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EUA Newsletter 8   19 April 2013

EUA Annual Conference focuses on internationalisation strategies and global rankings

Around 450 university leaders and higher education representatives gathered at Ghent University last week (11-12 April) for the 2013 EUA Annual Conference entitled “European Universities - Global Engagement”.


Photo: AdverthypeDiscussions throughout the conference confirmed that internationalisation is an issue which affects all elements of the university mission, which is why the development of strategic approaches has become a necessity for all European universities. Therefore, internationalisation will continue to be an integral part of EUA’s membership activities in the years to come.


To feed into the conference discussions, EUA published the results of a survey of its member universities on HE internationalisation, which also gauged their expectations for EUA’s future international activities and for the European Union’s forthcoming strategy for the internationalisation of higher education, which is due to be presented in the coming months. This strategy will focus in particular on European higher education engagement beyond European borders, with global partners.
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EUA publishes second rankings review report

A new report entitled “Global university rankings and their impact II” was published by EUA and launched in a special session during the EUA Annual Conference, on 12 April.


Authored by Andrejs Rauhvargers, the report underlines that there have been significant new developments in the field of international rankings since EUA’s first rankings review report, in 2011. It reveals that the number of international university rankings and other “transparency tools” continues to grow, with the arrival of new rankings and the development of new products by ranking providers.


The growing volume of information that is being gathered on universities and the new “products” on offer also strengthen both the influence of the ranking providers and the potential impact of rankings.
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EUA General Assembly: Three members elected to the EUA Board

At the General Assembly prior to the EUA Annual Conference, EUA members elected three members to the EUA Board to replace the outgoing members and to serve for the period 2013-2017.
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Policy and Projects News

Training for quality managers held in Lisbon

In the autumn of 2012, EUA launched the project “Promoting quality culture in higher education institutions” (PQC), in partnership with the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA), the University of Duisburg-Essen, the University of Lisbon and the University of Zagreb.
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Events News

Sixth EUA Council for Doctoral Education (EUA-CDE) Annual Meeting

Registration is now open for the Sixth EUA-CDE Annual Meeting, which will take place at the University of Warsaw, Poland, from 18 to 19 June 2013. The theme of this year’s event is “From Student to Researcher – are we on the right track?”.
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News from Brussels

Brussels in Brief - EU developments in education and research

Over the last weeks, a series of new reports and updates on European higher education and research related issues have been published at the EU-level. The European Commission released the latest edition of the “She Figures” report on gender in research and innovation, while Eurostat published the latest data related to the Europe 2020 targets for education. Finally in March, the EC also launched a new report on “Funding of Education in Europe: The Impact of the Economic Crisis”.
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Member and Partners News

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