EUA : European University Association

EUA launches call to host Annual Conference and General Assembly Spring 2012

EUA has published a call to select a European university to host its Annual Conference and General Assembly Spring 2012.

The landmark event in the EUA Calendar, the Annual Conference provides a unique platform for discussion and an unrivalled opportunity for university leaders to network with peers from Europe and other parts of the world. Through these events, hundreds of university leaders can contribute to shaping policy at European level, and gain valuable information on the latest trends and developments.

EUA takes account of geographic balance in deciding upon the location of its conferences as well as of ease of access.

Please note that applications should be from EUA members only. EUA will give priority to universities that have not already organised an EUA Annual Conference.

The full criteria for hosting the event can be downloaded here. The deadline for submitting applications is 30 September 2010.

EUA welcomes new members

During the meeting of the EUA Council in Seville, Spain, at the end of last month, the following universities were welcomed as full members of EUA:

•    University of La Rochelle (France)
•    Trier University of Applied Sciences (Germany)
•    Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences (Germany)

The European Society for Engineering Education - SEFI (Belgium) was also welcomed as an EUA affiliate.

Registrations open for the Institutional Evaluation Programme (IEP)

Registration for the 2010-2011 round of the Institutional Evaluation Programme (IEP) is now open until 30 June 2010.

The Institutional Evaluation Programme is designed for universities interested in increasing their capacity for setting and implementing strategic goals, as well as in developing an internal quality culture.

The evaluation takes place over a whole academic year and includes a self-evaluation phase, two site-visits and a final report that provides specific recommendations. Since 1994, the IEP methodology has been tested in over 200 institutions across 44 countries worldwide. Institutions that have undergone an IEP evaluation in recent years are also encouraged to consider applying for a follow-up review as a means of monitoring progress and maintaining momentum.

For further information on IEP and the registration procedure, please visit the IEP website. Registrations are open until 30 June 2010.

A preparatory workshop for all institutions participating in the IEP 2010-2011 round will be held in Brussels in October 2010. Further questions about the IEP may be addressed to Joanne Byrne.

EUA contributes to 1st Asia-Europe Education Workshop on the Impact of the Financial Crisis on Higher Education, Makati City, Philippines (25-26 March 2010)

Organised by the ASEM Education Hub (AEH), the higher education initiative of the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) and the Asian Institute for Management, this workshop brought together over 30 experts from Europe and Asia to shed light on the current and anticipated impact of the financial crisis on higher education across both continents (at the institutional and national/international level).

Researchers from UNESCO, OECD, as well as experts and practitioners from India, Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines and Hong Kong discussed how the crisis has affected institutions, their reactions, and how it has impacted on mobility of students and staff. Thomas Estermann, EUA Head of Unit of Governance, Autonomy and Funding, then presented an update of EUA’s monitoring of the impact of the financial crisis on HE in Europe.

It emerged from these discussions that Asian universities have generally been less affected than their European counterparts and there have been some examples of increased public investment in higher education (such as India). Equally, participants noted that in Asia student contributions to the overall university budget (through tuition fees) are higher on average and that these have not been affected by the economic downturn.

By contrast, while a very small number of European countries (such as France) have experienced increased public funding, EUA’s latest work has shown that more European countries continue to cut funds for higher education and research (including Greece, Ireland and Latvia and UK). This highlights the need to monitor continuously the changing situation in Europe. EUA will publish its latest snapshot report on the impact of the economic downturn to coincide with the EUDIS conference on diversification of income streams that will take place in Bologna, Italy, on 22-23 April 2010.

The outcomes of this workshop in the Philippines will also be presented at the 8th ASEM Summit of Heads of State and Government in Brussels in October 2010.

Register now for the Third Annual Meeting of the EUA Council for Doctoral Education (EUA-CDE), Free University Berlin, Germany (4-5 June 2010)

The EUA Council for Doctoral Education invites its members and all stakeholders to meet in Berlin to discuss the future of the doctorate, in the light of the fifth anniversary of the Salzburg Principles.

The last half decade has seen the rise of structured programmes and the doctoral school all over Europe. Embedding doctoral education in institutional structures is becoming the norm in Europe. Institutions are taking responsibility in areas that were once dependent on personal master-apprentice relations, with the ambition to increase the transparency of rights and obligations.

The Salzburg Principles, have been the foundation of this unprecedented reform, and it is now time to look back upon the experiences made by European universities. The 2010 Annual Meeting will be the stage for a common discussion and dialogue on the future of doctoral education based on the recommendations formulated at the meeting. The event is open to both EUA and EUA-CDE members.

Find out more and register through the event website.

Lifelong Learning Project launch: “Shaping Inclusive and Responsive University Strategies (SIRUS)”

On 19 March 2010, the representatives of 29 selected universities in 18 European countries met in Brussels for the SIRUS project launch seminar at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB).

This was the first in a series of four project meetings, in which the participating universities will be working collaboratively on assessing and then enhancing their institutional lifelong learning strategy.

The SIRUS project aims at supporting universities in implementing the commitments made in the European Universities’ Charter on Lifelong Learning.

Its underlying assumption is that many universities already contribute substantially to lifelong learning (LLL), but that these approaches are confined by national legal frameworks and financial provisions, and are often not guided by institutional strategies for LLL. This project therefore offers universities with different profiles and interests in LLL, and which are at different stages of LLL implementation, an opportunity to develop and enhance their strategic LLL approaches, in interactive discussion with colleagues from all over Europe. At the same time, it will allow them to contribute to the development of policy recommendations for the European Higher Education Area.

For more information, please visit the project website.

Reminder: New deadline for the questionnaire “Examining Quality Culture in Higher Education Institutions”

EUA, together with its partners the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK) and QAA Scotland, has launched a project to examine internal quality assurance processes and the quality culture within European higher education institutions. The first step of the project – supported by the EU Lifelong Learning Programme – is based around a survey of European universities and higher education institutions, in order to map institutional quality assurance processes in place across Europe.

EUA thanks those members which have already participated, and would like to appeal to those who have not yet done so, to contribute by responding to the survey before the new deadline of 20 April 2010.

To find out more about the Examining Quality Culture in Higher Education Institutions (EQC) project, please visit this website or contact us at