EUA and ACA launch Internationalisation Handbook
After the success of the Bologna Handbook, EUA has teamed up with the Academic Cooperation Association (ACA) and Raabe Academic publishers to develop a Handbook on internationalisation.
The new publication, ‘The EUA/ACA Handbook: Internationalisation of European Higher Education’, will be presented at the 20th Annual Conference of the EAIE, which is taking place in Antwerp, Belgium next week (10-13th September 2008).
Approaching internationalisation from an institutional perspective, the Handbook will be a crucial tool for higher education institutions. It will focus on all of the key issues of practical and operational interest in relation to European higher education and display them in the context of global developments and overarching policy processes. It will also facilitate discussion on the goals of internationalisation at institutional level and their implementation.
The Handbook is designed specifically for those involved in developing and implementing internationalisation strategies and measures, including university leadership and international office managers. It will also be an invaluable point of reference for a broader group of policy makers interested in internationalisation in a wider European context. The handbook is now available as a loose-leaf binder collection, with regular supplements.
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EUA Autumn Conference: Reminder
Registration is still open for the Autumn conference, that will be held at Erasmus University in Rotterdam (Netherlands) from the 23-25 October 2008.
This year's conference will explore the role of universities in promoting social equity and a more inclusive society, with a particular focus on universities to take a strategic approach to lifelong learning. The conference will address these different aspects in the context of the European Universities Charter on Lifelong Learning that EUA is presently preparing and against the background of the demographic challenges facing Europe, in particular the aging of many populations.
Please see the conference programme for full details.
To benefit from the early bird reduced fee, you will need to register before 14 September 2008. Register now for the EUA Autumn conference.
Call for host - 4th European Quality Assurance Forum, November 2009 (Reminder)
The European Quality Assurance Forum (EQAF) is an annual European conference on quality assurance in higher education that brings together the main stakeholders in the field - higher education institutions, quality assurance agencies, students and researchers.
Co-organised by EUA, the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA), the European Students Union (ESU), and the European Association of Institutions in Higher Education (EURASHE), the event provides a unique European platform to discuss QA developments.
Following the successful first and second Forums (the third will take place on 20-22 November 2008 at Corvinus University, Budapest), EUA is currently looking for member institutions willing to host the Fourth Forum in November 2009 and would like to encourage institutions to submit a declaration of interest. Please read this document for further details.
EUA would also like to stress that registration for this year's (Third) European Quality Assurance Forum is still open.
EUA Council for Doctoral Education off to flying start
The need for a more structured approach across Europe to promote cooperation and exchange of good practice between doctoral schools and programmes in Europe has been highlighted by the successful launch of EUA’s Council for Doctoral Education (EUA-CDE).
Developed in consultation with EUA members, nearly 100 different institutions have now joined the new EUA-CDE and are contributing to developing a strong work programme to help improve the quality of doctoral education in Europe.
At the launch conference in Lausanne, Rectors, heads of graduate, doctoral and research schools, networks involved in doctoral training, and policy makers outlined the key policy areas that would need to be addressed for advancing doctoral training in Europe. These issues, that will be at the top of the EUA-CDE agenda, will include improving the supervision of PhD candidates, particularly through better training and assessment of supervisors themselves and enhancing institutional cooperation, notably through the development of joint doctoral programmes and double degrees.
EUA is also pleased to announce that it will be organising a workshop focusing on “Enhancing supervision: Professional development and assessment of supervisors” that will take place at Imperial College London, UK in January 2009. More details on this event will be published soon on the EUA-CDE website.
Quality Assurance Register now open for applications
Quality assurance agencies for higher education can now officially apply to join the new European Quality Assurance Register (EQAR) for higher education which was founded in March this year.
EQAR will provide clear and objective information about trustworthy quality assurance agencies working in Europe. Before applying quality agencies must undergo an external review carried out by independent experts. The requirements and rules for applications are now published on the EQAR website. The first deadline for applications is 3 October 2008.
The Register Committee, EQAR’s independent body deciding on applications, is chaired by Mr Justice Bryan McMahon, Judge at the High Court of Ireland, and will convene in November 2008 to review the first applications. The first list of accepted agencies is due to be published subsequently.
EQAR has been established by the “E4 Group” – comprising the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA), the European Students’ Union (ESU), EUA and the European Association of Institutions in Higher Education (EURASHE) – under the mandate from the Education Ministers from the 46 Bologna countries.
More information is available on the EQAR website.
European Commission announces membership of the EIT Governing Board
In mid-August the European Commission announced the 18 members who will make up the Board of the new European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) that will have its headquarters in Budapest.
The Commission announcement followed upon the work of the Identification Committee who were charged with the task of advising on the EIT Governing Board membership involving a consultation process with all interested stakeholders including the EUA.
The Governing Board will be the principal driving force behind EIT governance issues, and will be entrusted with the role of strategic leadership and coordination of the EIT's activities through the selection, evaluation and support of the Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs).The first meeting of the Governing Board is due to take place in Budapest on the 15th September, while the Selection and launch of the first Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) is due to be completed within 18 months.
Please click here to read more about the Commission appointment of the EIT Governing Board.