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EUA Newsletter 2   21 January 2011

EUA launches new study on Tracking Students' and Graduates' Progression Paths (TRACKIT!)

EUA is pleased to announce the launch of TRACKIT! a two-year project which will undertake a comparative study that focuses on tracking procedures applied by institutions, national agencies and researchers regarding students’ and graduates’ progression paths during studies and in transition into the labour market. In particular, it will consider the impact and relevance of tracking on institutional strategic aims.


The study ultimately aims to:
• enhance institutional reflection on how to ensure high quality student-centred learning and training
• improve the understanding of the articulation between degrees and employability
• underpin ongoing educational reforms and deliver an important contribution to the realisation of a Europe of knowledge.

It will consist of background data and literature collection, qualitative research based on site visits to institutions and a final report containing a provisional impact assessment of tracking measures for institutional enhancement.


TRACKIT! is being implemented by EUA, in a consortium with the Hochschul-Informations-System GmbH (HIS), Hanne Smidt Consulting, the University of the Peloponnese, the Danish School of Education, Aarhus University and the Irish Universities Association. It is supported by the Lifelong Learning Programme and will be completed in September 2012. Key findings will be announced through the EUA website and newsletter.


For more information about the project, visit the project web page.

Policy and Projects News

3rd EUIMA country workshop makes an important contribution to the implementation of full costing in France

The third country workshop of the EUIMA – Full Costing project took place last week in Paris. The event was organised jointly with AMUE (Agence de Mutualisation des Universités et Etablissements) and CPU (Conférence des Présidents d’Université), which were selected to host the event due to their important role and continuous engagement in promoting the development of full costing in French universities. 
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EUA launches new project: Accountable Research Environments for Doctoral Education (ARDE)

EUA and its partners, University College Cork (UCC), Universities Austria (UNIKO) and the Conference of Rectors of Academic Schools in Poland (CRASP), have launched a new project, supported by the European Commission’s Lifelong Learning Programme, which will examine procedures for assuring and enhancing quality in European doctoral programmes with a view to gathering information about the existing structures, good practice and areas of concern.
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New publication: Access to Success - Fostering Trust and Exchange between Europe and Africa Project Compendium

Upon completion of the two-year project ‘Access to Success: Fostering Trust and Exchange between Europe and Africa’ (2008-2010), EUA would like to announce the online publication of the Project Compendium.
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Events News

Register for EUA’s Annual Conference: Investing Today in Talent for Tomorrow (Aarhus, Denmark, 13-15 April 2011)

EUA will celebrate its 10th Anniversary at its next Annual Conference to be held at Aarhus University in Denmark from 13-15 April 2011. The conference provides the opportunity to take stock of what EUA has achieved so far and will launch discussions of future priorities and the most important milestones for the next decade. Please note the early-bird registration deadline is 28 February 2011.
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News from Brussels

Commission opens public consultation on Professional Qualifications Directive

The European Commission has launched a public consultation on the Professional Qualifications Directive (Directive 2005/36/EC). The consultation is an opportunity for stakeholders to highlight areas of the Directive they feel could be simplified and made more user-friendly, to submit views on how to integrate professionals working in the Single Market better, and raises the option of a European Professional Card.
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Hungarian EU Presidency sets out education & research priorities

Hungary took over the six-month Presidency of the Council of the European Union from Belgium on 1 January. Among the priorities set out in the Presidency programme, the Hungarian government wishes to focus on simplification and synergies between funding instruments for research, taking advantage of the preparations for the forthcoming 8th Framework Programme.
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Member and Partners News

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