Created in the early 70s, the French Centre for Research on Qualifications’ mission is to conduct studies on employability of labor forces and on the evolution of certifications and competencies.
Céreq works primarily to inform public authorities, economic and social actors on the construction and the provision of training (types of degrees, training modalities, etc.) in response to economic changes, employment conditions, work organization and technological evolutions.
As such, it plays an important role in committees of experts dealing with the evolution of French systems of initial vocational training (especially the professional advisory committees managed by the French Ministries of National Education, Labour, Agriculture, Health, Youth and Sports).
Céreq field of study has progressively expanded to all matters relating to initial and continuing vocational education and training: mobility, building competencies and skills throughout life, evaluating State aid systems for employment, observing transformations in training provision, analyzing the role of different actors of the education and training. Since 1985 it became an autonomous public institution, under the aegis of Ministry of National Education, High Education and Research and the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Dialogue. More...
Twenty university leaders and senior managers met at the Copenhagen Business School on 19 and 20 February in the framework of the EUA-led DEFINE project, which explores strategies for efficient and sustainable funding of higher education in Europe.
Participants of the Focus Group, representing twelve different higher education systems, evaluated the strengths and weaknesses of their respective funding allocation mechanisms, assessing the fitness for purpose of the various instruments used to deliver funds to institutions. In particular, the work focused on the use of formula-based funding with performance indicators and its articulation with so-called performance contracts, a feature which is common in a number of higher education systems in Europe.
The group agreed on a number of conclusions regarding the use of performance-based funding in higher education, helping to further shape the outcomes of EUA’s ongoing DEFINE project. More...
Call for expressions of interest N° EACEA/2013/01 for the establishment of a list of experts to assist the Education, Audiovisual and Culture executive Agency in the framework of the management of European Union programmes in the field of education, audiovisual, culture, youth, sport, EU aid volunteers, and citizenship or any other programmes delegated to the Agency.
The call for expressions of interest is open for the lifetime of the programmes managed by the Agency, i.e. until 31.12.2020.
Experts can register at any time prior to the last three months of validity of the call.
How to apply
Details of how to apply are found on the 'Experts' page of the Participant Portal for Education, Audiovisual, Culture, Citizenship and Volunteering. Here is the link to the portal: Link to Participant Portal
Who can be an expert?
You have a chance of being selected as an expert if you:
Have a high level of expertise in the programmes managed by the Agency as stated in the call for expression of interest to be published by the Agency
Have a good knowledge of English and/or French and/or German
Are able to use IT tools
Can be available for occasional, short-term assignments
What will the assignments involve?
The Agency may need external expertise in the following programme:
Erasmus+ (education, youth, sport)
Europe for Citizens
Creative Europe (MEDIA, culture)
EU Aid Volunteers
Experts' tasks may include:
Evaluating proposals received in response to calls for proposals
Evaluating and monitoring projects
Specific studies and analyses relating to fields of activity
Translation or editing of documents in the required languages
Support to the Agency during public events
Any other tasks relating to the programmes managed by the Agency.
The Centre for Quality Assessment in Higher Education (SKVC) announces a public call for international experts to participate in the process of external quality assessment of study programmes provision and (or) institutional reviews of HEI in Lithuania.
Experts applying should be known in their fields as researchers, teachers of the subject, or be Bologna experts, independent higher education consultants, have previous experience of participation in peer reviews in the home country or internationally, and be fluent in English.
If you are interested, please send your Curriculum Vitae and a short motivation letter by e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
All information will be submitted into the SKVC database. The evaluation coordinator will be in contact with the selected experts with proposal to work in the particular evaluations in Lithuania.
For more information about list of programmes to be evaluated please consult the call here.
Public call for international external experts - Public Agency for Accreditation of Higher Education (PAAHE)
The Public Agency for Accreditation of Higher Education (PAAHE), Albania, announces a public call for international external experts.
External experts are expected to work as peer review for external evaluation of Higher Education Institutions in Albania at institutional and study program level.
