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Last month @ EURASHE
COVID-19 OUTBREAK: EURASHE POSTPONES THE 30TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE
We regret to inform you that in order to avoid any possible health risk regarding the COVID-19 outbreak, EURASHE Board decided to  postpone  our 30th Annual Conference which should have taken place 20-21 May, 2020 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria and co-hosted together with University of Agribusiness and Rural Development (UARD).
We will inform you about the new Annual Conference’s date this year as soon as the situation stabilises. We will also adjust our 2020 activities and events accordingly. Follow the updates here .
EURASHE COMMUNITY DISCUSSED THE IMPACT OF UNIVERSITIES OF APPLIED SCIENCES ON THE REGIONS
On 13 February EURASHE organised a Roundtable ‘Regional engagement of Universities of Applied Sciences: concept and impact’ which gathered professional higher education experts and policymakers to discuss the importance of the Universities of Applied Sciences (hereafter – UAS) in the European regions. The event was hosted by the Portuguese Permanent Representation to the EU.

A representative from the Joint Research Centre (European Commission) gave an overview on the ongoing HESS project which focuses on how higher education can contribute to the Smart Specialisation Strategies.
Andrea-Rosalinde Hofer from the OECD presented results of the Benchmarking Higher Education System Performance (2019). Peter Baur, from DG Education and Culture (EAC) introduced the European Commission's and the OECD's initiative  HEInnovate  which serves as a self-assessment tool for Higher education institutions who wish to explore their innovative potential. The event's participants also had a chance to hear about TEFCE project   which aims to develop innovative and feasible policy tools at the university and European level for supporting, monitoring and assessing the community engagement of HEIs. 

The outcome of the Roundtable will feed into the recently launched ‘ UASiMAP ’ project which will map and further support the regional engagement activities of European professional higher education institutions, in particular Universities of Applied Sciences. More about the project here.

More about the event and speaking points here .

Moments from the event here.
Upcoming activities and opportunities
BECOME A HOST OF EURASHE ANNUAL CONFERENCE IN 2021  
EURASHE organises its Annual Conferences since 1991 with the purpose to consider the state of the art and relevance of professional higher education in the EHEA and beyond, address upcoming trends, challenges and opportunities, provide a platform for mutual learning and exchange of experience
Now we are looking for an Association of Higher Education institutions or an Institution of Higher Education to host the 31st EURASHE Annual Conference , which is scheduled to take place in spring 2021.

Conditions and requirements  here . Full members are encouraged to submit their proposal to host EURASHE Annual Conference here no later than  24th April 2020. EURASHE will select a hosting institution based on the motivation and value of the proposal.

For more information, please contact EURASHE Secretariat here
Our members
PARUL UNIVERSITY IN INDIA AND MONDRAGON UNIVERSITY IN THE BASQUE COUNTRY BECAME MEMBERS OF EURASHE
This month EURASHE welcomes two new member organisations Parul University from India and Mondragon University from the Basque Country. 

Parul University offers more than 160 different undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral degree programmes through 34 institutions across 21 wide-ranging Faculties such as Medicine, Engineering, Pharmacy, Homoeopathy, Ayurved, Management, Law, Fine Arts, Design, Arts, Commerce and others. The University also attracts to study a number of foreign nationals. Currently, there are about 1200 international students from 49 countries pursuing full-time degree programmes in the University. 

Mondragon University was created in 1997 by the association of three educational cooperatives, with the guarantee of an extensive career and experience in the world of education, which nowadays constitute the University’s two Faculties and School: Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Business Studies and Faculty of Humanities and Education Sciences. The University’s teaching model involves a system of relationships which, with the educational system as the central theme, aims to involve the companies and institutions in the area, in order to guarantee social accessibility, the combination of work and study, the development of research and the provision of Continuing Education.

Currently, EURASHE has 62 members which represent more than 600 higher education institutions around the world.
INSPIRATIONAL FRAMEWORK: GLOBAL ENGAGEMENT IN HIGHER EDUCATION
An inspirational Framework is a paper which was developed by the Universities of Applied Sciences and Arts of Flanders with the purpose to launch the debate on the possibilities for mutual reinforcement between the themes of internationalization and sustainability.

The ‘UN Sustainable Development Goals’ (Agenda 2030) offer an inspiring frame of reference for linking internationalisation and sustainable development. This ambitious action plan calls on all stakeholders at all levels and all over the world to commit themselves to working for structural change in the face of sustainable development.

The ‘inspirational framework for global engagement in higher education’ aims to encourage discussion and reflection within higher education so concrete action can be taken at the various levels of the higher education institution. An interactive working tool with room for the development of institutional actions is included in the framework .

See the paper here .
Our partners
EQAF 2020 CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS
The EQAF Programme Committee is inviting proposals for paper presentations, workshops and discussionstarters at the 2020 European Quality Assurance Forum (EQAF), hosted by Aalto University from 12 to 14 November 2020.

EQAF is organised annually by  EURASHE , ENQA, ESU, and EUA regularly attracts over 400 participants from the higher education quality assurance (QA) community from Europe and beyond. This year’s Forum will focus on the theme of ‘Flexible higher education: implications for QA’ and will explore if QA is fit for higher education dynamic and flexible environment and how it could better support higher education institutions in this transition and encourage them make the most of it. 

The call for contributions welcomes submissions from QA practitioners in higher education institutions and quality assurance agencies, students, and researchers in the field. For more information, please consult the event page. The deadline to submit contributions is 27 July 2020.

More information here .
EUROPEAN COMMISSION EXTENDS THE DEADLINES FOR VARIOUS PROGRAMMES' CALLS
Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, the European Commission decided to extend the deadlines for submission of projects’ applications.

  • Information on the new deadlines for Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps programmes’ calls here

  • New deadlines for Horizon2020 programme’s calls here

Also watch the latest European Commission’s response and the measures to be taken against the COVID19 spread in Europe here .
EHEA MINISTERIAL CONFERENCE POSTPONED TO NOVEMBER 2020
Due to the COVID-19 pandemia and its implications at national and international level, the EHEA Ministerial Conference will take place on 19-20 November 2020 in Rome, Italy (La Nuvola Conference Centre ).

The format of the event would remain the same, with the Ministerial Conference starting on the morning of Thursday, 19 November, and continuing the next morning. The Bologna Global Policy Forum would take place on Thursday afternoon, and the Global Summit on Higher Education on the afternoon of the 20th and on Saturday 21.

More information and updates here .