10 reasons, why non-state higher education is important for the European education system


Non-state higher education is the expression of a free, vivid, democratic and self-confident civil-society, who believes that high quality in higher education requires also the dynamics and the entrepreneurial spirit of the private sector


Non-state higher education contributes to diversity and plurality of the European higher education system and thus increases the freedom of choice for students and faculty


Non-state higher education institutions offer their students a wide range of programs on the current state of science and didactics which correspond to the actual needs and demands of society and industry


Non-state higher education institutions respond swiftly with tailor-made programs to new requirements for qualifications and skills of students


Non-state higher education institutions combine scientific expertise with practical experience to programs with high value added for the employability of students


Non-state higher education institutions contribute with their entrepreneurial spirit to a more agile, motivative and outcome-oriented higher education system


Non-state higher education institutions support Europe in its global competition for the brightest talents with their customer- and market-oriented approach


Non-state higher education institutions are committed to more equity, accessibility and inclusiveness of the higher education system and strive for a better participation of all kind of students regardless of their social background


Non-state higher education institutions emphasize performance and outcome-orientation of students and faculty to ensure more efficiency of the higher education system


Non-state higher education institutions contribute to create more attractive job opportunities for all academicians


EUPHE demands from the EU and the European Governments


to recognize the need for plurality of state and non-state higher education as an important value of a free and democratic Europe


to protect the diversity and the independence of non-state higher education institutions in legislation and administration with respect to academic freedom


to ensure a fair co-existence of state-and non-state higher education in legislation, administration and public funding of higher education


to ensure the free movement and establishment of European based institutions of non-state higher education in all EU-Countries according to the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, the Treaty in Functioning of the European Union and the EU Services Directive 2006/123/EG


to ensure that non-state higher education institutions may participate unrestrictedly in all its funding programs for higher education



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Associação Portuguesa do Ensino Superior Privado (APESP)

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