Convergence, Diversity and Innovation in European Higher Education

Convergence, Diversity and Innovation in European Higher Education by Bernd Wächter, Version 2002, EURASHE_AC_Galway_020516-17_pres_WAECHTER_text.pdf (31 KB) - In terms of cooperation of higher education institutions across country borders, Europe has long been and undoubtedly still is this world’s most advanced continent. But it has also for a long time been resistant to reforming the structural features of its higher education system. A few years ago, this changed rapidly, and Europe is today on the brink of converging into a single higher education system. But does this mean that higher education offerings will be exactly the same all over the continent in the future? Do we not need diversity at least as urgently as harmonisation? And in which way will the ongoing systemic reform affect and change our concept and practice of Europeanisation and internationalisation?
In discussing these and related issues, the speaker will devote particular attention to the extra-university sector of higher education.

Joint Degrees and the implementation of the Bachelor Master structure: A Case Study Brussels

Joint Degrees and the implementation of the Bachelor Master structure: A Case Study Brussels by Ignace Van Dingenen, Version 2002, EURASHE_AC_Galway_020516-17_pres_VANDINGENEN.pdf (0.2 MB) - Flemish Higher Education foresees to implement the Bachelor / Master structure through cooperation between polytechnics (hogescholen) and universities. A ministerial decree will regulate the so-called “Associations”. Meanwhile, Erasmushogeschool Brussels and Vrije Universeit Brussels signed a cooperation agreement, which will prepare the association of the institutions. Other universities and polytechnics signed similar agreements. Through these agreements, polytechnics and universities work on proposals for joint organisation of the BA/MA structure, on curriculum development and innovation, and on joint curricula. The present contribution stresses the possibilities, the limits and the realisations of such cooperation. The Brussels’ experience might be the starting point for a discussion concerning Joint Degrees in an international context.

Associations in Flemish Higher Education – Text

Associations in Flemish Higher Education - Text by Luc Van de Velde, Version 2002, EURASHE_AC_Galway_020516-17_pres_VANDEVELDE_text.pdf (34 KB) - In Flanders the efforts to reach a coherent higher education system have lead to creation of University-Hogeschool Associations. It is expected that the law will be decided in July 2002 at the latest, which means that the final text of the law will be known at the EURASHE Conference in May 2002. Secretary General of the Flemish Association of Hogescholen (VLHORA), Mr. Luc Van de Velde, will speak about this important breakthrough in European Higher Education.

Trends of coherence in European Quality Assurance

Trends of coherence in European Quality Assurance by Christian Thune, Version 2002, EURASHE_AC_Galway_020516-17_pres_THUNE.pdf (0.2 MB) - The challenge of a European dimension in quality assurance makes it necessary now to look at the extent to which existing national quality assurance systems fulfil needs for transparency, consistency and comparability of quality in higher education. Other challenges are the impacts of new forms of delivery of higher education and globalisation. At he same time an overriding issue is the need to consider the quality of the higher education area in terms of its totality and not only in its partial elements such university and extra-university education.

Analysis of the Tertiary Short Cycle (TSC) Educations in Europe

Analysis of the Tertiary Short Cycle (TSC) Educations in Europe by Søren Nørgaard, Version 2002, EURASHE_AC_Galway_020516-17_pres_NORGAARD.pdf (0.1 MB) - Seen in a European perspective the Tertiary Short Cycle (TSC) Educations constitute a very varied and inhomogeneous group of educations. In some countries a part of those educations are recognised as higher educations, in other countries none of the TSC Educations are recognized as higher educations. In effect, the same type (profession) of education can be recognized as higher education within one country, but in another country be placed in the sector of Post Secondary Educations without connections to higher educations. TSC Educations are placed at University – as well as Non-University level. The analysis will be carried out in the period of June 2002 – June 2003. The basis and expected outcome of the analysis, and the current situation in selected countries will be presented.

Foreign Direct Investment and Irish Education

Foreign Direct Investment and Irish Education by Sean McDonagh, Version 2002, EURASHE_AC_Galway_020516-17_pres_MCDONAGH.pdf (2.9 MB) - The role of education and higher education colleges, in particular, in contributing to foreign direct investment (FDI) in high-value knowledge-based activities.

European trends in Coherence in higher education

European trends in Coherence in higher education by David Crosier, Version 2002, EURASHE_AC_Galway_020516-17_pres_CROSIER_text.pdf (13 KB) - European higher education debate often gives the impression that there is widespread general agreement about the challenges faced in higher education, and that the construction of a European Higher Education Area will be achieved through finding technical solutions to today's problems. This contribution will question whether this coherent vision of the development of a European higher education area matches reality, and whether in the future European citizens can really look forward to a rosy future of high quality flexible lifelong learning in a language and country of their choice. Between the rhetoric and the reality, an attempt will be made to offer some pragmatic suggestions for future policy.

The Position of the Colleges in the Higher Education Reform Programme in Hungary with special regard to the Bologna Process

The Position of the Colleges in the Higher Education Reform Programme in Hungary with special regard to the Bologna Process by Árpád Balogh, István Bilik, József Roóz, Version 2002, EURASHE_AC_Galway_020516-17_pres_BILIK_and_ROOZ.pdf (2.8 MB)