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July - August 2012

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Updated Programme for International QA Seminar

EURASHE is pleased to inform you of the updated programme of the 'International Seminar on the Implementation of Internal and External Quality Assurance' on 27 and 28 September 2012 in Nicosia, Cyprus.


We have now the confirmation of three additional speakers: 


Pascale de Groote; Dean of the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp, Artesis University College (BE); "A Testimonial from a Head of an institution in the implementation of QA proceedings, based on the ESG for QA, and other instruments for QA with a professional connotation".


Mindaugas Misiunas; Rector of Kaunas University College (LT), member of the Register Committee of EQAR; "How do the Mission and Role of Professionally Oriented HEIs impact internal QA proceedings?".


Nicolae Dură; Vice-rector of the "Ovidius" University of Constanta (RO); "Quality Research at Higher Education Institutions".



They will join the following speakers who had already confirmed:


Lucien Bollaert; Vice-Chair of the EQAR Register Committee (BE); on "Moving from Theory to Practice on the Implementation of ESG in Internal & External QA & the EURASHE's Survey on the Implementation of the ESG".


Fiona Croizer; Vice-President of the ENQA Board (UK); "Discussion of the ESG, the ESG Survey and the E4 Joint Report & ENQA's Point of View on ESG Implementation".   


André Vyt; Professor in Behavioural Sciences (BE); "Developing Institutional Policy and Quality Management Tools".    



Why should you attend ?

  • Learn more on the European Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance (ESG)
  • Receive expert hands-on support in implementing the ESG
  • Build new partnerships in a 'Forum for practitioners' working on institutional level



Who will you be joining ?

  • Officials in charge of Quality Assurance on a government level
  • Heads of Institutions and programmes personally involved in Quality Assurance
  • Policy makers and Representatives of the E4 group (ENQA, ESU, EUA, EURASHE), creators of the ESG and founders of the European Quality Assurance Register (EQAR)




Survey of Lifelong Learning Providers

EURASHE has been heavily involved in the project on The Impact of LifeLong Learning Strategies on Professional Higher Education (FLLLEX), with which it co-organised the EURASHE 22nd Annual Conference in Riga.
Moreover one of EURASHE's role in the project was to survey Lifelong Learning ProvidersThis report describes the findings of work package 4 within the FLLLEX project. The FLLLEX project addresses the challenges and implications of LifeLong Learning incorporation into European higher education institutions. How flexible are those institutions when it comes to LifeLong Learning? LifeLong Learning opens up a multitude of new possibilities for higher education institutions but the impact on the organisation as such remains understudied. What is the role of higher education in the wider landscape of LifeLong Learning? What are the institutional changes for the future? What strategy can the project propose to other higher education institutions and what policy advise to European and national players? The FLLLEX project has set ambitious goals aiming to find answers for those urgent questions. To achieve those, the project is run by the partners through over nine work packages. The work package 4 makes a survey of the expectations and experiences relating to Life Long Learning for business training providers and the higher education institutions. The questions were dealing with the implications of LLL policies on those organisations, their relationship with higher education institutions, their target public, and their expectations of national policies... The outcome is this report where the (perceived) tasks of business training providers are presented in relation to national LLL policies and where they clarify their relation to the HEI's in the common goal of advancing lifelong learning

Harmonising Approaches to Professional Higher Education in Europe


This group of dedicated partners towards PHE has been selected to receive EU-funding.
While the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) has contributed significantly to harmonisation of HE in Europe, the 'Professional' Higher Education sector is still in significant flux. Thus, e.g. 'Fachhochschule' are increasingly becoming Universities of applied Sciences while traditional universities are increasingly providing professionally orientated programmes. The wide variety of systems which now fall under the umbrella term of 'Professional' HE, makes it difficult to transnationally analyse this sector, hinders recognition of qualifications, and limits the ability of soft-policy tools to strengthen its growth.

To address this issue, the HAPHE group intends, to bring together a group of field experts, who, through a wide consultation with stakeholders from education, business and society, will harmonise approaches to professional higher education (predominantly at European Qualifications Framework (EQF) level 6 and above) throughout Europe, by: 
  • Surveying the different approaches to PHE provision throughout EU-member states;
  • Setting out the defining characteristics of a 'professional' Higher Education programme;
  • Proposing a set of quality criteria which contribute towards the best-case fulfilment of those characteristics;
  • Collecting and sharing best practice on how institutions can adopt the criteria;
  • Suggesting indicators and quantification methodologies to allow comparison of PHE in the context of overall HE and LLL provision.

The involvement of stakeholders in all stages (research, design, valorisation), will ensure the group's ability to provide sustainable results by creating a critical mass of consensus, to allow the de-facto adoption of the proposals as a standard.


By strengthening the PHE sector, and improving the transparency of PHE provision, the group wishes to enhance employability of European HE as a whole, to contribute towards a more cohesive Higher Education Area, and to support the modernisation of European HEIs, through encouragement of increasing responsiveness to enterprise and society.


Save the date! RPL Seminar in December

EURASHE is pleased to announce that it will organise a Seminar on Recognition of Prior Learning - RPL on 13 - 14 December 2012 in Prague, Czech Republic.


RPL (Validation of Non-Formal and Informal Learning) is one of the most challenging issues in European Education. Indeed this topic is mentioned in many documents published by the European Commission and other organisations, but mainly with a focus on the lower levels of the European Qualifications Framework (EQF), on Vocational Education and Training (VET) and qualifications for the labour market.


Because of the challenges that Europe is facing, there is a strong need of flexibility in higher education, in lifelong learning and in professional programmes. An improvement of  the RPL-procedures with the purpose to make them first of all payable and effective is key at this stage.


EURASHE will provide you with more information soon 

 Stay tuned!



EURASHE wishes you a Nice Summer Break!

EURASHE would like to kindly inform you that the Secretariat will be closing for the Summer Break from 16 July to 15 August 2012 included.


You will still be however able to contact EURASHE from 16 July to 2 August 2012 through Kristina Kockova ; and from 6 August to 15 August 2012 through Alexandre Wipf.







The Secretariat wishes you a nice Summer Break, and will be back in the second half of August to Support Professional Higher Education in Europe.



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