30 octobre 2013

EQAR: Three new agencies listed on the Register

http://www.eqar.eu/fileadmin/tmpl/img/eqar_logo.gif23 october 2013: At its meeting in Ghent last week, the Register Committee accepted the following agencies to the Register. The Estonian Higher Education Quality Agency (EKKA), the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA, United Kingdom) and the Slovenian Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (SQAA).
The Register now features 32 agencies that have demonstrated to operate in substantial compliance with the European Standard and Guidelines.
European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education
In most European countries, higher education institutions or study programmes are subject to regular external review by a quality assurance agency. The European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education (EQAR) is a register of such agencies, listing those that substantially comply with a common set of principles for quality assurance in Europe. These principles are laid down in the European Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance. The register is web-based and freely accessible for everyone. Read more...

Register of QA Agencies

AAC-DEVA - Andalusian Agency of Knowledge, Department of Evaluation and Accreditation Spain
ACQUIN - Accreditation, Certification and Quality Assurance Institute Germany
ACSUCYL - Quality Assurance Agency for the University System of Castilla y León Spain
ACSUG - Agency for Quality Assurance in the Galician University System Spain
AEQES - Agence pour l'Evaluation de la Qualité de l'Enseignement Supérieur Belgium
AERES - Evaluation Agency for Research and Higher Education France
AHPGS – Accreditation Agency in Health and Social Sciences Germany
ANECA - National Agency for the Quality Assessment and Accreditation of Spain Spain
AQAS - Agency for Quality Assurance through Accreditation of Study Programmes Germany
AQU - Catalan University Quality Assurance Agency Spain
ARACIS – Romanian Agency for Quality Assurance in Higher Education Romania
ASHE - Agency for Science and Higher Education Croatia
ASIIN e.V. Germany
CTI - Engineering Degree Commission France
ECCE - European Council on Chiropractic Education Germany
EKKA - Estonian Higher Education Quality Agency Estonia
EVA - Danish Evaluation Institute Denmark
evalag - Evaluation Agency Baden-Württemberg Germany
FIBAA - Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation Germany
FINHEEC - Finnish Higher Education Evaluation Council Finland
IEP - Institutional Evaluation Programme Switzerland
NEAA - National Evalution and Accreditation Agency Bulgaria
NVAO - Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders Netherlands
OAQ - Swiss Center of Accreditation and Quality Assurance in Higher Education Switzerland
PKA - Polish Accreditation Committee Poland
QAA - Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education United Kingdom
QANU - Quality Assurance Netherlands Universities Netherlands
SKVC - Centre for Quality Assessment in Higher Education Lithuania
SQAA - Slovenian Quality Assurance Agency Slovenia
The Accreditation Institution Denmark

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Public call for international experts – Re-accreditation of higher education institutions in Croatia


http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcS_xtcf03-DYHFtFuRfFtDATto7CnyrnN2Ukd8aSIE3ihXl_Dpl1w05bQThe Croatian Agency for Science and Higher Education is commencing the re-accreditation of Croatian higher education institutions for the academic year 2013/2014. The procedures will take place between March and May 2014, and include a site visit lasting up to 6 days and peer review of the institutions’ programmes, quality of their teaching and research, as well as the effectiveness of the institutional management.
The review teams ideally include 2 Croatian and 2 foreign experts, supported by a coordinator from the Agency. The language of the procedure is English.
The Croation agency welcomes applications from experts who fit the following profile:

• Teachers at the tertiary level (including teachers at non-university higher education institutions in countries with dual higher education systems)

• Published researchers in the fields of humanities (all fields including philosophy, religion, literature, linguistics, history, art history and philology), social sciences (archaeology, anthropology, psychology, sociology, political science, area studies and cultural studies) and/or applied fields: education (all fields, including teacher training), rehabilitation science, kinesiology, divinity, security and police studies, communication, information science, library and museum studies

• Proficient users of English

• Experience in evaluation procedures is an asset.

The application for the post is to be submitted online by December 10, 2013, via the link here.
The experts to participate in the review teams are appointed by the Agency’s Accreditation Council. The Agency for Science and Higher Education covers all travel and local costs and provides a fee for site visits in the amount of 200€ per day. For more information, please contact ASHE at akreditacija-visoko@azvo.hr

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Lifelong Learning Week 2013


http://www.eucis-lll.eu/eucis-lll/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/LLL-Week-20134.pngThis year, the Week will have a particular focus on the upcoming European Elections of Spring 2014. At this occasion EUCIS-LLL will launch its Manifesto for the European elections and many events will take place in order to provide ideas on how to modernise education and training systems in Europe.
Civil Society Meeting Place
Come and meet us! EUCIS-LLL members will have stands from 2 to 6 December at the European Parliament (ASP building, 5th Floor, Zone G). Animations and other activities will be organised during the whole week.
The 10 finalists pictures of EUCIS-LLL contest on “The Future of Learning: Unlocking each and everyone’s unique potential” will be exhibited at the European Parliament (ASP builidnig, 5th Floor, Zone G).
EUCIS-LLL and its members are organising several events during the LLL Week in order to raise awareness on Lifelong Learning in Europe with a particular focus on the upcoming European elections in 2014.
A key moment during the Week will be the launch and discussion of EUCIS-LLL Manifesto for the European elections with representatives of the main political groups at the round table taking place on Tuesday 3rd (9:30-13:00).
OECD’s survey on Adult Learning, European Citizenship Education, Validation of Non-Formal learning, entrepreneurship education, measuring progress on LLL, learning mobility, … are some of the other key topics that will be discussed during the LLL Week.
For an overview of all events taking place during the week, have a look at the LLL Week 2013 calendar.

