EUA : European University Association

Registration open for the 3rd Quality Assurance Forum (20 - 22 November 2008, at Corvinus University of Budapest)

EUA is delighted to announce that registration is now open for the 3rd European Quality Assurance Forum taking place on 20 - 22 November 2008, at Corvinus University of Budapest.

Following the success of the last forum which attracted more than 500 participants from across Europe, this year's edition will explore European and international trends in Quality Assurance. The EC-funded event is again co-organised by the E4 group: EUA, the European Students Union (ESU), the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA) and the European Association of Institutions in Higher Education (EURASHE).

The event aims to enable participants to discuss how higher education institutions and QA agencies are responding to new forms of accountability. It will also analyse the unintended consequences of these new forms of accountability, and whether they have the desired impact on quality levels.

The event is aimed at rectors and vice-rectors responsible for QA, QA officers in higher education institutions, students, QA agency staff, and researchers working on higher education or the QA field.

Register now for the QA Forum.

EUA announces new interactive workshops for senior university leaders and managers

EUA and its partners, HUMANE and the UK?s Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, are pleased to announce the launch of a new series of four strategy workshops specifically designed for senior university leaders and managers across Europe.

The workshops will take place in Vienna, Venice, Valencia and Vilnius, and aim to strengthen strategic thinking and provide practical guidance and conceptual tools on key issues through institutional case studies, latest research findings, peer exchange and facilitated work in small groups. This is a high-level development opportunity for leaders operating at the most senior levels of higher education in Europe, such as Rectors, Vice-Chancellors and Heads of Administration.

Based on the central theme - Building Productive Relationships in a New Stakeholder Environment? - the first series will tackle key themes such as internationalisation, regional relationships with business and communities, the new relationship with public authorities and the changing role of students. The events will be led by senior university leaders, high profile experts in higher education and professional facilitators.

The series of workshops will start on 4-5 December 2008 at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna with an event exploring the theme ?Positioning your University in the Wider World?. This will give university leaders the opportunity to review and develop their approaches to strategy development and implementation for internationalisation. Registration will open in September 2008.

Further information will be available on the EUA website and newsletter in September 2008.

Two candidates nominated for EUA Presidency

Professor Jean-Marc Rapp (Switzerland) and Dr. Sijbolt Noorda (Netherlands) have been officially nominated by the Council of EUA as candidates for the election of the next EUA President which is due to take place at the Autumn Conference in Rotterdam (October 23-25, 2008).

Both nominations were approved by the governing EUA Council at a meeting in Brussels on Friday 4th July. The successful candidate will become President elect until he takes over from current EUA President, Professor Georg Winckler, at the Spring Convention in Prague (2009).

Dr. Noorda, a former president of the University of Amsterdam, is currently President of the Association of Dutch Universities (VSNU).

Professor Rapp, a former President of the University of Lausanne and the Swiss Rectors Conference, is currently a Vice-President of EUA.

University leaders debate challenges and benefits of HE cooperation: Transatlantic Dialogue Meeting: 20 - 23 June 2008

EUA President, Professor Georg Winckler, was among 30 higher education leaders from Canada, Europe and the United States, who gathered in Vancouver last week for the 11th Transatlantic Dialogue meeting.

Sponsored by the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC), the American Council on Education (ACE), and EUA, and hosted by Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia, the theme of the meeting was 'Brave New World Revisited: Competition and Cooperation in Higher Education'. 

Underlying the meeting was clear agreement that the need for cooperation of all types becomes more acute as competition increases. Partnerships are a central strategy for institutions to increase their capacity, enhance their creativity and meet societal demands. Participants explored the different types of cooperation, including national, regional, and international partnerships (for teaching, research, and technology transfer) and partnerships with the private sector, government, and the local community.

The group highlighted the need for institutions to be clear about their strategic goals so as to select the partnerships that are most closely aligned with their missions and goals and to develop the appropriate institutional human resources and skills to implement them. These resources include administrative and academic personnel who have the appropriate, entrepreneurial, cross-cultural, and multilingual capacities to create and sustain successful partnerships.

The discussion demonstrated that the issues and challenges faced by institutions are becoming increasingly complex and interlinked. When the larger forces for change such as globalisation and competition are experienced by universities, these must be translated into appropriate institutional strategies to connect with local, regional and international partners 

The meeting concluded with a discussion of the crucial role of that institutional leaders play in initiating and negotiating partnerships and in communicating their benefits to colleagues and external stakeholders. If higher education is to be even more central to social, economic, and cultural development, its leaders will need a broad range of skills to ensure that institutions succeed in this new 'brave new world'.

Click here to find out more about the Transatlantic dialogue.