EUA Newsletter 5 | 10/3/2017
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EUA launches TRENDS 2018 survey

EUA invites all European universities and higher education institutions to participate in the TRENDS 2018 survey. The eighth in the series, the EUA flagship initiative aims to map developments in Europe’s changing higher education landscape. 

EUA has been conducting the TRENDS series and publishing the resulting reports since 1999, with a view to feed an institutional perspective into European higher education policy discussions, and improve the knowledge base on, and support for institutional developments within European universities. So far, TRENDS has been the only report that has consistently presented comparative data on developments in European higher education institutions. Over time, EUA’s TRENDS reports have become milestone references for policy makers and the higher education community. 

TRENDS 2018 will focus on learning and teaching (L&T) developments in European higher education institutions. The survey will explore issues such as institutional strategies and policies, L&T practices, and staff development and teaching enhancement, whilst ensuring sufficient continuity with the previous Trends 2015 report to allow for a consistent analysis of key European Higher Education Area developments. 

The results of the survey will feed into the TRENDS 2018 report, which EUA will submit to the 2018 Bologna Ministerial Conference, and use in various policy and practice contexts. As in the past, it will also inspire and inform discussions at institutions and in different European countries.

All interested institutions are encouraged to respond as data and analysis will be crucial for the debate on the future development of learning and teaching. In the coming days, leaders of EUA member universities will also receive an invitation to participate. There should be only one response per institution, for which a senior representative should take responsibility. The deadline is 12 May 2017.

To respond to the survey, please fill out the online questionnaire. For further information, please contact

Policy and Projects News

New Trump travel ban: EUA concerned about open exchange of people and ideas

EUA is deeply concerned about the spirit of US President Donald Trump’s new travel ban and its potential implications on the free flow of people and ideas. EUA believes the new executive order, issued on 6 March 2017, continues to aim indiscriminately at large groups of people to the detriment of mobility and exchange. 
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Female university leadership in Europe

EUA has updated its latest data on women in leadership positions in Europe’s universities. The results show that in the 47 countries with EUA members, only 12% of all rectors are female. Notably, the differences between individual countries are vast, with about one third of rectors in Sweden, Norway and Finland being women, while a number of countries have less than 10%.
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Deadline extended for EUA Open Access Survey

There is still time to participate in the latest edition of the Open Access Survey. EUA members now have until 31 March 2017 to fill out the questionnaire. The goal is to develop a comprehensive view of the degree to which Open Access policies have been developed and implemented in European universities.
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EUA argues for efficient, high-performing Horizon 2020 at Commission meeting

On 28 February 2017, EUA took part in a meeting organised by EU Commissioner for Research Carlos Moedas on “Performance and further simplification” of the Horizon 2020 Programme.
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Events News

EUA Annual Conference: Last chance to register

The deadline to participate in EUA’s 2017 Annual Conference on “Autonomy and freedom: The future sustainability of universities” is fast-approaching, with registration closing on 20 March. Hosted by the University of Bergen in Norway, the conference will take place on 6 and 7 April 2017.
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Registration open for EUA Webinar on Open Science in Universities 

EUA will hold a webinar on 29 March 2017 on “Open Science in Universities: Implications for research and for doctoral education.” The deadline to register is 27 March. Open Science is changing the way research is produced, accessed and utilised, and new and diversified ways of scientific exchange and cooperation are constantly emerging.
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EUA-CDE opens call for contributions to Annual Meeting

The EUA Council for Doctoral Education (EUA-CDE) has launched a call for contributions to its 2017 Annual Meeting, “Doctoral Education and Harnessing Digital Possibilities.” The event will be hosted by Tallinn University in Estonia on 15 and 16 June 2017.
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UNI-SET: London deadline approaching, new call for contributions

Time is running out to register for the 4th UNI-SET event, “Universities in the Energy Transition: Focus on Sustainable Transport and Carbon Capture, Storage & Use,” to be hosted by Imperial College London on 27 and 28 March 2017. The deadline to register is 13 March.
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Brussels News

European Commission launches public consultation on Erasmus+

The European Commission has opened its public consultation on the Erasmus+ Programme. The purpose is to gather comments and perspectives from stakeholders and the public on the programme’s relevance, effectiveness and efficiency. 
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Juncker presents White Paper on Future of Europe

On 1 March 2017, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker presented his White Paper on the Future of Europe in preparation for the 60th anniversary of the Rome Treaties. 
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Members and Partners News

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