EUA : European University Association

New EUA report highlights challenges for doctoral education in Europe

A new report published this week by EUA gives an important insight into the state of doctoral education in Europe.

It highlights the latest trends in this key sector of higher education, such as, the introduction of new organisational structures to manage doctoral education, the increasing focus on learning ‘transferable skills’ and the growth in new types of doctoral programmes such as “professional doctorates”. Equally, it underlines the challenges that Europe faces if it is serious about attracting and retaining the best young research talent.

Amongst the findings, EUA’s work underlines that stakeholders (universities and public authorities) must do more to widen participation, to improve mechanisms for supervision and assessment, and to promote the international mobility of doctoral candidates. They must also take steps to ensure professional skills development is an integral part of all doctoral training.

The report also shows that national funding policies for doctoral education are too often fragmented, with a lack of coordination between government ministries, research councils and other funders. This fragmentation does not create favourable conditions for Europe to attract and retain the best doctoral candidates, who are often held back by inadequate funding and a lack of career opportunities.

Click here to read a full copy of the report.

Dubrovnik Conference on Higher Education Reform, 29-31 October 2007

The positive societal role that universities can play through cooperation, dialogue and development is perfectly illustrated by this conference in Dubrovnik.

The University of Novi Sad in Serbia and the University of Zagreb in Croatia have joined forces to host a European Conference on higher education development. It will be co-organised with the University of Vienna, the Stability Pact and the Council of Europe, and is strongly supported by EUA. Georg Winckler, EUA President, will be a keynote speaker.

This conference builds on foundations laid by the Novi Sad initiative in 2005 – a platform of higher education institutions and partners from both within and outside the Western Balkans region that gives particular emphasis to regional cooperation in higher education development.

The main focus of the Dubrovnik conference will be on the challenges of higher education in South East Europe but set in a wider European context. The Novi Sad Initiative is largely the brainchild of Professor Ladislav Novak from Novi Sad University, who comments:

“There are so many ways that Europe's universities can provide the intellectual and creative energy in creating the EHEA and in developing the forthcoming knowledge based society. They can also learn from each other, and so our hope is that this initiative gives added value to the European reforms taking place around the continent. Our aim is to support institutional reform initiatives such as professionalisation of public management of higher education and standardisation of student experience across the EHEA, which are already recognised as global European issues, and at the same time  to work on the potential of regional cooperation in further stimulating internal integration of universities into single legal entity, as a rather local issue, related to the SEE, the region which has been facing socio-economic challenges and shared a recent troubled history.”

Subject to available space, the conference is open to all EUA member institutions, as well as to Ministry representatives, and student representatives.

EUA Autumn Conference in Wroclaw, Poland - Last reminder

Registration is still open for EUA’s 2007 Autumn Conference that will be hosted by the Wroclaw University of Technology, Poland, from the 25 - 27 October 2007.

The theme of the conference is "The Governance of European Universities post 2010: Mission Diversity, Autonomy and Accountability".  

To benefit from the early bird reduced fee, you will need to register before 15 September 2007.

For more detailed information on the conference, please click here.

Register now for the conference.

EUA Workshop on Doctoral Education: Access, Recruitment and Admission to Doctoral Programmes

EUA invites you to a workshop, taking place in Brussels on the 11-12 of October 2007, focused on the development of doctoral education in Europe.

The topic of the workshop is access, recruitment and admission to doctoral programmes.

The workshop will provide insights into access, recruitment and admission practices used at universities to attract the best doctoral candidates. The issues for discussion include:

1.  Transparency of recruitment and admission procedures;

  • access to information including internal and external funding opportunities;
  • access to doctoral education from a gender and social perspective;
  • entry requirements.

2.  Recruitment strategies and practices (from an academic and an administrative points of view);

  • selection and admission to doctoral programmes;
  • registration of doctoral candidates.

3.  Access and recruitment of European and international students.

The main objective of the workshop is the exchange of good practice examples from various universities across Europe. Participants will have a chance to work in plenary sessions as well as in small working groups in order to give everybody a chance to present their experience and views.

Please click here to download the workshop programme and visit the workshop website.

To register, please click here.


Job opportunity at EUA: Director responsible for the management of EUA Communications, Membership Services and Events

The European University Association (EUA) represents more than 750 universities and higher education associations in 45 countries.

Located in Brussels, the EUA secretariat is comprised of 30 staff members. EUA’s mission is to promote the development of a coherent system of education and research at the European level through studies, projects and services to members.

EUA is currently looking for a


Responsible for the management of EUA Communications, Membership Services and Events (Full-time)

The role includes:

  • Developing a long-term communication strategy and member services offer that will further enhance the association’s profile and visibility to members, partners and policy makers
  • Coordinating the work of units responsible for press, publications, IT, events and other member services as well as the overall management of staff in these units (10 persons)
  • Supervising the planning & preparation of communication campaigns, lobbying efforts, and events
  • Ensuring that communications strategy and member services correspond to the developing policy priorities of the association

This is a demanding role at a senior level that combines policy, organisational and managerial talent and expertise with excellent people skills and a strong interest in European public policy, and especially higher education and research issues. 

Therefore you will need to demonstrate:

  • Broad knowledge of the higher education/research sector in Europe
  • Significant management experience – of people, processes and events – preferably through relevant experience in a related area (information/communications/media/events management)
  • Strong English drafting skills and fluency in French, with knowledge of additional European languages an asset
  • Experience of working in a multicultural, multilingual environment
  • Understanding of and interest in the opportunities offered by IT developments and web-based communication
  • 10 years experience (with a minimum of 5 years in a management position) following on from an advanced university degree

The Association offers an unlimited contract under Belgian law and an attractive package of benefits including a pension scheme, medical insurance and lunch vouchers. Salary and conditions are negotiable depending on qualifications and experience.

For an informal discussion about this post or for more details of salary and conditions please contact Isabelle Damman by phone (0032 2 230 55 44) or at the following email address:

A CV and cover letter should be sent to the same email address by 26 October 2007. EUA regrets that we are not able to acknowledge all applications received. Please note that only suitable candidates will be contacted for an interview.