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QACEP - Quality Assurance for Higher Education Institutions' Continuing Education Programmes






Objectives of the conference

Advanced knowledge-based societies require innovative and creative educational systems able to answer immediately to specific needs of the evolving and changing labour market and of society in general. In this context, Higher Education Institutions play a fundamental role in providing research-based higher education for lifelong learners to create opportunities, even for well specialized and graduate professionals, for advanced specialization and/or for improving and updating personal skills and competences. Parallel to the growing number of Continuing Education Programmes at Higher Education Institutions and other educational providers, the need for appropriate quality assurance systems for these kinds of programmes has also grown.

The conference, organised by the Coimbra Group and the QACEP project partners, is the occasion:

  • to discuss key opportunities and challenges concerning the described context;
  • to discuss the need for appropriate quality assurance for these programmes looking also at the final results of the European project QACEP;
  • to participate in interactive discussions on specific experiences in the field of quality improvement of Continuing Education Programmes at Higher Education.


The conference is of interest to Continuing Education Programme managers and coordinators, teachers/academics, governing bodies and officers responsible for Quality Assurance and Continuing Education in HEIs. It provides an opportunity for discussion and exchange of experiences among staff of Higher Education Institutions and other key stakeholders working in Quality Assurance, HEI’s Continuing Education and more generally on lifelong learning issues.

Main topics

The focus is on:

  • Higher Education Institution Continuing Education Programmes: opportunities and challenges in Europe
  • developing systems for the Quality Assurance of HEIs’ Continuing Education Programmes: guiding principles, practical uses, pilot experiences and tools for quality improvement
  • cooperation with external stakeholders to improve the quality of HEIs’ Continuing Education Programmes

Issues are presented and interactively discussed by staff of QACEP partner institutions and invited speakers:

  • Dr. Endika Bengoetxea - Policy Officer, European Commission - DG Education and Culture
  • Hans-Rudolf Frey ETH Zurich, Centre for Continuing Education

Round table confirmed participants as of 6 September 2011: 

  • Marta Bronzo - Belgian-Italian Chamber of Commerce, European Desk
  • Prof. Françoise De Viron - Catholique University of Louvain - Secretary General of EUCEN, the European Association for ULLL, and member of its Steering Committee
  • Michael Gaebel - European University Association (EUA)
  • Franky Tolpe - Dexia Bank NV - Dexia Real Estate Banking (Student of the Postgraduate Programme in Real Estate Studies, K.U.Leuven - Student representative in the Programme Committee 2010 and 2011)

During the lunch break some posters about the QACEP pilot project will be interectively presented.

Biografical notes for Chairs and Speakers and abstracts of the posters


The Conference takes place on the 23rd of September 2011, from 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. Detailed programme.


Fondation Universitaire / Universitaire Stichting
Rue d'Egmont, 11 - Brussels - BELGIUM
(Plan and practical info)


Conference has no registration fee but the number of places is limited. Registration is now closed.

Registered participants are invited to print the email of confirmation and to bring it along to the event.

Participants are responsible for their own travel and accommodation arrangements. However, you may find useful practical information on the venue, transportation and accommodation on the conference website


QACEP Brussels Conference Organisation
Catarina Moleiro - Coimbra Group Office
Phone: +32 2 513 83 32
QACEP Project Coordination
Angela Ribeiro Cavazzuti
University of Bologna - Quality Assurance Unit
Phone: +39 051 – 2099110

 Supported by:

lefelong learning programmeThis project has been funded with support from the European Commission.


 Conference documents

Folder: Poster Session
Poster Session
Folder: Presentations
QACEP Brussels Conference 23.09.11_Programme
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QACEP Brussels Conference 23.09.11_Speakers_Posters
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QACEP Brussels Conference 23.09.2011_Practical Info
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