Newsletter 6 2018
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EUA Newsletter 6 - 13/04/2018

EUA 2018 Annual Conference: Engaged and responsible universities shaping Europe

The University of Zurich welcomed 400 EUA members on 5-6 April to discuss the pivotal role of universities in generating knowledge, developing intercultural understanding and fostering civic engagement through their core missions.

The first keynote speech was delivered by Ulrike Felt, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Vienna, who explored the new understanding and practices of engagement in European universities. A video is available on the EUA YouTube channel.

You will also find a lively report of the discussions in our selection of the nearly 900 tweets exchanged during the conference through the hashtag #EUA2018Zurich. Presentations and pictures are available on the EUA website and Flickr account respectively.
2018 EUA Annual Conference Zurich
The conference was preceded on 4 April by the Leadership Roundtable with rectors from all over Europe. The meeting focused on the role of leadership in developing universities’ social responsibilities, which proved to be very timely and encouraged all participants to contribute by sharing their own perspectives. The Roundtable was very much appreciated by the participating rectors and will be proposed again at next year’s Annual Conference.

We look forward to welcoming you to the next EUA Annual Conference which will be hosted by the Sorbonne University on 11-12 April 2019. This will be an important event for the Association at which elections will be held for the new EUA President and five Board members, in addition to an exciting programme that will concentrate on university innovation systems.

EUA publishes Big Deals Survey report, the first European-level mapping of major scientific contracts in Europe

EUA has published the outcomes of its first Big Deals Survey, an original initiative pursued by the association to gather more information about large scientific publishing contracts from the perspective of universities (known as ‘Big Deals’).
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From Paris to Paris – Bologna Process goes full cycle

The Bologna Process, unlike the name suggests, actually began at the Sorbonne in Paris on 25 May 1998, at a meeting between four European ministers. And this is where it will return, after exactly 20 years, for the Bologna Ministerial Conference & Policy Forum (23-25 May).
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EUA welcomes mission-oriented Research & Innovation in the successor of Horizon 2020

EUA welcomes the introduction of mission-oriented research and innovation in the next EU Framework Programme for Research & Innovation and sketches out four general conditions and six recommendations for successful implementation in its response to the European Commission’s call for feedback on ‘Mission-Oriented Research & Innovation in the European Union’.
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EUA welcomes the European Court of Auditors’s contribution to simplification of EU research beyond Horizon 2020

On 21 March 2018, the European Court of Auditors published the briefing paper “A contribution to simplification of EU research beyond Horizon 2020”. EUA welcomes the initiative and is pleased to see its own recommendations for achieving an effective simplification of the rules for participation in the 9th EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation reflected in the publication.
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“EU funding for universities” campaign mobilises members across Europe for ambitious funding for higher education exchange and cooperation

Universities and national rectors’ conferences join their voices to argue for a renewed funding commitment to research and education at the European level. Across Europe, many universities and university associations are addressing policy makers and society at large about the need to match funding with the scale of challenges to be tackled in the post-2020 period. 
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Open Science: EUA signs joint letter on future-proofing rules for Text and Data Mining

On 9 April EUA signed an open letter to the European Commission on maximising the benefits of artificial intelligence through future-proof rules on text and data mining.
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EUA-CDE launches “The Doctoral Debate”

The EUA Council for Doctoral Education (EUA-CDE) is pleased to announce the launch of “The Doctoral Debate” – an online platform offering commentary and analysis on doctoral education in Europe. Written by academic leaders and experts in the field, “The Doctoral Debate” will showcase the work of EUA-CDE members and partners.
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European Universities for a Clean Energy Future: Interdisciplinary Education, Training and Research – event report

On 21-22 March 2018, the EUA Energy and Environment Platform, in collaboration with EIT InnoEnergy, organised a two-day conference on the topic "European Universities for a Clean Energy Future: Interdisciplinary Education, Training and Research".
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Hanne Smidt Lifelong Learning Editorial

University Autonomy in Europe: Trends, Benefits, Challenges and Threats

EUA and Universities UK will organise a two-day workshop on “University Autonomy in Europe: Trends, Benefits, Challenges and Threats” hosted by the University of Leicester on 23-24 April 2018.
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EUA/Higher Education Academy webinar on inclusivity and citizenship skills, 15 May – 13.00 CET

The webinar is part of a range of measures developed to enhance pedagogical staff development (training) and institutional approaches to facilitate such development. It has been designed for teaching staff in higher education and is also relevant to any other staff or students with an interest in inclusivity and citizenship, or social learning models.
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EUA Big Deals Survey Report - The First Mapping of Major Scientific Publishing Contracts in Europe

The Design of Missions in the Next Framework Programme - Views from European Universities

EUA calls for comprehensive view on academic cooperation in Brexit negotiations

Enhancing Quality: from policy to practice

Enhancing Quality: Messages for policy-makers

Open Access 2016-2017 EUA Survey Results
USTREAM peer learning seminar: Efficiency, leadership and governance
Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium
18 - 19 April 2018

Workshop: University Autonomy in Europe - Trends, Benefits, Challenges and Threats
University of Leicester, Leicester, United Kingdom
23 - 24 April 2018

EUA webinar: Exploring the impact of IEP
24 April 2018
14:00 CET

11th EUA-CDE Annual Meeting
University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia
7 - 8 June 2018
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