EURASHE newsletter - December 2016
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The call to submit a proposal for a breakout session, a poster or a good practice for our 27th Annual Conference closes on 15 December. 

We encourage members and all colleagues to contribute, and join, our conference. It will address a changing higher education responding to a changing society/industry in the context of digitalisation/the 4th industrial revolution. 

Selected contribution can benefit from fee-waivers - all details and requirements are on our website. 

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In November EURASHE adopted its 2017 work programme. It will continue to address our four thematic areas: mission of professional higher education; quality of higher education; modernising professional higher education; and research, development and innovation. About 20 activities are included in the work programme ranging from research into university-business cooperation to skills development of researchers in universities of applied sciences. The full work programme is available on our website. 

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Between 5 and 9 December the European Commission is organising the first European Vocational Skills Week dedicated to improve the attractiveness and image of vocational education and training. As part of the week, EURASHE with colleagues of eucen, will organise a workshop on the permeability between vocational education and training (VET) and professional higher education. This workshop will address, among others, the challenges and opportunities for students' progressions from VET to professional higher education. The outcomes will soon be available on our website. 
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EURASHE's and the ARES' seminar on quality assurance (Brussels, 6-7 February) will propose to higher education institutions opportunities to access and exchange with peers on the latest policies and practices in quality assurance. Among others we will discuss KPI, e-learning, the connection between quality assurance and the quality of teaching and learning, system-wide changes etc. Full details and registration information are available on our website. 

On 7 December EURASHE's Committee for Strategic Advice met for the first time in Bratislava (Slovakia) following a seminar on regional development. The Committee is composed of experts providing an external and advisory feedback on EURASHE's work and policies. This first meeting centred on the revision of EURASHE's 2017-2020 strategy. The full composition and role of the committee is available on our website. 

The BuildPHE project aims primarily at stimulating changes in institutional policies and practices for professional higher education, by leveraging the power of quality assurance processes to identify issues and implement solutions. To reflect on pilot processes of the BuildPHE self-assessment tool we will organise a training week for project partners in February in Brussels. EURASHE will futher develop this format and organise further such opportunities in 2017-2020.

EURASHE will organise a focus group in the framework of the EQUIP project in Le Havre (France) on 30-31 March 2017 (lunch to lunch). The one-day focus group aims at verifying and further consolidating the evidence collected about the implementation challenges of the ESG 2015, sharing good practice, and discussing approaches to solving these challenges and their applicability in different contexts. Interested colleagues from universities of applied sciences/professional higher education should contact EURASHE - full details are on our website.

Colleagues of the Network for Advancing & Evaluating the Societal Impact of Science (AESIS) will organise a training course on regional innovation and regional economy development. Many regional and local governments want to develop a joint approach with universities in order to optimise their regional economic output. This training course aims to internationally exchange good practises for achieving this. Members of EURASHE benefit from a 10% reduction on the registration fee.
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