Who are we?
The Czech Association of Professional Higher Education (CASPHE) is an independent organisation of colleges and institutes of professional higher education in the Czech Republic. It was founded in 1991. CASPHE represents interests of the particular type schools and education, 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.
Why we are Participating in the Project
We re representing higher education institutions and the experts involved in the project have a high experience in dealing with the topic of the mission of professional higher education, have performed different research on the state of PHE in their respective countries and have strong connections with all the stakeholders, including the world of work and student representatives. They are involved in the institutional policies and have key expertise to develop and contribute to main project outputs.
The project is logical continuation of other activities and projects of CASPHE (SAPS, PROCSEE, BEEHiVES, BuilPHE, AppreticeTrack).
Our Role in the Project
We are leading partner of the project, responsible for whole communication and administration of the project. We are the applicant from our national agency – The Centre for International Cooperation in Education (DZS).
Mr. Ondřej Chrást, Secretary General of CASPHE has extensive experience in project management in different programs including European structural funds, Erasmus+ or national calls for education and culture. In CASHPE he works as a project manager and researcher for the Erasmus+ projects and is currently involved in the projects connected to VET and PHE - PROCSEE, SAPS, ApprenticeTrack (SAT). He is also project manager and researcher of new project from Technological agency of Czech Republic “Innovation of study programmes of mechanical engineering, education and health care within the 4.0 Phenomenon - change of role of Higher Education Institution”. His experience and skills include administrative project management, planning, organizing and coordinating the work, engaging different stakeholders, organization and implementation of various events in the framework of projects and promotional activities (conferences, workshops, training).
Iva Voldánová, director of CASPHE since 2016 is responsible for the overall management of the organisation and both the expert and managerial part of its projects. She has previously been coordinator of the EURASHE secretariat (European association of institutions in Higher Education) between 2009 and 2013. She has been a coordinator for the key large EURASHE PHE HAPHE project. Within EURASHE she was also responsible for the follow-up and monitoring of the execution of a number of projects under the Lifelong Learning Programme. Further she was responsible for representing EURASHE and European professional higher education, promoting the EURASHE network and liaising with members. Ms Voldánová was a participant of EURASHE Working Groups on Employability and Internal decision making, political coordination and organisational development which aimed at monitoring, execution and implementation of the work programme under all 7 EURASHE priorities