HAPHE Outcomes

HAPHE Outcomes

The preliminary results of the first two work packages and their outcomes will be presented during EURASHE’s 23rd Annual Conference to be held on 9-10 May in Split (Croatia). More information on the dedicated page here.

HAPHE Work Packages

HAPHE Work Packages

The HAPHE initative is composed of 7 work packages, some transversal for the overall fucntionning of the initiative others dedicated to the gathering and analysis of the data for example.

HAPHE Work Package 1: Mapping Professional Higher Education in Europe

The objectives of this work package are to:

  • Survey the various definitions and practices of Professional Higher Education / Advanced Vocational Education in Europe.
  • Create a typology of PHE Provision across Europe.
  • Identify the main actors involved in PHE at European level.
  • Provide an evidence-base for the characterisation of PHE in work package 2.

This work package will result in the PHE Country Profiles.

HAPHE Work package 2: Characterising Professional Higher Education

The aims of the work package are to:

  • The aims of the work package are to:
  • Propose a definition, framed as a set of defining characteristics of PHE;
  • Elucidate quality criteria for each defined characteristic of PHE.

It will identify stakeholders’ views towards PHE as well as define characteristics and Quality Criteria for Professional Higher Education.

HAPHE Work package 3: Consensus Building through Validation

The aims of the work package are to:

  • Capture and represent the views and attitudes of a wide-range of stakeholders towards PHE;Europe.
  • Propose a definition, framed as a set of defining characteristics of PHE;
  • Elucidate quality criteria for each defined characteristic of PHE.

Under this work package, partners will organise a Validation Seminar for EU Stakeholders, National/Regional Validation Workshops for Stakeholders as well as publish the Validation Report Suggestions for Project Product Improvement.

HAPHE work package 4: Fostering Development of PHE as a sector

The objectives of this WP are to:

  • Publish a set of defining characteristics and associated quality criteria for the PHE Sector;
  • Propose implementation measures for PHE quality best practices;
  • Enable the use of soft legislative tools to stimulate the PHE sector as a whole.

Under this work package, partners will develop the Final project report Defining characteristics and quality criteria for professional higher education, as well as the Implementation report for Professional Higher Education Institutions and the Implementation report for policymakers.
In the end of the project, a Launch Conference will be organised presenting the final result and the roadmap for the future activities.

HAPHE work package 5: Message management

The objectives of the work package are to:

  • Formulate and effectively communicate the project’s brand, identity and message to relevant stakeholders;
  • Coordinate and monitor the implementation of the consortium’s dissemination strategy;
  • Provide creative and technical support to the partners in their dissemination activities;
  • Coordinate centralised dissemination action.

Under this work package, partners will develop the Final project report Defining characteristics and quality criteria for professional higher education, as well as the Implementation report for Professional Higher Education Institutions and the Implementation report for policymakers.
In the end of the project, a Launch Conference will be organised presenting the final result and the roadmap for the future activities.

HAPHE work package 6: Quality & Evaluation Management

The objectives of the work package are to:

  • Ensure process and product quality;
  • Forecast and mitigate risks to project continuity;
  • Foster a quality culture amongst the consortium;
  • Check outputs against plans.

HAPHE work package 7: Consortium Coordination

The work package aims to:

  • Ensure project deliverables are delivered on time;
  • Monitor risks and analyse project milestones;
  • Ensure smooth day to day running of the consortium;
  • Manage communication within the consortium and between the consortium and the Commission.

HAPHE Events

HAPHE Events

The HAPHE partners have decided to gather on Thursday 11 and Friday 12 October 2012 for the kick-off meeting of the project.
Following is the list meetings taking place under the HAPHE initiative:

  • Kick-off meeting; 11-12 October 2012, Brussels (Belgium)
  • First Administrative meeting; 16 October 2012, virtual
  • Second Administrative meeting; 26 October 2012, virtual
  • Content meeting; 5 November 2012, virtual
  • Content meeting; 26 November 2012, virtual
  • Partners’ meeting; 15 December 2012, Prague (Czech Republic)
  • Content meeting; 15 January 2013, virtual
  • Partners’ meeting; 9 February 2012, Brussels (Belgium)
  • Consortium meeting; 27 February 2013, virtual

HAPHE Rationale

HAPHE Rationale

This group of 11 dedicated actors in the field of Professional Higher Education in Europe believe that while the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) has contributed significantly to harmonisation of HE in Europe, the ‘Professional’ Higher Education sector is still in significant flux. Thus, e.g. ‘Fachhochschule’ are increasingly becoming Universities of applied Sciences while traditional universities are increasingly providing professionally orientated programmes. The wide variety of systems which now fall under the umbrella term of ‘Professional’ HE, makes it difficult to transnationally analyse this sector, hinders recognition of qualifications, and limits the ability of soft-policy tools to strengthen its growth.

To address this issue, the HAPHE group intends, to bring together a group of field experts, who, through a wide consultation with stakeholders from education, business and society, will harmonise approaches to professional higher education (predominantly at European Qualifications Framework (EQF) level 6 and above) throughout Europe, by

  • Surveying the different approaches to PHE provision throughout EU-member states;
  • Setting out the defining characteristics of a ‘professional’ Higher Education programme;
  • Proposing a set of quality criteria which contribute towards the best-case fulfilment of those characteristics;
  • Collecting and sharing best practice on how institutions can adopt the criteria;
  • Suggesting indicators and quantification methodologies to allow comparison of PHE in the context of overall HE and LLL provision.

The involvement of stakeholders in all stages (research, design, valorisation), will ensure the group’s ability to provide sustainable results by creating a critical mass of consensus, to allow the de-facto adoption of the proposals as a standard.

By strengthening the PHE sector, and improving the transparency of PHE provision, the group wishes to enhance employability of European HE as a whole, to contribute towards a more cohesive Higher Education Area, and to support the modernisation of European HEIs, through encouragement of increasing responsiveness to enterprise and society.

MEMBER & PROJECT NEWS

MEMBER & PROJECT NEWS

This group of 10 partners plus EURASHE, 8 of which are members of EURASHE*, will be conducting this initiative starting in September:

  • EURASHE
  • Duale Hochschule Baden-Wurttemberg – DHBW (Germany)
  • KIC (Malta)
  • Association of Slovene Higher Vocational Colleges – ASHVC (Slovenia)*
  • Czech Association of Schools of Professional Higher Education – CASPHE (Czech Republic)*
  • Tallinna Tehnikakorgkool University of Applied Sciences – TTK UAS (Estonia)*
  • Flemish Council of University Colleges – VLHORA (Belgium)*
  • Association of University Institutes of Technology Directors – ADIUT (France)*
  • Conselho Coordenador dos Institutos Superiores Politecnicos – CCISP (Portugal)*
  • State Higher Vocational School Tarnow – PWSZ TAR (Poland)*