Quality Assurance in VET and Higher Education: creating synergies

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Quality Assurance in VET and Higher Education: creating synergies

WEBINAR – the webinar took place on 6 June 2013

Did you miss it? You can find the recording on the following link:


Presentations: QA in VET and HE MENON Webinar (Maguire) 6.vi.13 QQAI_Chart_1 QQI clients Insp

Report: Webinar-6June-report


Times are changing, and boundaries between higher education and vocational education systems are becoming more and more blurred. We can imagine for example that a university and a VET provider collaborate to organise programmes of high professional qualification; or the short specialized “executive” courses that HEIs provide to company professionals. In order to create more transparency and mutual trust between educational systems, quality assurance can contribute to solutions. New questions then arise, such as: 

- Are Quality Assurance approaches really different in VET and Higher Education?

- What happens when there is a single authority dealing with both?

- Are there convergence areas in the way VET and Higher Education Quality Assurance are evolving?

Speaker: Maria Kelo, Director of the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA)

Maria Kelo is the Director of the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA). Together with the Association’s President she represents ENQA in the E4 group and in the Bologna Follow-Up Group. She is a Vice-President of the European Register for Quality Assurance (EQAR). Prior to joining ENQA in 2011, Maria worked for nine years in the field of international higher education, first as a trainee at the European Commission DG for Education and Culture, and subsequently as a research assistant at Eurydice (2003), Senior Officers at the Academic Cooperation Association (2003-2009), Programme manager at EUA (2010), and as independent consultant (2010-2011). During these years Maria carried out a number of project and studies on international higher education, in particular in the fields of transnational education, student mobility, student services, promotion of European higher education, and human resource management in higher education. Maria is a graduate of University College London (1996-2000) and London School of Economics (2001-2002).

Speaker: Bryan Maguire, Head of Qualifications Services at Quality and Qualifications Ireland

 Bryan Maguire is Head of Qualifications Services at Quality and Qualifications Ireland. He was Director of Academic Affairs of the Higher Education and Training Awards Council up to its amalgamation into QQI in November 2012. Dr. Maguire was Head of School of Creative Technologies at Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology, where he had earlier been the founding Head of Department of Learning Sciences.  He holds a bachelors in psychology from University College, Dublin and a PhD from the University of California, San Francisco.  Bryan previously served as lecturer in psychology at Bangor University (Wales), and as development officer for the National Framework of Qualifications with the National Qualifications Authority of Ireland.  He has written and consulted extensively on quality and qualifications frameworks in Ireland and throughout Europe. He is a member of the European Qualifications Framework Advisory Group and of the Working Group on Structural Reforms in the European Higher Education Area.

Moderator: Claudio Dondi, Vice-President, Menon Network

C l a u d i o Dondi, born in Modena in 1958 and an industrial economist as a university background, is the President of SCIENTER – a non-profit research organisation based in Bologna and active Europewide in the field of innovation of education and training systems – since its establishment in 1988. In this position his main activities are the co-ordination of large national and European projects (observatory, foresight, innovation networks), as well as policy advice and evaluation at regional, national and international level. His other positions include: Vice-President of the MENON Network in Brussels, Secretary General of EFQUEL – the European Foundation for Quality in eLearning, Member of the Editorial Board of the British Journal of Educational Technology. From 2001 to 2006 he has been Vice-President of EDEN – the European Distance Education and eLearning Network. From 1999 to 2003 he has been Professor of Human Resources Development at the College of Europe.

Rapporteur: Jennifer Palumbo, Eqavet Projects Coordinator, Menon Network

 Jennifer Palumbo (MSc in Science Communication) has accumulated experience over the past ten years in several aspects of collaborative and European project management, most notably in the field of science communication. From 2003 to 2007 she was in charge of regional, EU and other projects at the Fondazione IDIS-Città della Scienza (Naples, Italy). In 2007 she assisted the Unit on Nanotechnology and Converging Sciences in European Commission, DG Research, to shape their strategy in communicating the results of research. From 2008 to 2012 she has worked as a project officer, then senior project manager, with Ecsite (the European Network of Science Centres and Museums). She has acted as an expert evaluator of project proposals for the European Commission in several occasions. Beyond her proven skills in managing multinational teams and delivering high-quality and timely results, she has experience as a trainer, moderator and facilitator of group processes.