Experts applying must meet the following criteria:
1. Must be a well known person in the relevant science field;
2. Must have experience of at least 5 (five) years in teaching and in scientific research in one of the areas;
3. Must have at least the scientific degree "Doctor"
4. Must have experience in quality assurance in higher education institutions;
5. Must have high personal and professional integrity;
6. Must have international experience gained through postgraduate study or research training in Western universities or research centers.
If you are interested, please send your Curriculum Vitae by e-mail to: email@example.com.
The selected external experts will be listed on the External Expert List of PAAHE and will be contacted about particular proposed evaluations in Albania.
For more information please consult the call here.
Appel à manifestation d’intérêt pour l’évaluation des candidatures et rapports du programme Erasmus +
Dans le cadre de son activité, l'agence Europe-Education-Formation France met en oeuvre la sélection des projets du programme Erasmus +, notamment en vue de l'attribution des aides financières. Pour cela, elle s'appuie sur l'expertise d'évaluateurs externes. Les personnes souhaitant devenir évaluateur peuvent obtenir toutes les informations et candidater sur notre site Internet. En savoir plus.
Modalités de candidature
L'appel à manifestation d'intérêt concernant les évaluateurs est ouvert jusqu'au 15 octobre 2013.
Pour vous porter candidat en tant qu'évaluateur pour 2014, vous devez compléter intégralement votre curriculum vitae et le soumettre en ligne.Pour toute question sur les modalités d'évaluation, vous pouvez contacter Nora TAGHRI par téléphone au 05 56 00 94 22 ou par email sur l'adresse dédiée firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grille tarifaire des évaluations à compter du 1er janvier 2013
La grille tarifaire 2014 sera publiée en décembre 2013. Ces tarifs seront adaptés en fonction de la complexité spécifique identifiée pour chaque action du nouveau programme.
Report of the Expert Group “International Cooperation in Science, Technology and Innovation: Strategies for a Changing World”
The European Commission has published its Report “International Cooperation in Science, Technology and Innovation: Strategies for a Changing World” to support the further development of an EU international STI cooperation strategy. Due to a changing global landscape, EU STI policies are fragmented. A more strategic European Framework which focuses on global challenges and thematic priorities is required to increase coherence as well as to ensure sufficient resources and funding. Download The Report of the Expert Group - International Cooperation in STI.
Conclusions and key policy recommendations
Pulling all elements of the present analysis together, it is clear that Europe finds itself at a crossroads: Fundamental changes in the global research and innovation landscape are taking place. The increasingly pressing global challenges urgently require a strategic and forward looking response at EU level. Hence, the overall recommendation is to develop
1) A strategy with a focus on strengthening European attractiveness as international research and innovation hub and partner in order to strengthen European competitiveness and prosperity
Europe needs to get at the forefront of international collaboration in STI by making it the place to be for international researchers and non-EU MNEs. Secondly, the EU must provide their stakeholders an infrastructure to expand to other regions into the world and help universities, SMEs in particular to reach out to those markets in selected themes addressing the grand challenges of the next decades.
Only few countries have so far developed an integrated policy strategy. In the US and the UK the overarching, strategic orientation of policy is to support world-class excellence in science with the aim of generating attractiveness for R&D activities by MNEs. The emergence of China on the global S&T scene is backed by elements of an integrated policy strategy, albeit with strong elements of a planned economy context.
Currently there is a dominance of geographical prioritization through picking countries. This has been especially evident in SFIC. This should change:
2) Theme- and problem-oriented prioritization is needed rather than geographic; Grand Challenges as a clear prioritization tool to be mainstreamed also in the international dimension. Prioritization of international collaboration should follow closely the priorities of the EU’s core research and innovation programmes, while the geographical approach should be the core of an implementation strategy. This also implies that
3) The international perspective needs to be more fully integrated into ’regular’ programmes at EU level
All EU programmes (old and new instruments) should be required to have an international dimension, e.g. through benchmarking and monitoring, identification of relevant partners –and competitors– outside Europe and activities for strengthening cooperation with non-EU partners and/or activities aimed at increasing proximity to relevant markets and users outside Europe. This requires the ability of evaluators and evaluation criteria to valuate and evaluate international partners and collaborations; criteria should be based on complementarities and critical assets for R&D projects.
