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French Prime Minister asks EUA to establish Lifelong Learning Charter for Europe’s Universities

EUA President, Prof. Georg Winckler, with French <br/>Prime Minister François Fillon and Minister for <br/> Higher Education and Research Valérie Pécresse.
EUA President, Prof. Georg Winckler, with French
Prime Minister François Fillon and Minister for
Higher Education and Research Valérie Pécresse.

Following the recent adoption of the new French university law, Prime Minister, François Fillon invited university leaders from EUA to take part in a high-level debate on the future role of universities in society.

The meeting held on Friday (14th December) at the Sorbonne, Paris will be used to help the French government develop its higher education priorities for its Presidency of the European Union in the second half of 2008.
The French Prime Minister and the Minister for Higher Education and Research Valérie Pécresse both presented at the meeting, as did the President of the European University Association, Professor Georg Winckler. Equally, the Presidents of the 34 National Rectors Conferences that are members of the EUA were invited to take part in the event.
Outlining his vision for the role of universities in European society and in the development of the European labour market, Prime Minister Fillon asked EUA to establish a Lifelong Learning Charter for Europe’s universities.
Responding to the Prime Minister, Professor Georg Winckler, EUA President stressed that EUA would take up his challenge to develop a Lifelong Learning Charter for Europe’s universities: “This proposal could not be more timely, and EUA will be focusing on the development of the lifelong learning mission of universities in a number of activities over the years to come, but in particular in our Autumn Conference in 2008 at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam."

I promise that we will use this major European event to discuss and develop the Charter, and to ensure that it is supported by our member universities.

It is expected that the Charter requested by the Prime Minister will be presented during an informal meeting of European higher education ministers in November 2008.

Click here to read Professor Winckler’s speech.

EUA seeks information on Master’s programmes

EUA is launching a new project to explore the state of Master’s programmes as the Bologna Process moves forward.

The aim of the project is to fill existing information gaps on the development of Master’s programmes in Europe and to reflect back to universities the adjustments taking place in response to new societal demands.

The first phase of the project is a general survey for higher education institutions, academics, students and employers. Information is being collected through a questionnaire in English that takes no more than ten minutes to complete. This will be followed up through site visits at chosen universities to further investigate the trends and outcomes. Please take ten minutes to fill in the questionnaire below, and also encourage colleagues, students, employers to respond.

Responsible Partnering Conference underlines the need for strengthened collaboration between research and business

There is an increasing recognition from all stakeholders of the need for more strengthened and effective research collaboration between universities and business.

This was the key message of a two-day conference on “Effective Collaborative R&D and Technology Transfer” organised in Lisbon on 3-4th December 2007 by the European University Association, the European Industrial Research Management Association (EIRMA), the European Association of Research and Technology Organisations (EARTO) and the European Network of Knowledge Transfer Offices linked to Universities and Public Research Organisations (ProTon Europe).

The meeting - which brought together universities, research institutions, businesses (both large companies and SMEs) from across Europe - is part of the Responsible Partnering Guidelines Initiative created by the four organisations.

The purpose of the conference was to take stock of the effectiveness of R&D collaboration and knowledge and technology transfer involving research and business; assess how well the recommended good practices are working; and map out where further improvements are required and how these can be achieved. Stakeholders and policymakers made a series of presentations on a wide range of issues relating to effective collaboration, including examples of good practice from universities working with business partners in the Netherlands (Wageningen University), Poland (Wroclaw University of Technology) and Wales (University of Bangor).

EUA Deputy Secretary General John Smith said the conference had shown that there was a growing recognition from all stakeholders of the required conditions for more effective partnering between universities and business. “The Responsible Partnering Initiative has established a valuable working dialogue between the respective stakeholders which has been carefully built reflecting each partner’s interests and needs in research collaboration” he explained. “Moreover, we have seen that there is increasing attention being paid by universities to working with both large and small businesses to improve research and innovation capacities in their regions across Europe.

Please click here for more information on the Responsible Partnering Initiative and conference.

Presentations from the meeting are on the EUA website.

Registration open for EUA Experts’ Conference (Brussels 7 – 8 February 2008)

Registration is now open for the EUA Experts Conference “Towards Financially Sustainable Higher Education Institutions” that will be held in Brussels, Belgium on 7/8 February 2008.

As this event is part of EUA's Funding project which is supported by the Socrates Programme of the European Commission please note there will be no registration fee but conference participants are expected to contribute to the sharing of knowledge in order to help to achieve the conference goals and understand the system of funding of higher education and its impact. This event has a limited capacity of 120 people.

For more detailed information on the conference, please click here

Register now for the conference.

New Funding Opportunities: Erasmus Mundus External Cooperation Window, ERC Advanced Grant Scheme, and Marie Curie Industry-Academia Partnerships

The European Research Council (ERC) has announced that it will channel around four billion Euros over the next six years into its new Advanced Grant Scheme.

More detailed information on the new grants and how to apply are available on the ERC website.

Meanwhile, the European Commission has also published a second call for proposals for the Marie Curie Industry-Academia Partnerships and Pathways scheme.
Finally, the Commission has also announced details of a new call for the Erasmus Mundus External Cooperation Window (not to be confused with the Erasmus Mundus Programme and its various actions). The programme is a co-operation and mobility scheme, complementary to other higher education initiatives (such as Erasmus Mundus, Erasmus, Tempus, Asia-Link) that are designed to foster co-operation in the field of higher education between the European Union and Third-Countries through a co-operation and mobility scheme addressing students and academic staff. Please note the new call does cover a number of new geographical regions. 

New Internationalisation Handbook for Summer 2008: Last chance to benefit from early bird rate

After the success of the Bologna Handbook, EUA is teaming up with the Academic Cooperation Association and Raabe Academic publishers to launch a new Handbook for 2008 entitled Internationalisation of European Higher Education.

Approaching internationalisation from an institutional perspective, the Handbook will be a crucial tool for all institutions. It will focus on all of the key issues of practical and operational interest in relation to European higher education and display them in the context of global developments and overarching policy processes. It will also facilitate discussion on the goals of internationalisation at institutional level and their implementation.

The Handbook is designed specifically for those involved in developing and implementing internationalisation strategies and measures, including university leadership and international office managers. It will also be an invaluable point of reference for a broader group of policy makers interested in internationalisation in a wider European context. Due to be published in Summer 2008 as a loose-leaf binder collection, with regular supplements, the Handbook will be complemented by information available online.

Sign up now by sending this form back to Raabe Academic publishers and benefit from a special early bird rate until the end of December. A further reduction is available for all EUA members.

If you have any questions about subscriptions, please contact:

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