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EUA project focuses on Europe-Africa Cooperation

EUA is pleased to announce that it has just been awarded a new project from the European Commission Erasmus Mundus Action 4 (actions for ‘Enhancing Attractiveness’ of European higher education). This project is entitled ‘Access to Success: Fostering Trust and Exchange between Europe and Africa’ and will strive to deepen European cooperation with African university partners.

The primary objective of this two-year project is to address identified obstacles to EU-African higher education cooperation by providing structured opportunities for mutual exchange and discussion between the higher education communities in the two continents. The focus will be around issues of access to higher education – a major policy challenge in both continents where dialogue offers enormous opportunities for mutual learning, cooperation and enlightened action.

The project will entail surveys on different dimensions of the access dilemma in Europe and Africa, looking both at state and institutional policies and on student perspectives and motivations.  The studies will feed into three mutual learning seminars on different subthemes of the EU-Africa access debate and a high level conference on EU-Africa cooperation addressed to policy makers.

EUA is the lead partner and will be joined by: the European Access Network; the Flemish Interuniversity Council – Department for University Cooperation for Development (VLIR-UOS, the branch of the VLIR that deals with North-South cooperation); the Norwegian Association of Higher Education Institutions; the European Students’ Union (ESU); and the Association of African Universities (AAU).

EU-Asia Higher Education Platform: Upcoming events and new website

The EU-Asia Higher Education Platform (EAHEP), a European Union sponsored initiative to promote cooperation in higher education between Asian and European countries, is currently being implemented by the EUA with consortium partners DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) and Nuffic (Netherlands Organisation for International Cooperation in Higher Education).

This initiative compliments a series of completed and ongoing projects that contribute to the development and internationalisation of higher education in both regions. Under the platform, a series of thematic events are being organized across Asia and Europe in 2008-9. Events scheduled for the end of 2008 include the European Higher Education Fair and Symposium in New Delhi, India (12-14 November), a Roundtable on Autonomy, Governance and Management in Hanoi, Vietnam (25-26 November) and a workshop on Doctoral/Graduate Education in Europe and Asia in Beijing China (8-9 December).
The project has also produced a web portal, designed to provide useful information on higher education systems in Europe and Asia, study and research opportunities, cooperation projects and initiatives, funding schemes, and the EAHEP project events that will be planned throughout 2008-9. Reports from the project event will be posted on this site, as will a closed discussion forum on project themes. For more information, please click here.

EUA Institutional Evaluation Programme: Seminar in Copenhagen

Launched in 1994 as a strategic tool for change in higher education institutions, EUA’s Institutional Evaluation Programme (IEP) has been designed to ensure that higher education institutions gain maximum benefit from a comprehensive evaluation conducted by a team that comprises experienced European higher education leaders and a student. The evaluations support participating institutions in the continuing development of their strategic management and internal quality culture.

So far, 250 evaluations have been conducted in 39 countries in Europe and worldwide, making the IEP methodology one of the most widely tested among international evaluation programmes currently available to universities in Europe.

The IEP takes place over a whole academic year, through a self-evaluation process resulting in a self-evaluation report, two site-visits and a final evaluation report by the IEP team that includes specific recommendations.

The 2008/9 round of evaluations kicked off last week with the Annual Seminar at the Copenhagen Business School, Denmark, for the experts who will visit and evaluate the institutions during the year. EUA is pleased to announce that a number of students were among the 90 participants at the event and they will play an active role in all future IEP evaluation teams.

In addition to individual evaluations, the IEP programme also carries out evaluations of national or regional higher education systems. EUA is currently working on a national evaluation exercise in Portugal and has recently completed a review of the higher education and research capacity in Slovakia. A total of 24 Slovak universities were evaluated in the course of this system review.

Applications for the 2009/2010 round of evaluations will begin in May 2009. To find out more about the IEP, please visit the programme website or contact Violeta Atanassova by email:

Please note that an information session on the programme will take place at the EUA Autumn Conference in Rotterdam.