SPRING CONFERENCE SPECIAL EDITION
EUA Conference outlines future for university leadership in Europe
EUA General Assembly adopts revised statutes
- Enhancing the impact of the association at the European level: enabling EUA to become an even stronger player, working on behalf of its members to influence the development of the European Higher Education and Research areas;
- Clarifying membership criteria to ensure that only universities offering quality assured degree programmes and with a significant research base are eligible for membership;
- Improving the functioning of the association based upon the experience of the first six years of operation.
The first possibility for universities to apply under the revised membership criteria, will be in October 2008, following the adoption of appropriate Rules of Procedure.
The revision of the association’s statutes has been carried out in line with the original 2001 EUA statutes which stipulated that after five years of operation a review process should take place. This process started in 2006 and has been carried out by a Statutes Review Group consisting of nine members from the Board, Council and General Assembly.
The new statutes can be found here.
EUA cooperation with Latin American & Caribbean Universities
The EUA Council and Consejo Universitario Iberoamericano (CUIB) took the opportunity offered by the Barcelona Conference to hold a meeting to explore the development of cooperation between European and Latin American & Caribbean (LAC) Universities.
This followed up cooperation launched by the Declaration of Asturias, signed in Oviedo (Spain) by both organisations in 2006. Discussion focused on potential actions to build regular dialogue between the universities from both organisations and identified the following major topics for concrete initiatives:
- Developing common understanding of the Bologna process to help the construction of the EU/LAC common higher education area;
- developing a framework for increasing and improving the quality and impact of mobility;
- exchanging and improving practice in quality assurance;
- strengthening institutional profiles and missions;
- developing research cooperation through better use of new information and communication technologies;
- strengthening the inter-university cooperation in social and cultural activities;
- strengthening the role of universities in addressing challenges of social cohesion.
In view of the upcoming EU-LAC Heads of State and Government Summit to be celebrated in Lima 2008, May 17th-18th, CUIB and EUA also discussed the content of a joint Declaration to be presented to the Summit. The Declaration would underpin the role of universities as key stakeholders in developing the knowledge society globally, urging the EU-LAC Heads of State and Government to increase participation of universities in policy making and to provide the necessary support for strengthening higher education and research cooperation between the two regions.
The Declaration will also encourage governments to take advantage of the expertise and experience offered by a consolidated CUIB/EUA partnership on all matters related to the development of inter-regional cooperation.
EUA urges universities to develop clear strategies to advance open access
Universities need to do more to develop institutional policies and strategies that increase access to their peer-reviewed research results to the widest range of users, to maximise the impact and visibility of university research.
This is one of the key recommendations published by EUA’s Working Group on Open Access, which aim to raise awareness of the importance of the open access issue within the university community, both in terms of its impact upon the research process but also its financial implications for university libraries.
EUA is recommending that universities across Europe set up an ‘institutional repository’ (or take part in a shared repository) as a key first step to achieving this goal. These repositories should be established and managed according to current best practices and policies developed by universities should ensure that researchers deposit their publications in the repository on acceptance of publication. Embargoes should only apply to the date of open access provision and not the date of deposit.
University policies should also take better account of copyright and the institutional intellectual property rights (IPR) management.
The recommendations were published following a meeting of the EUA Council, which took place before the opening of the EUA Spring Conference at the University of Barcelona. The working group’s recommendations are based on the core premises: the university’s role and responsibility as guardian of research knowledge as a “public good” and that the results of publicly funded research should be publicly available as soon as possible; and that quality assurance peer review processes are pre-conditions for scholarly publishing.
Please click here to read the full recommendations.
New EUA Board members elected at Spring Conference
EUA is delighted to announce that two new members have been elected to the current (2005-2009) EUA Board.
Professor Tadeusz Luty, Rector, Wroclaw University of Technology (Poland) and Professor Lauritz Holm-Nielsen, Rector, University of Aarhus (Denmark) were elected to the Board following a vote by members during the EUA General Assembly at the Spring Conference in Barcelona.
The two additions to the Board replace Professor Sir Roderick Floud, President Emeritus, London Metropolitan University (UK) and Professor Jaak Aaviksoo, Rector, University of Tartu (Estonia) who were obliged to step down from the EUA Board due to other commitments.
The next EUA President will be elected by members at this year’s EUA Autumn Conference in Rotterdam (23-25 October 2008) – and will act as President elect until officially taking office in March 2009 during the EUA Convention in Prague where eight new Board members will also be elected.
EUA welcomes new members
On the occasion of the EUA Council meeting last week at the Spring Conference in Barcelona, nine institutions were welcomed as full individual members:
- Facultés Universitaires Saint-Louis (Belgium)
- Daugavpils University (Latvia)
- Riga Technical University (Latvia)
- Ulyanovsk State University (Russia)
- Trnava University (Slovakia)
- Universidad Europea de Madrid (Spain)
- Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (Spain – previously an associate member)
- University Carlos III of Madrid (Spain)
- Donetsk National University of Economics and Trade (Ukraine)
Dogus University (Turkey) and Vysoka Skola Manazmentu in Trencin (Slovakia) have also become associate individual members while the PRES- Pôle de recherche et d'enseignement supérieur - Université de Lyon (France) has joined as an affiliate member.