After a turbulent year, EUA sets key objectives for 2017-2019
09 February 2017
2016 was a stormy year, and the blows can be felt clearly in the university world. The dynamics of Brexit, the Trump presidency, and growing nationalism will continue to be present in the time to come.
Therefore, EUA will work to retain the strong community of Europe’s universities and enhance the role of its members as key societal actors under the motto of the Association: “Strong Universities for Europe”.
At its 27 January meeting in Brussels, the EUA Council approved a set of priorities for the Association in responding forcefully to the new situation.
EUA will support the core activities of its members with increased focus on learning and teaching through its Learning & Teaching Initiative. The Association will also work to promote the role of universities and university research in innovation ecosystems, particularly looking at how research and teaching reinforce each other.
Moreover, EUA will promote good framework conditions for universities in Europe. This includes excellent European funding programmes. In the year to come, the basic discussions for the EU budget and the new programmes for research and mobility will begin to take shape. EUA will take a central position in these discussions. The themes of university autonomy and university values will continue to be of relevance. EUA will update its Autonomy Scorecard and work broadly to promote openness, inclusiveness and tolerance, including the area of social inclusion.
The task of keeping the community of Europe’s universities united and strong will be more relevant than ever in the near future, and EUA is looking to promote this, as always in close cooperation with all its members.