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EUA Newsletter 15   23 September 2014

IEP: marking a twenty-year contribution to institutional change

EUA’s Institutional Evaluation Programme (IEP) is celebrating its twentieth anniversary this year, a milestone that has been marked by the launch of a new publication and an event in Brussels on 18 September.


Created in 1994, IEP is an independent membership service of the European University Association (EUA) which has carried out over 300 institutional evaluations in higher education institutions (HEI), in Europe and worldwide, and a number of system-level evaluations in countries such as Ireland, Portugal and Romania. The mission of IEP is to support HEIs and systems in developing their capacity for change through the process of institutional evaluation.


The new publication, entitled “A twenty-year contribution to institutional change: EUA’s Institutional Evaluation Programme” brings together a series of papers and articles that have been provided by a panel of authors who have been involved with the Programme over the last two decades.
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Policy and Projects News

New policy initiative - Doctoral Education: The Shape of Things To Come

EUA’s Council for Doctoral Education (EUA-CDE) is to prepare a new policy initiative designed to set the agenda for doctoral education in the next decade.
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EUA’s contribution to 2014 European Research Area Progress Report

On 16 September, the European Commission (EC) presented its latest European Research Area (ERA) Progress Report, which aims to provide an update on progress towards the ERA priorities. The report is accompanied by the ERA facts and figures 2014 publication which includes a section with details of actions carried out by EUA and other European organisations involved in the ERA Stakeholder platform. To complement the ERA Progress Report, EUA has also published further details of its recent ERA-related activities and which highlight the contribution of universities to achieving the ERA goals.
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EUREQA project update: publication translations and training workshop

EUA is currently coordinating the EUREQA project* (“Empowering Universities to fulfil their responsibility for Quality Assurance”) which aims to support universities in the Western Balkans in developing their internal QA systems.  In the context of this project, the EUA publication, “Examining Quality Culture” (parts II and III) has been translated into Albanian, Bosnian, Croatian and Serbian. Meanwhile, the third EUREQA training workshop took place in Bosnia and Herzegovina from 4 to 5 September.
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Events News

9th European Quality Assurance Forum: early-bird registration still open

Registration is still open for the 9th European Quality Assurance Forum (EQAF), entitled “Changing education – QA and the shift from teaching to learning”, that will take place from 13 to 15 November 2014 at the University of Barcelona in Spain. The deadline for the early-bird registration fee is 3 October. To register, or find out more, please visit the EQAF website.

News from Brussels

Brussels in brief - updates on EU developments related to education and research

The President-elect of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker has recently unveiled plans for the shape of the next European Commission and notably the portfolios of the Commissioners that have been nominated to begin later this year. The Italian Presidency of the Council of the EU, which began in July, has been outlining its priorities for the next months to the different committees of the European Parliament.
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