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EUA Newsletter 7 - 27/04/2018

Hungary: EUA denounces attacks on academic freedom

The European University Association (EUA) strongly condemns the recent intimidation of academics in the Hungarian media. The pro-government magazine Figyelo listed the names of more than 200 people, calling them “mercenaries” of George Soros, a Hungarian-American entrepreneur and philanthropist who founded EUA member Central European University (CEU). The list includes current and former CEU staff members, as well as employees of NGOs that are financially supported by Soros.

“This is a direct attack on academic freedom, a fundamental principle of higher education that we as Europeans must share and protect,” said Lesley Wilson, EUA Secretary General. “We cannot allow university staff to teach and conduct research in an atmosphere of intimidation and oppression from political groups or governments. This is simply unacceptable.”

The attacks were at the heart of a political campaign linked to the country’s parliamentary elections held on 8 April, which saw Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s ruling Fidesz party secure a two-thirds majority. Next month, the re-elected government is expected to adopt the so-called “Stop Soros” legislation package, which will heavily impact NGOs receiving foreign funding.  

This intimidation is the latest in a series of attacks on CEU over the past year. Most prominently, in April 2017, the Hungarian government amended higher education legislation in a way that would exclusively impact CEU, in an attempt to force its closure. This was the first time that the government of an EU country sought to shut down a university – an act that was widely condemned, including by EUA. CEU has worked to comply with the additional regulations set out in the legislation, which require a university issuing foreign degrees in Hungary to establish educational activities in the institution’s country of origin. While CEU has done this at New York's Bard College, it remains in limbo as the Hungarian government has yet to sign off on the new operating licence.
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Brexit: Pact on research will be key part of UK-EU accord

EUA President and Vice-Presidents are among the signatories of a letter published on The Financial Times calling for early negotiations on research and education to provide reassurance that a deep and constructive relationship between the EU and UK is feasible.
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USTREAM concludes peer learning event series and releases first efficiency recommendations

The USTREAM partners wrapped up a series of three peer learning seminars on 18 and 19 April with the final event centering on efficiency, leadership and governance. The project also published its first set of recommendations on the topic entitled “Efficiency, effectiveness and value for money. Insights from the UK and other countries”.
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Open Science: EUA warns against rushing the EU copyright reform

EUA signed an open letter to the permanent representatives of the member states at the EU Council on 26 April warning against rushing the debate on copyright reform. The letter voices concern over the latest proposal of the Directive on copyright in the Digital Single Market by the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council.
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IEP concludes external evaluation of higher education sector in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

EUA’s Institutional Evaluation Programme (IEP) has completed the evaluations of all public higher education institutions in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. The evaluations took place in 2016-2018 at the joint request of the institutions and the Ministry of Education and Science.
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New EFFECT project activities focus on institutional strategies and teaching enhancement

The “European Forum for Enhanced Collaboration in Teaching” (EFFECT) project is in full swing with a pilot experience on institutional strategies in learning and teaching, a staff development webinar on inclusiveness and citizenship skills, and an upcoming feasibility study on how to best promote a forward-looking European dimension for enhancing learning and teaching.  
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“Inclusive Europe Today, Powerful Europe Tomorrow” – A message from inHERE staff training week participants

The “Higher Education Supporting Refugees in Europe” (inHERE) project staff training week on “Integration of Refugees: the Role of Universities” wrapped up successfully at Sapienza University in Rome on 20 April. More than 50 higher education institutions and organisations from 19 countries participated in peer learning activities and workshops 
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How national and European policies can support refugee students and researchers in European higher education

The InHERE project consortium is pleased to invite you to a policy dialogue on “How national and European policies can support refugee students and researchers in European higher education”. The event will take place on 22 May and will be hosted by Campus France at the Maison des Universités in Paris.
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Funding Forum Call for contribution
Efficiency, Effectiveness and Value for Money: Insights from the UK and other countries - A USTREAM Report

EUA Big Deals Survey Report - The First Mapping of Major Scientific Publishing Contracts in Europe

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

4th EUA Funding Forum
Ramon Llull University, Barcelona, Spain
18 - 19 October

13th European Quality Assurance Forum
Vienna University of Economics and Business & AQ Austria, Vienna, Austria
15 - 17 November
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