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EUA Newsletter 3   7 February 2014

EUA Council discusses ‘Smart Specialisation’ with European Commissioner for Regional Policy

To follow up on last year’s EUA-JRC (Joint Research Centre) expert workshop on the role of universities in Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialisation, EUA invited the European Commissioner for Regional Policy, Johannes Hahn, to its Council meeting last week in Brussels.


As EUA has mentioned in its previous newsletters, under the new EU Cohesion Policy framework, Smart Specialisation will be an “ex-ante conditionality”. This means that every member state and region will have to have such a strategy in place before they can receive EU financial support through the Structural Funds for their planned innovation measures, particularly in relation to strengthening research, technological development and innovation.


Commissioner Hahn briefed EUA Council members on the new Cohesion Policy framework for 2014-2020 (in particular with regard to Smart Specialisation Strategies), and underlined that universities have an important role in the development of such strategies.
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Policy and Projects News

Strengthening European higher education cooperation with Brazil and other global partners: ALISIOS project launch

Around 80 representatives of European and Brazilian rectors’ conferences, agencies responsible for higher education internationalisation, university international offices and government gathered in Brussels last week for the kick-off meeting and first workshop of the ALISIOS* project (Academic Links and Strategies for the Internationalisation of the Higher Education Sector) to discuss a more coordinated higher education and research approach for Europe when working with international partners, in particular Brazil.
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EUA Trends 2015 survey

Following a recent announcement in the EUA newsletter concerning the Trends 2015 project, EUA sent the online questionnaire for its Trends 2015 survey by email to the heads of all its member universities on 28 January.
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Events News

Report from the EUA-CDE Workshop ‘Outcomes of Doctoral Education - Mindset, Research, Innovation’, Izmir, Turkey (23-24 January 2014)

The 7th Annual Thematic Workshop of the EUA Council for Doctoral Education (EUA-CDE) was held at Dokuz Eylül University in Izmir, Turkey, from 23 to 24 January 2014. Every year, EUA-CDE dedicates its annual workshop to a specific theme which it invites EUA-CDE members to consider in detail through a combination of keynote speeches and case-study presentations from individual universities.
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DEFINE focus group on merger processes, Helsinki , Finland (28-29 April 2014)

The deadline to apply for the DEFINE project focus group on “merger processes” that will take place in Helsinki from 28 to 29 April 2014 has been extended to Friday 28 February. EUA welcomes applications from university leaders and senior managers, with experience in managing institutional merger processes. Participants will contribute to formulating concrete recommendations to policy makers and higher education institutions on the topic. Further information, including the application form, is available here.
News from Brussels

European Commission publishes new report on QA in Higher Education

Last week, the European Commission published its Report on Progress in Quality Assurance in Higher Education. The new publication follows a first report published in 2009 which responded to an invitation from the European Parliament and Council in 2006 to report on progress in quality assurance.
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Member and Partners News

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