AUTUMN CONFERENCE SPECIAL EDITION
Autonomy and accountability move to top of European higher education agenda
Plenary presentation: universities should improve governance systems
Enhancing the implementation of ECTS
EUA welcomes new members
- Université de Bretagne Sud (France)
- University of Technology of Troyes (France)
- Latvia University of Agriculture (Latvia)
- Namik Kemal University (Turkey)
- Yeditepe University (Turkey)
- Kremenchuk Mykhailo Ostrogradskyi State Polytechnic University (Ukraine)
- Ternopil National Economic University (Ukraine)
- University of Wales, Bangor (United Kingdom).
Three further institutions were also welcomed as associate members:
- Christian University “Dimitrie Cantemir” (Romania)
- T.C. Kadir Has University (Turkey)
- University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (United Kingdom).
One association has also been welcomed as an affiliate member:
- Associacio Catalana d’Universitats Publiques (ACUP – Spain).
EUA looks forward to working closely with each institution in promoting partnerships in higher education and research in Europe.
Dubrovnik Conference: pursuing the European debate on autonomy and accountability
The debate on university autonomy and accountability that was launched in Wroclaw was pursued in Dubrovnik in the context of regional cooperation in the Western Balkans a few days later.
The Dubrovnik Conference (29-31 October 2007) was a follow-up to the Novi Sad Initiative launched two years ago by the University of Novi Sad and partner organisations to address questions of institutional reform and regional cooperation in the creation of the European Higher Education Area.
The Universities of Zagreb, Novi Sad and Vienna joined forces now to organise this important conference, and over 100 participants gathered in Dubrovnik from all the countries of the Western Balkans, with many coming also from the wider European area. An in-depth debate on the challenges in the region concluded with an acknowledgement that, although progress has been made in the past two years, concrete action now needs to be accelerated. As Professor Ladislav Novak, the main driving force of the Initiative explained:
“We need to create an environment where real reforms can occur. Universities need to have the autonomy to respond to changing societal needs, and have to be accountable to society for what they do. This means we have to reconsider the relationship of governments and universities, and to think about different buffer bodies that might be helpful. There are also specific issues that need to be addressed in our region, particularly in the way universities are organised and managed. As far as regional cooperation is concerned, there is no doubt that many topics lend themselves to such efforts. For example, developing academic and student mobility, creating an attractive and competitive research environment, improving quality, involving and supporting students properly are just a few areas where we could benefit from closer cooperation. The important thing is that in Dubrovnik we agreed on a broad range of concrete actions that we hope will gather widespread support, and which we can also use to measure our progress at future events.”