Who We Are

The Alliance of Non-state Higher Education Institutions in Europe

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Our mission

Independent universities are an expression of the variety of the European higher education system and support the freedom of choice of students and teachers.

They offer a wide range of study options at the current state of the art in science and didactics.

State-independent higher education institutions offer added value to students and at the same time strengthen the performance of the European higher education system. They help to better solve Europe's technical, economic and social challenges in the context of a globalised world, thus promoting the values of social inclusion, academic excellence, freedom and democracy.

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The Decalogue

10 Reasons Why Private Higher Education (PHE) is important for Europe and five Demands to the EU and the European Governments

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The Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is responsible for the day-to-day business of the association. It shall consist of a minimum of five and a maximum of eleven members elected from among the members.

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Become a member

Applications for full or corporate membership shall be made in writing to the Executive Committee

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News & Stories

Statement of the Bologna Follow Up Group

EUPHE strongly supports the Statement of the Bologna Follow-up Group on the consequences of the Russian Invasion of Ukraine. Non-state Universities, as a vivid expression […]

ECJ has taken an important decision in favour of non-stat...

Again the ECJ has taken an important decision in favor of non-state universities. The Latvian Constitutional Court has asked the ECJ whether the national legislation […]

VC with
Sabine Verheyen

During the last board conference of 2021, the EUPHE board members had the opportunity to exchange views with Ms Sabine Verheyen, Member of the European […]

Members

Spain

Asociacion Española de Escuelas de Negocios (AEEN)

AEEN is the national Spanish association of private business schools, established in 2008 by 11 schools with the aim of contributing in a collegial manner to the process of management development through professional Master`s programs that enable their students to obtain highly effective business results. Currently, it has 62 member schools with around 63.000 students in 1300 programs and 603.000 alumni

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Portugal

Associação Portuguesa do Ensino Superior Privado (APESP)

APESP is the national Portuguese association of non-state higher education institutions recognized as being of public interest under the terms of the Legal Regime of Higher Education Institutions Currently it has about 60 members with about 74.000 students in.... programs

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Austria

Österreichische Privatuniversitäten Konferenz (ÖPUK)

ÖPUK is the national Austrian conference of private universities. Currently, it has 16 members with around 220 study courses and more than 18.000 students

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Slovenia

Skupnost Samostoijnih Visokošolskih Zavodov (SSVZ)

SSVZ is the national Slovenian association of non-state higher education institutions and is officially recognized by the government as its representative. It currently has 35 members with about ....students in ....programs

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Poland

University of Social Sciences and Humanities (SWPS)

SWPS is one of the leading Polish non-state universities, established in 1996 with currently 5 campuses in major cities of Poland with more than 17.000 students in 35 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs.

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Ireland

The Higher Education Colleges Association (HECA)

HECA is the national Irish association of respected independent, private providers of quality higher-level education. It was established in 1991 and currently has 12 member colleges with 27.000 students in 379 QQI validated programs and around 127.000 alumni

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France

Union Des Grandes Écoles Indépendantes
(UGEI)

UGEI is one of the national French associations of non-state higher education institutions, established in 1993, with 37 member schools, among them 14 business schools, 22 engineering schools and 1 design school with about 81.000 students in ....programs

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France

Union Des Nouvelles Facultés Libres
(UNFL)

UNFL is one of the national French associations of non-state higher education institutions, established in 2004. It currently has 5 members which offer 58 including licences, masters and double degrees.

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Germany

Verband Privater Hochschulen e.V.
(VPH)

VPH is the national German association of non-state higher education institutions, established in 2004. It currently has around 82 members with about 263.000 students in more than 1200 programs.

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