The EU Framework Programmes are seen as the key vehicle to foster effective international cooperation:
4) Make the Horizon 2020 truly open and attractive to the best and brightest in the world allowing European actors to work with the best brains wherever they are.
International cooperation in STI is impeded by numerous bottlenecks:
5) Strengthen framework conditions for and removal of barriers to international cooperation.
This concerns in particular issues like mobility, standards, IPR, opening national research programmes, simplification of Framework Programme, increasing the competitiveness of European universities, realizing the ERA as a prerequisite to an effective international dimension.
6) Design targeted initiatives for strengthening cooperation in selected (prioritized) areas: these can be multilateral, bilateral, and unilateral. The key criteria should be achieving benefits for European stakeholders.
The EU should become a stronger international actor in international science and technology fora and in taking the initiative in international science, technology and innovation collaborations through such targeted initiatives.
7) A strong focus on firms and innovation is needed. This has not been properly addressed before and it requires a new/different approach; there are fundamental differences in drivers of international cooperation between academia and industry and between research and innovation. Actions should e.g. be taken along several lines:
• Make Europe the global lead market for innovations to be deployed. Provide the leading Research and Innovation infrastructures for pilots and early adopters.
• Leverage Europe’s diversity in language and jurisdiction to allow for true international products and solutions to be developed that can easily be sold globally.
• Domestic clusters of S&T excellence are an important attractor for innovative companies, R&D institutes and R&D workers from abroad. A strong and vibrant academic and industrial research base, efficient protection of intellectual property rights and a well-trained workforce are major determinants for MNE investment in R&D, but will also promote the growth of domestic enterprises. Hence, such policy measures should be aimed simultaneously at creating favourable conditions for domestic and foreign-owned domiciled enterprises.
• In order to benefit from the internationalisation of R&D, economies should optimize their absorptive capacity and networking with multinational firms.
Among the factors that improve absorptive capacity, two stand out, viz. a high educational level of the local labour force and a well-developed technological capacity of domestic firms.
• Stimulating the development of excellence in local Science & Technology capacities and providing an innovation friendly environment is key to any policy towards R&D internationalisation.
Many countries have not fully recognised the implications of the current internationalisation of STI. In part this is because the full implications are not yet clear, and this is certainly an area in which further research and analysis is required. The increasing mobility of financial resources for STI is accompanied by the increasing mobility of highly skilled scientists and engineers. This has implications not only for education policies, but also for a wide range of policy arenas – tax policies, regulatory frameworks and standards setting, among others. Although many of the instruments needed are already in place in most national and supra national policy levels, they need to be mobilized better to fit into a coherent, systemic policy approach to face the challenges of internationalisation of R&D.
An ambitious strategy for international cooperation will need to leverage the resources and initiatives in the Member States. The Commission should contribute to making the Strategic Forum for International S&T Cooperation (SFIC) a truly high-level and effective body with a capability to engage strategically in this policy field.
8) Variable geometry should be exploited to the full, with flexible arrangements (within EU and with countries outside EU) including multilateral platforms for strategic cooperation. Variable geometry initiatives should also build on lead initiatives by individual Member States that expands their successful bilateral programmes or activities to several European partners.
A credible and effective strategy on international cooperation needs to build on reliable information made available to key prioritization processes. There is a need for more structured information resources:
9) All initiatives must be based on more evidence- or analysis-based decision-making, including forward looking analysis to inform decision making about likely trends and future changes and systematic exchange of experiences. Download The Report of the Expert Group - International Cooperation in STI.
The Croatian Agency for Science and Higher Education (ASHE) is starting a re-accreditation procedure of higher education institutions for the academic year 2012/2013. In order to carry out high-quality evaluations, they are looking for international experts.
Prospective candidates should possess the following qualifications:
- Teachers at universities and polytechnics
- Coming from the fields of biotechnology, economics, business and management, information science, marine science, technical field
- Experience in evaluation procedures
- Good knowledge of English both oral and written
To apply for this position, please follow the link below: http://www.azvo.hr/index.php/international-expert
The deadline for application is 10 December 2012.
More information here.
