EUA : European University Association

A very Happy New Year from everyone at EUA! Highlights to look out for in 2010

It is sure to be another busy year in the world of international higher education and another packed year for EUA. Here is just a selection of events to look forward to in 2010.

• 11 March: Special EUA event. Presentation of Trends 2010: The European Higher Education Area - Achievements and future challenges (University of Vienna, Austria)
• 20-23 October: EUA Annual Conference (University of Palermo, Italy)
• 18-20 November: 5th European Quality Assurance Forum, (University Claude Bernard Lyon I, France)

 EUA-Council for Doctoral Education (EUA-CDE) events:
• 18-19 March: Third EUA-CDE Workshop, ‘Researchers' Careers - Support and Development’ (Ghent University, Belgium)
• 15-16 April: Wageningen University and EUA-CDE Cooperation Workshop. Building a research environment for doctoral education, (Wageningen, Netherlands)
• 4-5 June: Third EUA-CDE Annual Meeting, (Freie Universität Berlin, Germany)

The most effective way for EUA to underpin its policy work is through the collection and analysis of data, comparative reflection on policy development, and the identification of examples of good practice from different countries. This newsletter contains information about two major new projects EUA will be launching in 2010 (please see below). The project section of our website also contains information about all of our ongoing projects and information about relevant opportunities for members to participate in. Here is a selection of project-related events that will be taking place in the coming months.

Project related events:
Access to Success project:
• 25–26 February: Workshop - Towards a coordinated vision of Europe-Africa higher education partnerships. Supporting institutional capacity building in Africa (Oslo, Norway-hosted by the Norwegian Association of Higher Education Institutions - UHR) 
• 3-4 May: Workshop - Intra and Inter regional mobility in Europe and Africa (Accra, Ghana- hosted by the Association of African Universities)

European Universities: Diversifying Income streams for Sustainable institutions (EUDIS) project
• 22-23 April: EUA Experts Conference. Towards Financially Sustainable Universities II: Diversifying Income Streams (hosted by the University of Bologna, Italy)

More information on all these events will be published through the EUA newsletter and website.


Call for Expressions of Interest for EUIMA Project: Sharing Innovative Practices in University Modernisation

EUA is starting a major project called EUIMA (European Universities Implementing the Modernisation Agenda) which combines two elements of the modernisation agenda for Europe’s universities, one related to university financial sustainability and management (EUIMA - Full Costing) and the other related to assessment of university research in cooperation with non-academic partners (EUIMA - Collaborative Research).

EUIMA is a two-year project (2010-2011) funded by the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) through a Support Action within the 2009 Capacities - Science in Society Programme.

EUA is inviting universities to express their interest in participating in the various activities of the project (case studies, workshops, study visits, etc.). Please see the specificities of each of the two parts of the project in their corresponding links below.

EUIMA - Full Costing
  • Learn more about the EUIMA - Full Costing project
  • Call for Expressions of Interest EUIMA - Full Costing project

EUIMA - Collaborative Research
  • Learn more about the EUIMA - Collaborative Research project
  • Call for Expressions of Interest EUIMA - Collaborative Research project


EUA launches DOC CAREERS II project and call for expressions of interest to host workshops

EUA is pleased to announce the launch of a new project: ‘Promoting collaborative doctoral education for enhanced career opportunities’ (DOC-CAREERS II).

This is a follow-up to EUA’s DOC-CAREERS project (2006-09), which analysed the nature and extent of collaborative doctoral programmes and the employability of doctorate holders in non-academic environments. While the previous project studied partnerships between universities and mainly large industry, DOC-CAREERS II will gather and disseminate evidence of good practice in current doctoral projects in cooperation with a broader range of non-academic partners such as Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), Research and Technology Offices (RTOs), professional bodies, regional offices, public authorities, etc.

The project activities will include presentations of hands-on case studies and discussions on the transferability of practices which may have specific regional characteristics. The main instrument will be dialogue workshops with both a clear regional focus and a European perspective to study the specific characteristics related to the host region (encapsulated by the expression “the way we do things here”) and the potential transferability of these practices to other European regions. Panellists and participants in the workshops will include a broad range of partners reflecting the nature of the case studies.

EUA welcomes expressions of interest from universities or groups of universities willing to host one of the five workshops. EUA encourages its members to respond to this call and share their practices within the DOC-CAREERS II project. The outcomes will feed into other EUA initiatives currently in progress, such as role of universities in regional innovation, doctoral reform and research policy dialogue in the European Research Area. The deadline for the call is 26 February 2010.

More information on the project and the call is available on the DOC-CAREERS II webpage.


Wageningen University and EUA-CDE Cooperation Workshop: Building a research environment for doctoral education, Wageningen, The Netherlands, (15-16 April 2010)

Wageningen University and the EUA Council for Doctoral Education are organising a workshop on the theme ‘Building a research environment for doctoral education’ on 15/16 April in Wageningen, The Netherlands.

There is a great deal of diversity in doctoral education in European universities. In response to the Bologna process, many universities are upgrading their doctoral programmes to meet the growing demands from society (quality, transparency) and the labour market. European doctoral programmes need to attract the best candidates from Europe and from around the world.

What makes a doctoral programme attractive? What are good programmes? How do we define and assess the quality of a programme and its graduates, and how do we assure and measure quality improvement? The aims of this joint workshop are to address these questions, to exchange ideas, and to learn from best practices and from original research on quality assessment and quality improvement of doctoral programmes in and outside Europe.

For more information, please visit the Wageningen University website.