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EUA makes progress on Lifelong Learning Charter
The Charter will be discussed by the EUA Council at its meeting in July. It will then be taken forward to the EUA autumn Conference on inclusive and responsive universities, which will be hosted by the Erasmus University Rotterdam from October 23 – 25. The Charter will hopefully be approved by EUA member universities as a key policy text for the years ahead.
New EU Activities Announced on Follow-Up to the ERA “Green Paper”
The EU has now published the final results of the public consultation on the Green Paper "The European Research Area (ERA): New Perspectives” to which EUA responded last September.
The report, which draws on more than 1,000 responses, outlines the main concerns of the key research actors across Europe, including those of EUA members, which include careers and mobility, international co-operation, research infrastructures, joint programming and knowledge sharing.
The Commission said the consultation had shown the original ERA objectives remain valid and relevant, but that action was needed on the key issues raised by the ERA Green Paper. It now plans five new specific initiatives that will be launched in the coming months. These initiatives will address in particular:
- The management of intellectual property by public research organisations (recommendation adopted on 10 April 2008)
- The promotion of mobility and careers of Europe's researchers
- The legal framework for pan-European research infrastructures
- Joint programming and programmes and
- International science and technology cooperation.
These key issues reflect those presented by Dr Isi Saragossi (EC, DG Research) at the EUA Council meeting on 26 March 2008 in Barcelona. In addition, the Commission has set in train the publication of the reports of the seven “Expert Groups” established to address the key issues raised in the ERA Green Paper”. Expert Group reports published so far include that on “Strengthening research institutions with a focus on university-based research” which was chaired by Professor Christina Ullenius (EUA Vice-President).
The fundamental role of universities in the ERA was also underlined at an informal meeting of EU research ministers in Slovenia last month. Stressing that Europe now needs to develop a common vision and a better political governance of ERA, Ministers underlined this should feature modern universities and research organisations developing globally competitive poles and networks to deliver science and technology and with an optimal mix of specialisation and variety.
EUA will prepare a new position paper responding to these follow-up reports arising from the ERA “Green Paper” consultation to be published later this year.
Click here for more information about the ERA consultation.
Read EUA’s response to the Green Paper Consultation (September 2007)
EUA participation in Expert Group on Entrepreneurship in Higher Education
EUA has participated as an observer in the European Commission’s Expert Group on ‘entrepreneurship in higher education, especially within non-business studies’.
The Commission’s directorate on Enterprise and Industry has now published the final report, which is now to be complemented by a quantitative survey of entrepreneurship studies provision.
This is currently being carried out by the Danish consultancy NIRAS, which hopes to get EUA members to respond. If you are interested in taking part, please contact Astrid Marie Berg of NIRAS at ASB@remove-this.niraskon.dk.
European Parliament report on Bologna Process and student mobility
Member of European Parliament, Doris Pack, this week presented a draft report on the Bologna process and student mobility to Parliament’s Committee on Culture and Education.
The publication of her report, which includes a motion for a European Parliament resolution and analyses various aspects of student mobility within the framework of the Bologna process, follows a special Bologna process hearing held in Brussels in March.
The future of the Bologna Process post 2010 and some the concerns raised by the report will be addressed at a special seminar in Ghent later this month and an extraordinary meeting of the Bologna Follow Up Group. EUA will be actively involved in all of these debates in the coming months.
Read the full report
EUA Job Opportunities - Senior Programme Manager (Secretary to the EUA Council for Doctoral Education) and Project Officer (Research and Innovation Unit)
EUA is currently looking for two highly motivated professionals to join the Association in Brussels:
- A Senior Programme Manager to join its Research and Innovation Unit to be responsible for the implementation of the policies and activities of the newly established (2008) EUA Council for Doctoral Education (CDE).
- A Project Officer within the EUA Research and Innovation Unit to implement projects and activities on the role of universities as catalysts for regional development with the overall aim of strengthening the input of Europe’s universities as stakeholders in the policy dialogue on enhancing the development of Europe as a competitive global region.
Please click here for more information on both job profiles and how to apply.