BEEHiVES – Boosting European Exchange on Higher VET and Employer Involvement in Education Structures

EURASHE is a partner in the BEEHiVES project on Boosting European Exchange on Higher VET and Employer Involvement in Education Structures.

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The project’s core aim, Boosting European Exchange on Higher VET and Employer Involvement in Education Structures (BEEHiVES), will develop transferable competencies and practices that will strengthen HVET and improve cooperation between the world of education and training and the world of work.

The BEEHiVES project is designed to address cooperation and collaboration barriers in the strategic partnership triangle – HVET/PHE institutions, employers/labour markets and students – to contribute to the development of skills relevant to labour market needs and equip students with the knowledge and skills relevant for their long-term employability, entrepreneurship and personal development. The project reflects developments within the EHEA and will make a significant contribution to the Modernisation Agenda.

The project will use a Peer Learning methodology, successfully applied in the Expando project and commended as “a pathfinder initiative, both in terms of peer learning and the social dimension” (Brian Cox, Co-Chair of the BFUG Working Group on the Social Dimension and Lifelong Learning).

It will bring together representatives of the strategic partnership triangle to exchange and apply innovative practices and deliver recommendations for improving employer involvement in HVET.

BEEHiVES project partners will identify and explore how HVET is organised, run and regulated in their countries/regions – both in PHE and the VET sectors – and specifically how the labour market relevance of HVET can be improved.

BEEHiVES will create tools and measures that will create a fundamental step-change in terms of employer involvement in programme and curriculum design, validation, accreditation and award processes – placing employers and the needs of the labour market at the centre of the education offer. All results will be collected in a web-based “Strategy Matrix Toolbox” that will ensure the three apexes of the strategic triangle are able to work more productively, improve student retention and increase employability post-graduation.

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
  • EURASHE 2016 work programme 27/11/2015 - In 2016 EURASHE will continue to address its 4 thematic areas; the 2016 work programme comprises: Mission of professional higher education Our 26th Annual Conference organised on 21-22 April in... Read more
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    Following are events related to the project:

    Conference 'Creating Relevant Learning Experiences; employers' involvement with higher education'
    Leuven (Belgium), 14 Jun 2018 - 15 Jun 2018, N/A
    BEEHiVES project meeting
    San Sebastian (Spain), 22 Jun 2017 - 23 Jun 2017, Michal Karpíšek, Fernando Galan
    BEEHiVES expert meeting
    Brussels (Belgium), 1 Feb 2017 - 2 Feb 2017, n/a
    BEEHiVES project meeting
    London (United Kingdom), 7 Jul 2016 - 8 Jul 2016, Anna Toivonen
    BEEHiVES consulting workshops
    Odense (Denmark), 10 Mar 2016 - 11 Mar 2016,
    BEEHiVES project meeting
    Heilbronn (Germany), 8 Oct 2015 - 9 Oct 2015,
    Following are documents in EURASHE’s library that are related to the project:

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    Following are the partners of the project:

  • Artesis Plantijn University College (AP) - Artesis Plantijn University College is a brand new university college, originating from Artesis University College and Plantijn University College. AP or Artesis Plantijn University College Antwerp stands for Antwerp and Province, Arts and Professional, Ambitious... Read more
  • Association of Colleges (AoC) - The Association of Colleges (AoC) is a not-for-profit membership organisation set up in 1996 by colleges to act as their collective voice. Today, AoC represents and promotes the interests of... Read more
  • Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University (DHBW) - The Cooperative State University Baden-Wuerttemberg (DHBW) is the largest university in Baden-Wuerttemberg with currently 34,000 students, over 9,000 partner companies and over 160,000 alumni. It is the first higher education... Read more
  • Centre for Investigation and Applied Innovation in VET (Tknika) - Tknika is the Institute for the Innovation of the Vocational and Educational Training System. It was established by the Vice-Ministry of Education of the Basque Government. It was created in... Read more
  • Czech Association of Schools of Professional Higher Education (CASPHE) - Sdružení profesního terciárního vzdělávání (SSVS)   The Czech Association of Professional Higher Education (CASPHE) is an independent organisation of colleges and institutes of professional higher education in the Czech Republic.... 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
  • Knowledge Innovation Centre (Malta) (KIC-Malta) - The Knowledge Innovation Centre is a dynamic consultancy focusing on knowledge brokerage and innovation of knowledge transfer processes. The Centre brings together a variety of local and European experts from... Read more
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    Following are some of the experts involved in the project:

  • Anthony F. Camilleri - Anthony F. Camilleri is a tertiary education policy consultant. He holds qualifications in law from the University of Malta, and was also active in the Malta national students’ union and... Read more
  • Nick Davy - Nick Davy was Higher Education Policy Officer at the Association of Colleges, United Kingdom, a partner in EUproVET, the European Network of National VET Associations.
  • Anna Frankenberg - Anna Frankenberg (M.A.) has been working as a research assistant and lecturer since 2012. She has been at the DHBW Heilbronn since October 2014. Anna has experience in national and... Read more
  • Raimund Hudak - As senior lecturer and researcher with over 10 years of experience at leading academic institutions Raimund Hudak has been involved in various research programmes in Germany and abroad. He is... Read more
  • 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... Read more
  • Herman Van de Mosselaer - Herman Van de Mosselaer is project manager education research at Artesis Plantijn University College Antwerp, Belgium. He is a former teacher trainer, department head education as well as department head... Read more
  • Iva Voldánová - Iva Voldánová is a former project associate of EURASHE. In 2009-2013 she worked on the follow-up and monitoring of European projects assisted the Secretary General in policy activities. Previously, she... Read more