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EUA Newsletter 18   18 October 2013

‘Making sense of the MOOCs’ - report from ACA-EUA Seminar in Brussels (10 October)

Around 150 participants, including representatives from higher education institutions and associations, public authorities, quality assurance agencies and the media, gathered last week for the Academic Cooperation Association (ACA)-EUA Seminar “Making Sense of the MOOCs”.


The event was designed to enable participants to discuss and find out more about the development and potential impact of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), which have been developing rapidly and are creating much discussion and debate in Europe and further afield. Speakers at the event included representatives from HE institutions in Europe and the US, MOOC platforms and representatives from ACA and EUA.


While the initial development of MOOCs was largely concentrated in the US, there has recently been a sharp increase in the number of European HE institutions offering them. According to the European MOOC scorecard on the EC’s Open Education Europa website there were more than 250 MOOCs across Europe at the end of August.
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IEP launches new round of evaluations for 2013-2014

The Institutional Evaluation Programme (IEP) is preparing to evaluate eight universities in the coming academic year. Six universities will have full evaluations while two will have follow-up evaluations to assess changes implemented since their last evaluation.
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Policy and Projects News

DEFINE project: call for expressions of interest to participate in focus groups

EUA will organise three focus groups with university practitioners during the first half of 2014 as part of the DEFINE project (“Designing strategies for efficient funding of higher education in Europe”). This EUA-led project analyses the impact of funding efficiency measures such as performance-based funding, mergers and concentration measures, as well as excellence schemes, on higher education institutions in Europe.
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Workshop focuses on role of higher education institutions in ‘Smart Specialisation’

EUA together with the Smart Specialisation (S3) Platform, and the EC Directorate General for Education and Culture, last week hosted a workshop on the role of higher education institutions in Smart Specialisation at this year’s EU Open Days in Brussels (European week of Regions and Cities).
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Around Europe: RWTH Aachen University symposium on staff development in academia

EUA’s Secretary General Lesley Wilson earlier this month took part in a symposium on staff development in academia organised by RWTH Aachen University in Germany. The event brought together different stakeholders from across Germany to discuss different elements and challenges of human resources (HR) management in universities. 
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Events News

Call for papers: EUA Council for Doctoral Education Workshop

The EUA Council for Doctoral Education’s (EUA-CDE) 7th Thematic Workshop will take place from 23 to 24 January 2014 at Dokuz Eylül University, Izmir, Turkey. The theme of the event is “Outcomes of Doctoral Education – Mindset, Research, Innovation”.
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News from Brussels

Brussels in brief: EU developments in education and research

The OECD and European Commission have published on 8 October an international Survey of Adult Skills which aims to assess the literacy, numeracy and problem-solving ICT skills of adults. Meanwhile, the “Horizons for Social Sciences and Humanities” conference, one of the Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the EU events, took place in Vilnius (23-24 September) concluding with a declaration highlighting the value and benefits of integrating Social Sciences and Humanities in innovation processes and Horizon 2020.
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