Project name: Building Professional Higher Education Capacity
Duration: until December 31, 2017
Budget: 29.754,17 €


The objectives of this project are to:

  • encourage institutions of professional HE to analyse their internal policies for cooperation between education, research and business
  • implement improvements and reforms to policies and practices as regards cooperation with the world of work
  • support the sharing of best practices with respect to interventions for strengthening the knowledge triangle
  • design a set of supporting tools, in particular framework policies and/or implementation guides, to strengthen active cooperation between HEIs and partners from outside academia

The project involves policy- and decision- makers from within institutions of Professional Higher Education, who will collaborate within the structures set up by their national associations for PHE, who are members of the consortium. Through their participation in the project, each of these institutions will analyse their overall connection with the world of work, formulate improvements with the help of best practice in the field and mainstream these practices into institutional strategy.


The link to the project is HERE:

  • Self-Assessment Reports produced by 9 institutions, describing the extent and quality of their connections with the world of work
  • Implementation Plans describing proposed improvements to policies and strategies to better cooperate with the world of work created and endorsed
  • A Peer-Learning Event bringing together representatives from Institutions around Europe
  • 70 best-practice cases collected and published, with at least 5 cases published under each HAPHE-criterion
  • A set of supporting tools for PHE-business cooperation, in particular, framework policies, published as a best-practice implementation guide for Higher Education institutions

At local and regional level, the project will:

  • foster improved collaboration between PHEIs and enterprises
  • increase the choice of learning pathways available to students, in particular strengthening ‘dual’ options involving a mixture of studies and work experience such as apprenticeships
  • contribute towards addressing skill-shortages in key technical areas of employment
  • enhance the quality of the ‘professional’ experiences offered by PHEIs

At national level, the project will make recommendations to policy-makers as to measures to improve and enhance cooperation between academia and enterprises. Adoption of such recommendations should primarily facilitate the provision of apprenticeships by enterprises. Evidence suggests that this in turn would lead to lower levels of youth unemployment. At EU level, the project will facilitate exchange of practice and increased cooperation between Institutions and Associations of Professional Higher Education.