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 PRESIDENT STÉPHANE LAUWICK ADDRESSED THE PRIORITIES OF PHE SECTOR AT THE EHEA MINISTERIAL CONFERENCE
EURASHE together with other consultative members EUA, ENQA, EQAR, ESU, BUSINESS EUROPE, EI-ETUC hosted a session at the EHEA Rome Ministerial Conference which took place online on 19 November 2020.

The representatives of the organisations addressed the ministers of education of EHEA States with their visions of the developments within the European Higher Education Area.
 
During the event, EURASHE's President Stéphane Lauwick made a statement on the priorities of professional higher education sector as following:
  • Respecting a diversity of institutional missions to accommodate diverse groups of learners
  • The enhanced dialogue between key stakeholders 
  • The flexible learning pathways and tools
  • Digital transformation 
  • Regional engagement and PHE potential
  • Closer links between learning and research 
 
A full speech of the President and a recording here.
 
EURASHE Policy Statement here.
SMART UAS IN SMART REGIONS: PHE COMMUNITY DISCUSSED S3 STRATEGIES IN PORTUGAL
EURASHE together with partners ‘Friends of Smart Specialisation’ have organised the first webinar in the series of events under the name ‘Smart UAS in Smart Regions’. The first online event was devoted to the Smart Specialisation Strategy (hereafter –S3) of Portugal.

The event was kicked off by Michal Karpíšek, Secretary-General of EURASHE who presented activities in regional engagement field, including ongoing project UASiMAP. Alexandre Almeida from the National Innovation Agency in Portugal gave an in-depth national overview of S3 in Portugal. The event continued with the presentations of three Portuguese Polytechnics covering Norte, Centro and Alentejo regions who shared their institutional experiences in developing and monitoring the regional strategies.

During the panel discussion participants called for a much stronger engagement of UAS in the regional development and S3 implementation. According to some of the speakers, PHE institutions should need to be bolder and more proactive, taking advantage of the opportunities that are offered to them, especially in view of the next programming period 2021-2027.

More about the event here.

The recording of the event can be accessed here.
THE FUTURE OF SMART WORK BASED LEARNING: A FINAL APPRENTICETRACK PROJECT CONFERENCE TOOK PLACE
EURASHE and Apprenticetrack project partners organised the last project's online event on the 26th of November and shared the best practices on Quality of Work-based learning.

The event brought relevant stakeholders to discuss the importance of quality standards in the work-based learning strategies and how the Apprenticetrack project's tool can facilitate the implementation of them. A keynote speech was given by Norbert Schöbel, European Commission who presented new EC policies and initiatives such as Skills Agenda.
At the end of the event, project partners and the European Commission’s representative signed the European Alliance for Apprenticeships pledge, which will demonstrate stakeholders’ commitment to strengthen the supply, quality and image of apprenticeships.

Earlier this month, EURASHE co-organised a final event of the SPRINT project which covered the latest development of the internship issue.

The recording of the event is here.
A NEW GUIDE ON THE INVOLEMENT OF STAKEHOLDERS' IN QA ACTIVITIES
The Guide on the involvement of stakeholders’ in quality assurance activities aims to provide guidelines primarily to the QA agencies and national authorities in the EHEA, to strengthen dialogue and cooperation with stakeholders, as well as for their effective involvement in QA processes.The guidelines mainly address the stakeholders’ involvement at the level of external QA activities, aiming to find ways to deepen and make their involvement more effective in the EHEA member countries, according to the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the EHEA (ESG 2015). The background for the Guide development was the Study on Stakeholder Involvement in External Quality Assurance.
Both the Study and the Guide were developed under the ERASMUS+ ESQA project.
EQAF 2020: PRESENTATIONS AND RECORDINGS ARE AVAILABLE
European Quality Assurance Forum (EQAF), took place on 12-13 November 2020 in the form of online sessions under the title “Flexible higher education: implications for QA”.

This year’s Forum explored whether quality assurance is fit for higher education’s current dynamic and flexible environment. It also looked 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.

All presentations here.

Video recordings here.
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THE EUROPEAN HIGHER EDUCATION AREA IN 2020: BOLOGNA PROCESS IMPLEMENTATION REPORT
The new edition of the Bologna Process Implementation Report released by the European Commission shows all the progress made over two decades on mobility, quality assurance and recognition.

Unprecedented achievements have been made in developing convergent degree structures in the European Higher Education area (EHEA) and countries have continued to join it throughout these last twenty years. Today, total student numbers have indeed reached more than 38 million. The report also points to the work we need for the future on some areas such as the social dimensions and the inclusion of under-represented groups since the idea that higher education should reflect the diversity of the populations is far from being reached.

The full report here.
THE VIRTUAL ENDORSEMENT CEREMONY OF THE OSNABRÜCK DECLARATION TOOK PLACE
The 30th of November 2020, the Virtual Endorsement Ceremony of the Osnabrück Declaration took place, where the ministers in charge of vocational education and training of the Member States, the EU candidate countries and the EEA-EFTA countries, the European social partners and the European Commission endorsed the Osnabrück Declaration on vocational education and training for transition to digital and green economies.

#VET4EU2 platform participated in the event and presented a position paper supporting the declaration.

More information here.

More about VET4EU2 platform
Over the last decades four European associations of VET providers have been active in projects, mobility, internationalisation in education and policy development (EVTA, EfVET, EUproVET, EVBB). These four associations together with EURASHE and EUCEN co-founded VET4EU2 platform in 2014.