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EUA Newsletter 4   25 February 2013

New report: Portuguese Higher Education - A view from the outside

EUA has published a new report on the Portuguese higher education system, which has been prepared by a team of European experts. This report was carried out at the request of the Portuguese Rectors’ Conference (CRUP), with a view to appraising the Portuguese HE system, identifying challenges and making recommendations. It was presented last Tuesday at a special event held at the National Council for Education (Conselho Nacional de Educação) in Lisbon.

The Portuguese Secretary of State for Higher Education was in attendance, as was the Deputy Director-General of the European Commission’s Directorate General for Education and Culture. The audience of 100 included university rectors, polytechnic presidents, representatives of the quality assurance and research funding agencies, and teacher and student unions. The event received substantial press coverage.


The team’s presentation was followed up by overviews, provided by Portuguese specialists, of the latest developments in national quality assurance provision, knowledge transfer and regional development.


The expert report focuses on two issues which have been the object of discussion for some time, but which the recent international rescue package and its attendant austerity measures have brought to the fore: the re-structuring of the higher education (HE) system and the rationalisation of the national course portfolio.

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Policy and Projects News

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs): EUA to look at development of MOOCs and trends in innovative learning

While the concept of free-of-charge, university online courses for large numbers of learners is not a new one, recently established Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have received keen attention from the higher education community and the media.
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Events News

Early bird registration fee for EUA Annual Conference available until 28 February

EUA is pleased to announce that registration is still open for the Annual Conference 2013 that will take place at Ghent University from 11 to 12 April 2013. The theme of the conference is ‘European Universities – Global Engagement’. To benefit from the early bird reduced fee, you will need to register by 28 February 2013.
To find out more, please visit the conference website.

Call for presentations: EUA-CDE Sixth Annual Meeting

The EUA Council for Doctoral Education’s (EUA-CDE) Sixth Annual Meeting will take place from 18 to 19 June 2013 at the University of Warsaw, Poland. The theme of this year's meeting is 'From Student to Researcher - are we on the right track?'.


The EUA-CDE has published a call for presentations for this event which gives precise details concerning the kind of proposals that are welcome. The deadline for submission is 2 April 2013. Further information on the call and the EUA-CDE Annual Meeting can be found on the event website.

Registration for the event will open in April 2013.

News from Brussels

Brussels in Brief: Outcomes of the Council of the EU meetings

Earlier this month, European education ministers attending the Council of the EU adopted a series of conclusions on investing in education and training, in response to the recent European Commission communication on "Rethinking Education". Meanwhile, research ministers meeting at the Competitiveness Council discussed the Europe 2020 strategy for growth and jobs, and open access to scientific information of public-funded research projects.
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Member and Partners News

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