On the 17th of May, the HAPHE Stakeholders Session-Malta took place at Hotel Cavalieri, San Ġiljan, Malta. The event was organised by Knowledge Innovation Centre under the umbrella of the EURASHE led HAPHE Project.
This event brought together 3 important Maltese stakeholders in the field of Professional Higher Education: the National Commission for Further and Higher Education (NCFHE), Malta College of Arts Science and Technology (MCAST)and University Students’ Council (KSU).
The project was presented by Anthony Fisher Camilleri, senior partner at KIC, and followed by a discussion on needs and expectations of Professional Higher Education.
Participants discussed strategies towards the homogenisation of the definition on Professional Higher Education around Europe. They particularly considered the different roles and nature of Academic versus Professional Higher Education.
The seminar concluded that:
- research is a key difference between Academic and Professional HE, with the latter having a clear role of technology transfer / applied research / research in collaboration with industry.
- the use of economic models in skill forecasting is instrumental to the development and increased efficiency of PHE
- PHE is characterised by a dynamic curriculum – the key is to find the appropriate balance between simulated and real environment work based learning. More emphasis should be given to the real environment and work based learning, than in academic Higher Education
The scope of research and the types of apprenticeships available vary greatly between small countries/regions and larger ones.
Information about the HAPHE Project
HAPHE stands for Harmonising Approaches to Professional Higher Education in Europe and is coordinated by EURASHE. Together with the 10 partners, ensuring strong representation of European Professional Higher Education through the participation of Institutions, National Associations and structural partners, the project aims to:
- Survey the different approaches to PHE provision throughout EU-member states;
- Set out the defining characteristics of a ‘professional’ Higher Education programme;
- Propose a set of quality criteria which contribute towards the best-case fulfilment of those characteristics;
- Collect and share best practice on how institutions can adopt the criteria;
- Suggest indicators and quantification methodologies to allow comparison of PHE in the context of overall HE and LLL provision.
Presentations and Materials from the Seminar
The presentation of the HAPHE definition and characteristics can be found below: