EUA : European University Association

Annual EUA-CDE Meeting seeks to define future direction of European doctoral education, Free University Berlin, Germany (4-5 June 2010)

Doctoral education is among the most dynamic areas of higher education and research in Europe. As the latest Trends 2010 report has shown, half of Europe’s universities have now established dedicated doctoral schools, an increase of 20% in just over two years.

Doctoral schools are now becoming the norm for delivering doctoral education. At the same time, doctoral education is of crucial importance for the development of Europe’s knowledge economy. Not only is there a growing need for researchers, but PhD holders are increasingly entering management positions (outside of academia) in business and administration.

The Annual Meeting of the EUA Council for Doctoral Education will bring together those directly involved in this process: heads of doctoral schools, vice rectors and other university leaders as well as stakeholders from the European and national contexts.

It is an opportunity to share experiences and set the direction for the future of doctoral education. The outcomes of the Annual Meeting will form the basis for a common vision for doctoral education by Europe’s universities, building on the Salzburg Principles that have been the foundation of today’s reforms.

Visit the event website to register today.

EUA to reschedule Experts Conference on Diversifying Income Streams

As a result of the problems with air traffic across Europe, EUA, in consultation with the consortium of the EUDIS project, decided to postpone the conference ‘Towards Financially Sustainable Universities II: Diversifying Income Streams’ that was due to take place on 22-23 April 2010, University of Bologna, Italy.

In the coming days, EUA will publish on its website the scheduled new dates and registration information for the event at the University of Bologna. EUA apologises for the inconvenience this may cause.

If you have any questions regarding the conference, please contact:
Phone: +32 2 230 55 44
Fax: + 32 2 230 57 51

EUA maps contribution of Europe’s universities to energy research

In 2009, EUA established a ‘European Platform of Universities engaged in Energy Research’ (EPUE) as a mechanism to bring university-based research into the activities of the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA). The platform provides the framework for consultation between universities that have a research capacity in a variety of energy-related fields.

One of the EPUE’s first activities has been to carry out a preliminary mapping of university research and postgraduate education and training capacity in the energy field. A questionnaire was sent to all EUA member universities in December 2009 and by the end of March, 121 universities had replied (this represents a reasonable response rate of more than 15%, given that many EUA members do not cover the field of energy).

The responses reveal the enormous potential of university-based research and training in this area, in terms of the breadth of the field, its interdisciplinary character, and the level of collaboration between universities and with external partners (such as industry). Over 12 000 staff members (professors, doctorate holders and candidates, researchers, etc.) are involved in a total of more than 1,000 different research topics (on both EERA and non-EERA topics).

In all, the responding institutions run a total of 374 doctoral programmes and 577 masters’ programmes related to energy. The areas of research are, not surprisingly, focussed predominantly on the science, engineering and technology fields but also include bioscience, medical/life sciences and economics, social sciences and the humanities (particularly in energy policy development). In terms of financing, the survey highlighted that two thirds of this research is funded from external competitive sources (public and private).

EUA now plans to continue this mapping exercise amongst its members as part of the development of the EPUE and believes this is an important step towards enhancing the visibility and future opportunities for Europe’s universities in the EU’s future support for energy research.

To take part in the platform or survey please email:

Click here find out more about the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA).

Outcomes of the ‘EU-Asia Higher Education Platform’ (EAHEP) project

EUA, in conjunction with consortium partners DAAD and Nuffic, has recently completed the two-year EC funded ‘EU-Asia Higher Education Platform’ (EAHEP), a project that organised a variety of bi-regional workshops, roundtables and two European Higher Education Fairs (EHEFs).

In order to highlight the outcomes of these events, an executive summary publication has been produced that is available as a PDF and featured on the EAHEP website, which EUA will continue to maintain beyond the end of the project.

Given EUA’s current role in supporting the stakeholder input into the recently launched ASEM Education Process, is being converted into an information portal for the higher education community in Europe and Asia, featuring current cooperation initiatives. EUA will also re-launch the EAHEP Blog that will post current opinion articles and events relevant to Europe-Asia cooperation/competition.

The EAHEP consortium has also produced a publication ‘Links that Matter: Recurring Themes in Europe–Asia HE Collaboration’, a series of articles downloadable from the EAHEP website.

Conference report: ASEM Education Secretariat Expert Seminar on credits and learning outcomes

The ASEM Education Secretariat, established last year in the framework of the Asia-Europe (ASEM) education ministerial meetings, organised an expert seminar on ‘Credits and Learning Outcomes’, on 15-16 April in Berlin.

The seminar was conceived as a platform for European and Asian higher education experts to present the different models of credit systems and learning outcomes used in Asia and Europe as well as to exchange ideas on how to develop a common understanding of these important tools for mobility and recognition of qualifications in Asia and Europe. At the seminar EUA presented the history and current state of play of the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) and learning outcomes.

The results and recommendations of the meeting will feed into the next ASEM Education Ministerial Conference which will take place in Denmark in 2011 and they should be available soon on the ASEM Education Secretariat website.