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 COMMUNITY DISCUSSED PROCESSES TO RECOGNISE NON-FORMAL AND INFORMAL LEARNING IN EUROPE
EURASHE together with the Swedish Council for Higher Education and its partners of the RPLip project organised two online events under the topic 'Recognition of Prior Learning in higher education' in the months of October and November.

The first webinar 'Why recognition and validation of prior informal and non-formal learning?' addressed the key principles of RPL, providing an overview of its formal aspects and looking at examples from two national contexts-Austria and Croatia. The recording of the meeting can be accessed here.

The second webinar 'How to validate and recognise informal and non-formal learning' provided with hands-on strategies to go through the validation process ad the institutional level with concrete examples from higher education institutions. The recording of the meeting can be accessed here.

About the RPLip project

The project promotes different ways of recognising competences for access to further studies and for credits. The objective is to encourage, through structured peer learning, the participating countries to develop quality assured and consistent processes/working methods to recognise non-formal and informal learning.
EURASHE PARTICIPATED IN THE EUROPEAN WEEK OF THE REGIONS AND CITIES 2020
On the 8th of October 2020 the webinar “Innovate regions through cooperation” took place in the framework of the European Week of the Regions and Cities. The webinar has been organised by the European Commission and focused on the importance of developing collaboration among Higher education institutions, regional authorities and other stakeholders to support regional development.

EURASHE Secretary General Michal Karpíšek presented a project “UASiMAP – mapping regional engagement of Universities of Applied Sciences”. UASiMAP project aims to develop a self-reflection tool which will measure UAS local engagement and development of their further strategies.

Michal Karpíšek underlined the crucial role of HEIs in supporting regional development and in designing and implementing Smart Specialisation Strategies and how important could be the use of HEInnovate to support this process. He highlighted the importance of improving the collaboration among HEIs and regional actors, even more in this particular moment, to face and recover from the current crisis.

The recorded video of the webinar is available here.
THE SPRINT PROJECT HELD ITS FINAL CONFERENCE
On the 3rd of November, EURASHE and the Sprint Project partners organised its last online conference 'Quality internships-political context and progress'.
The event discussed the ways how to bring more quality in internships, how to ensure a participation of all the relevant stakeholders, also a political context which were presented by various participants, such as European Parliament member Brando Benifei, European Youth Forum and others.
During the event the Sprint project team also launched a self assessment tool on quality internships which can be found here.
Upcoming activities and opportunities
EURASHE LAUNCHES A SERIES OF EVENTS 'SMART UAS IN SMART REGIONS'
EURASHE strongly advocates the inclusion of Universities of Applied Sciences in the development and implementation of regional Smart Specialisation Strategies.
To take a one step further, EURASHE presents a series of online events “Smart UAS in Smart Regions”, in collaboration with the independent group of experts Friends of Smart Specialisation.

The events will provide a platform to discuss a strengthened role for professional higher education institutions in the design and implementation of regional S3. Each webinar will focus on a different European country or region and will provide an overview of the S3 as well as case studies of the successful involvement of professional higher education institutions in their design and implementation.

Upcoming webinars are:
  • Portugal – Tuesday 17 November 2020, 10:30-12:30 CET on Zoom. Register here.
  • Basque Country – Wednesday 2 December 2020, 15:00-16:30 CET on Zoom. Register here.

Check out the agendas of the webinars here.
EURASHE DELEGATION WILL PARTICIPATE AT THE EHEA ROME MINISTERIAL CONFERENCE
EURASHE as an active consultative member at the Bologna Process, is invited to participate at the EHEA Rome Ministerial Conference which will take place online on 19 November 2020.

EURASHE, together with other consultative members EUA, ENQA, EQAR, ESU, BUSINESS EUROPE, EI-ETUC will host a session to address the key issues to the Ministers of States on the developments of the European Higher Education Area. EURASHE's President Sphane Lauwick will share the key priorities and a vision of professional higher education sector. For this occasion EURASHE will also release a Policy Statement.

The conference will be life-streamed here.
FIND OUT HOW TO SHAPE THE FUTURE OF SMART WORK BASED LEARNING
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 and registration here.
REGISTRATIONS ARE STILL OPEN FOR EUROPEAN EQUALITY ASSURANCE FORUM (EQAF) 2020
Registrations are still 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.

Registration information for the online sessions, the updated programme, the event booklet and a “2020 EQAF playlist” of the speakers’ video presentations 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.
OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE PART IN THE LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME: DEADLINE EXTENDED
EURASHE and LOTUS project partners invite its members to participate at the Leadership Development Programme which will focus on institutional learning and teaching strategies and will provide an opportunity to share views with peers and learn from each other within the series of discussions. The deadline to participate is extended until 15 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 Development Programme is funded by Erasmus+ project LOTUS (Leadership and Organisation for Teaching and Learning at European Universities)

TAKE PART IN THE EUROPEAN VOCATIONAL SKILLS WEEK'S 2020 EVENTS
EURASHE together with VET4EU2 platform is organising an online event 'The spider VET in the Net: WBL for the future' which will take place on 12 November, 2020, in the framework of the European Vocational Skills Week 2020. EURASHE in this event will be represented by the Board member Alicia-Leonor Sauli Miklavčič.
Registration is here.
More information and Agenda is here.

About the European VET WEEK 2020

European Vocational Skills Week is an annual event where local, regional or national organisations showcase the very best of vocational education and training (VET). VET is a path to a more fulfilling personal and professional life. European Vocational Skills Week is a platform to make VET’s potential more widely known, and an opportunity to exchange information and good practice across Europe and beyond. This year’s theme is VET for Green and Digital Transitions, in line with the Commission priorities of a “European Green Deal” and a “Europe fit for the digital age”.
Our members
PHILIPS UNIVERSITY IN CYPRUS BECAME A MEMBER OF EURASHE
EURASHE welcomes a new member Philips University located in Nicosia, Cyprus.

Philips University (PhilUni) is an accredited private university. It is a student-centred higher education institution, distinguished for excellence in teaching, research and service to the community. Philips University offers intellectually stimulating and well-balanced undergraduate and postgraduate programs of study, leading to employability, within the Schools of Economics and Management, Law, Health Sciences, and Education and Sciences.

A Vice President of Philips University, Prof. Andreas G. Orphanides, Ph.D., DHC is a former President of EURASHE (2011 – 2015).

Currently, EURASHE has 67 members which represent more than 600 higher education institutions around the world.

THEA INVITES PHE COMMUNITY TO THE COLLOQUIUM ON INNOVATION
EURASHE's member, the Technological Higher Education Association of Ireland (THEA) invites professional higher education community to Colloquium 2020 'Innovation Through Partnership' which will take place 18-19 November, 2020 online.

Over the coming years, technological universities will be established in every region of the country. At the heart of the technological university concept is an enhanced contribution to the national research and innovation ecosystem as compared to their predecessor institutions. Colloquium 2020 will explore the role of technological universities in that ecosystem via the central theme of Innovation through Partnership, examining how working in partnership increases the potential for research and innovation to have strong “real world” impact and address societal challenges.

The event is free to attend but you must register here.