/// Tuesday 3 December

  • 9:30-12:45 Round table on EUCIS-LLL Manifesto “Building together the future of Learning
  • 12:45-13:00 EFIL Flash Mob at the esplanade of the European Parliament
  • 15:00-18:00 EAEA Policy debate on PIAAC
  • 18:00-20:00 Cocktail reception LLL Week 2013, ASP building, 5th Floor, Zone G.

/// Wednesday 4 December

  • 9:00-12:00 EUCIS-LLL and European Civic Forum Seminar “Making the case of European Civic Education” hosted by MEP Renate Weber (ALDE, RO)
  • 12:00-14:00 SOLIDAR seminar on Validation of Non-formal Learning
  • 15:00-17:00 EfVET round table on Entrepreneurship Education
  • 15:00-18:00 EUROCLIO event on “Teaching History for Democratic Citizenship”

/// Thursday 5 December

  • 10:00-12:00 EuroMobility workshop on Mobility & Recognition of Non-formal Learning
  • 12:00-15:00 EUCIS-LLL Seminar on “Measuring progress in Lifelong Learning
  • AEGEE event on “Pan-European Database & Network for Youth Workers” (tbc)

/// Friday 6 December

  • 13:00-19:00 EPA conference 2013: Challenges for Organised Parents in the future of Europe

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Lifelong Learning Week - LLL Week 2013

http://www.eucis-lll.eu/eucis-lll/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/LLL-Week-20134.pngToday, the concept of “lifelong learning” (LLL) is widely used but its meaning differs according to whom is using it. According to EUCIS-LLL, lifelong learning covers education and training across all ages and in all areas of life be it formal, non-formal or informal. It shall enable citizen’s emancipation and full participation in society in its civic, social and economic dimensions. The idea of organising Lifelong Learning Weeks aims to raise awareness on Lifelong Learning (LLL) in Europe and to put forward the need to adopt a holistic approach at all levels of decision-making, implementation and evaluation. This is necessary if we want the EU to become a smart, sustainable and inclusive economy as set in the Europe 2020 strategy.
LLL Week 2013
EUCIS-LLL organises its 3rd Lifelong Learning Week in the European Parliament, Brussels, from 2 to 6 December 2013. This year, the Week will have a particular focus on the upcoming European Elections of Spring 2014. At this occasion EUCIS-LLL will launch its Manifesto for the European elections and many events will take place in order to to provide ideas on how to modernise education and training systems in Europe. Go to the LLL Week 2013 website and check out all the events that will take place on the future of Learning in Europe.
Past Lifelong Learning Week
LLL Week 2012: “Rethinking skills: A civil society perspective”
The aim of Lifelong Learning Week, organised for the first time in 2011 by EUCIS-LLL, is to raise awareness on the social dimension of education and training, as the important factor to reach the headline targets of Europe 2020 in … Learn more
LLL Week 2011: “Different Pathways to Learning”
“Different Pathways to Learning”, Permanent Exhibition, 14-17 March During the Week, EUCIS-LLL and its members organised an exhibition on “Different pathways to learning” within the European Parliament aiming at raising awareness on Lifelong Learning and on the various actors that … Learn more

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EUCIS-LLL Manifesto “Building together the future of learning”

http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQdpMI10_tg-RU6IlqULdhvtc25NCsKXgc85ON9RCAIsKg9Jx020qxGc_FUThe 2014 European elections will provide the right momentum to think about the future of learning in Europe. The current economic and social crisis gave a new impetus to deeper cooperation in education and training with a high focus on growth and employment while at the same time austerity measures have weakened our educational systems. EUCIS-LLL believes that a sustainable investment should be made in learning as essential for our social model, in line with their prioritization at EU level. Poor access to lifelong learning limits people’s ability to access quality jobs and participate fully in society. We need a vision to ensure our education and training systems deliver better for economic development, social and civic participation, personal fulfilment and well-being. EUCIS-LLL calls MEPs to consider three top priorities and a set of 12 policy recommendations for lifelong learning in its Manifesto “Building together the future of Learning”.
The Manifesto
I. Ensure Accessible and Quality Learning for All

Pedagogic Innovation

eucis-lll 1Encourage pedagogic innovation by putting the learner at the centre. Support enhanced learning experiences and new learning solutions such as e-learning, distance learning and open educational resources.


Quality Assessment

eucis-lll 2Reflect upon quality, tailored-made assessment and evaluation mechanisms that better reflect the competences acquired during the learning process.


