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 and its Secretariat is located in Brussels (Belgium).
EURASHE’s mission is to promote, within the European Higher Education Area (EHEA), the interests of professional higher education and of relevant higher education institutions that are recognised or financed by the public authorities of a EHEA member country, either in binary higher education systems or in unitary ‘university’ systems. Its aim is to promote the interests of professional higher education in the EHEA and to contribute to the progressive development of the European Higher Education and Research Area (EHERA). 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
Quality work-based experiences to ensure a good and functional linking between education and labour market needs at the European level is one of EURASHE’s main points of focus in policy and advocacy. Therefore, it is necessary for the organisation to engage in projects making this goal a reality. EURASHE believes that, by improving apprenticeships frameworks and experiences for both mentors and mentees, MentorTrain participates in the building of a better and safer transition to the market labor. We consider and promote learning at the workplace as an equal opportunity for apprentices to gain experience and implement the theory into practice, which is why we joined the consortium.
Our role in the project
Because EURASHE has a European-wide reach in the field of Professional Higher Education, we will focus on extensively using our network capacity to make the projects activities, outputs and outcomes known. This means that we will not be in charge of any specific role within the coordination of an intellectual output but will make sure of the good implementation of the dissemination, impact and sustainability of the project on the European scale.
Michal Karpíšek has been Executive Officer of the Czech Association of Schools of Professional Higher Education (CASPHE) since 1994. He has been a member of the EURASHE Council for the last 12 years and between 2007 and 2016. He has been involved in the reform of Czech tertiary education. He served twice as an advisor to Czech ministers of education (2001-2003, 2010-2011)
Elsa Prédour is a recent graduate in European studies in France. She also holds a Bachelor in Communication which allowed her to mix work experiences in project management and communication, notably at Georgia Tech Lorraine, the French branch of the Georgia Institute of Technology, and at the Lifelong Learning Platform as a Project and Communication Assistant.