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EUA Newsletter 13   10 July 2015

New EUA President takes office

Professor Rolf Tarrach, former Rector of the University of Luxembourg and President of the Spanish Scientific Research Council, officially took over as EUA President on 1 July for the next four years. Professor Tarrach was elected by EUA members in April 2015 during the last General Assembly held at the University of Antwerp, Belgium. He replaces Professor Maria Helena Nazaré (University of Aveiro), who served as EUA President from 2012 to 2015. 

Last week the new EUA Board and President held their first meeting where they confirmed Professor Martine Rahier, President of Swiss Universities and Rector of the University of Neuchâtel as Vice-President. She will support the EUA President along with Professor David Drewry, who will continue to serve as Vice-President. Five new Board members out of eight were also elected during the General Assembly at the University of Antwerp in April. They will serve for a period of four years (2015-2019).

Policy and Projects News

EUA renews its commitment to ERA 

On the occasion of the ERA conference in Brussels (23 June 2015) EUA renewed its commitment to strengthening the European Research Area (ERA) by signing a new Joint Statement with the European Commission. The Joint Statement was signed together with other stakeholder organisations in the ERA Platform (CESAER, EARTO, LERU, Science Europe). The European Commission was represented by Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation Carlos Moedas.

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Report reveals performance-based funding of universities is not a magic formula

EUA released a new report in July, which maps the use of performance-based funding of universities across Europe and analyses the impact this has on university management, teaching and research as well as the higher education system as a whole. The report “Performance-based Funding of Universities in Europe” gives an overview of performance elements in public funding for universities in 28 systems across Europe and focuses in particular on funding formulae with output indicators (such as numbers of graduates) and performance contracts. 

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Events News

Registrations open for EQAF 2015

EUA is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the 10th European Quality Assurance Forum (EQAF), which will take place in London, UK, on 19-21 November 2015, hosted by the Quality Assurance Agency/UCL Institute of Education. EQAF is the main European event for quality assurance (QA) in higher education. 

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Registrations open for EUREQA final event 

EUA is pleased to open registrations for the final event of the EUREQA project (‘Empowering universities to fulfil their responsibility for quality assurance’). The event will take place on Thursday 3 September, 9.00-17.00, hosted by the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts. The event marks the culmination of three years of capacity building activities, coordinated by EUA. 

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EUA-CDE Annual Meeting takes stock of doctoral education

More than 230 participants met on 18-19 June at the Technische Universität München (TUM), Munich, Germany, to take stock of the developments in European doctoral education over the last decade and discuss the challenges ahead. While taking into account the major challenges for universities in general, conference participants focused in particular on three areas: open access, research integrity and capacity building. 

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News from Brussels

Brussels in Brief: Updates on EU activities

Luxembourg takes Presidency of Council of the EU

From 3 July until the end of 2015, Luxembourg will hold the six-month rotating presidency of the Council of the EU. The Grand Duchy released its main priorities, which are embedded in the common objectives set forth in the 18-month programme of the current trio presidency (with Italy and Latvia). The priorities of the presidency are structured into seven thematic “pillars” – the first two concern stimulating investment to boost growth and employment and deepening the EU’s social dimension. 

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European Commission publishes Charter for Access to Research Infrastructures

In June 2015, the European Commission published the Charter for Access to Research Infrastructures. The Charter provides non-regulatory principles and guidelines that can be used on a voluntary basis to define rules and conditions for access to research infrastructures. The Charter is addressed to research infrastructures, the institutions to which they belong and their respective research funding organisations.

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