Harmonising Approaches to Professional Higher Education in Europe

Regional integration

Regional integration refers to the engagement with its regions and contribution to their development. The core criterion for it in PHE, is that PHE is strongly embedded in regional partnerships with the world of work.

The following are best practice examples of implementation of this criterion:

Build and maintain – Application schemes and time budgets for regional partnerships

The DHBW collaborates with more than 9000 partner organisations from business and industry which employ students and provide time and space for practical study.. Those “dual partners” apply for membership at the university and must meet certain quality standards. Official admittance is always given through the university council of one of the local campuses and can be revoked in case of insufficient quality.

Strategic planning & cooperation among municipalities, business and two Portuguese Polytechnic Institutions

Authors: Joaquim Mourato, President of Polytechnic Institute of Portalegre, Portuguese Polytechnics Coordinating Council (CCISP) & Armando Pires, Head of International Affairs / Full Professor at Polytechnic Institute of Setúbal, CCISP & José Miguel Nunes Pereira, Adviser, CCISP

Portuguese PHE institutions usually involve regional companies and professional associations in student training. In some cases, regional partnerships are guided by institutional agreements with a high number of professional organisations (public and private), other higher education institutions, municipal bodies and companies.

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The Alto Alenteja social network site

 

The Plataforma 21 Alto Alentejo is a partnership between the Portalegre Polytechnic Institute (IPP) and several municipalities of the Alto Alentejo region. The initiative set up a discussion platform with forums, surveys and gathered suggestions to understand the needs of the region. Participation was promoted among experts from the field at a local and national level and was opened to all elected officials and citizens. With the input received through the discussion platform, IPP composed a strategic development plan for the region, assisting authorities, entrepreneurs, investors, institutions and the Portuguese government in promoting actions that lead to a sustainable development of the Alto Alentejo region.

Another successful example of a beneficial collaboration with local municipalities and PHE, and the Setúbal Polytechnic Institute (IPS) in particular, is the Social Volunteering Programme. The partnership works together on the organisation of traineeships at the municipality, but also on jointly created projects. In 2007-2009, the Setúbal municipality approached IPS to support the launch of a social volunteering programme in one of the city’s most problematic social areas, called Bela Vista. The institute also collaborated with the Palmela municipality to modernise an old primary school as part of the Fantasiarte Programme (Education Through Art) between 2008 and 2010.

Portalegre Polytechnic Institute (IPP), Portugal

IP Portalegre is a public PHE institutions that offers a comprehensive (academic and professional) range of subjects – business management, health, agricultural studies and education. IPP has four schools that engage in teaching, training, research and other activities in their respective scientific, pedagogic, technical and artistic scope. The institute was the first Portuguese HEI to be awarded the quality certification as a whole. It was also the first Portuguese HEI in receiving Social Responsibility certification. Programmes are offered at EQF level 5-7 for currently 2000 registered students.

Setúbal Polytechnic Institute, Portugal

Setúbal Polytechnic Institute is a public PHE institution in an (sub) urban area in Portugal. Approximately 6500 students participate in comprehensive range of subjects ranging from education, technologies, to business management and health. Programmes are offered from EQF 5 -7 on two campi with number of well-equipped laboratories, documentation centers, audio-visual equipment, and computer facilities available to students and teachers.

National regulations and incentives to foster job-related skills in France

Author: Stéphane Lauwick, Vice-President (International Relations), Association of IUT Directors

The French state promotes apprenticeships through incentives for the participating enterprises, e.g. by waving taxes on apprentices’ salaries. The National Fund for Development and Modernisation of Apprenticeship (FNDMA) provides finances to regions to organize apprenticeships. Subsequently, the regions provide social benefits for the apprentices such as travel expenses between the company and the IUT or Engineering School.

A partnership for reskilling and PHE in Northern France

Author: Stéphane Lauwick, Vice-President (International Relations), Association of IUT Directors

In the Northern Region of France Pas de Calais many major industrial employers are located such as automobile manufacturers Peugeot, Renault and Toyota, the rail industry and steel works. These companies found it difficult to hire qualified technicians and other intermediary personnel. On the other hand, a large number of Baccalauréat (the Secondary School Leaving Certificate – Level 4) holders suffer from unemployment and have not been to develop a viable professional career after receiving training that is irrelevant to the needs of the regional industry. This group can be characterised by low skills, a general lack of adaptability and the tendency to reproduce gender stereotypes , as was especially the case for many women after level EQF 4 training as secretaries.

In this typical skills-mismatch situation a , the Région Nord – Pas de Calais, the Instituts universitaire de technologie de Valenciennes (Université de Valenciennes et du Hainaut-Cambrésis), the local authorities have joined forces to setup an targeted retraining scheme.

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