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EUA Newsletter 6   25 March 2011

EUA to support development of higher education reforms in Romania

The European University Association is pleased to announce that it will be working with the Romanian Ministry of Education and the Romanian universities to support the implementation of a major new higher education reform bill that came into force last month.

 

Romania has a large higher education sector with 54 public universities and approximately 40 accredited private universities. The new law, which foresees a reform of the entire HE sector, seeks to diversify the system by grouping all universities (public and private) into three major categories of institutions: research intensive, teaching and research oriented and mainly teaching institutions. The launch of the evaluation process has been announced today (Friday 25 March) at an event involving EUA and Daniel  P. Funeriu, Romanian Minister of Education, Research, Youth and Sport as well as the Rectors of the country’s main universities.

 

The law requires these reforms and particularly the classification exercise to be supported by an external body. On the request of the Romanian Minister of Education, EUA has agreed to act as this external body. As a first step, EUA has established a high level international expert group to support the reform process. The members of expert group are:

 

  • Lesley Wilson, EUA Secretary General
  • Ellen Hazelkorn, Director of Research and Enterprise, and Dean of the Graduate Research School, Dublin Institute of Technology (Ireland)
  • Winfried Müller, Former Rector, University of Klagenfurt (Austria)
  • Peter Scott, Former Vice-Chancellor, Kingston University (UK)
  • Andrejs Rauhvargers, Secretary General of the Latvian Rectors’ Conference  and Professor at the University of Latvia
  • Maria Helena Nazaré, EUA Board member and former Rector, University of Aveiro (Portugal)
  • Lewis Purser, Director (Academic Affairs), Irish Universities Association
  • Andrée Sursock, Former Deputy Secretary General (EUA)

 

The task of the expert group will be to provide expert advice and follow-up on the methodology for this differentiation exercise, on the development of relevant indicators, and on the evaluation of the documentation received from universities.

 

In this initial phase universities will be asked to evaluate, themselves, to which of the three categories – mentioned in the law - they belong, and to provide or confirm the relevant data, much of which has already been collected by the Romanian Quality Agency (ARACIS), and the Romanian Funding and Research Councils.

 

EUA has agreed to take part in the first phase of this project provided that it is able to support and work with universities in the crucial follow-up phase focused on improving quality and institutional performance. This process will be carried out by the EUA’s Institutional Evaluation Programme over the next three years.

Policy and Projects News

New publication: Building bridges – Making sense of quality assurance in European, national and institutional contexts

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The EU Council released on 9 March its conclusions on the evaluation of the 7th Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (FP7), which is due to end in 2013. In the light of the demands for simplification of European funding programmes, the Council calls for further efforts in this area, including using the present  review of the EU financial regulation, the document that governs funding modalities for all European programmes. EUA welcomes the statement and notes that the points it has put forward have been taken into account.
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Events News

Reminder: Rankings Seminar for European university leaders (17 June 2011, Brussels, Belgium)

Over the last 18 months, EUA has been carrying out a comprehensive review of major international university rankings that will be of assistance to university leadership by shedding light on the different approaches adopted by the various international rankings. This new report, the first in a series, will be launched and presented to leaders of EUA member institutions at a special one-day seminar to take place on Friday 17 June at the Bibliothèque Solvay in Brussels.

 

To find out more about this event, please visit the event website.

 

Please note that participation in the seminar is by invitation only. Invitations to EUA members have already been sent to the Executive Head of the institution (President, Rector, Vice-Chancellor, Pro-Vice-Chancellor). If your institution has not received an invitation or you would like to register your interest to take part in this event, please send an email to eua-seminar@eua.be.

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