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Professional higher education in Europe. Characteristics, practice examples and national differences
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SourceMalta : Knowledge Innovation Centre 2014, 109 S.
Edition2. Auflage
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Keywords (German)Hochschulbildung; Qualitätssicherung; Qualitätsentwicklung; Hochschulsystem; Europäischer Bildungsraum; Internationaler Vergleich; Europa
sub-disciplineHigher Education
Contributors (corporate)European Association of Institutions in Higher Education
Document typeMonograph, Collected Work or primary publication
Year of creation
review statusPeer-Reviewed
Abstract (English):Chapter 1 starts out with a short historical view on “academisation” and “professionalisation,” illustrating how much professional higher education (PHE) in Europe has been in flux in the past years. With examples from France and Ireland, the chapter argues how a new spectrum of missions, differences in national organization of PHE and a variety of denominations for PHE providers and programmes has slowed down a shared understanding of what PHE commonly characterises. Chapter 2 gives information on research aims and methodology of the “HAPHE” (Harmonising Approaches to Professional Higher Education) initiative, which made this publication possible. Chapter 3 is a central part of this book. The authors suggest a validated definition for PHE and present a structured set of characteristics (framework) including quality criteria. The three framework dimensions: policy and strategy, teaching and learning, and research, development and innovation are accompanied by examples of PHE from several European countries. Those examples where gathered from programmes and institutions that have developed a clear professional profile in all or most of the framework criteria. Chapter 4 outlines differences in PHE systems in 15 EU member states for curricular requirements, PHE provision on EQF levels, the recognition of professional degrees, and, not less importantly, access to (research) funding. Chapter 5 builds on the outcomes of all previous chapters and formulates recommendations to European and national policy-makers, the providers of PHE policy, and individuals/organisations working on quality development. (DIPF/Orig.)
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Date of publication09.06.2015
CitationCamilleri, Anthony F.; Delplace, Stefan; Frankowicz, Marek; Hudak, Raimund; Tannhäuser, Anne-Christin: Professional higher education in Europe. Characteristics, practice examples and national differences. Malta : Knowledge Innovation Centre 2014, 109 S. - URN: urn:nbn:de:0111-pedocs-108736 - DOI: 10.25656/01:10873
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