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EUA Newsletter 11   3 June 2013

Horizon 2020 update: EUA gives further support to European Parliament’s position on Cost Model

At a press conference on 28 May at the European Parliament convened by Mr Christian Ehler, MEP and Rapporteur on the Horizon 2020 Rules for Participation, EUA joined Mr Ehler in calling for the retaining of a reimbursement model based on the recognition of full costs in Horizon 2020, the next EU framework programme for research and innovation (2014-2020).

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Mr Ehler invited EUA and EARTO (European Association of Research and Technology Organisations) to express their views on this key issue in the present “trilogue” discussions (between the European Parliament, Council and the Commission) and in advance of the forthcoming Competitiveness Council (member states) held last week.


Following its input statement on the Rules for Participation, published in 2012, EUA has strongly supported in recent months the European Parliament’s proposal for retaining the option for reimbursement of research costs based on full costing methodologies. The Parliament is the sole institution in the negotiations advocating in addition to a flat rate model a reimbursement option based on full costing methodologies for those universities that are able to identify the full costs of a project.
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European and Arab University leadership discuss cooperation priorities in Barcelona

More than 200 participants from around 150 European and Arab universities gathered at the University of Barcelona (UB) on 30-31 May to discuss cooperation possibilities and common higher education challenges between the Arab world and Europe.


Jointly organised by UB, EUA and the Association of Arab Universities (AARU), this was the first conference between the two associations, and hence focused on prospects for closer cooperation between them. The conference addressed, in particular, university leadership (approximately 100 rectors attended), and discussed a wide array of topics such as the internationalisation of higher education, research training and doctoral education, frameworks for higher education convergence and employability and university-labour market interaction.
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Policy and Projects News

Workshop identifies priorities for university governance and funding reforms in Moldova

The first country workshop in the framework of the ATHENA project on fostering sustainable and autonomous higher education systems in the Eastern Neighbouring Area took place in Chisinau, Moldova, on 29 May.
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Around Europe: French Rectors’ Conference (CPU) annual colloquium focuses on human resources management

EUA Secretary General, Lesley Wilson, participated in the recent French Rectors’ Conference (CPU) annual colloquium in Rennes, which had as its central theme human resources management in universities.
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Events News

Last chance to register for EUA Council for Doctoral Education Annual Meeting (18-19 June 2013)

Registration for the EUA Council for Doctoral Education Annual Meeting will be open until 5 June 2013. This year’s event, taking place at the University of Warsaw, Poland, from 18 to 19 June 2013, is titled: “From Student to Researcher – are we on the right track?”


It will examine the structures that have been developed for doctoral education, particularly over the last decade, and reflect on the extent to which they are achieving the goal of turning students into researchers. To find out more about the event and to register, please visit the event website.

News from Brussels

Council of the European Union conclusions on the Social Dimension of HE

On 16 May, the Council of the European Union adopted “Conclusions on the Social Dimension of higher education”, which include specific recommendations for different education sectors and for lifelong learning.
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