Public call of the Agency for Science and Higher Education
Agency for Science and Higher Education launches re-accreditation of higher education institutions in academic year 2012/2013 and advertises public call for application of members of the expert panel (experts in the field of higher education). If you want to apply to be entered in our database of members of the panel of experts, please fill in the following form.
FINAL CONFERENCE MALTA 18th/19th OCTOBER 2012
Download the programme - List of participants
Thursday 18 October 2012
BRIDGE project: presentation of project activities - Luca Lantero (EM NS - Italy)
ENIC/NARIC networks: role and activities - Allan Bruun Pedersen (President of the ENIC network - ENIC-NARIC Denmark)
Erasmus Mundus National Structures (EM NSs): role and activities - Silvano Cristauro (EM NS - Malta)
Joint degrees and the Lisbon Recognition Convention - Carita Blomqvist (President of the Lisbon Recognition Convention Bureau - ENIC-NARIC Finland)
Quality assurance and joint programmes - Axel Aerden (JOQAR Project - NVAO: Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders)
Joint programmes require joint forces: the management aspect - Francesco Girotti (JOIMAN Project - University of Bologna)
European area of recognition manual (EAR): Practical guidelines for fair recognition of qualifications - Jenneke Lokhoff (EAR Manual - Nuffic - The Netherlands) BRIDGE project: presentation of project result
BRIDGE questionnaires (BRIDGE action 1, 2, 3)- Juan Carlos Parodi (EM NS - Spain)
Analysis of Erasmus Mundus case studies (BRIDGE action 4) - Leonor Santa Clara (EM NS - Portugal)
Study visits to ENIC and MERIC Centres (BRIDGE action 5) - Anastassia Knor (EM NS - Estonia)
Handbook on good practices in the recognition process (BRIDGE Action 6)- Luca Lantero (EM NS - Italy - NARIC Italia)
Friday 19 October 2012
Workshops and discussion on case studies (BRIDGE experiences): “Bridge Café”
1st Cafè: Creation phase - Anastassia Knor and Francesco Girotti
2nd Cafè: Selection phase - Giovanni Finocchietti and Allan Bruun Pedersen
3rd Cafè: Awarding phase - Luca Lantero and Carita Blomqvist
Beyond BRIDGE: ongoing cooperation among NS and other actors in Erasmus Mundus Action 3
Cluster on recognition of degrees and joint degrees- Dr. Edith Genser (EACEA - Head of Action 3 Erasmus Mundus)
INTERHED - The internationalisation of higher education. An on-line training course- Gerry O’Sullivan (EM NS - Ireland)
JDAZ - Joint degree from A to Z - Madalena Pereira (EM NS- The Netherlands)
INTERUV - Joint programmes - Facilitator for university internationalisation - Martina Friedrich (EM NS - Austria)
- Erasmus Mundus National Structures
- ENIC and NARIC Centres
- Strengthen cooperation and facilitate the dialogue between the Network of Erasmus Mundus National Structures and the Network of NARIC and ENIC centres
- Increase awareness and knowledge about Joint courses and Join degrees, both in the framework of Erasmus Mundus and in the next generation of EU Programmes.
Bridge - Best Recognition Instruments for the Dialogue between Global Experts, is a project funded in the framework of Action 3 of the Erasmus Mundus Programme. Its main purpose is to strengthen cooperation among the Erasmus Mundus National Structures and the NARIC, ENIC and MERIC Centres.
Such an improvement emerges as a priority, considering the following two aspects: on the one hand, the need to establish Erasmus Mundus consortia to draft joint programmes and to provide for the award of the corresponding double, multiple or joint qualifications. On the other, the need to spread knowledge about the specific rules of the EM Programme among credential evaluation centres, in order to let them assess the qualifications issued by each consortium at best.
The goals of the Bridge Project are: - to enhance the dialogue between the Network of the Erasmus Mundus National Structures and the NARIC Centres;
- to establish a stable connection between the National Structures and the NARIC, ENIC and MERIC Centres;
- to assess and increase the ENIC and MERIC Centres’ level of knowledge about the Erasmus Mundus Programme;
- to provide practical tools and suggestions for the Erasmus Mundus consortia at the following stages: creation of joint programmes; assessment of the prospective candidates for Erasmus Mundus programmes; award of double, multiple and joint degrees by Erasmus Mundus consortia.
