EUA Newsletter 1 | 13/1/2017
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A very Happy New Year from EUA!

EUA wishes all its newsletter readers a very Happy New Year and has many exciting policy and project-related activities and events planned for 2017. 

These include EUA’s Annual Conference that will take place at the University of Bergen in Norway on 6 and 7 April 2017. Under the title “Autonomy and freedom: The future sustainability of universities”, it will focus on university autonomy and academic freedom in a European context marked by political, economic and societal challenges. The discussions will be supported by EUA’s soon-to-be-updated Autonomy Scorecard. EUA members are also encouraged to attend the EUA General Assembly prior to the main conference, during which three new Board members will be elected. Registration is open for this event.

In 2017, EUA will also strengthen its activities on learning and teaching with the new Learning & Teaching Initiative. In this context, EUA will organise the first European Learning & Teaching Forum to facilitate an exchange of experiences among EUA members and other stakeholders. Organised by EUA in collaboration with the Conférence des présidents d’université and hosted by University Pierre and Marie Curie in Paris, the event will take place on 28 and 29 September 2017. The overall Initiative additionally provides EUA member universities with the unique opportunity to participate in thematic peer groups to exchange good practices in organisational, educational and qualitative aspects of learning and teaching with other European universities. The deadline to answer the participation call is 23 January 2017.

In terms of its policy and project work in 2017, EUA will continue to ensure that the voice of universities remains strong, and that the unique role of universities at the regional, national and international level is understood and valued. The Association will maintain its role as a forum and facilitator for European and global debates where universities are active. In particular, EUA will reinforce its work in the areas of university values, funding and social inclusion. It will closely follow and influence the Brexit debate, contribute to the future of the European Framework for Research and Innovation and the Erasmus+ Programme, feed the debate on Open Science and continue its initiatives with universities in energy, among other key topics.

EUA will also work in 2017 to strengthen its services to members and is looking forward to working with universities through the EUA Council for Doctoral Education, the Institutional Evaluation Programme and EUA Solutions.

Policy and Projects News

EU Copyright Reform: EUA and leading research groups push for more change

EUA has joined forces with four key European research organisations to call on legislators to modify current EU copyright reform proposals in order to allow Europe the opportunity to become a global leader in data-driven innovation and research.
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Open Access survey: Deadline extended

EUA members now have some extra time to participate in the latest edition of the Open Access survey. The goal is to develop a comprehensive view of the degree to which policies on Open Access have been developed and implemented in European universities. The deadline to respond is 28 February 2017. 
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EUA takes campaign for university funding into 2017

Last year marked the beginning of a series of reviews and revisions of EU funding instruments and regulations important to universities. In 2017, EUA will continue to actively follow and influence these developments through its “EU funding for universities” campaign, which is aimed at securing sufficient and sustainable public funding to support research and higher education.
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Efficient university management survey: Last days to participate 

The deadline for the USTREAM survey on efficient university management is just around the corner. Addressed to a broad range of universities, with or without experience in efficiency in the university context, the online survey will be open until 16 January 2017.
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HERE Annual Conference: A matrix for higher education reform? 

Around 120 Higher Education Reform Experts (HERE) gathered in Barcelona on 12 and 13 December 2016 for the group’s annual conference to discuss their mission and dissect the dynamics of higher education reforms.   
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Events News

Last chance to register for EUA’s thematic peer groups for the Learning & Teaching Initiative

There are still a few days left to apply for the thematic peer groups of the EUA Learning & Teaching Initiative. They will be active from 1 February to 30 September 2017 and will provide EUA member universities with a unique opportunity to exchange good practices in organisational, educational and qualitative aspects of learning and teaching with other European universities. The deadline to answer the call has been extended to 23 January 2017.
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EUA Webinar: Universities Supporting Social Inclusion

EUA will hold a webinar on 25 January 2017 to explore how universities can engage in and support social inclusion. It will feature an overview of European trends as well as practical examples and an opportunity for discussion. The deadline to register is 20 January.
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Call for contributions: 4th UNI-SET Energy Clustering Event

The call for contributions is now open for the 4th UNI-SET Energy Clustering Event, which will be hosted by Imperial College London on 27 and 28 March 2017. Under the title “Universities in the Energy Transition: Focus on Sustainable Transport and Carbon Capture, Storage & Use”, the event continues the series of six UNI-SET Energy Clustering Events.
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Members and Partners News

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