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EUA Newsletter 18   21 October 2011

Bologna Process Update: EUA contributes to preparations for 2012 Ministerial Meeting in Bucharest

The Bologna Follow-Up Group (BFUG), which manages the follow-up of the Bologna Process in between Ministerial Meetings, met last week (13-14 October) at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland.


EUA participated actively on behalf of universities in the meeting hosted by the Polish EU Presidency. The BFUG members discussed priorities and themes for the next Ministerial Communiqué to be adopted in Bucharest in April 2012, and the progress of the different BFUG working groups that are expected to present reports and recommendations to ministers next spring. The work of the different groups (on issues such as mobility, degree recognition, transparency and the social dimension) can be found on the official European Higher Education Area website.


On Friday 14 October, the E4 Group (EUA, EURASHE, ENQA and ESU) organised a thematic session focusing on quality assurance. This included presentations on the external review of the European Quality Assurance Register for higher education (EQAR) and the preliminary results of the MAP-ESG project, which looks at how the European Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance (ESGs) have been taken up and whether they need revising (please see the story below).


Discussions on the current state of the Bologna Process and future perspectives continued on 17-19 October with a special two-day event in Bucharest, Romania, entitled: “Future of Higher Education - Bologna Process Researchers’ Conference (FOHE-BPRC)”. This was organised by the Romanian Ministry of Education, Research, Youth and Sports and the Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding (UEFISCDI) with the support of EUA.


The conference gathered researchers on a range of higher education topics with a direct relevance for the Bologna Process (including a number of EUA representatives) from Europe and beyond. EUA very much hopes that the outcomes of these discussions will feed into the discussions on the future development of the Bologna Process. The publication resulting from the conference will be available to participants attending the 2012 Bologna ministerial events and a presentation will be made by the General Rapporteur and Chair of the Editorial Board, Sir Peter Scott, Institute of Education, University of London.


EUA’s work was well presented through a selection of papers, in particular on themes such as quality assurance, funding, autonomy, and teaching and learning.


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Policy and Projects News

Mapping the European Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance: Draft report now open for public consultation  

The E4 Group of higher education stakeholders (EUA, ENQA, ESU and EURASHE), has been carrying out a project to map the application and implementation of the European Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance (ESGs). As authors of the ESG, published in 2005 in the framework of the Bologna Process, the E4’s project aims to identify whether these guidelines still “meet the current challenges of higher education”, and therefore if they need updating or revising. After a period of information gathering and consultation with members of the E4 associations, the project steering group has now published a draft report for public consultation.
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Update on ARDE project: First Focus Group meeting and launch of online forum

On 10 October 2011, the first of four Focus Group meetings organised in the context of the ARDE (Accountable Research Environments for Doctoral Education) project took place in the EUA offices in Brussels. The ARDE project examines European doctoral programmes in order to gather information about existing structures, good practice and areas of concern in assuring and enhancing quality in doctoral education.
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EUIMA - Full Costing organises last study visit: application deadline 21 November 2011

As part of the EUIMA - Full Costing project, which aims to enhance the development of full costing in European universities, EUA has launched a Call for Expressions of Interest to participate in the last study visit organised in the framework of this project. This will take place at Trinity College Dublin in Ireland from 23 to 25 January 2012.
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Fifth EUA DOC-CAREERS II Workshop held at University of Camerino (UNICAM), Camerino, Italy

The fifth DOC-CAREERS II Workshop took place last week (10-11 October) at the University of Camerino (UNICAM) in Camerino, Italy.
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Events News

EUA-CDE Workshop 'Supporting Individual Paths of Doctoral Candidates - Experience, Skills, Guidance', Trinity College Dublin, Ireland (12-13 January 2012)

This event will explore how institutions can support individual development of doctoral candidates by ensuring they have access to a wide range of research experiences and exposure to different environments, sufficient transferable skills training, and guidance tailored to individual needs.
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News from Brussels

Brussels in Brief – updates on EU activities

The recent EU-Brazil Summit has resulted in a joint action plan which includes plans to reinforce HE cooperation. Meanwhile the European Commission has published proposals for its 2014-2020 Cohesion Policy.
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Member and Partners News

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