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EUA Newsletter 7   11 April 2014

‘Changing Landscapes in Learning and Teaching’: Report from the EUA Annual Conference

Around 350 university leaders and representatives from the higher education sector gathered last week (3-4 April) for the EUA Annual Conference, hosted by the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) in Belgium. The theme of this year’s conference was “Changing Landscapes in Learning and Teaching”.


Photo: © Agustina PeluffoDiscussions highlighted that the importance of the core university mission of learning and teaching has been rising in recent years, and is likely to grow in the future. Participation in higher education, which has already increased substantially, is set to rise further. In addition, Europe is facing demographic and economic changes, and higher education is expected to play a critical role in lifelong learning.


More diverse student bodies and growing pressure on universities to respond to different economic and societal pressures mean it is likely that universities will need to provide more flexible learning paths and individualised support for learners. Plenary session presentations also demonstrated for example, that diverse student populations provide an opportunity to mix different groups of learners so they benefit from “cross-learning”; there was also discussion of combining traditional research-based learning with practical and experiential learning.
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Photo: © Agustina Peluffo

Policy and Projects News

EUA Council discusses key policy issues and welcomes new members

At the recent EUA Council meeting, held at the Université libre de Bruxelles prior to the EUA Annual Conference on 3 April, a number of important policy issues and developments were discussed including the proposed revision of the European Data Protection legislation. During the meeting, six new institutions were also welcomed as EUA members.
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EUA Research Policy Working Group focuses on open access to scientific publications

At its meeting on 20 March 2014, the EUA Research Policy Working Group (RPWG) gave particular attention to the topic of open access to scientific publications.
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Strategic Dialogue focus group on Visions for the European Research Area

On 3 and 4 April at the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research of the University of Manchester, key stakeholders from universities and research and technology organisations (RTOs) were invited to a focus group to debate the possible future of the European Research Area.
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Events News

Dates for the diary: upcoming events

EUA has a number of events planned over the next months. Further details of events that EUA is organising/co-organising are available through the EUA newsletter and/or website, but please find below a list of dates of several events taking place later this year.
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News from Brussels

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

Last month, the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) Governing Board elected its next chairman while the European Research Council has published details of the number of proposals submitted in the ERC Starting Grant competition – the first one under the Horizon 2020 programme.
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