EURASHE Peer Learning Activity on Short Cycle Higher Education took place in Porto

September, 2019 Porto, Portugal – EURASHE together with its member Council of Portuguese Polytechnics, the Polytechnic Institute of Porto, and the Portugal Ministry of Higher Education and Science invited  professional higher education practitioners, world or work representatives as well as students to participate at the Peer learning activity on short-cycle higher education (SCHE) on 19-20 September in Porto, Portugal.

The two-day event was opened by the speech of Secretary of State of Science, Technology and Higher Education of Portugal João Sobrinho Teixeira who emphasised the importance of short-cycle education and its relevance to the people. The speech was followed by the presentation of EURASHE Secretary General Michal Karpíšek and an overview of this type of education in Portugal and in Europe presented by João Queiroz, the Director-General for Higher Education in Portugal and Jean-Philippe Restoueix, the expert of Council of Europe.

The second day of the event provided with an in-depth knowledge of the role of short-cycle higher education from the institutional and businesses point of view in Portugal. The presentations were followed by the experience of the Student of Instituto Politécnico de Setúbal  João Pinto who is a part of the Deloitte programme ‘Bright Start’ which gives to students a real opportunity to get practical knowledge within the country during the period of studies.

The last part of the event included response and reflections of international experts as well as group discussions which allowed the event’s participants to have an interactive discussion on the focus and profile of SCHE, quality assurance and institutional experience and methods of learning.

The event gathered around 60 participants from Portugal and around Europe.


About the EURASHE Peer Learning Activity event

The first Reversed Peer Learning activity took place in 2018 in Warsaw, Poland and discussed Learning & Teaching in Professional Higher Education as well as related issues such as future challenges of the labour market, digitalisation and digital transformation of PHE institutions and other.

Please read the report from the event in Warsaw here.



EURASHE  is the European Association of Institutions in Higher Education that offers professionally orientated programmes and is engaged in applied research within the Bologna cycles. We represent more than 600 universities of applied sciences and university colleges, national and sectorial associations of higher education institutions, and other individual institutions, such as universities.



Mrs Dovile Sandaraite


Communications and Events officer, EURASHE