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EUA Newsletter 9   13 May 2011

EUA publishes Aarhus Declaration: an action plan for universities developing talent in Europe

The European University Association (EUA) has this week published a political declaration underlining the outcomes of its recent Annual Conference held at Aarhus University (Denmark) which focused on the role of universities in developing talent in Europe.


photo Lars KruseAU KommunikationAs political leaders in Europe begin important negotiations to determine the next EU budget (after 2013) the Aarhus Declaration begins by underlining the importance of investing in education, research and innovation  to enable universities to play their full role in nurturing talented individuals and in contributing to the EU 2020 strategy for ‘smart sustainable and inclusive growth’. The Declaration is, however, not only addressed at political leaders as it also contains an action agenda for universities to develop talent.


The Declaration stresses that Europe cannot afford to run the risk of losing a generation of talented people, or of a serious decrease in research and innovation activity while its competitors are investing heavily in universities and the innovators of tomorrow: “Europe’s universities collectively add value to European society and the European economy. Looking forward to the discussion on the EU budget post 2013, the considerable achievements of the last decade should not be wasted. They need to be consolidated in future by prioritising higher education, research and innovation as every Euro spent at European level on universities will add value by bringing people together, pooling knowledge and creating synergies that could not be achieved at national level alone.”


Nurturing talented individuals has always been central to the mission of Europe’s universities and becomes increasingly vital as knowledge becomes central to social and economic development and as global competition for talent increases. The Aarhus Declaration calls on universities to strengthen this role and outlines an agenda for action.
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Photo: Lars Kruse AU Kommunikation

Policy and Projects News

EUA and AAU launch quality evaluation pilot in Africa

As a follow up to the recently concluded project Access to Success: Fostering Trust and Exchange between Europe and Africa, the European University Association (EUA) and the Association of African Universities (AAU) have launched a two-year pilot project – Europe-Africa Quality Connect: Building Institutional Capacity through Partnership – aimed at capacity building and mutual learning in quality assurance reform.


Co-funded by the European Commission’s Erasmus Mundus Programme, this project will share the EUA Institutional Evaluation Programme’s (IEP) approach with five African universities in different regions of sub-Saharan Africa as a trial application. Given the general openness and flexibility of the methodology, the project does not intend to impose new QA procedures on universities in Africa, but rather to encourage them to assess their institutional goals and missions in a structured way, and share good European practice in this field. 
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EUA launches new project: Cooperation on Doctoral Education between Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe (CODOC)

EUA and its partners - the Southern African Regional Universities Association (SARUA), ASEAN University Network (AUN), Inter-American Organisation for Higher Education (OUI-IOHE), Observatory on EU-Latin American Relations (OBREAL), University of Bonn, and the Karolinska Institute - have launched a new project, supported by the European Commission’s Erasmus Mundus Programme. ‘Cooperation on Doctoral Education Between Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe’ (CODOC) (2010-2012) will examine trends in doctoral education in different regions of the world and aim to provide opportunities for enhancing collaborative doctoral education between European universities and their global partners.
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The Global University Summit 2011 (6-7 May 2011)

University Presidents, Rectors and higher education representatives from the G8 and G20 countries came together last week in France for the 2011 Global University Summit on the overarching theme: "Sustainable development and the Knowledge society: What structuring and cooperation for society in the 21st century?".
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Events News

Reminder: Register for Fourth Annual Meeting of the EUA Council for Doctoral Education (EUA-CDE )

Please note that registration is open for the Fourth Annual Meeting of the EUA-CDE which will be held at Carlos III University of Madrid (Getafe Campus), Spain on 9-10 June 2011.
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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

News from Brussels

Youth on the Move event: EUA showcases examples of university partnerships

As part of the “Youth on the Move” event series held in the framework of the Festival of Europe on 6-10 May in Florence, the European Commission co-organised with the European Journalism Centre a one-day briefing for European journalists.
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Panel discussion on social science and humanities funding in Europe at the European Parliament

On 3 May the EU Liaison Office of Freie Universität Berlin organised a panel discussion on the “The future of social science and humanities funding in Europe" at the European Parliament on Brussels.
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