Educators’ working conditions

eucis-lll 3Advocate to improve teachers, facilitators and trainers’ initial and continuous training as well as their working conditions; offer a better societal recognition of their role, as well as that of other members of the educating community.


Flexible pathways

eucis-lll 4Support a wider use of European transparency tools and the setting up by 2018 of national validation mechanisms for non-formal and informal learning to foster flexible learning pathways and facilitate access to the labour market.



II. Invest in the Social Dimension of Education and Training

No More Segregation

eucis-lll 5Recognize the role played by non-formal and informal learning for active inclusion and social cohesion. Fight against the marginalization of vulnerable groups and promote intercultural dialogue and tolerance.


Learning Mobility

eucis-lll 6Defend the idea that learning mobility should be the rule and not the exception and ensure every one can access programmes regardless of their socio-economic and cultural background.


Key competences and basic skills

eucis-lll 7 Promote the acquisition of basic skills, in particular foreign language skills, as the lack of such skills hinders citizens’ chances of finding a job and participating in society. Refer to the European Key Competences Framework as a basic framework for all educational sectors.


Lifelong guidance

eucis-lll 8Strengthen and coordinate guidance services from the earliest age, as the learner’s compass to find the best tailored-made learning opportunities at all levels (national, regional, EU).



III. Bring the EU Closer to its Citizens

European Civic Education

eucis-lll 9Give priority to European civic education to ensure all citizens have a basic understanding about the EU and its common values.


Good Governance

eucis-lll 10Contribute to the debate about the revision of the governance of EU cooperation in Education and Training (ET2020, Open Method of Coordination; European Semester) and strengthen the engagement of civil society.


Civil dialogue

eucis-lll 11Acknowledge the role played by European organisations in education and training by implementing an open, transparent and regular dialogue with representative associations and civil society (article 11 TUE). Set up an Intergroup on Lifelong Learning at the European Parliament.


Statute of European Association

eucis-lll 12Reinitiate the impulse on the setting up of a European Statute for the European Association, giving institutional recognition to the engagement and to the activism of millions of citizens.



Download the Manifesto in PDF


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Unite for Quality Education!



http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQdpMI10_tg-RU6IlqULdhvtc25NCsKXgc85ON9RCAIsKg9Jx020qxGc_FUOn the 4 October 2013, Education International (EI) launched a year of action, an initiative for quality education around the world that will culminate on a World Day of Action in October 2014. EI and ETUCE invite everybody who cares about the education of our children to join forces with us in our call for a ‘Better Quality Education for a Better World’.

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A new NEET indicator coming up for the European Semester



http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQdpMI10_tg-RU6IlqULdhvtc25NCsKXgc85ON9RCAIsKg9Jx020qxGc_FUOn 2 October was launched a Commission’s Communication on “Strengthening the social dimension of the economic and monetary union” focused on reinforcing policy coordination under the European Semester and social dialogue, as well as enhancing solidarity and job mobility. The document proposes to establish a new scoreboard of indicators to better identify major employment and social challenges; among those are the NEET (not in education, employment or training) rate and youth (18-24) unemployment rate, that would contribute to measure for instance skills relevance or performance of education and labour market institutions. According to the latest EU Employment and Social Situation Quarterly review (June 2013), 13,2% of young people fell in the NEET category in the fourth quarter of 2012. The scoreboard should be functional for the 2014 European Semester, feeding in the spring European Council and the preparation of Country-Specific Recommendations (see MEMO). See also SOLIDAR Conference on Decent Work and Quality Employment for NEETs on 15 October at the Parliament.

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Mobility, Migration & Lifelong Learning



http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQdpMI10_tg-RU6IlqULdhvtc25NCsKXgc85ON9RCAIsKg9Jx020qxGc_FUMigrants voluntarily working in another country, temporary foreign workers and refugees: those are the three types of migrants analysed by the last issue of the LLinE journal (Lifelong Learning in Europe) in cooperation with the InfoNet adult education correspondents’ network, dedicated to mobility and migration. Learning is a must for the migrants – and also their strongest asset; that is the challenge ahead on adult educators and that is what LLinE tries to bring fresh perspectives on.

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How much do teachers make? How much do students pay?



http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQdpMI10_tg-RU6IlqULdhvtc25NCsKXgc85ON9RCAIsKg9Jx020qxGc_FUEurydice has recently published their annually updated reports on Teachers’ and School Head’s Salaries and Allowances and National Student Fee and Support Systems 2012/13 in Europe. Reports show, among other findings, that the teaching profession remains poorly remunerated, and that in Europe England charges the highest amount of student fees, while a number of countries – mainly Nordic – apply a ‘no fee’ regime for all students.

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OECD launches Education GPS



http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQdpMI10_tg-RU6IlqULdhvtc25NCsKXgc85ON9RCAIsKg9Jx020qxGc_FUOECD has launched the Education GPS, the source for internationally comparable data on education policies and practices, opportunities and outcomes. Accessible any time, in real time, this platform gives you the latest data and analysis of countries’ performance in providing high-quality education for all. OECD has also just published a report on innovative learning environments.

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