BuildPHE – Building Professional Higher Education Capacity in Europe

EURASHE is a partner in the BuildPHE project on Building Professional Higher Education Capacity in Europe.

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The EC Communication on “Rethinking Education: Investing in Skills for Better socio-economic outcomes” highlights significant discrepancies between countries across Europe in their development of VET and PHE.

The objectives of this project are to:

  • encourage institutions of professional HE to analyse their internal policies for cooperation between education, research and business
  • implement improvements and reforms to policies and practices as regards cooperation with the world of work
  • support the sharing of best practices with respect to interventions for strengthening the knowledge triangle
  • design a set of supporting tools, in particular framework policies and/or implementation guides, to strengthen active cooperation between HEIs and partners from outside academia

The project involves policy- and decision- makers from within institutions of Professional Higher Education, who will collaborate within the structures set up by their national associations for PHE, who are members of the consortium. Through their participation in the project, each of these institutions will analyse their overall connection with the world of work, formulate improvements with the help of best practice in the field and mainstream these practices into institutional strategy.

The main outputs of the project will be:

  • Self-Assessment Reports produced by institutions, describing the extent and quality of their connections with the world of work
  • Implementation Plans describing proposed improvements to policies and strategies to better cooperate with the world of work created and endorsed
  • A Peer-Learning Event bringing together representatives from Institutions around Europe
  • 70 best-practice cases collected and published, with at least 5 cases published under each HAPHE-criterion
  • A set of supporting tools for PHE-business cooperation, in particular, framework policies, published as a best-practice implementation guide for Higher Education institutions
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
  • Consultation on criteria for self-reflection on achievement within professional higher education 7/6/2016 - The BuildPHE project (Building Professional Higher Education Capacity in Europe) is a 2-years long EU-funded project aiming at fostering improved collaboration between institutions providing PHE and enterprises, by increasing the... 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
  • More to come soon…

    Following are events related to the project:

    BuildPHE training week
    Brussels (Belgium), 6 Feb 2017 - 10 Feb 2017, Michal Karpíšek, Alexandre Wipf
    BuildPHE partner meeting
    (), 10 Jan 2017, Alexandre Wipf, Michal Karpíšek
    BuildPHE partner meeting
    (), 13 Dec 2016, Alexandre Wipf
    BuildPHE partner meeting
    Brussels (Belgium), 29 Nov 2016, Alexandre Wipf
    BuildPHE partner meeting
    Brussels (Belgium), 4 Nov 2016, Alexandre Wipf
    BuildPHE partner meeting
    Brussels (Belgium), 26 Oct 2016, Alexandre Wipf
    BuildPHE partner meeting
    Logarska Dolina (Slovenia), 1 Oct 2016, Michal Karpíšek, Marko Grdosic
    BuildPHE partner meeting
    Brussels (Belgium), 13 Sep 2016,
    BuildPHE partner meeting
    Brussels (Belgium), 16 Jun 2016, Michal Karpíšek, Marko Grdošić
    BuildPHE partner meeting
    Prague (Czech Republic), 13 May 2016, Marko Grdosic
    BuildPHE partner meeting
    Brussels (Belgium), 18 Apr 2016,
    BuildPHE partner meeting
    Brussels (Belgium), 18 Feb 2016,
    BuildPHE partner meeting
    Brussels (Belgium), 21 Jan 2016,
    BuildPHE partner meeting
    Warsaw (Poland), 17 Oct 2015, Marko Grdosic
    BuildPHE partner meeting
    Brussels (Belgium), 6 Oct 2015,
    Following are documents in EURASHE’s library that are related to the project:

    Following are the partners of the project:

  • Association of Slovene Higher Vocational Colleges (Association HVC) - Skupnost višjih strokovnih šol Republike Slovenije (SKUPNOST VSŠ) The Association of Slovene Higher Vocational Colleges (Association HVC) was founded as a public institution in 2005, when its Establishing Act was... Read more
  • Croatian Council of Universities and University Colleges of Applied Sciences (VVIVŠ) - Vijeće veleučilišta I visokih škola (VVIVŠ) In April 2002, a Network of Colleges was formed in order to promote and defend the common interests of colleges, to ensure that Croatian... 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
  • State Higher Vocational School in Tarnow (University of Applied Sciences) (PWSZ-TAR) - Państwowa Wyższa Szkoła Zawodowa w Tarnowie (PWSZ) more to come soon…
  • Tallinna Tehnikakõrgkool University of Applied Sciences (TTK UAS) - TTK University of Applied Sciences (TTK UAS) is a state professional higher education institution, offering competitive professional higher education in the fields of engineering, production, technology, architecture and construction. TTK University of Applied... 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
  • Johan Cloet - Johan Cloet has been the Secretary General of EURASHE in 2014-2016, which he represented in the Bologna Follow-Up Group (BFUG) and several of its working groups, such as on ‘Structural... Read more
  • Marek Frankowicz - Specialist in Theoretical Chemistry and expert on Higher Education reforms. Coordinator for Quality and Internationalization at State Higher Vocational School in Tarnow and Associate Professor at the Jagiellonian University in... 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
  • Anne Kraav - Anne Kraav is an associated professor of civil engineering at TTK University of Applied Sciences, since 2001, Vice Rector for Development. Anne Kraav has been intensively involved in applied research... Read more
  • Žarko Nožica - Žarko Nožica is professor and scientist. He obtained his masters and PhD degrees at University of Zagreb (Croatia). Mr Nožica has over 25 years of experience in University (Croatia) and... Read more
  • Alicia-Leonor Sauli-Miklavčič, Board member of EURASHE - Alicia-Leonor Sauli-Miklavčič is a good connoisseur of international professional higher education, she has been Project Expert at the Slovene Association HVC as well as a member of the EURASHE working... Read more
  • Alexandre Wipf - Alexandre Wipf is the previous policy and communications officer at EURASHE. Within the secretariat he was in charge of the implementation of quality assurance related activities (policy, projects, events, representation,... Read more