Welcome to EURASHE Insights bringing you information on what happened in the past month and our new projects and activities to come.
Last month @ EURASHE
EURASHE MEMBERS PARTICIPATED AT THE TARGETED EU STAKEHOLDERS' CONSULTATIONS
On 14 September 2020, EURASHE members' representatives were invited to the targeted online consultation on the European Education Area and Digital Education Action Plan with the EU Commissioner Margaritis Schinas who is responsible for Promoting our European Way of Life. Earlier this year, in July, our members also took part in the consultation on the European Education Area with Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth.

In the light of the pandemic, the digitalisation got another meaning as well. Our institutions proved that one of their main feature-flexibility-were a key factor of the successful switch to online teaching and learning in a such a short period.
At the moment the most urgent priority is educating the educators in the use of digital didactics and understanding what quality in online education is, at the same time maintaining the practical side of the study programmes.

Our members also pointed out a need for a flexible international mobility which would allow wider group of students and learners (and staff) to participate.

During both of the meetings our members stressed the importance of inclusivity and our sector's readiness to equip students’ from underprivileged backgrounds.

Finally, European regions need more support after the pandemic too and we need to rethink a new role of PHE institutions in the regions and regional competitiveness.

Conclusions from targeted consultations with stakeholders were incorporated in the recently launched Communication A new ERA for Research and Innovation, Digital Education Action Plan and Communication on European Education Area.
EURASHE COMMUNITY DISCUSSES QUALITY IN WORK BASED LEARNING
On 27 August 2020, EURASHE organised the online event 'Quality in Work-based Learning: the way to maximise the value of Professional Higher Education' in the framework of ApprenticeshipQ project and invited participants to discuss how to ensure sustainable apprenticeship programmes.

During the meeting, the ApprenticeshipQ (AppQ) project partners presented two Manuals, respectively for Professional Higher education institutions and SMEs which give the picture of the current situation about the quality of apprenticeships and enable users to implement improvements.
The launch of the Manuals were followed by the presentations of the representatives from the European Commission, EUROCHAMBRES, UNIBASQ, European Students' Union and Mondragon University.

Recording of the webinar can be found here.
THE BOLOGNA NEWS
A Bologna Advisory Group on Teaching and Learning has completed their work and presented their report and recommendations. The Advisory Group was co-chaired by EURASHE Vice-President Ulf-Daniel Ehlers.

The main recommendations of the group were the following:
-To make a student-centred learning a reality;
-To foster continuous enhancement of teaching;
-To strengthen higher education institutional and systems’ capacity to enhance learning and teaching.

EURASHE also has been actively involved in Bologna Implementation Coordination Group and thematic support groups.

The next EHEA Ministerial Conference will be held online, hosted by Italy on 19 November 2020. More information here.
Upcoming activities and opportunities
JOIN THE ONLINE EVENT ON RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING IN HIGHER EDUCATION
EURASHE, together with the Swedish Council for Higher Education and its partners of the RPLip project, is organising the online event “Recognition of Prior Learning in higher education” in the months of October and November 2020 and will present the outcomes of the project and further develop the discussion around quality assured and consistent processes to recognise non-formal and informal learning throughout Europe. 

The online event will consist of two webinars:
  • “Why recognition and validation of prior informal and non-formal learning?” on Tuesday 13 October 2020, 14:30-16:00 CEST on Zoom
  • “How to validate and recognize prior informal and non-formal learning” on Thursday 5 November 2020, 14:30-16:00 CET on Zoom

Check out the agendas and register for the webinars here.
OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE PART IN THE LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME ON TEACHING AND LEARNING
EURASHE invites its members to participate at the Leadership Development Programme, which will offer an opportunity for European higher education institutions to address the key challenges in learning and teaching that they are currently facing.
The deadline to participate is 2 November 2020. 

Under the call, 20-30 European higher education institutions will be selected to participate to peer-learning activities, based on their own institutional priorities in learning and teaching. The Leadership Development Programme will kick off with an induction workshop in January 2021 and will last until October 2021.

For more information on the envisaged activities under the Leadership Development Programme and the terms and conditions for participation, please consult the call for participation. Higher education institutions interested in participating in the Programme are invited to fill in the online application form before the deadline.

