EURASHE – Association of Institutions in Higher Education

Who are we?

EURASHE is the European Association of Institutions in Higher Education that offer professionally orientated programmes and are engaged in applied and profession-related research within the Bologna cycles. EURASHE represents universities of applied sciences and university colleges; other members of EURASHE are national and sectorial associations of higher education institutions, and other individual institutions, such as universities. EURASHE members operate within and across different national systems whether these are unitary or binary, professional and/or academic. EURASHE was founded in Patras (Greece) in 1990. It has the status of an international non-profit association according to Belgian law (aisbl) and its Secretariat is located in Brussels (Belgium).

EURASHE’s mission is to strengthen the impact of innovative, high quality professional higher education and related user-oriented research in Europe by representing professional higher education institutions and facilitating their multi-stakeholder cooperation and dialogue. In addition to offering professionally-orientated programmes, EURASHE members are specifically engaged in applied and profession-related research, and its technological applications. EURASHE focuses primarily on policy development and on higher education projects and research with emphasis on its professionally-orientated segments. Furthermore, it organises annual conferences, thematic seminars and tailor-made events for its members.

Why we are Participating in the Project

EURASHE together with many of the partners of QALead have been working on implementing quality criteria within Higher VET and Professional Higher Education as the part of BuildPHE, PHExcel and HAPHE projects during the last few years. These projects have produced a detailed set of standards and usage guidelines, which have been piloted by 15 institutions across Europe. However, despite a successful pilot involving improvement plans submitted by 15 institutions, and positive feedback from all institutions involved, the projects have yet to promote whole-scale organizational transformation oriented around commonly agreed quality goals.

In analysing this phenomenon in participating institutions, a lack of formalised expertise in quality management amongst institutional top management as a key barrier limiting uptake was identified. Often institutional leaders will have never received any formal training in QA-management,

and thus, while having significant expertise as to what constitutes quality education, will have limited expertise in how to translate that mission and vision into a management system based on clear quality objectives, backed up by steady processes that will assure the adequate planning and realization of activities leading to the achievement of those objectives, as well as monitoring and analysing processes that will enable continual improvement.

EURASHE will be involved significantly in dissemination and impact project activities. In particular, EURASHE will give the project a platform at its conferences, disseminate results to its network of over 1200 universities of applied science and university colleges, as well as bring the results of the project forward to European policy makers particularly within the Bologna Process and the ET2020 working groups.

Our Role in the Project

Our role is:

  • To contribute for the QA-Lead partners by contacting institutional leaders of HVET/PHE from across Europe, while each of the national associations will ensure significant participation from each of their countries, with the aim of comparing the responses from the project-countries with the European average.
  • To participate in the Activity C1 (10 EURASHE’s members Institutional leaders will take part).
  • To promote project outputs at the EURASHE annual conferences.
  • To organise a multiplier event E5 Workshop on QA Competence for Institutional Leaders.
  • To disseminate the progress of QA-Lead on international level.

Our Team

Michal Karpišek

Michal Karpišek

Secretary General of EURASHE, manager

Michal Karpíšek has been Executive Officer of the Czech Association of Schools of PHE (CASPHE) since 1994. He has been a member of the EURASHE Council for the last 12 years and has been serving as Vice-President (2007-2014). He graduated from the Czech Technical University, and has a degree in Quality Management from the Cranfield University (UK).

Vaidotas Viliunas

Vaidotas Viliunas

Policy and Project Officer, researcher

Former Rector of Marijampole College, Lithuania. He used to work in Kaunas University of Technology, University of Management and Economics (ISM), Vytautas Magnus University where he held different academic, administrative and top management positions. He took part in the assessment and accreditation of several HEI in Armenia, Estonia and Romania.

Elsa Prédour

Elsa Prédour

Project Officer

Elsa Prédour is in charge of developing and coordinating EURASHE’s activities in Erasmus+, currently in the fields of quality, validation, staff training and best practices of work-based learning activities. Before coming to EURASHE she studied communications and project management and was a Project and Communication Assistant at the Lifelong Learning Platform.

Krisztina Olah

Krisztina Olah

Financial and Administrative Officer

Krisztina is in charge of all the financial and HR issues and support the team with the administrative tasks. Before joining EURASHE she worked at KPMG Hungary, 3M Hungary and she got experience also in de bank sector. Krisztina is an economist, graduated of Business and management at Széchényi Istvàn University in Győr, Hungary. She is fluent in Hungarian, English, Dutch and French