Seminars and conferences


The SPHERE Consortium will organise thematic seminars in various Programme and Partner Countries to address common needs of expert teams and provide more hands-on exchange of practice. The seminars will focus on carefully chosen cross-cutting themes of interest that the HERE and the National Erasmus + Offices have prioritized.

The seminars will be two days targeting 60 participants. They will be structured around a combination of plenary sessions and small breakout sessions (15-20 participants), in order to enable active participation. As many participants as possible will be given active roles, whether as presenters of case studies, moderators or rapporteurs. In addition, opportunities will be identified in the programme to support team building of the members of national HERE teams that are present.

The first HERE seminar was organised on ‘ICT-based learning‘ in Petra, Jordan, on 26-27 October 2015.

The second HERE seminar was organised on ‘Joint programmes and degrees: Strategy, management, implementation‘ in Novi Sad, Serbia, on 17-18 March 2016.

The third HERE seminar was organised on ‘Qualifications Frameworks: What are they, how do they work, what is their impact?‘ in Warsaw, Poland, on 19-20 September 2016. 

The fourth HERE seminar was organised on ‘European Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance (ESG) in practice: Implications for HEIs and higher education systems‘ in Lviv, Ukraine, on 19-20 October 2016. 

The fifth HERE seminar was organised on ‘Students in focus: Student as partners in higher education governance and quality assurance‘ in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on 5-6 April 2017. 

The sixth HERE seminar was organised on ‘Universities and social engagement‘ in Nicosia, Cyprus, on 13-14 June 2017. 

The seventh HERE seminar was organised on "Research-based teaching and learning: From national and institutional policies to practice" on 28-29 May 2018 in Podgorica, Montenegro.

The eighth HERE seminar was organised on 'Recognition: Implications for cross-border access to higher education and mobility' on 10-11 June 2019 in Chișinău, Moldova.

The ninth HERE seminar was organised on ‘Exploring micro-credentials: Why, how and which way forward’ on 26-27 November 2020 in a virtual format.


The SPHERE Consortium will organise international conferences, one at the end of each project year. The purpose is to connect the HEREs across regions and with Europe, and also to embed and contextualise the more technical capacity development measures that take place at national and regional level in the context of the HERE Centralised Support activities. Conferences will target HEREs explicitly but also include a number of international experts.  They will promote and make visible the work of the HEREs and also serve as a forum to connect different policy themes and look at HE systems reform more generally. Whereas seminars, technical assistance missions and study visits will be more hands on with regards to specific themes, conferences will look at the major policy lines, connect themes, and draw conclusions and recommendations for policy makers.

Each conference will be two days targeting 120 participants including HERE teams, higher education institutional leadership, national ministry representatives, relevant networks, agencies and organisations.

The first HERE conference on ‘Innovating learning and teaching: the next phase of the Bologna Process’ was organised in Tbilisi, Georgia, on 3-4 December 2015. 

The annual conference of 2016 'HERE and their mission: Contributing to higher education reform' was organised on 12-13 December in Barcelona, Spain.

The annual conference of 2017 'EU and its Neighbours: Higher Education Policy and Cooperation' was organised on 11-12 December in Brussels, Belgium.

The annual conference of 2018 'Capacity building for higher education reform: The impact of collaborative international projects'  was organised on 12-13 December in Rome, Italy.

The annual conference of 2019 'From social inclusion to skills: Pressing themes in higher education policy making'  was organised on 12-13 December in Prague, Czech Republic

The annual final conference of 2021 'Looking back, looking forward: Perspectives on Higher Education Reform' organised on 18-19 November in a virtual format.