Join the 'community of practice' in the seminar on 'How to Manage Quality in (Professional) Higher Education? - A Practical Approach' in Vilnius (Lithuania) on 3-4 December 2014.

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Meet Lucien Bollaert, author of A Manual for Internal Quality Assurance in Higher Education - with a special focus on professional higher education, and be inspired from examples of good practices from institutional management and all stakeholders in practically managing and coordinating quality in higher education institutions.

Speakers include:
  •  Prof. Andreas G. Orphanides, President of EURASHE (Cyprus)
  •  Dr Rimantas Vaitkus, Vice-Minister of Education and Science of the Republic of Lithuania (Lithuania)
  •  Dr Gintautas Braziunas, Rector of Vilniaus Kolegija/University of Applied Sciences (VIKO) (Lithuania)
  •  Lucien Bollaert, Member of the Executive Board of the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO) (Netherlands/Belgium-Flanders)
  •  Marieke Janssen, Head of the Quality Care and Educational Development Unit of University College Ghent (HoGent - Faculty of Science and Technology) (Belgium)
  • Asnate Kazoka, Steering Committee Member of the QA Experts Pool of the European Students' Union (ESU) (Belgium)
  • Catherine Owen, Researcher at University of Glasgow (United Kingdom)
  •  Maria Kelo, Director of the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA) (Belgium)
  • Klara Engels-Perenyi, Policy Officer at European Commission, DG Education and Culture (Belgium)
  •  Johannes Haas, Director of Dual Education Programmes in Production Technology and Organisation at FH JOANNEUM University of Applied Sciences (Austria)
  • Nora Skaburskiene, Acting Director of Centre for Quality Assessment of Higher Education (SKVC) (Lithuania)
  •  Prof. Anthony Dean, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, University of Winchester (United Kingdom), Member of the management group of EQ-arts of the European League of Institutes of the Arts (ELIA) (Netherlands)

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The registration fee is set at 300 EUR, members of EURASHE and regional participants (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania) will benefit from a reduced rate of 150 EUR.
Each participant will receive a free copy of the Manual.


EURASHE has focused in the past years on providing hands-on support to its member institutions and other higher education institutions in implementing the priority areas of the Bologna reform process, this is especially true when considering the need for such support in the area of quality assurance and quality management. To achieve this, next to three hands-on seminars on internal quality assurance in 2012, 2013 and 2014, Lucien Bollaert, recognised expert in European quality assurance, has developed with the support of EURASHE's working group on quality assurance A Manual for Internal Quality Assurance in Higher Education - with a special focus on professional higher education.


This publication is meant to be an inspirational guidebook with fundamental issues and clarifications next to good practices and also with warnings of possible pitfalls to explore internal quality assurance. It will serve as a basis for the discussions in the seminar on 'How to Manage Quality in (Professional) Higher Education? - A Practical Approach' is a 2-day event focusing on the management of quality (assurance) in higher education institutions in Vilnius (Lithuania) on 3-4 December 2014.



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EURASHE's Board and Council will meet in Vilnius (Lithuania) on 5 December 2014, following the Seminar on Quality Assurance: 'How to Manage Quality in (Professional) Higher Education? - A Practical Approach'. It will be followed on 6 December by the meeting of EURASHE's Task Force on the Mission of Professional Higher Education.
More information here and here
The conference addressed the levels of international trust and the cross-border recognition of quality assurance agencies' results, based on the results of the RIQAA projectAndreas G. Orphanides, President of EURASHE, and Stefan Delplace, Honorary Secretary General represented EURASHE there.
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EURASHE Secretariat
Ravensteingalerij 27/3
1000 Brussels, Belgium
Tel: 0032 (0)2 211 41 97
Fax: 0032 (0)2 211 41 99

Join us in Vilnius!
~ members 150 EUR ~
~ EE, LV, LT 150 EUR ~
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EURASHE is the European Association of Institutions in Higher Education that offer professionally orientated programmes and are engaged in applied and profession-related research within the Bologna cycles.

Currently about 1 100 higher education institutions in 40 countries within and outside the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) are affiliated to EURASHE.

Members of EURASHE are national associations of higher education institutions and individual institutions, such as universities, (university) colleges and universities of applied sciences, as well as other professional associations and stakeholder organisations active in the field of higher education. 

Join us in Vilnius!
~ members 150 EUR ~
~ EE, LV, LT 150 EUR ~
~regular 300 EUR ~