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EUA Newsletter 2   20 January 2012

EUA’s Institutional Evaluation Programme (IEP) to evaluate 90 universities in Romania as part of national higher education reforms

As part of the higher education reforms announced last year by the Romanian government, the European University Association’s Institutional Evaluation Programme (IEP) will carry out evaluations of 90 universities in Romania over the course of the next three years.

 

In September 2011, as foreseen in the Romanian Higher Education Bill, in a move designed to diversify the country’s higher education system the higher education institutions (public and private) were grouped into three major categories: research intensive; teaching and research oriented; and mainly teaching institutions. The reforms also require the classification to be followed by an evaluation of all institutions carried out by an international agency.

 

EUA’s independent Institutional Evaluation Programme (IEP) was selected and has agreed to undertake this evaluation process as part of a project carried out with the Romanian Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding (UEFISCDI). This project was officially launched last week (9 January) by the Romanian Minister for Education at a meeting in Bucharest.

 

Using the IEP guidelines, each institution will be evaluated by a team of international experts - including university leaders, as well as students, and higher education professionals – all from outside Romania. The evaluations will focus on a broad range of issues such as institutional mission and how this relates to the classification exercise, supporting quality provision, quality assurance mechanisms and strategic management.

 

The IEP will first evaluate the 42 institutions in the first two groups of the classification. Following an institutional self-evaluation report and two site visits of the evaluation team, a final report on each evaluated university will be delivered and made publicly available. The remaining 48 institutions in the third group will then also be evaluated by IEP in the course of 2013 and 2014.

 

For more information on the IEP Programme, please visit: www.eua.be/iep

Policy and Projects News

E4 launches project report on the implementation of the ESGs

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Save the date: ALFA PUENTES bi-regional leadership conference in Sao Paolo, Brazil (12-14 November 2012)

As part of the ALFA PUENTES project, the first major bi-regional conference of university associations and their members from Latin America and Europe will take place in Sao Paolo in November 2012. Under the title "Innovative Strategies for Higher Education in Latin America and Europe: International Collaboration and Regional Development", the event will focus on a wide range of issues including the changing roles of Latin American and European universities in society, growth and development, as well as the strategic priorities for HE collaboration between both regions.
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EUA-CDE workshop: ‘Supporting Individual Paths of Doctoral Candidates - Experience, Skills, Guidance’

The EUA Council for Doctoral Education’s annual thematic workshop took place last week (12-13 January 2012) at Trinity College Dublin in Ireland. More than 90 members of the EUA-CDE from all over Europe gathered to discuss and debate how to support the individual paths of doctoral candidates and provide them with the right kinds of tailored guidance.
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