"Higher education, Enterprises and Regions: Partnerships for Innovation and Development throughout Europe"
EURASHE Annual Conference Prague (CZ) 21-22 May 2009. The Theme: "Higher education, Enterprises and Regions: Partnerships for Innovation and Development throughout Europe". AN EVENT ORGANISED UNDER THE CZECH PRESIDENCY OF THE EUROPEAN UNION. Conference Website.A. Employability of professional higher education graduates. What are key elements? How to incorporate these elements & keep them updated in curricula/courses effectively? What could be a role of stakeholders?
B. Innovation, applied research & development – common platform of higher education & business. What are motives and views of different stakeholders? How to cross over cultural differences between higher education & business? What are key factors and requirements (staff-, organisation-, policy-wise, etc.) for successful co-operation on the side of higher education institutions?
C. In-company training & education provided by higher education institutions – motivation of different parties, success factors, quality requirements, preconditions. Impact of such activities on “standard” activities of higher education institutions.
D. Third mission of higher education institutions – role and position within the regional development, mission & objectives of PHE institutions, scope of potential services.
E. Missions & profiles of Institutes of PHE in the post-Bologna era. What will be common elements in mission, culture, values of PHE institutions? Are there any common characteristics as regards size, structure of governance, partnerships and management of such institutions in the coming decade?
F. Human resources policy and management at professional higher education. What are specific requirements as regards staff at higher education institutions providing professionally oriented programmes and/or applied research activities? What is the range of different activities? What are approaches to knowledge innovation, keeping contact with the development of the specialisation in practice? What are qualification requirements on academic/pedagogic and other staff in different countries?
G. Life-long learning at higher education institutions. What are target groups? What are success factors for LLL programmes design and delivery at higher education institutions? What is a potential of short-cycle higher education in the context of LLL? What are quality requirements for LLL (SCHE) activities?
H. Opening up to ‘New learners’: Recognition of prior learning including formal, non-formal and informal learning. What are motives of different stakeholders? What are benefits and costs? What are effective and efficient tools? What are quality assurance approaches as regards RPL?
Seminar: Business as unusual – Private Higher Education in Europe: Fact-Finding, Experiences, Pathways, Vienna, Austria, 7-8 May 2009.
Background and objectives of the seminar : The European quality assurance discussion is currently not focusing much attention on private higher education. At the same time, this sector - which is characterised by highly dynamic market-driven developments - poses a significant challenge for quality assurance. This seminar will explore the quite unhomogeneous sector of European private higher education and will present some examples of existing quality assurance practice. With a view to enabling mutual learning, a dialogue should be opened between quality assurance agencies, institutions, students and employers. A special feature of the seminar programme is the research-based analysis of European developments from an external viewpoint. The target group comprises representatives from quality assurance agencies, private and public higher education institutions, employers, students and public authorities/ministries.
Programme and registration : The PROGRAMME includes keynote addresses, fact-finding results, researched-based analysis, case studies and discussions. The seminar is free of charge. Places are limited and will be filled on a first come-first serve basis. The registration is open until 17 April 2009. Please note that registrations after this date cannot be accepted. REGISTRATION TO THE SEMINAR.
The main goal of this event is to provide a discussion forum centred on how current internal and external quality assurance approaches take account of institutional diversity and support creativity in higher education. Through plenary and parallel sessions, the discussion will frame these issues in the context of the ongoing construction of the European Higher Education Area.
We invite contributions from QA practitioners in higher education institutions and quality assurance agencies, students, institutional leaders and researchers in the field. The forum is an excellent opportunity to test current practices or research and to elicit feedback from colleagues and stakeholders. Therefore, all contributions are expected to seek to stimulate a discussion with forum participants.
The deadline to submit all contributions is 20 August 2009. Proposals received after this date will not be considered.
The complete text for the call for papers can be found here. For any question, please contact Thérèse Zhang.