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EUA Newsletter 14   6 July 2012

Registrations now open for the 7th European Quality Assurance Forum, Tallinn, Estonia (22-24 November 2012)

Registrations are now open for the 7th European Quality Assurance Forum (EQAF), entitled ‘How does quality assurance make a difference?’, which will take place from 22 to 24 November 2012 at Tallinn University in Estonia.

 

Photo: Enterprise Estonia fotobankEQAF provides a unique platform for the higher education and quality assurance (QA) communities to monitor, shape and anticipate developments in the field. The main purpose of the Forum is to foster a dialogue on QA that bridges national boundaries and leads to a truly European discussion on QA in higher education, and to create a common European understanding of QA through discussions and networking among different stakeholder groups.

 

Through a mix of plenary and parallel sessions, the 2012 EQAF will combine practice-oriented or research-based discussions that will take place in the paper sessions and workshops with presentations of current developments in QA.

 

This year, the event will specifically explore the impact of external and internal QA on higher education policies and institutional realities. In this context, the sessions will aim to address issues such as external evaluation and institutional follow-up; the relationship between QA, pedagogical approaches and student learning; QA supporting institutional aims and profiles; QA supporting informed decision-making and the role of QA in globalised higher education.

 

The Forum will be of interest to rectors and vice-rectors responsible for QA, QA officers in higher education institutions, students, QA agency staff, and researchers working in higher education or the QA field.

 

The European Quality Assurance Forum is co-organised by the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA), the European Students’ Union (ESU), EUA and the European Association of Institutions in Higher Education (EURASHE).

 

To find out more and to register, please visit the Forum website.

 

A call for contributions is also open until 31 July 2012.

 

Photo: Enterprise Estonia fotobank

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Events News

Reminder: University Association Conference - ‘Innovative Strategies for Higher Education in Latin America and Europe’ (Sao Paulo, Brazil, 11-14 November 2012)

Registrations are open for the first major bi-regional conference of university associations and their members from Latin America and Europe. Part of the ALFA PUENTES project, this event will take place in Sao Paulo, Brazil, from 11 to 14 November 2012.
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News from Brussels

Brussels in Brief: updates on EU developments in education

This week, as Cyprus took over the Presidency of the Council of the EU, the European Commission launched a new ‘dialogue’ with Southern Mediterranean countries on higher education. Meanwhile, the Eurydice Network has published an updated overview of the organisation of academic calendars in Europe.
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Brussels in Brief: updates on EU developments in research

Over the last two weeks, the European Commission has tabled a new strategy for Key Enabling Technologies such as nanotechnology, micro- and nanoelectronics including semiconductors, advanced materials, biotechnology and photonics. As part of its aim to modernise State Aid Control, the Commission is also holding a public consultation on the General Block Exemption Regulation.
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