The five partners participating in the Bridge Project work both as Erasmus Mundus National Structures and as NARIC Centres:
PNC – Italia (project coordinator)
Kunsill Malti ghall Kwalifiki – Malta (project partner)
Ministério da Educaçao e Ciência - Direcção-Geral do Ensino Superior – Portugal (project partner) Sihtasutus Archimedes – Estonia (project partner)
Dirección General de Política Universitaria - Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte – Spain (project partner)
The idea for the Bridge Project came after acknowledging that very often credential evaluation centres, such as the NARIC, ENIC and MERIC Centres, are not familiar with the specific elements of Erasmus Mundus joint courses and qualifications.
It was also observed that, in some EU countries, there only seem to be limited contact between the NSs and the NARIC Centres, because the two institutions are often run by different bodies. In other words, NSs have an in-depth knowledge of the EM Programme, while the NARIC Centres specialise in the different H.Ed. systems and in the evaluation of foreign qualifications, but they only rarely have the chance to share their knowledge and skills.
Looking at the situation outside the border of Europe, in the countries where there isn’t any Erasmus Mundus National Structure, we found very proactive credential evaluation centres: as in the case of the ENIC Centres (UNESCO European Region) and the MERIC ones (UNESCO Mediterranean Region). In fact, they both are potential evaluators of Erasmus Mundus qualifications, since EM students might also come from ENIC and MERIC countries.
These are the reasons why, it was crucial to involve in the project counterparts working both as EM National Structures and NARIC Centres, as the five partners of the BRIDGE project (Estonia, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Spain) actually do.
The Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) has called for applications for individuals to be included on its Register of Experts.
According to the TEQSA Register of Experts webpage (http://www.teqsa.gov.au/experts) members of the Register of Experts will be expected to have and maintain significant knowledge and experience in one or more identified areas of expertise, including:
a. area(s) of identified disciplinary expertise (by Broad, Narrow and Detailed ASCED fields);
b. academic governance;
c. corporate governance;
d. financial capability and processes;
e. financial business planning, solvency, viability and sustainability;
f. outsourcing (including third party arrangements);
g. human resources management;
h. facilities planning and management;
i. Library and Information Services;
j. risk management;
k. student services/administration;
l. academic administration (including admission and enrolment process);
m. marketing strategies and recruitment;
n. IT/Systems administration;
o. academic quality assurance;
p. learning and teaching in higher education;
q. curriculum development and design (including alignment with the Australian Qualifications Framework);
r. academic assessment and moderation methodologies;
s. research management;
t. research training;
u. higher education delivery in a language other than English;
v. vocational education pathways to higher education;
w. dual sector arrangements;
x. work integrated learning;
y. learning technologies (including flexible delivery, online delivery, e-learning, distance education;
z. international education – on shore;
aa. international education - off shore;
cc. foundation programs; and
TEQSA can invite individuals whom it deems to be appropriately qualified to be included on the Research Experts to provide written advice or answer to specific questions. On rare occasions Experts might be required to undertake site visits. The advice will relate to elements of TEQSA’s regulatory assessments and reviews, including advice on TEQSA’s assessment of provider or course applications and other scheduled and non-scheduled reviews
Importantly, Experts will not be drafting recommendations on applications, providing commendations, nor formulating draft conditions or time periods for registration/renewal of registration and accreditation/renewal of accreditation.
Applications for the Register of Experts close at 5pm on Friday 11 December. No late applications will be accepted.
Interested members should go to TEQSA Register of Experts webpage (http://www.teqsa.gov.au/experts) where they will find more information and application forms.
Applications close 5pm, 11 December 2012.
Register of Experts: Summary of Requirement (pdf, 109KB)
Attachment A: Statement of Requirement (pdf, 100KB)
Attachment B: Application Form (doc, 115KB)
Attachment C: Multi-Use List Rules (pdf, 125KB)
Attachment D: Statement of Compliance (doc, 101KB)
Attachment E: Draft Contract and General Conditions of Contract (pdf, 316KB)
Frequently Asked Questions (pdf, 110KB)