EUA : European University Association

Strategy Workshop Series: “Positioning your University in the Wider World” (Vienna, 4-5 December 2008)

EUA and its partners, HUMANE and the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education (LFHE) recently announced the launch of a new series of strategy workshops designed for leaders and managers of European universities: “Building Productive Relationships in a New Stakeholder Environment”.

The first workshop - to be held on the 4-5 December at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna - will focus on “Positioning your university in the wider world”. Designed to give university leaders the opportunity to analyse, critique and improve their approaches to international strategy development, the workshop will be structured around four case studies:

  • International consortium building;
  • Regional partnerships with international outreach;
  • Delivering specialist Masters programmes across different countries;
  • International Doctoral Schools.

These will provide the ground for further group work and a final plenary session, animated by expert facilitators. Participants will analyse the impact of the development and implementation of a strategic approach on the university’s governance and institutional processes. Work will also cover issues on the identification of stakeholders as well as the commitment of the university’s leadership.

This is a high-level development opportunity specifically designed for those working at the most senior levels of higher education in Europe, such as Rectors, Vice-Chancellors and Heads of Administration. Interactive and informative - with input from high profile experts, professional facilitators and senior leaders and managers from Europe and beyond - the sessions will be carried out in small groups, to enable participants to address their own priorities and ‘work in progress’ on key strategic agendas for European universities.
Click here to find out more and to register for the conference.

EUA evaluation of Romanian QA Agency

EUA has been invited to complete an audit of the Romanian Agency for Quality Assurance in Higher Education, ARACIS, that was established in 2005 to take forward in a European context the work begun by a predecessor body over the previous decade.

The main objective of the audit process was to provide support to ARACIS in the development of its QA methodology and practice, and to prepare the Agency in its application to become a full member of ENQA (the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education). More specifically the EUA evaluation panel was asked to look at the Agency’s compliance with the European Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area (ESG).
Following the audit - which included a self-evaluation exercise and report; and two site visits by an external review panel (appointed by EUA) -  the panel has concluded that ARACIS is contributing “substantially to improving the overall quality of higher education in Romania, and should continue to do so for the foreseeable future”. Furthermore, it highlighted that “ARACIS is substantially compliant with the ESG”.
The EUA panel also presented a number of recommendations which it considers will assist ARACIS in achieving its various objectives and contributing to the ongoing process of quality improvement in Romanian higher education.

Please click here to read the full report.

EUA at the 2008 EAIE Conference

EUA organised three sessions at last week's European Association for International Education (EAIE) conference in Antwerp, Belgium.

The event brought together around 3 000 international education professionals, who came to network and to update themselves on innovations and developments in the internationalisation of higher education.

EUA's sessions were well attended and stimulated considerable debate. They focused on the following themes:

The EUA introductory presentations on these topics are available from the links above.

EUA was also pleased to present the new EUA/ACA Handbook: Internationalisation of European Higher Education’ during the conference.