and faculties are located in the centre. Some of the most recent and modern buildings were constructed on the outskirts of Ljubljana, giving the university and its students a ubiquitous presence in the city.

    European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA)

    The European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA) is a voluntary association of European quality assurance agencies and currently comprises 40 members and 49 affiliates. Its aim is to contribute significantly to the maintenance and enhancement of the quality of European higher education at a high level, and to act as a major driving force for the development of quality assurance across all the Bologna signatory countries. ENQA fulfills its mission by adhering to the principles of respect for the diversity of European higher education and for a diversity of quality assurance and enhancement approaches; the primary responsibility of HEIs for quality; and the independence of quality assurance agencies within national HE systems.

    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 and university colleges; other members of EURASHE are national and sectorial associations of higher education institutions, and other individual institutions, such as universities.