Newsletter 11 2017
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EUA Newsletter 11 - 02/06/2017

University autonomy in Europe: EUA releases comparative analysis

EUA has released a full comparative analysis of the state of play of university autonomy in 29 higher education systems in Europe. The report, published today, complements the presentation of the main outcomes which were revealed at EUA’s annual conference “Autonomy and freedom: The future sustainability of universities” held in April 2017. 

This extensive study, marking 10 years of EUA’s work on university autonomy and more than five years of mapping, portrays and scores 29 higher education systems and is a central reference in discussions and analyses of institutional autonomy – both in Europe and beyond. 

The report addresses the question of university autonomy in organisational, financial, staffing and academic matters, and compares data for all indicators that constitute EUA’s Autonomy Scorecard. It allows readers to have a full overview of the state of play and of recent developments in each of these fields – assessing the capacity of universities to decide on issues as diverse as tuition fees, governance structures, recruitments and salaries or language of instruction and student numbers. The report ranks systems for each autonomy dimension in a special Scorecard. It also uncovers trends for each area, highlighting improvements and causes for concern.
While some countries have achieved a relatively high degree of university autonomy in all or most of the four dimensions considered, the Scorecard helps to recognise that there is no unique model to foster autonomy. Countries scoring high in at least three dimensions include models as diverse as those in Finland, Luxembourg, Estonia or the UK (England). The report also reveals, predominantly, a persisting lack of a global view on university autonomy when designing and implementing reforms. In addition, the challenging economic context impacts autonomy in different ways, beyond financial matters. Finally, public authorities are found to exert stronger steering through funding mechanisms, while concentration processes, such as mergers, raise new questions for university autonomy.

This latest edition of the EUA Autonomy Scorecard features the comparative report, an online tool, a summary presentation and for the first time a compendium of country profiles

EUA responds to EU Consultation on Key Competences for Lifelong Learning

EUA has responded to the European Commission’s consultation for reviewing the EU Framework of Key Competences for Lifelong Learning. The Framework was set up following a recommendation in 2006, after substantial discussion on lifelong learning. A revision was already overdue due to schedule, but also due to a decade of rapid social and technological changes.
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Brussels backs EUA’s call for ambitious research funding

New milestones were reached this week in Brussels, prior to the next Framework Programme for Research & Innovation, and discussions were held on shaping the next EU funding period (2021-2028). 
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European Commission launches a renewed agenda for higher education

On 30 May, the European Commission launched its renewed agenda for higher education. As was the case with the 2006 and 2011 Communications, the present agenda outlines the European Commission’s policy priorities for higher education and also proposes some concrete actions, such as a European Graduate Tracking initiative. 
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EUA Research Policy Working Group meets at University of Minho

On 17 and 18 May 2017, the EUA Research Policy Working Group (RPWG) met at the University of Minho in Braga, Portugal to discuss EUA activities in the area of research and innovation.
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Last chance to participate in the TRENDS 2018 survey

The deadline for responding to the TRENDS 2018 survey is 5 June 2017. EUA encourages all European universities and higher education institutions to participate, as an opportunity to share their experiences and voice their needs. 
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EUA Webinar: "Brexit. What will it mean for universities?"

What impact will Brexit have on higher education and research? How can British and EU universities continue to work together? What are the facts, and what is speculation? EUA is organising a webinar on "Brexit. What will it mean for universities?" (7 June, 14.00 CET) which will present views from both London and Brussels on the situation today and what to expect in future. Register now to join the webinar.

Registration opens for the 1st European Learning & Teaching Forum

Registration is open for the 1st European Learning & Teaching Forum ‘Meeting Challenges Together’. The event will take place at the University Pierre and Marie Curie (UPMC), France from 28 to 29 September 2017.
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EQAF 2017: call for contributions

The call for contributions for the 12th European Quality Assurance Forum is open until 24 July 2017. This year’s EQAF will take place in Riga, Latvia from 23 to 25 November 2017, hosted by the University of Latvia.
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University Autonomy in Europe III: The Scorecard 2017

EUA Response to Key Competences for Lifelong Learning

EUA Annual Report 2016

EUA's Reponse to the European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity

Ambitious funding for excellent research in Europe post-2020
EUA Webinar: "Brexit. What will it mean for universities?"
7 June

10th EUA-CDE Annual Meeting
Tallinn University, Tallinn, Estonia
15 - 16 June

1st European Learning & Teaching Forum
University Pierre and Marie Curie, Paris, France
28 - 29 September
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