Findings from the EURASHE survey ‘L5 – Missing Link in the Bologna countries’

Findings from the EURASHE survey ‘L5 – Missing Link in the Bologna countries’ by Magda Kirsch, Yves Beernaert, Version 2011, EURASHE_repr_111110_EQF_pres_KIRSCH_and_BEERNAERT.pdf (2.7 MB) -

EURASHE's study on Level 5: the Missing Link intended to follow-up the situation of Short Cycle Higher Education (SCHE) after the 2003 TSC study in Europe; to check whether SCHE contributes to the objectives of the strategic framework for European cooperation in education and training (‘ET 2020’) and Whether SCHE contributes to the objectives of the Leuven Communiqué.


The study covers the socio-economic context of SCHE, its definition and ambiguous definition regarding level 5 EQF, the objective, duration and curricula of SCHE. It goes over QA, accreditation, the use of ECTS and diploma supplements. It studies the link between SCHE with degree studies and employment, the degree of flexibility of SCHE students. It explores the link with the labour market, specifically the local one. It exposes the profile of students and teachers. 


The study led to recommendations:
- Promote strong links between L5 and HE
- Clarify the title(s) held: e.g. Associate degree
- Clarify link L4 – L5: ECVET and ECTS
- Strengthen social / societal role of L5-Access to HE for youngsters of low SES
- Organise PLAs for decision-makers as to L5 to share good practice
- Extend study to all Bologna countrie
- Link up with L5 developments across world
- Translation tool to ISCED

SCHE in Europe – The Missing Link : Level 5 EQF Study TSC 2003-Preliminary results 2010

SCHE in Europe - The Missing Link : Level 5 EQF Study TSC 2003-Preliminary results 2010 by Magda Kirsch, Version 2010, L5_repr_101025_ETFConf_pres_KIRSCH.pdf (1.5 MB) -

In 2003, EURASHE conducted research Tertiary Short Education Cycle in Europe. A new study was launched in 2010, Short Cycle Higher Education in Europe Level 5: the Missing Link, to update and complete the first study. The study is based on an international questionnaire. It features a definition of short cycle higher education (SCHE), its characteristics (regarding financing, access, national qualification framework, duration etc.). It explores the profile of students and teachers, the transition to level 6, the use of ECTS, dilpoma supplements. Finally, it observes quality assurance in SCHE, mobility, employability and link to the local labour market.


Finally, the research proposes recommendations to better classify SCHE in qualification frameworks and strengthen the sector.


SCHE in Europe – The Missing Link : Level 5 EQF Preliminary results

SCHE in Europe - The Missing Link : Level 5 EQF Preliminary results by Magda Kirsch, Yves Beernaert, Version 2010, L5_repr_100618_Amsterdam_pres_BEERNAERT_and_KIRSCH.pdf (2.6 MB) - In 2003, EURASHE conducted research Tertiary Short Education Cycle in Europe. A new study was launched in 2010, Short Cycle Higher Education in Europe Level 5: the Missing Link, to update and complete the first study. The study is based on an international questionnaire. It features a definition of short cycle higher education (SCHE), its characteristics (regarding financing, access, national qualification framework, duration etc.). It explores the profile of students and teachers, the transition to level 6, the use of ECTS, dilpoma supplements. Finally, it observes quality assurance in SCHE, mobility, employability and link to the local labour market.Finally, the research proposes recommendations to better classify SCHE in qualification frameworks and strengthen the sector.

Short Cycle Higher Education in Europe Level 5: the Missing Link – Summative Report

Short Cycle Higher Education in Europe Level 5: the Missing Link - Summative Report by Magda Kirsch, Yves Beernaert, Version 2011, L5_report_SCHE_in_Europe_summative_report_Jan2011.pdf (5.0 MB)

Short Cycle Higher Education in Europe Level 5: the Missing Link – Full Report

Short Cycle Higher Education in Europe Level 5: the Missing Link - Full Report by Magda Kirsch, Yves Beernaert, Version 2011, L5_report_SCHE_in_Europe_full_report_Jan2011.pdf (6.4 MB)

Short Cycle Higher Education in Europe Level 5: the Missing Link – Addendum Portugal

Short Cycle Higher Education in Europe Level 5: the Missing Link - Addendum Portugal by Magda Kirsch, Yves Beernaert, Version 2011, L5_report_SCHE_in_Europe_addendum_PT_Jan2011.pdf (0.5 MB)

Mission and role of SCHE on a national level

Mission and role of SCHE on a national level by Magda Kirsch, Version 2011, EURASHE_Sem_SCHE_110120-21_pres_KIRSCH_2.pdf (0.8 MB)

Embedding Professional Short-Cycle Higher Education in the (Higher) Education System, Conclusions

Embedding Professional Short-Cycle Higher Education in the (Higher) Education System, Conclusions by Jiří Nantl, Version 2011, EURASHE_Sem_SCHE_110120-21_pres_NANTL.pdf (0.1 MB)

Position of the SCHE in the EHEA – Findings from the EURASHE survey ‘L5 – Missing Link in the Bologna countries’ Part 2: SCHE and HEIs

Position of the SCHE in the EHEA - Findings from the EURASHE survey ‘L5 – Missing Link in the Bologna countries’ Part 2: SCHE and HEIs by Magda Kirsch, Version 2011, EURASHE_Sem_SCHE_110120-21_pres_KIRSCH_3.pdf (1.8 MB)

Position SCHE in the EHEA: European and National Policy Level, Findings from the EURASHE survey ‘L5 – Missing Link in the Bologna countries’ Part 1: National Qualifications Frameworks and the SCHE

Position SCHE in the EHEA: European and National Policy Level, Findings from the EURASHE survey ‘L5 - Missing Link in the Bologna countries’ Part 1: National Qualifications Frameworks and the SCHE by Magda Kirsch, Version 2011, EURASHE_Sem_SCHE_110120-21_pres_KIRSCH_1.pdf (2.3 MB)