The first PHE Excellence Forum brought together experts in Professional Higher Education from around Europe from 28th September – 1st October 2016, in Logarska Dolina, Slovenia to discuss challenges facing the PHE sector in Central and South-Eastern Europe.


The first PHE Excellence Forum is a direct followup to the meetings of the PHE Excellence National Committees which were held between May and September in each of the participating countries of the project. During these national meetings, national stakeholders discussed and outlined the main challenges and barriers facing the PHE sector in their respective countries.

The forum will bring together European experts in each of the four thematic areas of the project with the aim of identifying shared national, regional and European challenges, and to conduct a root cause analysis on them, so as to understand the factors which lead to perpetuation of barriers.

The end result of the forum will be a PHE Excellence Challenge Policy Statment, which will summarise the challenges faced by each country and by the region as a whole, and which will serve as the basis for the collection of best-practices and subsequent proposal of policy solutions in later phases of the project.


Day 1

16:00 Team-Building
19:00 Welcome & Overall Introduction to Week and Project
19:45 Dinner
20:30 Moderators’ Training

Day 2

09:00 Introduction to Day (download presentation)
09:45 Split into Groups
10:00 Presentation of Results from National Excellence Fora
11:00 Coffee
11:30 Selection of 4 Priority Policy Topics (results)
13:15 Lunch and Free Time
15:15 Root Cause Analysis Workshop: Priority Topic 1
17:30 Coffee
18:00 Root Cause Analysis Workshop: Priority Topic 2
20:00 End of Work
20:15 Dinner

Day 3

09:00 Root Cause Analysis Workshop: Priority Topic 3
11:15 Coffee
11:45 Root Cause Analysis Workshop: Priority Topic 4
13:30 Lunch & Free Time
15:30 Preparation of Presentations for Day 4
17:30 Coffee
18:00 Cross Pollination Sessions
18:00 Partner Meeting 2
20:00 Dinner

Day 4

08:30 Introduction to Day & Next Steps
09:00 Plenary Presentations of Group Work
10:30 Discussion of Cross-Cutting Issues
11:30 Close & Brunch


Hotel Plesnik, Logarska Dolina 10, 3335, Solčava


For general enquiries: Alicia-Leonor Saui Miklavčič – +38640727229
For airport transfers: Anthony F. Camilleri +38640262698


All costs (full-board, lodging and transfers) are covered by the project

Practical Tips

Hotel Plesnik is nestled amongst the alps. Bring hiking equipment, swim-suits and warm pullovers.


The following documents outlining the current issues facing PHE in each of the participating countries serve as input to the meeting:

Presentations from the Meeting