It contains the report of the various sessions and workshops of the Seminar, dedicated to Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL): Flexible Ties within Higher Education as well as information on the keynote speeches and the social programme proposed to the participants.
With the support of the Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Union
As stated in the Statutes of EURASHE, “The mission of the association is to promote the interests of professional higher education in the member countries of the European Union and in other European countries, in institutions which are public or recognised and/or financed by the public authorities of a European Union member country or another European country.”
EURASHE’s main objective is, therefore, to defend the interests of the professionally oriented HEIs, and to continuously enhance the importance and the quality of professional higher education in Europe.
EURASHE offers its institutional members an interactive membership program. We believe that the participation of our members in the construction of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) is an enrichment for the process. The financial support provided by our members allows us to contribute to the optimization of the educational, socioeconomic, political and cultural transformation of European Higher Education; to sustain and provide our own platforms for leading experts with whom we share innovative ideas on contemporary higher education issues; and to ensure a sustainable development of the European Higher Education Area. EURASHE has five operational working groups, in which all members can actively be involved, namely ‘professionally oriented research, development and innovation’, ‘mobility and international openness’, ‘transparency tools and quality assurance’, ‘national qualifications frameworks and student-centred learning’, ‘employability and lifelong learning’.
EURASHE aims at promoting transnational cooperation among its members. EURASHE also helps its members to achieve cooperation with other stakeholders in higher education by establishing close links with other organisations that have similar objectives inside or outside the EHERA. This commitment will allow EURASHE members to develop fruitful bi-lateral and multi-lateral partnerships. For this objective EURASHE provides a platform for members to obtain and exchange information, views and resources on institutional level.
EURASHE members have opportunities for an exchange of ideas, experience and views with others working in a similar field. In particular via EURASHE’s Working Groups, which focus on policy development around the five main themes which were presented in EURASHE’s publication for the Ministerial Bologna Conference in Budapest (2010), “EURASHE’s 10 Commitments for the EHEA in 2020 – Visions and Strategies”.
EURASHE’s annual conferences and seminars greatly contribute to the professional development of our member institutions, and are therefore vitally important for European professional higher education. They attract an interesting mix of delegates – heads of institutions, HE practitioners, policymakers, academics and students ‐ from the education community across Europe and beyond. These events which are hosted by member institutions and organizations, are widely recognized as a communication and information platform for education experts and professionals, in stimulating interactive environments.
EURASHE develops innovative and hands-on projects in response to the challenges facing European higher education, especially in times of economic crisis. We have a long history of working towards quality education available to all, and of developing programs that prepare people for the labour market. Our approach is multi‐disciplinary, politically independent and combines cutting edge (applied) research and policy development with concrete initiatives. Our projects generate new models for tackling the economic and social challenges of today. All EURASHE members are invited to participate in events and initiatives within the framework of projects in which the association is involved.
A pool of people with expertise in diverse higher education and research policy issues, such as Lifelong Learning, Student-centred learning, Quality Assurance, Qualifications Frameworks, Recognition of Prior Learning, etc. is constantly revising and updating our policy documents and analysing the state of professional HE in order to formulate policy positions on their area of expertise, and then develop an activity plan to implement these policies. Members of EURASHE also have assistance and support from the EURASHE Secretariat and fellow members to develop and implement joint activities.
EURASHE members benefit from the expertise of the association in adopting and implementing the ‘Bologna’ action lines in their specific country context. Through our consultative membership in the Bologna Follow-Up Group (BFUG), we are in a position to provide full support to our members and to help them face the challenges of implementing the reform on an institutional level.