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EUA Newsletter 13   11 July 2014

14th Transatlantic Dialogue: Reputation, public opinion and accountability in higher education

Thirty rectors and presidents of higher education institutions from Canada, the US and Europe gathered in Toronto, Canada, from 25 to 27 June for the 14th Transatlantic Dialogue (TAD), a bi-regional leadership event that has underpinned EUA’s cooperation with the American Council on Education (ACE) and the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) for many years.


Photo: AUCCFocusing on the theme “Reputation, public opinion and accountability”, panel and small group discussions were held on a range of interwoven topics: societal and political expectations of the higher education sector, trust in the higher education sector, as well as measuring and communicating results and the implications for university governance.


From the European perspective, a number of current developments were reflected in this discussion, including the cuts in funding for universities in many European countries, mergers and excellence initiatives, the pressure to define and measure learning outcomes and research performance, pressures regarding labour market insertion of graduates and transparency tools such as the newly released U-Multirank.

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Policy and Projects News

EUA Research Policy Working Group focuses on doctoral education

At its meeting on 12 June 2014, the EUA Research Policy Working Group (RPWG), chaired by EUA Vice-President Professor David Drewry, gave particular attention to the topic of doctoral education.
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EUA Annual Report 2013 available online

EUA’s Annual Report 2013 is now available on the EUA website. The report summarises the different activities carried out by EUA on behalf of and in support of its members last year across a number of thematic areas including: learning and teaching; research and innovation; quality management; governance, autonomy and funding; and internationalisation.
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Events News

9th European Quality Assurance Forum, Barcelona, Spain (13-15 November 2014)

Registration is now open for the 9th European Quality Assurance Forum (EQAF), entitled “Changing education – QA and the shift from teaching to learning”, which will take place from 13 to 15 November 2014 at the University of Barcelona in Spain.
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News from Brussels

Brussels in brief: updates on EU developments in education and research

In the past weeks, the European Commission (EC) has launched a public consultation on “Science 2.0” and published a staff working document that aims to provide guidance on synergies between the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF), Horizon 2020 and other research-related EU programmes. Meanwhile, it also announced that the first results of the EC-funded European Tertiary Education Register project have been published.
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Member and Partners News

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