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Fourth European Quality Assurance Forum in Copenhagen, Denmark (19 – 21 November 2009): Call for Papers

The Fourth European Quality Assurance Forum will be organised on 19-21 November 2009 at Copenhagen Business School, Denmark. The theme of this year’s Forum is ‘Creativity and Diversity: Challenges for quality assurance beyond 2010’.

As in the previous years, the forum organisers are seeking contributions from participants in the form of paper presentations and workshop proposals. EUA members are invited to propose papers, for example, sharing and discussing their experiences of QA practices or testing ideas for new quality assurance initiatives.

The deadline for papers is 20 August 2009. In order to find out more about the Fourth European Quality Assurance Forum call for papers, please click here.

Further information on how to register for the QA Forum will be published through the EUA Newsletter and website.

New report underlines the power of ‘international partnerships’ in difficult times

A new report published this week underlines the power of international higher education partnerships, particularly in times of economic downturn and increasing competition in higher education.

The report – published by the American Council on Education (ACE) – is based on the outcomes of last years 11th Transatlantic Dialogue meeting organised by the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC), ACE, and EUA which brought together university leaders from North America and Europe.

The report concludes that partnerships between institutions are an important tool for higher education leaders to be “creative and adaptive in an environment where expectations are increasing and resources decreasing”. In this environment, the report notes, “going it alone may not be useful as a dominant strategy”.

Underlining that institutions are increasingly recognising the need to partner in a variety of ways, the report explores five key issues: the motivation to initiate and maintain partnerships; the economics of cooperation; conflicts inherent in cooperation; the role of government; and issues related to the special case of partnerships with the private sector.

The report provides specific hands-on advice on how to develop, negotiate and implement joint ventures with other HE institutions, governments and private companies, outlining the leadership qualities and institutional characteristics that are vital to the establishment and maintenance of successful partnerships.

Please click here to download the report (which also contains an executive summary).

IEP team begins third round of evaluations in Portugal

EUA is pleased to announce that its Institutional Evaluation Programme (IEP) has begun a third round of evaluations of Portuguese higher education institutions.

The new IEP evaluations – being carried out in co-operation with the three Portuguese rectors’ conferences and the Portuguese Ministry of Higher Education and Science - were officially launched on 10 March at a seminar organised in Lisbon introducing the IEP programme and the evaluation process to representatives of the 13 HE institutions being evaluated.

These 13 evaluations will build on the previous two rounds of IEP evaluations involving a total of 20 Portuguese institutions between 2006 and 2008. Based on these three rounds of evaluations, the Portuguese Ministry of Higher Education and Science has asked the IEP to prepare an overall report on the Portuguese higher education sector. The report will be made public later this year on the IEP website.

The Institutional Evaluation Programme is an independent EUA membership service that has been designed to ensure that higher education institutions gain maximum benefit from a comprehensive evaluation conducted by a team of experienced European higher education leaders.

In addition to coordinated evaluations, such as in Portugal, IEP conducts institutional evaluations at the request of individual institutions. The programme team invites institutions interested in evaluations to register for next year’s evaluations. Further information on the IEP as well as the registration form is available on the IEP website.

Moving the Bologna process forward, Ministerial Conference in Leuven and Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium)

Over the next two months, EUA’s newsletter will cover the upcoming Bologna process Ministerial Summit on 28-29 April 2009 in Leuven and Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium).

EUA has been closely involved in the Bologna process since it was conceived to ensure the full involvement of universities at every stage. It has a formal role as a consultative member in the Bologna Follow-Up Group and represents universities in the different bodies that follow-up and manage the Bologna Process.

EUA will be represented at the Ministerial meeting by its new President Jean-Marc Rapp who will present an EUA Declaration which outlines the universities’ main priorities and positions. This will be based on the outcomes of this month’s EUA Prague Convention, and will be an essential element in the realisation of the Ministerial Communiqué that will define how Europe moves forward with the Bologna reforms.

As all our members will be aware, this is a critical time in the development of the Bologna process, as the current framework ends in 2010. Discussions will clearly focus on how to take European higher education cooperation forward after this date. In addition to the Prague Declaration, EUA will also present the outcomes of other relevant areas of its work including a new EUA survey on Masters programmes in Europe – the 2nd cycle of the Bologna process.

An increasing number of countries outside of Europe have shown interest in intensifying their dialogue with the countries participating in the Bologna process on how worldwide cooperation in higher education can be enhanced. At the same time there is growing interest among European countries to develop closer links with higher education systems around the world. Therefore, for the first time, EUA will also participate in an international Bologna Policy Forum that will be organised between Ministers of the 46 Bologna countries and colleagues from different parts of the world to facilitate global dialogue. This will take place in the morning of 29 April 2009 at the University of Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium) in the framework of the Bologna Ministerial Conference.

In preparation for 2010, EUA is also pushing forward with its Trends 2010 study. The findings and conclusions of the Trends 2010 report will make a direct contribution to the discussion on the achievements of the past decade of the Bologna process, of the challenges lying ahead and of the priorities to be set for the future.

Download EUA’s policy position on Bologna post 2010 here.

EIT announces selection criteria for Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KIC’s)

The European Institute for Innovation and Technology (EIT) has announced the selection criteria for the first Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs). KICs are designed to bring together the three sides of the 'knowledge triangle: education, research and innovation’ and will be selected by the EIT Governing Board.

While the official publication of the call for proposals is expected in April 2009, the EIT is seeking to provide interested parties with information on the main requirements that applicants are expected to fulfil in their KIC proposals. At its meeting in Prague on 18 March, the EUA Council will discuss these selection criteria with a view towards establishing a dialogue with the EIT Governing Board.

Please click here to see the full KIC Selection Criteria.

The detailed call for proposals is expected to be published in the Official Journal of the European Union in early April and will equally be available through the EIT website.