#PHEresponse to COVID-19

#PHEresponse to COVID-19 

COVID-19 outbreak has dramatically shaken the global professional higher education sector creating a lot of challenges for teachers, students and institutions’ leadership.

The existing health crisis keeps on revolutionizing online learning, assessment and applications processes on a daily basis and has questioned how the applied research may be conducted in the times of uncertainty.

EURASHE in response to the situation launched a campaign ‘#PHEresponse to COVID-19′ where will share the best practices from institutions, interviews with our members’ leaders and opportunities to participate in our online events and activities.








In early April 2020, EURASHE launched the campaign ‘#PHEresponse to COVID-19′ where we have been sharing the best practices from higher education institutions, interviews with our members’ leaders and series of webinars under the title ‘PHE@Home Info Days’. Based on the campaign results and received feedback from the members, we see an emerging need for EURASHE to create a platform and provide member institutions and associations with a weekly opportunity to exchange experience and challenges in a more informal way.

PHE@Home Club is open once a week to all EURASHE members who want to share, learn, discuss and update themselves on how to respond in a systematic, structured and effective way to such challenges in the future thus keeping the quality standards high. 

The themes of the weekly webinars will correspond to the biggest challenges experienced by professional higher education institutions and their institutional activities during the Coronavirus crisis. Through communication and cooperation, our members and experts will feed the discussions from challenges to major opportunities in the post-Covid for PHE institutions to progress, transform and make a considerable positive impact as the inevitable recession will provide huge demands for PHE courses.

Topics: every Friday will be announced the topic of the next week

When? 2.30 p.m.- 4.00 p.m. (CEST), every Friday from 12 June 2020

Where? Zoom

Who can attend? EURASHE members only


June 2020 | Zoom
Date Time Topic

Issues to be discussed

Speakers Registration

17 July (Friday)

2.30 p.m.- 4.00 p.m. CEST  Digital institutional transformation & capacity development

What does it mean digital transformation in practice for higher education institutions? 

Capacity building: digital staff literacy and (digital) leadership

Looking to the future and European policies: EC Digital Education Action Plan


  • Dr. phil. Habil Ulf-Daniel Ehlers, Professor for Educational Management and Lifelong Learning, Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg Karlsruhe/ Vice President, EURASHE
  • Dr. Jacqueline McCormack, Vice President, Online Learning in IT Sligo
  • Mr Florian Rampelt

    Project Lead of AI-Campus – the Learning Platform for Artificial Intelligence
    Deputy Managing Director of Hochschulforum Digitalisierung, Stifterverband

  • Ms Sumathi Subramaniam, European Commission
Register here

10 July (Friday)

2.30 p.m.- 4.00 p.m. CEST Students’ research engagement

Institutional experience in the field of research in relation to COVID-19

Lessons learnt and missed opportunities

Looking to the future: how COVID-19 may change research in general?

Applied research vs traditional research as a response to the health crisis.

What is the profile and skills of future student researchers?

Creativity and curiosity as the main drivers of applied research

International cooperation of students researchers

  • Prof. Hannes Raffaseder
    Member of the Executive Board
    Chief Research & Innovation Officer, St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences, Austria
  • Prof. Rui Neves Madeira, professor at  Polytechnic Institute of Setúbal, Portugal
Register here

3 July (Friday)

2.30 p.m.- 4.00 p.m. CEST WBL: What is next?

How did this crisis affect WBL? How prepared were you? What were the first most important first steps? How did you cope with it? How should we prepare in the future? Is the new reality affecting your position on local/regional level? How did and can new technology effectively support WBL in such crises? Did it affect scientific fields differently? What should be done on institutional/regional/national/international level? How do you expect EURASHE to support you?

  • Mr Žan Dapčevič, Academia Maribor, Slovenia
  • Mr. Aigars Rostovskis, Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Register here

26 June (Friday)

2.30 p.m.- 4.00 p.m. CEST Digital learning delivery

What are the lessons we learned so far in digital teaching and learning? Which of the practices will remain for good? How we will move from emergency based digital learning to quality based digital learning?

  • Dr. phil. Habil Ulf-Daniel Ehlers, Professor for Educational Management and Lifelong Learning, Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg Karlsruhe/ Vice President, EURASHE
  • Mr. Adrian Beljo,  Vice-dean for international cooperation, Edward Bernays University College Croatia 
  • Mr George Ubachs, Managing Director European Association of Distance Teaching Universities (EADTU)
Register here

19 June (Friday)

 2.30 p.m.- 4.00 p.m. CEST Online assessment and exams

What are the alternative assessment models that have been designed during the pandemic? What were the main difficulties and challenges of handling online exams? How HEIs have been solving them so far? What are the lessons for the future?

  • Dr Saima Hinno, Head of the Nursing and Midwifery Department, Tartu Health Care College
  • Professor Philippos Pouyioutas, Rector, University of Nicosia 
  • Mr Mike Bernd, Programme manager AI Campus, Stifterverband
Register here
12 June (Friday)  2.30 p.m.- 4.00 p.m. CEST Mobility

What are the challenges related to mobility that higher education institutions may face in the times of Coronavirus?

What are the best practices and practical examples?

Can online mobility replace physical mobility?

What will happen to international programmes in the near future and other related issues. 

  • Dr Jon Altuna Iraola, Academic Vice-Rector of Mondragon University
  • Mrs Jolanta Preidienė, Head of International Relations department, Erasmus Institutional Coordinator, Vilniaus kolegija / University of Applied Sciences
  • Mrs Hélène Mariaud,  Executive Committee member of European Students’ Union
Register here
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  • PHE@Home Info Days 19-20 May, 2020, Zoom

    PHE@Home Info Days is a part of the campaign which consists of the series of webinars on different topics, such as Future of skills, Work-based learning, Microcredentials, lessons learnt from COVID-19 and others.

    The event will serve as a platform for a community discussion on the relevant issues, also it will provide an opportunity to discuss how the existing health crisis might affect the sector and what coordinated actions could be implemented in order to prevent any possible future harm. The webinars will take place in the same time framework as the postponed 30th Annual Conference but will not replace the event.






    You can find the report of the webinars here


    Tuesday 19 May 2020 | Zoom    
    10.00 -11.15 (CEST) EURASHE update for members (closed event, members only) Register here  
    13.00-14.30 (CEST) Masterclass „Future Skills and Future Universities“ Register here More information
    15.00-16.30 (CEST) Discussion „PHE in the time of Coronavirus: threats and opportunities“ Register here More information


    Wednesday 20 May 2020 | Zoom    
    10.00 -11.30 (CEST) Workshop „Smart E-quality @ Work-based learning“ Register here More information
    13.00-14.30 (CEST) Workshop „Microcredentials in Higher Education: Enabling Future Flexible Learning Pathways“ Register here More information