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Highlights for 2008
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EUA Employment Opportunity: Senior Programme Manager (Quality Assurance)
- Major operational responsibility for the implementation of the annual cycle of the Institutional Evaluation Programme (IEP), including follow-up with universities and partners and the preparation of steering committee and other relevant meetings;
- Contributing to project development and implementation, including the management of grant proposals and contracts, the preparation of reports and relevant publications;
- Developing information material as required (e.g., EUA web site, newsletters and publications as appropriate);
- Contributing to EUA policy, statutory meetings and representing the organisation at relevant QA related conferences and events;
- Supervising the work of two Project Officers.
This is a demanding role at a senior level that requires experience in the relevant field as well as organisational talent, people skills and a strong interest in the development of higher education in Europe.
Therefore you will need to demonstrate:
- At least 10 years relevant experience, preferably managing evaluation processes in a university or a QA agency, following on from an advanced university degree;
- Experience of working in a multi-cultural and multilingual environment;
- Experience in team management and excellent organisational skills, including capacity to draft in English;
- Ability to work both independently and as part of a team, against tight deadlines and in a very complex international environment.
The Association based in Brussels offers a long term contract under Belgian law and an attractive package of benefits including lunch vouchers, a medical insurance and a pension scheme.
Suitably qualified individuals interested in gaining experience in a fast-moving higher education policy arena are invited to submit their CV and cover letter to Isabelle Damman at the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org by the 31st of January 2008.
EUA regrets that we are not able to acknowledge all applications received. However, selected candidates will be invited for an interview in the first half of February 2008.
Dubrovnik Recommendations call for action to improve higher education governance
A major conference held in October 2007 has now published ambitious recommendations aiming to speed up institutional reform and regional cooperation in South East Europe within the context of the European Higher Education Area.
The Dubrovnik Conference on higher education reform, organised by the universities of Zagreb (Croatia), Novi Sad (Serbia) and Vienna (Austria), was strongly supported by EUA.
The text of recommendations emphasises that it is now high time to implement, rather than talk about, concrete priorities. Among the most significant actions, they call for support from governments, institutions and international partner organisations:
- To organise summer schools and other educational activities for university and ministry administrators to professionalise the management of higher education;
- To establish a Regional Research Fund for early stage researchers using a competitive funding model as an incentive in the creation of attractive regional centres of excellence;
- To encourage mobility for students, researchers and professors through providing incentives for cooperation, joint programmes, and academic networking;
- To ensure that every national and regional inter-university meeting includes students as members of delegations;
- To rethink the role of governments in providing incentives for higher education reform, integrating universities into single legal entities and encouraging trust in institutions.