The Leadership Developpment Programme is funded by Erasmus+ project LOTUS (Leadership and Organisation for Teaching and Learning at European Universities)
REGISTRATIONS ARE OPEN FOR EUROPEAN EQUALITY ASSURANCE FORUM (EQAF) 2020
Registrations are now open for the 2020 European Quality Assurance Forum (EQAF), which will take place on 12-13 November 2020 in the form of online sessions. This year, all the sessions are free of charge and open to all interested participants upon registration.

Now in its 15th year, EQAF is the largest annual gathering of the European higher education quality assurance community. Under the title “Flexible higher education: implications for QA”, this year’s Forum will explore whether quality assurance is fit for higher education’s current dynamic and flexible environment. It will also look at how quality assurance could better support higher education institutions in the transition towards being more flexible and encourage them to make the most of it.

The preliminary programme and registration information for the online sessions are now available on the EQAF website.

EQAF has been co-organised by EURASHEEUAENQA and ESU and and since 2006.

If you have any questions, please contact eqaf@eua.eu.
STAFF TRAINING ON QUALITY INTERNSHIPS AND HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS
EURASHE and SPRINT project partners invite to the training that will be organised online on October 15-16, 2020.

The objectives of the training are the following:

-To present the concept of "quality internships" and the interest that represents for students and employers;
-To provide the participants with useful information on the European quality criteria in order to help them identify the elements that make a quality internship;
-To train the attendees in the use of the tools that were developed within the framework of the SPRINT project.

To register for the training, please send a confirmation email here with your name, first name, institution and email address.

More information here.
HAVE YOUR SAY ABOUT EUROPEAN VOCATIONAL SKILLS WEEK
EURASHE invites its community to take a survey which aims to explore the knowledge that organisations within and outside the VET4EU2 platform have about the European Vocational Skills Week 2020 and understand the level of involvement they wish to have or not have with it and why.
The VET4EU2 platform will process this information in order to understand the importance and scope of the European Vocational Skills Week and to create a feedback report.
You will need 5 minutes to complete the survey which will be open until the 26th of October 2020.

This survey is being conducted in the framework of the project 'VENHANS - VET European Networking Enhancement', which is funded by the Erasmus+ programme.
SAVE THE DATE: ONLINE EVENT ON QUALITY IN APPRENTICESHIPS
EURASHE and Apprenticetrack project partners are inviting you to the online event on best practices on Quality Work based learning on the 26th of November, 10:00-12:00 CET.

Project Apprenticetrack has developed a digital management tool which supports Professional Higher Education (PHE) institutions and employers to offer and direct high-quality apprenticeships. An interactive digital tool and its features will be presented during the online webinar followed by relevant presentations on work based learning.
At the end of the event, project partners and European Commission’s representative will sign the European Alliance for Apprenticeships pledge which will demonstrate stakeholders’ commitment to strengthen the supply, quality and image of apprenticeships.

More information is coming soon.
SAVE THE DATE: EURASHE SERIES OF WEBINARS ON UAS AND SMART SPECIALISATION STRATEGIES
EURASHE, together with the independent group of experts Friends of Smart Specialisation, is organising a series of webinars, which will address the potential role of professional higher education institutions in the design and implementation of regional Smart Specialisation Strategies (S3).

The online event will start this autumn, with two webinars taking place before the end of 2020, and continue in the next year, with three more webinars until spring 2021. Each webinar will focus on a different European country or region and will provide insight on the S3 developments as well as case studies of successful involvement of professional higher education institutions in their design and implementation.

More information is coming soon.
SAVE THE DATE: THE 30TH EURASHE ANNUAL CONFERENCE WILL TAKE PLACE IN PORTO, PORTUGAL
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the 30th EURASHE Annual conference was postponed to May 27-28 2021 and will be co-organised by Portuguese Polytechnics Coordinating Council (CCISP). The event will be a part of Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the EU events' programme and will take place in Porto, Portugal.

The Conference theme will cover the sustainable development goals and professional higher education also stressing an importance of research and regional development.

More information is coming soon.
Our members
PODCAST: 'NEXT NORMAL'- #WESTUDY@HOME
EURASHE member DHBW Karlsruhe together with European Students' Union presents the first European Podcast series on Students’ views on higher education in the era of the “new normal”, studying during COVID-19 times.

Students from different European countries share their stories and ask: What can higher education learn from this shutdown – and what is the “Next Normal” in European Higher Education?

Do you have some bright students in your institutions who would be willing to share their stories in the Podcast? Contact us here.

Tune in here.