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EUA calls on members to speak up for more EU investment in education, research and innovation

21 March 2018

EUA invites its member universities to speak up in the “EU funding for universities” campaign about the need to increase European investment in research, education and innovation.

At the beginning of May, the European Commission will release its proposals for the post-2020 EU financial framework, which will cover the successor programmes of Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+. Now is the time to reach out to governments in all member states (and participating countries) to show them that the sector needs significantly more EU investment to achieve the Union’s ambitious goals.

In an editorial published in The Parliament Magazine, EUA President Rolf Tarrach summarises the key reasons to step up EU investment in these policies. Across Europe, national rectors’ conferences are showcasing the contribution of universities to a better future.

In line with its campaign, which gathers support from the bulk of the university sector across Europe, EUA is also partnering with other university networks to put forward a strong call for EU investment in the future. In a joint statement issued on March 21, the 13 signatory organisations, call on member states to double investment in research, innovation and education to boost Europe's competitiveness and sustainability. 

EUA has developed materials that can be used to support this argument. Get in touch with us or with your national rectors’ conference to find out more about the initiatives in your country. We invite you to use and share widely the joint statement and EUA’s material to help us convince policy-makers throughout Europe. To join the campaign on social media, add the following hashtags to your messages: #UniversitiesUnitedonMFF, #H2020future and #ErasmusFuture.

The signatories, in alphabetical order, are:
CESAER, CLUSTER, Coimbra Group, EARMA, EASSH, ECIU, EUA, The Guild, IDEA League, LERU, SEFI, UNICA and YERUN.
Supporting organisation: Aurora*

*Aurora adds its voice to that of the signatory organisations, with further points focusing on the need to integrate research – at a regional, a national as well as a European level – with education and with the relevance and impact of academic research for the European economies and societies.

European University Association (EUA)

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