EURASHE INVITED UNIVERSITIES OF APPLIED SCIENCES LEADERS TO GATHER FOR THE FOURTH TIME
This month EURASHE invited Universities of Applied Sciences (hereafter-UAS) leaders to gather at the 4th UAS Leadership Forum in Brussels. This time, top UAS representatives had an opportunity to exchange views on various aspects on benchmarking higher education system, mission and role of UAS and practical issues of translating these into the EC driven European universities network initiative.
The first presentation by Gabriele Marconi, representative of OECD covered preliminary findings from the ongoing project on 'Benchmarking higher education system'. The presentation was followed by University college Absalon report containing conclusions on mapping a position and concept of Universities of Applied Sciences in the institutional landscape of higher education in the Netherlands, Germany, Norway, Sweden and Finland.
The second part of the Forum was devoted to the developing European university networks concept and Universities of Applied Sciences role within the initiative. Irene Hermans, a Head of Strategy Department of UC Leuven Limburg shared their practical experience in building a partnership for the upcoming European Commission's 'pilot' call. Presentations were followed by informal discussions facilitated by the former EURASHE Secretary General Johan Cloet.
More information about the fourth UAS Leadership Forum here.

UPCOMING EVENT ON QUALITY ASSURANCE IN AUSTRIA
EURASHE invites to the Quality Assurance Community of Practice Event which will take just after EQAF2018,  19 November, 2018 in  FH Burgenland, Campus 1, 7000 Eisenstadt, Austria.

This November  QA CoP will focus on 3 separate, yet interlinked issues:
·         QA of work-based learning elements of studies
·         QA of students' engagement
·         QA of external stakeholders' engagement (region, world of work)

These specific themes will be discussed by participants in small groups based on the input from UAS Burgenland, using the guiding questions and assignments. 

The  EURASHE Community of Practice  has been launched as a platform for quality management practitioners and leaders from (professional) higher education institutions with an objective to provide opportunity for mutual learning, exchange of views and experience.

EURASHE members enjoy free entry!

More information and registration here.


EURASHE PROJECT ON APPRENTICESHIPS  WILL HELP TO FIND NEW TALENTS EASIER
Numerous studies show that small businesses are unable to find suitable employees limiting their opportunities for a growth while raising costs. At the same time, Professional higher institutions (hereafter-PHE) not always think of Small and Medium enterprises (hereafter-SMEs) as potential partners to send their students for placements. Finally, Europe still suffers from relatively high unemployment - a phenomenon known as the skills gap. This means that the skills which the population currently hold are not necessarily the skills employers need.
Learntowork.eu is an initiative of the  SAPS project funded by the Erasmus+ Support for Policy Reform programme, realised in a collaboration among 10 members from different countries around Europe, including  EURASHE. The aims of the project are twofold: to systemise the apprenticeship practices between PHEIs and SMEs, and re-shape the image of apprenticeship for SME with a multi-lingual promotional campaign.
More about the project here and  here.

EURASHE WELCOMES TWO NEW AFFILIATE MEMBERS
At its Board meeting on September 14,  E URASHE welcomed two new affiliate member organisations: Wült Institute of Business and Technology in Berlin, Germany and University of Applied Sciences in Ferizaj, Kosovo.
Currently, EURASHE has 61 members which represent more than 650 higher education institutions around the world. Last year EURASHE joined five new members from Hungary, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Pakistan and Armenia.
More information about our new affiliate members here.



TEACHEX PROJECT SEEKS TO PROMOTE INNOVATIVE TEACHING METHODS IN ISRAEL 
All too often, institutions of higher education invest in research at the expense of teaching excellence. Nevertheless, Higher educational institutions (hereafter - HEIs) need to invest in promoting innovative teaching that will meet the needs of today's diverse students and enable them to address the challenges of a rapidly changing world. 
TeachEx is an Erasmus+ Capacity Building project designed to promote and implement innovative teaching methods and approaches Israel. HEIs of Israel currently are witnessing major changes and challenges, which are rooted in economic, socio-technological environments that are part of the transition from an industrial to an information society with new societal demands. The importance of TEACHEX is its goal of retraining academic staff. However, the project targets not only faculty members, but also the students who will benefit from innovative teaching and learning and thus contribute to society at large.  The ultimate goal of TeachEx is to make sustainable long-term change in teaching which will benefit students and faculty. TeachEx aims to transform the way institutions of higher education approach teaching, so that students receive the excellent teaching that is so crucial to their education.
More about the project  here .

IN CASE YOU MISSED CROISSANT EVENT 'UAS ON THE HORIZON OF EUROPE' 
EURASHE co-founded network 
UAS4EUROPE presented a position paper
 t
o help Horizon Europe achieve its ambitions. Concrete recommendations were presented at the second Croissant event ' UAS4EUROPE on the Horizon of Europe!  on the 25th of September.

Some recommendations of UAS4EUROPE:
  • Increase of the budget to at least € 120 billion
  • To reach the goals as stated under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) the European Commission should support a better inclusion of applied researchers
  • Establish better indicators to measure social impact of research-projects and take a better look at the incremental part of the innovation value-chain;make extra investment in incremental research (800 billion) as suggested by the EP
  • Support transdisciplinary research through funding of small-scale transdisciplinary projects
  • Include representatives, researchers and /or experts from UAS in Mission boards

Read a position paper here.

JOIN SPRINT KICK-OFF WORKSHOP IN BRUSSELS!
How to improve young people's integration into the labour market? The SPRINT consortium including EURASHE  is currently on the way to create a European Quality Framework for students internships through a CEN workshop (European Committee for Standardisation).

9 November, 2018 , all interested stakeholders are invited to join the formal kick-off meeting of the CEN workshop from 9.30am to 1pm at the CEN/CENELEC Management Centre, Rue de la Science 23, 1040 Brussels, Belgium.
 
Make sure your voice is heard in this process by registering and finding all information here!

NEW BEEHiVES WEBSITE IS LAUNCHED!
Our very successful  BEEHiVES project has a new website which will allow you to find all the necessary information much easier. Click the link and find out how educational institutions, employers and students can collaborate effectively. All the answer are here!
STATE OF UNIVERSITY-BUSINESS COOPERATION IN EUROPE STUDY
See the findings of the project 'The State of University-Business Cooperation in Europe' conducted during 2016 and 2017 by a consortium which EURASHE is a part of it as well.
The aim of the project was to get a more profound, comprehensive and up to date understanding of the state of University-Business Cooperation in Europe, from the perspective of both the higher education institutions and the business
sector. The project explored the state of play of UBC in different countries, examining the form and extent of main drivers and barriers for the different stakeholders, regulatory frameworks and the type and extent of existing measures supporting UBC at a national level.
Read the executive summary of the report here.
MONTHLY INSPIRATION
This month we are leaving you with a  conversation between historian and writer Yuval Noah Harari  and comedian Russell Brand  on the Future of Education. 
'We have to think very hard how to retrain and educate people throw-out theirs lives. It's not enough to provide people with a good education in childhood, we actually need a system of lifelong education'. 

Enjoy watching it!

The Future of Education - Yuval Noah Harari & Russell Brand - Penguin Talks