EUA : European University Association

EUA launches new membership service: Council for Doctoral Education

EUA has announced that it will launch the first Europe-wide platform for institutions offering doctoral education.

The EUA Council for Doctoral Education (EUA-CDE) is a new membership service that, as part of EUA, will develop and advance doctoral education and research training in Europe.

EUA President, Professor Georg Winckler highlighted: “The EUA Council for Doctoral Education (EUA-CDE) has been created in response to the growing demand from universities in Europe for a more structured approach to promote cooperation and exchange of good practice between doctoral schools and programmes in Europe. Doctoral education will play a key role in achieving Europe’s ambitious goals to strengthen its research capacity and international competitiveness, and the new Council will be crucial for the development, advancement and improvement of these goals.

The objectives of the new Council include:

  • Enhancing the quality of doctoral education in Europe by fostering debate and promoting the exchange and dissemination of good practice;
  • Encouraging and supporting the development of institutional policies and strategies as well as the introduction of effective leadership and management practices;
  • Strengthening the international dimension of doctoral programmes and research training through improved cooperation among its members and by establishing dialogue with partner organisations in other world regions;
  • Identifying and monitoring emerging trends in doctoral education inside and outside Europe;
  • Promoting the doctorate as a key professional qualification and underlining the importance of young researchers for a knowledge-based society.

The new EUA-CDE is an integral part of the EUA. It will function as an independent membership service under the responsibility of a Steering Committee that will be responsible for organising annual activities including conferences and workshops, preparing reports and studies, and disseminating information on latest trends in doctoral education in Europe and beyond. Professor Jean Chambaz, Vice President Université Pierre et Marie Curie-Paris VI, and Mary Ritter, Pro Rector at Imperial College London, have been elected Chair and Vice Chair respectively of the Steering Committee while EUA Vice President, Professor Jean Marc Rapp, will be an ex officio Committee member thus ensuring the link to the EUA Board and Council.

Membership will be open to EUA full members and also to universities awarding doctoral degrees that are not members. Further details on membership (criteria and costs) will be published in due course. EUA-CDE will also seek active cooperation with partner organisations with similar interests such as national associations of doctoral education and young researchers’ associations and other stakeholders.

For further information on the EUA-CDE please contact Sandra Bitusikova.

EUA welcomes new members

On the occasion of the EUA Council meeting last week in Brussels, eight new institutions were welcomed as full individual members:

  • Ilia Chavchavadze State University (Georgia)
  • Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster (Germany)
  • Universität Rostock (Germany)
  • Universita degli studi di Modena e Regio Emilia (Italy)
  • Leon Kozminski Academy of Entrepreneurship and Management (Poland)
  • Kazan State Technical University (Russia)
  • North-Ossetian State University (Russia)
  • Yaroslav the Wise National Law Academy of Ukraine (Ukraine)  

The Universitatea “Petru Maior” Din Targu Mures (Romania) has become an associate member of EUA, while the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) has become an affiliate member.

EUA Job Opportunities - Project Officer (financing of higher education and research) and Senior Programme Manager (Quality Assurance)

EUA is currently looking for two highly motivated professionals to join the Association in Brussels:

  • A Project Officer to work within a team implementing projects in the area of financing of higher education and research with the overall aim of strengthening universities and developing the European higher education area in a regional, national and global context.
  • A Senior Programme Manager (Quality Assurance) to join the EUA Quality Unit. The main activities of the unit are threefold: policy development, programme management, in particular of EUA’s flagship Institutional Evaluation Programme, and project implementation in the field of quality enhancement and quality assurance. 

Please click here for more information on both job profiles and how to apply.

EUA launches new project on Quality, Creativity and Innovation

EUA, in partnership with ACQUIN, the Higher Education Academy (UK), and the National University of Ireland in Maynooth, has now launched a new project on the Quality Assurance for Higher Education Change Agenda (QAHECA).

The project, supported by the EC Lifelong Learning Programme, aims to develop a new quality methodology which supports institutions in a rapidly changing environment, and specifically considers the mission of higher education to foster creativity and innovation.

Following a call for interest in this project at the end of 2007, the QAHECA Steering Committee has now selected 30 participants – both higher education institutions and quality assurance agencies – to pursue this important work. Participants will be invited to contribute to drafting the methodology during two seminars, and then to test it within their own institutional and national context. They will then provide feedback on this experience in a third seminar early in 2009, and the methodology will subsequently be finalised and widely disseminated.  

For more information, please check the QAHECA webpage.

Report on EUA doctoral workshop

EUA has published a short report of its workshop held last year on “Doctoral Programmes in Europe: Access, Recruitment, and Admission.”

The report outlines the main issues and questions addressed at the workshop including the legal/institutional regulations governing doctoral education, the social dimension of access, entry criteria, international access and recruitment, and the role of the supervisor.

Please click here to read the report.