A team from Knowledge Innovation Centre attended a Seminar on Professional Higher Education (PHE) titled ‘Building bridges for a more professional higher education‘ in Otočec (Slovenia) on 16-17 October 2014. It was organised by EURASHE, the Association of Slovene Higher Vocational Colleges (ASHVC), and the HAPHE project.
The Seminar on Building bridges for a more professional higher education was a 2 day event focusing on the mission of professional higher education (PHE). It has intended to inspire institutional management, staff members, the world of work and policy-makers in profiling their institutions and their everyday work.
The Seminar was also the opportunity for HAPHE project (Harmonising Approaches to Professional Higher Education in Europe) to present their final outcomes. While developing Profile of Professional Higher Education in Europe, a diversity of approaches has been researched, large amount of stakeholders consulted, bringing us to the final ‘Definition and Characteristics of PHE’.
These served as a basis for the discussions in Otočec, developing the programme in 3 tracks: Policy and Strategy, Teaching and Learning and Research, Innovation and Development. Throughout the sessions grouped around these core characteristics of PHE, input was gathered from institutional representatives, the world of work and other relevant stakeholders.
Welcome speakers from various countries gave their presentations in order to share with participants best practices from both institutional and policy point of view. Involvement of different stakeholders, with a strong position of the world of work in the programme will further stimulate building of bridges between the higher education sector and the world of work, for a more professional higher education.
Anthony F. Camilleri presented the closing remarks at the conference. His slides can be viewed below: