Tuesday, 18 October

Participants arrive

17:00 Optional city tour: Ukrainian Catholic University

Meeting point: the main entrance of the Lviv Opera House. The city guides will be waiting with a mark "Ukrainian Catholic University" in their hands. Please find the map of the location here:

Please find the route from:

There will be two contact persons in case of emergency (being lost, getting late etc.):

  • Natalia: +38063 793 93 39 
  • Marta:  +38063 178 23 39

The city guides will also accompany participants to the Lviv Polytechnic University for the opening reception that starts at 19:30: 

19:30 Opening reception offered by host universities:  Lviv Polytechnic National University

Place: 12 Stepana Bandery Str., 1st floor, Hall


Wednesday, 19 October

*The HERE Seminar video/on-line streaming will be available at 10:45

Address: 12 Stepana Bandery Str.
Assembly Hall of the Main Building of Lviv Polytechnic National University

9:45   Registration and Networking Coffee

10:45 Opening Session

  • Welcome:
    • Volodymyr Kovtunets, 1st Deputy Minister, Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine
    • Yuriy Rashkevych, Vice Rector, Lviv National Polytechnic University
    • Taras Dobko, Senior Vice-Rector, Ukrainian Catholic University
    • Piia Heinamaki, Executive Agency for Education, Audiovisual and Culture of the European Commissioh (EACEA)
    • Svitlana Shytikova, Director, National Erasmus+ office Ukraine
  • Introduction to seminar programme and pre-survey results – Elizabeth Colucci, SPHERE Team / EUA
  • Presentation of participants/interactive ice-breaker

12:00 Session 1: Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area: Where are we now?

  • Chair: Elizabeth Colucci, SPHERE Team / EUA
  • General intro to ESG 2015: The key issues – Colin Tück, European Quality Assurance Register (EQAR)
  • Reactions from HERE countries: Mostafa Mohsen Radwan, Fayoum University, Egypt and Lusine Fljyan, Yerevan Brusov State University of Languages and Social Sciences, Armenia
    • Current regulatory climate for QA
    • Reactions to the ESG 2015 and their applicability
    • Pertinence of ESG in HERE countries

13:30 Lunch

14:30 Session 2: Regional collaboration in external QA: The role of agencies

Therese Zhang, Deputy Director, Higher Education Policy, EUA and formally programme manager at AEQES - Agency for Quality Assurance in Higher Education, Belgium

(25 minute presentation followed by discussion)

15:30 Session 3: Students in focus

          Presentation: Adam Gajek, European Students Union (ESU)  

  • New standard on student centred learning
  • The role of students in external and internal QA

Panel – reactions from two HERE students (10 minutes each): Miloš Pavićević, Montenegro Students Parliament and Nicolai Loghin, Student Alliance of Moldova

          Followed by discussion

16:30 Coffee

16:30 Session 4: Break out groups: Thematic issues

          Three break out groups, each moderated by a European speaker

  • Group 1 (Chair: Adam Gajek, Rapporteur: Darya Miron, Belarus): Ensuring student participation in QA - Assembly Hall of the Main Building
  • Group 2 (Chair: Therese Zhang, Rapporteur: Mostafa Radwan, Egypt): The role of agencies/external QA in supporting institutions - room# 204, floor 2d of the Main Building
  • Group 3 (Chair: Nicolas Patrici, UB/SPHERE Team, Rapporteur: Olena Rusnak, Ukraine): Regional/international collaboration in QA  -  room #226, floor 2d of the Main Building

18:00 Close

19:30 Official dinner

Address: 6 Mateyka Str.


Thursday, 20 October

*The HERE Seminar video/on-line streaming will be available at 09:00

Address: Academic Building, 2A Kozelnytska Str.
Room: 016 – Conference hall Lectorium

9:00  Short presentation of the HERE Virtual Community and Website

9:20   Presentation of break-out group reports

10:00 Session 5: The changing higher education sector: New challenges for QA systems

          Input presentation and chair: Therese Zhang, EUA

The session will be an open forum for HERE to discuss some of the trends in the HE sector that are affecting QA (how it is conducted, how it is reformed, etc): Internationalisation, technology/open and distance learning, etc.

11:15 Coffee

11:45 Session 6:  Institutional Responsibility for QA: Building quality culture

           Sirpa Suntioinen, Quality Manager, University of Eastern Finland  (25 minutes + discussion)

           The speaker will provide an example from her own institution. A discussion will follow.

13:00 Lunch

14:00 Session 7: Break out groups: Building capacity for institutional QA

Three break out groups, each moderated by a European speaker.

  • Group 1 (Chair: Elizabeth Colucci, Rapporteur: Irma Grdzelidze, Georgia): room: Conference hall Lectorium, zero floor
  • Group 2 (Chair: Sirpa Suntioinen, Rapporteur: Nada Moghaizel Nasr, Lebanon): : room#  307, floor 3rd
  • Group 3 (Chair: Therese Zhang, Rapporteur: Anita Jankovic, Kosovo): room#  308, floor 3rd

Participants will be asked to share challenges and also good practices – Outcome should be a list of five conditions for building institutional quality culture capacity and five concrete steps that HERE could take to support this in their countries.

          Rapporteurs will be selected HERE.

15:15 Reports from break-out groups (5 minutes each)

15:30 Closing session

Take-aways for HERE
Thank yous

16:30 Close

17:00 Campus Tour (optional)

Free evening/departure

***Participants are invited to stay on for Friday 21, October for an International Erasmus+ CBHE Information Day and Networking session with presentations from EACEA, NEOs and networking possibilities for NEOs/HEREs and Ukrainian Universities.