EURASHE newsletter - March 2017
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Because education is the gateway to the future, in just under three weeks' time EURASHE's 27th Annual Conference will take place in the port city of Le Havre (France).

On 30-31 March, speakers from higher education institutions and from practice will exchange on the changes and challenges of digitalisation in society and industry for higher education: 
  • Ilja Laurs, Nextury Ventures, Lithuania
  • Nina Waaler, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences
  • Barry O'Connor, Cork Institute of Technology, Ireland
  • Deborah Roseveare, OECD
  • Erik van den Berg, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS)
  • Liisa Kairisto-Mertanen, Turku University of Applied Sciences: TUAS
  • Kurt Hoffmann, FH Kufstein, Austria
  • André Richier, European Commission
  • and many more...


EURASHE in collaboration with ENQA, ESU, EUA and EQAR has published an informative document on 'Key Considerations for Cross-Border Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area'. In the context of the EHEA, cross-border QA refers to external QA activities of a QA agency carried out in a country other than the one in which it is based or primarily operates. For higher education institutions, this may be a voluntary process or part of the national mandatory external QA. The document is available on our website - you may also exchange on it in our new LinkedIn group on QA. 

EURASHE is looking for a Junior Project Officer to join its dynamic Secretariat starting in April 2017. In cooperation with and under the responsibility of the Secretary General and relevant policy officers of the team, the Junior Project Officer will primarily support the Secretariat in coordinating and reporting on the running and newly developed projects. Deadline to apply: 3 April -- full details on the position and application procedure are available online.

Many EU member states are failing to overcome the most urgent socio-political challenges. According to expert opinion, there is a large gap between the reforms required and those actually implemented, particularly when it comes to the education sector and the integration of foreigners. These are the main results from the Bertelsmann Stiftung's EU Reform Barometer. This study was based on a Europe-wide survey of experts, in which over 1,000 social scientists took part, including experts involved in EURASHE/ professional higher education. View the report on our website.
Review of the 2006 Recommendation on Key Competences for Lifelong Learning

The European Commission has launched on 22 February 2017 a public consultation which will run until 19 May 2017 with a view to updating the 2006 Recommendation on Key Competences for Lifelong Learning. This review will seek to determine which skills and competences young people need to acquire to succeed in the job market and in life, with a particular focus on entrepreneurship education. The review was announced in the Commission's New Skills Agenda for Europe adopted in June 2016. 
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On 6-7 April, the European Commission will organise its 7th University Business Forum in Brussels. On 24-25 April, Vilniaus kolegija/University of Applied Sciences (VIKO) will organise its International Business Conference 2017: Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Vilnius. And on 4 May, the Estonian Entrepreneurship University of Applied Sciences will organise their 5th Annual Entrepreneurship Conference on 'Entrepreneurship and Innovation: Organizational and social capital as a key for the future success' in Tallinn. View these events and many more in our events' calendar. 

Canada is celebrating its 150th Anniversary and colleges and institutes across Canada will be gathering April 30 - May 2 in Ottawa at the CICan "Celebration" Conference! The Conference Program will include workshops and presentations focused on the following six thematic streams: Leadership and Governance; Teaching, Learning and Student Success; Applied Research, Entrepreneurship and Innovation; Indigenous Education; Serving Rural and Remote Communities; and International.

The European University Foundation will organise the EUF Open Space in Naples, Italy, from 26 to 28 June 2017. This three day training event is a dedicated project incubator event for Erasmus+ funding and is tailored to higher education staff members who are eager to make a difference at their institution and want to learn more about EU funding and project management.

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