Harmonising Approaches to Professional Higher Education in Europe

Czech Association of Schools of Professional Higher Education (CASPHE) (Czech Republic)



The Czech Association of Professional Higher Education (CASPHE) is an independent organisation of colleges and extra-university higher education institutions in the Czech Republic. It was founded in 1991. CASPHE represents the interests of these schools, contributes to their development. It plays a role in policy discussions as regards formulation of problems relevant to the development of professionally-oriented higher (tertiary) education sector faces and proposals of their solution.

CASPHE facilitates mutual cooperation of member schools and exchange their experiences, facilitates contact individual for members seeking to create conditions for qualitative growth, creates a sense of belonging and mutual interest. CASPHE activities include:

  • conceptual and policy work on the development and structuring of professionally oriented tertiary education;
  • co-ordination and development of colleges;
  • promotion of the idea of higher professional and non-university higher education;
  • preparation and coordination of international and Czech-based projects, seminars and conferences;
  • activities in the field of quality management and improvement.

In 2012 CASPHE had 21 members. CASPHE remains open to any institution of tertiary education whose overall objectives are consistent with the mission of the association.

Since 1993 CASPHE has been an active member of EURASHE, the European Association of Institutions in Higher Education. Since 2007 the executive officer of CASPHE, Michal Karpisek, has served as a vice-president of EURASHE.

Why we are participating in HAPHE

The key reason of CASPHE’s support to the HAPHE project results from the project’s ambition to map current role, scope and position of professionally-oriented higher (tertiary) education, to map a variety of approaches, arrangements, conditions used to define different levels of this type of education and ensure their adequate quality. The comparative conclusions may feed not only to overall European Higher Education policy, but may well serve as a useful input to Czech policy discussions. Not last is a possibility of benchmarking of Czech institutions to relevant international partners and learn from their experience.

Our role in the project

CASPHE’s role within the project lays in coordination of Czech-based activities (preparing and running survey and interviews on the Czech side, provide relevant documents and information). CASPHE is responsible for development of quality plan and following the project’s developments. Through that CASPHE’s representative got deeply involved in collaboration with the project management in planning different activities, specification of expected outputs/outcomes and planning the most relevant approach of reaching the objectives.

Our project team

CASPHE has a rather limited capacity, relying on collaboration and partnership with members and external staff.

The key person for the project is Michal Karpíšek, executive officer of CASPHE who represents CASPHE within the project and coordinates the professional work.

Michal has been working as an Executive officer of the Czech Association of Schools of Professional Higher Education (CASPHE) since 1994. He has been engaged in the introduction and development of the Czech professional higher education since its very beginning. He co-ordinated numerous projects with different European and North American higher education institutions, colleges and polytechnics focused on school management, quality of education and teaching/learning methodology and organisation including modular and credit structures. Due to its focus on internationalisation, CASPHE became a member of EURASHE soon after its establishment (1994). Michal Karpíšek has been a member of the EURASHE Council for the last 12 years and since 2007 he has serving as a Vice-President. Michal is currently in charge of EURASHE Working Group on Strategy and Organisational Development, he is also engaged in the Employability and Lifelong Learning agenda.

In the recent years Michal has been involved in the reform of Czech tertiary education. He served twice as an advisor to Czech ministers of education (2001-03, 2010-11) or their deputies for higher education with a particular attention to issues of diversification and quality of tertiary education.

He graduated at the Czech Technical University, Faculty of Civil Engineering and has a degree in Quality Management from the Cranfield University, U.K.

Administrative matters are dealt with by Iva Skočdopolová.



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