EUA : European University Association

New EU-Asia Higher Education Platform

EUA, DAAD, and Nuffic Consortium selected by Commission for multi-faceted new project.

EUA is delighted to announce that it is part of a consortium - with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Netherlands Organisation for International Cooperation in Higher Education (Nuffic) – that has been selected by the European Commission to establish an EU-Asia Higher Education Platform for European and Asian academics and policy makers.

The Platform is part of the EU’s Asia Link programme, which aims to promote cooperation in the field of higher education between Europe and developing countries in Asia. The purpose of the two-year project is to:

  • Provide a means for enhancing information exchange, dialogue, and cooperation in higher education and research between the two regions;
  • Develop best practices for institutional development and cooperation, and foster mobility of students and academics between the two regions;
  • Draw attention to the role and situation of universities in developing countries.

Throughout the course of 2008-9, a series of workshops and round tables in Asia and Europe will be organised, targeting institutional development and cooperation issues. Amongst the themes that are expected to be covered will be higher education governance and management, decentralisation, cooperation in graduate education, and interregional and inter-institutional cooperation in quality assurance.

One of the key tools in developing the Platform will be the creation of an interactive website that will act as an information and communication portal. In addition, two major-higher education fairs will be held in Asia, mirroring a successful series of EU-funded European Higher Education Fairs that have been taking place over the past 2 years.

EUA will lead the consortium which will launch its first events in autumn 2008.

More details on the project will soon be published on the EUA website.

EUA concludes evaluation of 24 Slovakian universities and national research capacity

EUA’s Institutional Evaluation Programme (IEP) has now concluded a large scale evaluation in the Slovak Republic that involved 24 higher education institutions as well as an assessment of the national research capacity.

This IEP evaluation was completed over a two year period and involved over 56 peer reviewers from 24 European countries.

The final report was presented at a special seminar in Bratislava on the 19th February that gathered 200 participants representing the higher education sector, various ministries and stakeholders. In his opening remarks, Ján Mikolaj, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, stated that the comprehensive report produced by EUA will improve the functioning of universities in the Slovak Republic. Minister Mikolaj noted that after the first round of evaluations in 2006 – 2007, new amendments to the Slovak higher education legal framework had already been introduced to take into account the IEP recommendations.

Professor Vladimir Báleš, President of the Slovak rectors’ conference, and Professor Juraj Sinay, Coordinator of the evaluation project, emphasised that the rectors’ conference will now develop an action plan, based on the recommendations provided in the sectoral report.

Professor Helena Nazaré, Chair of the IEP Steering Committee, thanked the Slovak higher education community and ministry officials for the trust they placed in EUA and emphasised the importance of the Institutional Evaluation Programme as a modernising tool that enables higher education institutions to play their full role in the knowledge society.

Please click here to read the full report.

Call for papers, workshops and posters: 3rd European Quality Assurance Forum (20-22 November 2008)

EUA is delighted to announce that the 3rd European Quality Assurance Forum will take place on the 20-22 November 2008 at the Corvinus University in Budapest, Hungary.

Following the success of last year’s event which attracted around 500 participants from across Europe, this year’s Forum - supported by the Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Commission - 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 3rd Forum will explore European and international trends in quality assurance. Participants will examine the implications of various developments for quality assurance in European higher education and internationally. More specifically, this Forum aims to gain an understanding of how higher education institutions and QA agencies are responding to new forms of accountability and to analyse the impact and consequences of this development.

As for the previous Forums, the organisers are issuing a call for papers, seeking contributions from Forum participants.

The deadline to submit all types of contributions is 31 July 2008.

For more information please read the call or contact Thérèse Zhang.

European Business Summit 2008: Managing Europe’s talent pipeline to drive innovation

EUA Board member, Professor Frans van Vught, will today (Friday 22nd February) represent EUA in a special debate at the 2008 European Business Summit in Brussels.

Professor van Vught is part of a high-level panel that will debate the issue “education: managing Europe’s talent pipeline to drive innovation”, and which includes: Ján Figel’, Commissioner for Education, Training, Culture and Youth, European Commission; Dr. Craig Barrett, Chairman of the Board, Intel; Prof. Dr. Jan-Eric Sundgren, Senior Vice-President, Volvo; and Sergio Giacoletto, Executive Vice President, Oracle EMEA.

He will stress that higher education and research are the motors contributing to create Europe’s talent pipeline to drive innovation and ‘green the economy’. In particular, he will focus on three key messages. Firstly, that universities need higher public and private funding for education and research, as well as a legal framework on autonomy and accountability that provides the necessary flexibility to respond to the needs of the new labour markets.

Secondly, he will underline that universities are working hard to increase their performance in education, research and cooperation with business partners, whilst explaining that a “change in mindset” of both university and business partners is essential to perform better in innovation. Finally, he will outline how European universities are tackling actively the challenge to strengthen cooperation with business and other external partners

Please visit the 2008 European Business Summit ‘Greening the Economy’ website for more information about the event.