In the last decades, there have been considerable developments in the EU higher education sector/system. Estonian Rectors’ Conference of UAS (RCUAS) drew up the UAS Roadmap for 2020 “Professional Higher Education in the Context of European Higher Education” to analyse the future trends of professional higher education in different countries.
Combined research methodology was used during this research – first, the development trends of the key performance indicators of the member institutions of RCUAS were analysed for the period of 2008–2012, then semi-structured interviews with rectors of higher education institutions, members of European rectors’ conferences and higher education experts were conducted. The data reflecting the main development trends of professional higher education institutions was collected both from the Estonian Education Information System and from the professional higher education institutions, based on harmonized criteria.
When analysing professional higher education in the context of educational reforms, it can be said that the higher education systems in Estonia and other EU countries follow a similar pattern, however, a certain time lag can be noticed.
The ideal of an education system fully matching the needs of an employment market is a noble and high goal to be sought after. At the same time, a higher education system integrated completely to an employment market exists in no country.
The project was completed in 2014.
The project was funded by the EU Cooperation Program PRIMUS.
International Week on 1-5 October 2012
There are different activities during the International Week on 1-5 October 2012 in Estonian universities of applied sciences:
Tartu Art College – German artist Frank Popp’s exhibition, workshops with students.
Estonian Entrepreneurship UAS – 1) Oct 1, 10:00-11:30 Gunnar Piho (St James’s University Hospital, UK) lecture “IT revolution: opportunities and challenges”;
2) Oct 4, 10:00-11:30 Sandra Ricardez Delli (Idrac International School of Management, France) lecture “Cross Cultural Management in Latin America”.
Tallinn UAS – citywide creativity and entrepreneurship workshops, citywide Erasmus-students get-together.
Tallinn Health Care College – 1) Oct 1, 12:00 opening of the week, lectures of the Erasmus-teachers from partnerschools (Creece, Finland, Norway);
2) Oct 2,13:00-15:00 Round Table in the unit of adult education and nursing;
3) Oct 3, 11:00-16:00 video conference with partners from Latvia, Lithuania, Portugal; Round Tabel in nursing;
4) Oct 4, 12:30-15:30 students experiences of the project work and exchange periods – video conference between Estonia, Netherlands, Belgium, Finland, Norway, Portugal. 14:00-16:00 – exhibition: healthy food and food supplements.
Estonian Aviation Academy – 1) Oct 2, 13:00-15:00 lecture of Prof Eugeniusz Cieslak (National Defence University Warsaw) “State Aviation in Poland”;
2) Oct 3, 12:00-13:30 lectures of Prof Eugeniusz Cieslak “Intensive Project Aviation for Citizen Security and Safety LotSec 2012 Results and Conclusions” and “Military Aviation in Disaster Response Operations”;
3) Oct 4, 14:00-16:00 presentations from exchange-students from Slovakia, Turkey and Poland about their domestic education system and specialtys.
Tartu Health Care College – 1) Oct 3, 10:00-13:00 student conference “Globalisation of education as a value”; Mr Graciano Nobre Paolo, PhD (Vice-President of the Coimbra College of Health Technology, Portugal; Vice-President of European Federation of Radiographers Societies) video lecture “Globalisation of education as a value”;
2) Oct 4 Mrs Tiina Säilä (Tampere UAS, Finland) video lecture; Mrs Alexandra Andre (Coimbra College of Health Technology, Portugal) video lecture;
3) Oct 4 Mr Helder Simões (Coimbra College of Health Technology, Portugal) video lecture;
4) Oct 4 Prof Obreshkova and Prof Petkova (Plovdiv Medical University, Bulgaria) lectures “Heavy radon gas – hygienic problem”, “Biological, pharmacological and antioxidant activity of Galanthamine and Derivatives”.
International Week ends up with international conference on higher education “Mergers in Higher Education – Success or Failure?” at Kumu Art Museum in Tallinn, Estonia on October 5 2012.