EURASHE 2017 work programme

EURASHE_logoIn 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) will be our main event of the year, focusing on Professional Higher Education 4.0: A Change for Universities of Applied Sciences, providing information and support on the latest trends and developments to members and the wider higher education community;
  • The Leadership Forum, a newly established addition to the annual conference, will bring together institutional leaders addressing strategic development and funding of higher education;
  • An overarching policy paper on the identity of professional higher education will be prepared to promote the professional higher education- and universities of applied sciences-concept and address the challenges and obstacles on European, national and local level; a strategic policy session will also take place to feed into this work (29 March, Le Havre);
  • Good practices, case studies and bad practices will continue to be gathered to support higher education institutions and the wider higher education community in all topics relevant to their daily work;
  • University-Business Cooperation will remain an important focus through the UBC study;
  • The permeability of higher education and (higher) vocational education and training (VET) through policy development in Central and South-Eastern Europe will remain the main goal of the PROCSEE project;

Quality of higher education

  • Training and support on quality assurance will be provided through our seminar on quality assurance on 6-7 February in Brussels (Belgium) helping institutions in managing their quality with the latest practices and policies; further support to the higher education community will be available through the 12th EQAF (23-25 November, Riga);
  • A Community of Practice on quality will be launched for members, forming a group of practitioners interested and experienced in quality assurance to learn and exchange from one another;
  • Cross-border quality assurance will be put in focus with the finalisation of a paper on the topic with colleagues of ENQA, ESU, EUA and EQAR aimed at inspiring institutions, agencies and authorities to engage more in this aspect;
  • Innovative policy and practice for embedding the ESG 2015 as a tool for change will continue to be the focus of the EQUIP project, with the organisation of focus group workshops and the development of a policy impact study;
  • A self-reflection tool for professional higher education will be further developed with the BuildPHE project and will be accompanied by a training week on 6-10 February in Brussels (Belgium) for 12 institutions;

Modernising professional higher education

  • Excellence in teaching and learning will take centre stage in 2017: we will map challenges and gaps in the field, and organise a one-day workshop and a webinar further focusing on digital competences; in addition the TEACHEX project will continue to work on the subject with colleagues from Israel;
  • To support the development of work-based learning, EURASHE will initiate an expert group and will organise a webinar and a round table; the activities of the WEXHE project on integrating entrepreneurship and work experience into higher education will also contribute to it;
  • Supporting apprenticeships between professional higher education and SMEs will be the topic of the SAPS project, intending to develop support systems for SMEs in Europe in acquiring quality apprenticeships;
  • Sharing good practices in employability will take place through a peer-learning activity for national authorities through the INTELEC project;
  • International cooperation will also be in focus through the TACTIC and HUMERIA projects;
  • The EHEA/Bologna reform process will continue to be on the agenda of EURASHE, through its participation in the BFUG meetings, Board, advisory and working groups;
  • Cooperation with higher vocational education and training (VET) will also be addressed through the BEEHiVES project;
  • Learning outcomes and their assessment will continue to be the focus of the CALOHEE project;
  • workshop on the modernisation of higher education will be organised (16 June, Brussels) to further see how higher education can support the aims and goals set in EU/EHEA policies and strategies;

Research, development and innovation

  • The role of universities of applied sciences in applied research will be the focus of the newly formed UAS4EUROPE network that will conduct a mapping of applied research, development and innovation activities in European universities of applied sciences;
  • Skills development of researchers will be the topic of a conference organised on 15 March in Brussels (Belgium), at the same time advocating for more recognition of applied research;
  • Universities of applied sciences’ role in regional development and knowledge exchange will be addressed through the publication of a report and the organisation of a round table, promoting the cooperation between universities of applied sciences, the world of work and regional authorities;

EURASHE will also continue its internal activities, with meetings of the:

  • General Assembly, on 29 March in Le Havre (France) and 12 October in Brussels (Belgium);
  • Board, on 16 February (online), 29 March in Le Havre (France), 15 June in Brussels (Belgium), end-September (online), 11 October in Brussels (Belgium) and 12 December (online);
  • Committee for Strategic Advice, on 16 March in Brussels (Belgium);
  • various working groups, on 6 February in Brussels (Belgium), 15 February (online), 16 March in Brussels (Belgium), 16 June in Brussels (Belgium) and 12 October in Brussels (Belgium).

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[updated in January 2017, with the latest dates]